For 148 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 27% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 69% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 12.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ed Park's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 47
Highest review score: 90 Children Underground
Lowest review score: 10 Dog Run
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 148
  2. Negative: 40 out of 148
148 movie reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Ed Park
    Stuffed to the gills with surprises.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Ed Park
    This latest and biggest installment is a whimsical success of a very high order: The pace never lags, the invention is incessant, and it makes you want to have a bite of cheese afterward.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Ed Park
    A horror story, told with Dickensian compassion, permeating outrage, and little hope.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Ed Park
    Both a heartwarming tribute to the late Beatle and a study of hair patterns in the aging British male, Concert for George, recorded at the Royal Albert Hall a year to the day after Harrison's death, manages both reverence and joy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Ed Park
    To this viewer and reader, the decade-old juggernaut is as deeply felt as it is flawed, dense and illogical and laudably "weird."
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Ed Park
    Several sharp jolts give the doc its dramatic shape, and one episode in particular, caught with a neighbor's lens, will make you gasp with grief.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Ed Park
    In their randomness, the bee words take on an oracular quality--shades of kabbalistic gematria, or the "Sortes Vergilanae," the supernatural attributed to symbols on paper.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Ed Park
    Succeeds as the rehumanizing of a near mythical figure.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Ed Park
    Danny Boyle's Millions is not what we'd expect from the "Trainspotting" and "28 Days Later" director. It's essentially a gentle, kid's-eye parable.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Ed Park
    Jessica Yu's elegant new doc In the Realms of the Unreal is a spry, creative response to his (Darger's) oceanic talent and claustrophobic life.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Ed Park
    If music be the food of love, Cool & Crazy could stand a few more hits from the spice rack.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Ed Park
    But mostly the film is just hectic and homiletic: two parts exhausting "Men in Black" mayhem to one part family values.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ed Park
    E J-Yong's transposition illuminates, with satisfying crispness, the hyper-Confucian high society of the time, as well as the underground Catholic movement.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Ed Park
    Fun and nourishing, Charlie's the topsy-turvy equivalent of a three-course dinner in a single stick of gum.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Ed Park
    Taut even when ridiculous, with flashes of comedy, 3-Iron has less to offer than its predecessors, but at minimum it's the playful exhaustion of a formal constraint.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Ed Park
    Culkin broods and freaks out ably, but Igby's snotty, dysfunction-derived malaise remains off-putting, mostly because his lines aren't half as clever or empathic as Steers would believe.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Ed Park
    The film stakes out a self-affirming Atkins-free zone that seems unobjectionable in theory, but its speechifying tendencies and familiar familial tensions overwhelm the more delicate scenes.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Ed Park
    The clunky manipulations of plot, and the sorry fate awaiting everyone in this foggy House is less wrenching than acted.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Ed Park
    Brims with storytelling flourishes and gently deployed life lessons that even accompanying adults may dig
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Ed Park
    A nimbler approach to border crossing, German-born director Fatih Akin's In July resembles a shaggier "Serendipity," with a similar moony conflation of coincidence and destiny.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Ed Park
    The situation -- a mother-daughter mind-body switcheroo -- is as enduringly appealing as it is absurd, and the comedy flows therefrom.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Ed Park
    His story is sad but not humorless.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Ed Park
    Nathalie is intricate, provocative, cleanly acted, but it's never entirely convincing--and never more so than in the table-turning climax.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ed Park
    As rich in incidental detail as it is narratively diffuse.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Ed Park
    Crammed with wild action, obvious but well-mounted gags, and playful effects, the film is refreshingly silly.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ed Park
    Kurt Russell is terrific as coach Herb Brooks, psychological tactician out to redeem his being cut from the 1960 U.S. squad, the last one to beat the CCCP.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Ed Park
    Eliminates much of its source's plot, focusing on the book's first third. The result is a crisply shot chamber piece for husband, wife, and boy.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Ed Park
    Seeing BLT has been positioned as a political act. Alas: The film in question seems hardly worth the fuss.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Ed Park
    Braff's naive romanticism is also lovely proof of the film's innocent heart.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Ed Park
    The summer's most romantic interspecies love story.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Ed Park
    Bledel, consigned to corsets and croquet, looks so weepy for much of Tuck Everlasting. The reason might lie in a script that favors the starchy demands of period melodrama over her TV show's fizzy screwball banter -- or maybe it's just William Hurt's embarrassing brogue.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Ed Park
    All stand-up comedy is oral aggression, but Cho's is an especially fascinating strain.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Ed Park
    As hackneyed as they come, but the overall mood is less cynical than affectionate.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Ed Park
    An unstoppable good-mood generator, the resolutely 2-D SpongeBob SquarePants Movie has more yuks than "Shark Tale" and enough soul to swallow "The Polar Express" whole.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Ed Park
    The multiple story lines can feel choppy, but the dialogue has snap, and the pants' powers never distract from the teenagers' emotions.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Ed Park
    That the e-graveyard holds as many good ideas as bad is the cold comfort that Chin's film serves up with style and empathy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Ed Park
    Though the film lacks some of the paper incarnation's subtlety, Dai's infidelity to his own text keeps things interesting. He busts the book's brief time frame, tweaks countless plot points, and tops it all off with a titanic metaphor not found in his own pages.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Ed Park
    Patient and fascinated, but never succumbing to abstraction, Wheel of Time can be seen as the middle installment of a trilogy against nature.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Ed Park
    Despite a fairly explicit lesbian boobfest (projected attendance just went up!), the film is more good-natured than provocative.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Ed Park
    Conran takes the ghosts in his machine seriously, and the results appear at once meltingly lovely and intriguingly inhuman.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Ed Park
    In the rare moments when a rifle, grenade, howitzer, bayonet, dagger, fist, land mine, or flamethrower isn't being deployed, the film pushes its melodramatic plotline with soap operatic shamelessness.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Ed Park
    Elf
    Works best as a rapid-fire series of sight gags and absurd remarks.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Ed Park
    Aside from cameos by Jim Broadbent (as the drunken major) and Peter O'Toole (as Nina's reclusive, eccentric father), much of the acting strains for a sophistication that quickly becomes annoying.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Ed Park
    Ismail Merchant's screen adaptation retains much of the novel's incident, but fumbles both the humor and moral ambivalence.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Ed Park
    One leaves the film with the Twilight Zone sense that the place isn't quite the hellhole prior reports have suggested.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Ed Park
    As parody, it's toothless and often smug, but as random Ferrellspeak generator, it has its delights.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Ed Park
    Convoluted but diverting.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Ed Park
    Chamber's charm lies in the sheer visualization of Rowling's weirder inventions: pots of shrivel-phizzed screaming treelets, Harry's arm gone boneless from a bungled spell, a scolding letter from home that leaps to life as a yapping paper mouth.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Ed Park
    Unsettling in spots, Princesa ultimately glosses over the futility of Fernanda's plight, her misery rapidly erased.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Ed Park
    When it comes to the "humans," the atmosphere collapses. Unnervingly smooth, mouths moving in strange, even frightening formations, the Polar people are the least convincing things on-screen, glaring impostors amid the otherwise painstakingly rendered scenery.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Ed Park
    An anti-"Rififi" in which nearly everybody loses their cool, not after the big score goes down but repeatedly and neurotically throughout.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Ed Park
    Craig keeps Joe Rose on a hair trigger, but Morton is wasted as Claire; Ifans simply looks stoned.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Ed Park
    Alas, The White Countess, the final Merchant Ivory film, is something of a lacquered dud.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Ed Park
    The leads smooth over the plot holes endemic to all 4D fables, making the movie more than mere déjà vu.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Ed Park
    Yuki's streamlined revenge story (the furious, elegant choreography is by HK maestro Donnie Yen) has in its modest dimensions a surprising grace.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Ed Park
    The adventure-book pace and topsy-turvy English setting evoke the feel of Stephen Sommers's "Mummy" films.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Ed Park
    Though The Sea (and the sea) wants to capture some elemental, unruly truths, it's ultimately an over-lacquered jidai-geki curio, something for the appendix of the next book on Kurosawa.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Ed Park
    SK3D, alas, banks it all on a dead-end VR aesthetic, albeit one emitting a certain black-hole fascination.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Ed Park
    Ultimately everything feels one-sided and sanitized.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Ed Park
    So true to its title that I've forgotten many of the details already--and I just saw it this morning. This latecomer has been rendered completely obsolete by “Memento.”
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Ed Park
    Despite a late-inning swoon of pat emotional generosity, Game Six is a gratifying playground of high-wire language.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Ed Park
    Camp is self-conscious when the teens aren't singing, but the quote marks fall away as soon as they lift their voices.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Ed Park
    Dodgeball is the most satisfying comedy of the past year--at least among the ones starring Stiller.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Ed Park
    A flatland of lowest-common-denominated retro-collegiate wackiness.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Ed Park
    Chad Friedrichs's doc has too many rock-crit talking heads, too often saying the same thing based on scant information -- a clumsy portrait of the artist that inadvertently serves as a mirror of the critical faculty itself.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Ed Park
    Transpires in a somewhat chintzy fantasy kingdom lousy with more cameos than your typical Love Boat season.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Ed Park
    Though the characters are in fact sustained improvisations, the roles feel inhabited rather than acted -- a quality acutely present in scenes of excruciating awkwardness.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Ed Park
    Bears some resemblance to "All About My Mother," but lacks its compatriot's flamboyance, content to traffic in glib banalities and unwitting self-absorption.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Ed Park
    Less effective in dramatizing the choices facing second-generation Indian Americans than as a showcase for Sheetal Sheth's terrific hair.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 Ed Park
    Too stupid to be satire, too obviously hateful to be classified otherwise, Frank Novak's irritating slice of lumpen life is as reliably soul-killing as its title is nearly meaningless. ("Good Housekeeping" magazine's legal muscle forced a last-minute change.)
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Ed Park
    Most of the action is tedious, and the less you pay attention to the dialogue, the less you'll feel your hand inadvertently twitching as if with joystick.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Ed Park
    The most romantic New York movie since August's "Happy Accidents."
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Ed Park
    The self-consciousness is unintentionally touching, but it wet-blankets the film into a thirdhand lark.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Ed Park
    A sign of The Baxter's charm is that it's essentially spoiler-proof: We know from the get-go which couples will pair off, and the pleasures lie in the spring-stepped vibe, the natty throwback wardrobe, and the intricate goofball patter.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Ed Park
    The most blatant rip-off is of the "Rushmore" soundtrack. But Ralph Walker is no Max Fischer, and his monomania gets dull fast.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Ed Park
    A bitter little fable of rent control and its discontents, Duplex moves rapidly into darkness and claustrophobia.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Ed Park
    Emphatically acted, ponderous, and ultimately a little silly.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Ed Park
    Club's inability to moralize saves it from kitsch.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Ed Park
    The low-key animation, featuring little that could not have appeared in its '50s predecessor, is all the more affecting for being so pristinely preserved.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Ed Park
    Mike Leigh mainstay Timothy Spall deftly shades in the designated goner, fellow "Still Crazy" alum Bill Nighy is sweetly wispy as the capable fop, and anger-management counselor Olivia Williams trembles pleasantly as usual.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Ed Park
    Adept and generally enjoyable.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Ed Park
    Playful and sentimental, with comic-book characterization and a half-orphaned, filially righteous head case, Janice Beard resembles a British "Amélie."
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Ed Park
    Shark Tale's shallow plot and leagues of padding put it fully in the shadow of last year's animated underwater offering, the nifty, heartfelt "Finding Nemo."
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Ed Park
    At least Macht emerges relatively unscathed from the mess, content to brood and mutter self-loathing observations while Johansson and (most painfully) Travolta spoon their Southern accents out of a jar and spread it all over the humid scenery.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Ed Park
    As a dirtier Deepak, Mistry is blankly sweet, suitable for his role as Subcontinental Rorschach.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Ed Park
    Despite the wall-to-wall shagging in Cin's loft, -- this Three Days of the Condom is less Last Tango in Sydney than "When Harry Met Sally."
    • 47 Metascore
    • 20 Ed Park
    Posner's dishearteningly unsophisticated treatment itself rings false.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Ed Park
    Their opposites-attract trajectory entertainingly reaches an applause-inducing climax -- but heeding Eddie's exegetical advice, Prince refuses to end on such an easy emotional note.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Ed Park
    Proves infertile in more ways than one.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Ed Park
    Has shades of such oleaginous insider-treading as "The Player" and "Celebrity," but the mood, like the lighting, is altogether sunnier.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Ed Park
    As earnest as a community-college advertisement, American Chai is enough to make you put away the guitar, sell the amp, and apply to medical school.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Ed Park
    A looking-glass cover version of "The Truman Show," the maudlin Jim Carrey vehicle Bruce Almighty lets the comedian ply his rubber-limbed shtick as well as indulge his pursuit of sappiness.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Ed Park
    Solidifying his funnyman rep, Ashton Kutcher appears as oldest child Piper Perabo's model-actor boyfriend, a delightfully brainless narcissist.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Ed Park
    Grim headlines aside, FireDancer is hard to recommend, with its haphazard tone, wobbly acting, and cipher-like lead.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Ed Park
    Though the acting is tentative at times, with performances not quite landing on the same page, Evergreen is a compassionate slice of Pacific Northwest misery.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Ed Park
    The acting is deliberately bad, directed to an ostensibly dreamlike flatness; and it's also just plain bad.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Ed Park
    More fun to listen to than watch -- though this still leaves the problem of dialogue.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Ed Park
    Director Chuck Russell lacks the visual panache, the comic touch, and perhaps the budget of Sommers's title-bout features, which refined a historically grounded B-movie sensibility into pure, gasp-inducing entertainment.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Ed Park
    Falls into the clotheshorse cliché: all dressed up and no place to go.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Ed Park
    Family goes easy on the schmaltz, and the catastrophes have the puncturing feel of real life.

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