For 116 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Emanuel Levy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Wild Reeds
Lowest review score: 20 Hanging Up
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 116
  2. Negative: 15 out of 116
116 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Emanuel Levy
    Though there are a number of outdoor scenes and production values are handsome, ultimately it's the narrow focus and chamber nature of the material that lends the movie its resonance and emotional power.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Emanuel Levy
    It is so sharply written and entertaining that in its stage-to-screen transfer the material easily overcomes its theatrical sensibility and the static direction of Joe Mantello, who also staged the Broadway production.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 Emanuel Levy
    Michelle Pfeiffer and Treat Williams give such magnetic performances that they elevate the film way above its middlebrow sensibility and proclivity for neat resolutions.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Emanuel Levy
    A tautly focused, well-executed drama. Demonstrates that it's still possible to make small, intimate and personal movies within the Hollywood studio system.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Emanuel Levy
    Gattaca, New Zealander helmer Andrew Niccol's impressive feature debut, is an intelligent and timely sci-fi thriller that, with the exception of some illogical plot contrivances, is emotionally engaging almost up to the end.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Emanuel Levy
    Though carefully rendered from a historical perspective, this powerful account of female friendship and bonding under the most cruel conditions lacks the narrative focus and dramatic shapeliness to generate emotional excitement.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Emanuel Levy
    Humor prevails throughout, but it doesn't deflate the disturbing elements of the tale, which miraculously manages to stay droll, heartfelt and poignant to the end.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Emanuel Levy
    A remarkably inventive and audacious film that almost overcomes its flaws.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Emanuel Levy
    A thriller that tries aggressively, but not entirely successfully, to deliver the goods of three genres -- suspense, supernatural and horror.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Emanuel Levy
    Ultimately Kundun emerges as a movie that's hypnotic without being truly compelling, sensuously stunning but not illuminating.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Emanuel Levy
    The pic is so well directed and lead performance by Sanaa Lathan so charismatic that audiences will overlook the script's flaws and root for the central duo.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Emanuel Levy
    Still, this strikingly proficient production boasts genuinely scary thrills and first-rate visual and creature effects.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Emanuel Levy
    Though often enjoyable, it’s an old-fashioned, feel-good movie whose significance is more sociological than cinematic.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Emanuel Levy
    An emotionally powerful but extremely old-fashioned coming-of-age saga.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Emanuel Levy
    Overall, this smooth, glossy, enjoyable film showcases an impressive new authorial voice.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Emanuel Levy
    A solid and intelligent legal thriller that may be too complex in its issues, and too low-key and unexciting in its style, for today's market demands.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Emanuel Levy
    The teaming of Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey, two of the most highly regarded actors around, in perfectly fitting roles that call for a battle of wits and wills, proves to be a shrewd piece of casting, and the best element of The Negotiator.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Emanuel Levy
    Intellectually demanding and non-commercial film should be embraced in the festival and arthouse circuits by film students and viewers interested in postmodern, deconstructionist cinema.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Emanuel Levy
    Demonstrates the impossibility of separating the private from the public dimensions of politics, and the pain involved in trying to account for behavior that cannot withstand rational examination.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Emanuel Levy
    Like Mamet, LaBute's approach is precise, stylized and detached, and he also follows Mamet the director in positioning his characters close to the camera, as if they were addressing the audience directly, without much depth of field -- or air to breathe.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Emanuel Levy
    An intelligently proficient movie that works more effectively as a family drama than a legal thriller.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Emanuel Levy
    It's to the filmmakers' credit that, as an actioner, The Corruptor is a character-driven movie, with several plot twists and turns involving the interactions among the gangs, cops, FBI and Internal Affairs.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Emanuel Levy
    Naturally charming without being beautiful, Driver brings extraordinary intensity and tenderness to a role that easily could have become sappy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Emanuel Levy
    The filmmakers give new saga a freer, looser form than is usual, allowing a superlative ensemble to develop rich characterizations.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Emanuel Levy
    Boasting sublime imagery, but no characters to ground his reverie, the new pic heavily relies on an opaque narrative and elliptical editing.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Emanuel Levy
    Steve Zahn shines throughout Mark Illsley's feature debut, Happy, Texas, elevating this eccentric small-town comedy a notch or two above its level of writing.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Emanuel Levy
    Sporadically entertaining, though it lacks the kind of political urgency and emotional resonance so crucial to many similarly themed '70s movies.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Emanuel Levy
    Beautifully detailed and deftly structured, every scene in The Apostle logically leads to the next one, each elaborating on the central theme of religious redemption.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Emanuel Levy
    Mounted as an art film and is likely to divide both critics and the helmer's fans.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Emanuel Levy
    Meticulous, sumptuous production design, and striking visuals compensate for the lack of dramatic momentum in a film that arguably stretches narrative form to its limits.

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