For 50 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ethan Alter's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Graduate
Lowest review score: 25 Cool World
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 50
  2. Negative: 8 out of 50
50 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Ethan Alter
    It's the one movie so far this summer that demands to be seen on the big screen.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Ethan Alter
    This is one movie that's guaranteed to linger in your mind after you leave the theater, whether you want it to or not.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Ethan Alter
    It's a movie that keeps flirting with greatness, but settles for being above average.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ethan Alter
    After the widely reviled "Rocky V," it was just as unlikely for there to be a satisfying conclusion to the Rocky saga, but Rocky Balboa fits the bill.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Ethan Alter
    It's great that the comedian felt the call of a higher office, but it's a call that apparently only he can hear.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Ethan Alter
    If The Painted Veil ultimately lacks some of the novelty and ambition of the year's best pictures, it still ranks as one of 2006's quiet gems.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Ethan Alter
    If The Prestige is something of a let down as a magic trick, it's more successful as a tale of obsession. The rivalry between the magicians is brutal and bloody and Bale and Jackman do their best work when they're plotting each other's downfall.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Ethan Alter
    Perfume is sure to annoy as many moviegoers as it entertains, but at least even the naysayers would find it difficult to argue that film is nothing if not a departure from the ordinary.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Ethan Alter
    You've got to give the guy (De Palma) some credit. He's made a bizarre, baffling and at times flat-out bad movie. But at least it's rarely boring.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ethan Alter
    Lively if derivative romp.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Ethan Alter
    Kramer vs. Kramer is, essentially, a television movie that was raised into the feature category by the excellence of the execution.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ethan Alter
    Right off the bat, Catch a Fire distinguishes itself from other recent international productions about Africa (including The Constant Gardener and The Last King of Scotland) in that it is actually told from an African perspective.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Ethan Alter
    Time doesn't just slow down while you're watching Catch and Release -- it actually comes to a dead stop.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Ethan Alter
    Bill Forsyth's films are always idiosyncratic, but Being Human is so steeped in the director's interior dialogue with himself as to be incomprehensible to anyone who doesn't happen to be Bill Forsyth
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Ethan Alter
    Year of the Dog would have benefited from a stronger hand behind the camera (White's general aesthetic basically involves cribbing heavily from Wes Anderson and Jared Hess), but as a showcase for Shannon, it ends up being strangely moving.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Ethan Alter
    Cool World's numerous plot holes and illogicalities might be forgiven if it had interesting characters or impressive visual effects.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Ethan Alter
    At its best though, the film offers a pointed critique of a youth culture that views someone like Jesse James Hollywood as a person to emulate.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Ethan Alter
    Lawrence too often errs on the side of embellishing details that didn't need to be expanded upon.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 63 Ethan Alter
    Before it descends into dull sadism and general incoherence in its third act, Turistas is a mostly effective exploitation picture, the kind of movie that would have been proudly displayed on the marquee of a '70s-era grindhouse.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Ethan Alter
    Even Depp's increasingly tired antics can't lighten the dour mood; in fact, Sparrow is completely overshadowed here by Rush's lively turn as Barbossa.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Ethan Alter
    Danny Boyle's effective psychological thriller.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ethan Alter
    What sets Fast Food Nation apart from other recent multi-character studies like "Crash," "Bobby," and "Babel" is that Linklater doesn't set up a single incident that ties all the story strands together.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Ethan Alter
    An anemic adventure that epitomizes generic feature animation.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Ethan Alter
    All of the actors are on point (Dupontel and Morante are particularly good), the individual story arcs are involving, if not exactly complex, and Thompson keeps the proceedings moving along at a comfortable clip.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Ethan Alter
    We can only speculate why McConaughey chose to play the role this way, but in all honesty, it's a good thing he did. His loony performance is the only surprising thing about this otherwise paint-by-numbers inspirational drama.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Ethan Alter
    To be fair, Smokin' Aces isn't a complete train wreck. Carnahan stages a handful of strong action set-pieces, most notably a close-quarters elevator shoot-out involving Liotta and Flanagan, that are a blast to watch.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Ethan Alter
    Like the equally dull romantic drama "Catch and Release," which was in theaters for a nanosecond back in January, In the Land of Women strains to convince the audience to that it's telling a real story about real people. But with its glossy visuals and photo-shoot ready cast, the movie ends up presenting us with the very opposite of reality.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ethan Alter
    Neeson and Brosnan, along with the beautiful location photography from DP John Toll, keeps you involved even when Von Ancken's heavy-handed direction threatens to bog the proceedings down.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Ethan Alter
    The film is laughable when it tries to be dramatic and stone-faced when it strains to be funny. Beyond that, Man of the Year is often so wildly off the mark in its depiction of how elections are run, it's hard to believe that it was directed by the same guy who helmed "Wag the Dog," one of the savviest political films ever made.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Ethan Alter
    This tale has been told so often (in fact, its roots can be traced back to Fellini's 1953 coming-of-age classic "I Vitelloni") the only way to keep it remotely fresh is to keep changing the time period and the professions of the principal characters.

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