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 3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ethan Alter's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Kramer vs. Kramer
Lowest review score: 25 Man of the Year
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 50
  2. Negative: 8 out of 50
50 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Ethan Alter
    The Graduate is a flawlessly acted and produced film. [Review of re-release]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Ethan Alter
    It's the one movie so far this summer that demands to be seen on the big screen.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Ethan Alter
    Bernal continues to demonstrate an impressive range; the character requires the normally laid-back actor to be a wild ball of energy, and he's more than up to the challenge. His performance is hilarious, heartfelt and more than a little creepy, which could also be said about the movie itself.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Ethan Alter
    Butch Cassidy's winking awareness of its own cinematic nature (from the opening "silent movie" train robbery to the famous closing freeze frame) and witty banter give the story a degree of charm and exuberance.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Ethan Alter
    Director Gillian Armstrong's feminist spin on classic material retains the moving humanity of Louisa May Alcott's novel while reworking it with welcome freshness.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Ethan Alter
    Danny Boyle's effective psychological thriller.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Ethan Alter
    Once may not boast stellar production values or elaborate dance numbers, but in its own scruffy way it captures the spirit of the genre better than any recent Hollywood musical.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Ethan Alter
    Lively if derivative romp.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ethan Alter
    Although it tends to rely heavily on slapstick in the second half, the movie provides plenty of laughs and is one of director Landis's best efforts.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Ethan Alter
    Trust is stylishly photographed and crammed with quirky, offbeat incidents and dialogue.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Ethan Alter
    The mixture of action, drama and romance isn’t as potent, and Kaige’s reliance on subpar special effects hurts the movie. Wu xia fans will still find things to like, but the uninitiated will probably find this slow going.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Ethan Alter
    A big success in Europe, the film has already spawned two sequels, the first of which is due to be released in the fall.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 63 Ethan Alter
    This charming musical based on the comic strip character Little Orphan Annie features many memorable songs and pleasant dance numbers.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Ethan Alter
    The depiction of everyday life at the orphanage is far more compelling than Vanya's personal quest. It's unfortunate that once the Italian hits the road, The Italian loses its way.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Ethan Alter
    Lawrence too often errs on the side of embellishing details that didn't need to be expanded upon.

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