For 45 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 40% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 58% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Fred Camper's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Sun
Lowest review score: 20 The Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 45
  2. Negative: 3 out of 45
45 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Fred Camper
    This 2005 masterpiece by Russian filmmaker Alexander Sokurov transforms the story of Emperor Hirohito at the close of World War II into a melancholy meditation on power and its loss.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Fred Camper
    Utterly fresh and beguiling.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Fred Camper
    His first feature in 21 years, this is also Monte Hellman's finest work, a hall-of-mirrors masterpiece about moviemaking with diversions more complex, and more enticing, than in the director's previous efforts (Ride in the Whirlwind, Two-Lane Blacktop).
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Fred Camper
    The obviously authentic love these couples shared should settle the question for all but bigots.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Fred Camper
    Kar Kar's singing is wonderfully expressive, and an improvised song to his wife at her grave site demonstrates the emotional wellspring of his music.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Fred Camper
    Friendship is portrayed here in its finest form.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Fred Camper
    An entertaining product that presents a powerful artistic vision.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Fred Camper
    Engrossing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Fred Camper
    The troupe veterans interviewed, most in their 80s and 90s, are wonderfully passionate; the affecting ending shows them still working as dance teachers and archivists all over the world.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Fred Camper
    Director Mark Bamford has a feel for the entanglements of daily life, and his lively editing rhythm holds the multiple stories together.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Fred Camper
    Fun, lively, and a tad superficial.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Fred Camper
    Occasionally lighthearted but always affecting cautionary tale.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Fred Camper
    Julie-Marie Parmentier is fetching as the vulnerable younger sister, and the duo generate considerable erotic tension; unfortunately Denis' detached and indifferent camera never gets inside the story, its characters, or its milieu.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Fred Camper
    The fragmented compositions isolate the characters, trapping them in walled-off worlds -- which makes the brief kiss between Otomo and the grandmother all the more touching.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Fred Camper
    Understated but affecting.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Fred Camper
    Misses a chance to use the Manhattan setting to add to his protagonist's displacement, instead treating the city as a bland backdrop.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Fred Camper
    A moving evocation of longing unfulfilled.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Fred Camper
    An engaged and knowing look at the underground world of improvised rap, concentrating on artists less interested in commercial success and cutting records than in the "spontaneous right now" of "nonconceptual rhyme."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Fred Camper
    The most telling moments in this 2003 video documentary aren't the statements of the neo-Nazis, a tiny minority who get way too much screen time, but the lies and bigotries of the ordinary citizens.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Fred Camper
    I'm no boxing fan, but there's something admirable about fighter Johar Abu Lashin's love of his sport, chronicled in Duki Dror's tautly constructed 2002 documentary.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Fred Camper
    Darkly poetic study of psychological brutality.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Fred Camper
    Shirin Neshat, best known for her video installations, makes her feature directing debut with this elegant, often moving story of four Iranian women trapped by their circumstances in the turmoil preceding the 1953 coup.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Fred Camper
    Koshashvili effectively captures turn-of-the-century ennui, but, more impressively, some of the feel of literary prose by intercutting characters in different locales, pausing the narrative for thoughtful close-ups that evoke interiority. The excellent excellent acting conveys the principals' emotional ambiguities.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Fred Camper
    Some say that the revolt was initiated by black and Latino drag queens, a fact not presented here, but there are affecting moments.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Fred Camper
    In the interview, a charmingly self-effacing Basquiat displays a winning smile; perhaps no one could explain what drove him, or his 1988 death from a heroin overdose at 27, but we do learn of his alienation from his family.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Fred Camper
    Ken Hanes's witty script shows its origins in his stage play, with the repartee often a bit too thick and fast for the screen.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Fred Camper
    Paid in Full isn't a complete success; still, it moves beyond many cliches to create an honest portrait of several Harlem drug kingpins on their way up and inevitably down.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Fred Camper
    The film's relaxed pace, unassuming tone, and respect for its characters all recall the films of Abbas Kiarostami, who provided the story idea, but director Ali Reza Raisian adds a slightly more dramatic and emotional edge.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Fred Camper
    Doesn't add up to much more than a series of pretty pictures, and Goldsworthy's gnomic statements about the "energy" he perceives in "the plants and the land" are never fully explored.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Fred Camper
    Fedja van Huet gives a fascinating performance as two very different twin brothers.