For 80 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 55% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Gemma Files' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Lowest review score: 10 Bless the Child
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 80
  2. Negative: 23 out of 80
80 movie reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Gemma Files
    It's a rollicking good time, full of genuine emotional pull and incandescent acting, and anchored by a passionate love for the theater itself which puts most human liaisons--including Shakespeare and Viola's -- to shame.
    • Film.com
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Gemma Files
    This is a waking dream of truly operatic dimensions.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Gemma Files
    It always surprises, never bores. It's also just damn good, on every possible level -- so go see it. Now.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Gemma Files
    Sweet and hilarious, a classic crowd-pleaser which elevates rather than eviscerates the homespun eccentrics who make up its cast of characters.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Gemma Files
    Subtle, strange, off-putting, fascinating.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Gemma Files
    The kind of thing Franz Kafka might have dreamed up, had he only had access to a daily dose of MTV.
    • Film.com
    • 53 Metascore
    • 90 Gemma Files
    Though issues of politics and philosophy are touched upon, this is a film about the people inside the uniforms -- a story of human beings under pressure, forced by circumstance to make choices both impulsive and, on occasion, heroic. It's also the new year's single most satisfying movie experience thus far.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Gemma Files
    Man, I just can't recommend this enough.
    • Film.com
    • 35 Metascore
    • 80 Gemma Files
    Horror presented without restraint or apology, as a full-bore, blood-soaked load of nomad nastiness caught in constant forward motion.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Gemma Files
    Mehta's latest release, combines a similarly intoxicating visual immediacy and delight with a sobering outsider's long view.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Gemma Files
    It's adult and humane, genuinely sexy, laugh-out-loud funny.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Gemma Files
    This is independent acting (and movie-making) at its best -- true, tight, anything but trite.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Gemma Files
    Chan's glorious madness.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Gemma Files
    A gorgeous and enduring piece of work.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Gemma Files
    An incredible star turn from Hilary Swank.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Gemma Files
    A true achievement -- no matter who eventually wants to take, or deny, credit for its creation.
    • Film.com
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Gemma Files
    Opinionated magic and mayhem
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Gemma Files
    What ensues is never exactly unpredictable, but always witty, fresh and fun.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Gemma Files
    A startling debut full of emotional depth and political punch.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Gemma Files
    A tiny slice of bleak, black near-perfection.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Gemma Files
    Ferociously inventive.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Gemma Files
    Surreal to the point of poeticism, amusing and tragic by turns.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Gemma Files
    Confirming the moral of a thousand "Twilight Zone" episodes: Don't play with time.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Gemma Files
    Starting small and building steadily, the movie reaps some fall-down funny laughs.
    • Film.com
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Gemma Files
    Expertly done, and a real joy to watch.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Gemma Files
    Retains enough of Soderbergh's usual indie sensibility to make some sly but contentious points.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 70 Gemma Files
    Nothing less than stunning: a slapstick ballet of choreographed buffoonery.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Gemma Files
    A fascinating combination of dare, stunt and genuine artistic risk -- often disorganized, but never less than entertaining.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Gemma Files
    Here in the rotting depths of pulp horror/adventure territory, that's the entire point of the exercise.
    • Film.com
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Gemma Files
    Well worth the price of admission.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Gemma Files
    Quills -- like the Marquis himself--is a posey, pungent, ultra-theatrical yet weirdly seductive mess which wants to have its cake, eat it too and discuss the whole concept and context of its meal (constantly, contradictorily) while it does so.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Gemma Files
    Silly in some parts, but sheer fun in most, Bootmen will get you wiggling in your seat with a big grin pasted on your face.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Gemma Files
    A two-hour slice --of comedy pie.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Gemma Files
    Breaks virtually no new narrative ground, yet treads the familiar territory it does cover with grace, style, wit and fun.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Gemma Files
    One of the most consistently amusing ways in which it frustrates audience expectations has to do with how amazingly little of this very violent cast of characters' violence actually ends up being expressed onscreen.
    • Film.com
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Gemma Files
    But it IS enjoyable.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Gemma Files
    It's sumptuous, archaic, and longer than a firehouse ladder.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Gemma Files
    No classic, but two hours well-spent nonetheless.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Gemma Files
    Has a soundtrack crammed with infectious music gleaned from fairly surprising sources.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Gemma Files
    Actually funnier than the first movie, but getting to those parts requires a little bit of patient mental fast-forwarding.
    • Film.com
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Gemma Files
    A magic-realistic fable whose lows soon prove as infuriating as its highs are intoxicating.
    • Film.com
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Gemma Files
    An unexpectedly adult emotional rollercoaster with some very cold and unsettling things to say about men, women, marriage, and the lies we so often tell each other.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Gemma Files
    Like memories of your latest high, it's all briefly amusing, mildly embarrassing, and - ultimately -- completely forgettable.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Gemma Files
    Kusama understands her subject intimately, and it shows.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Gemma Files
    An exercise in outrageous style over substance.
    • Film.com
    • 26 Metascore
    • 50 Gemma Files
    One way or the other, there really is something to be said for a movie which seems to revel in its own inherent comic-book silliness.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Gemma Files
    If the current flood of pre-millennial tension movies teaches us nothing else, it demonstrates how desperate we've all become to see whether we could make our peace in the time provided, if forced to by circumstances beyond our control.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Gemma Files
    The lack of chemistry between he (Yun-Fat) and Foster is truly striking: so much so, in fact, that the strain of trying to manufacture some keeps her looking on the verge of outright illness throughout.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Gemma Files
    Sunshine's historical reference-heavy narrative walks a fine line between novelistic tragedy and comically overstated melodrama, falling down on the job more than once.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Gemma Files
    It doesn't really hang together. And waaay too much style. Pity.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Gemma Files
    Renders the net result fairly squarely unenjoyable, on almost any level.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Gemma Files
    Flirts with the idea of insight.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Gemma Files
    Not quite good enough to leave more than a vaguely pleasant, vaguely disappointing aftertaste.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Gemma Files
    Mandy Nelson's sugar-high bright-'n'-cheerful script takes a series of easy ways out, avoiding completely the prospective pitfalls of having to see any of these characters as complicated, contradictory, not entirely nice or identifiable-with -- actual human beings, in other words.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Gemma Files
    Not even Goldberg's near-flawless central performance can polish Kingdom Come beyond mere soap opera pap.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Gemma Files
    She's not a real person, in any way, shape or form -- which makes watching Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, the first in a projected series of live-action films based around her exploits, a visually spectacular yet oddly cheerless experience.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Gemma Files
    This is half a good movie held hostage to the other, trashier half, and unfortunately for all of us, no rescue seems forthcoming.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Gemma Files
    Appalling, repetitive, utterly predictable.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Gemma Files
    It's all quite precious, just not in a good way: "Postmodern" to a fault, deeply shallow, infuriatingly trite.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Gemma Files
    Langorous and oddly detached... a mess.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Gemma Files
    Visually stunning but emotionally shallow.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Gemma Files
    About an hour after you've seen it, you'll already be fuzzy on just who was screwing who, and why
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Gemma Files
    Ends up suffering from the classic diseases of book-to-film adaptation: triteness, overreliance of narration, and a general "need" to impose classic dramatic structure on what is not a particularly dramatic narrative.
    • Film.com
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Gemma Files
    A nonsensical mishmash.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Gemma Files
    You'll definitely feel cheated -- especially when you keep on finding yourself thinking how Mulder and Scully would have handled it all.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 20 Gemma Files
    Sarandon prostitutes her blazing talent and sharp political sensibility to the service of a pile of misogynistic bullflop.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 20 Gemma Files
    Tired, overcomplicated mix of macho bullshit.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 20 Gemma Files
    Has its - very - occasionally funny moments, so does a car crash.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 20 Gemma Files
    Borderline incoherent.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 20 Gemma Files
    Ephron is still a director whose movies veer uncomfortably between the good -- make that adequate -- "You've Got Mail", the bad "This Is My Life" and the ugly Lucky Numbers. Pity.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 20 Gemma Files
    Basically a dressed-up piece of drivel, a self-referential pseudo-thriller with pretensions to pretensions of classic Hollywood suspense.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 20 Gemma Files
    Good intentions, bad writing.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 Gemma Files
    Lyonne, as usual, does her best...but she's running uphill.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 20 Gemma Files
    An endlessly contrived exercise in self-referential "black comedy", can't help but strike me as no kind of triumph of anything over anything.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 20 Gemma Files
    Mr Kumble: Keep your hands off the classics! You don't deserve to read them, let alone paraphrase them.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 10 Gemma Files
    Some things just don't translate . . . not with Lipnicki attached, at any rate. Stick with the books.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 10 Gemma Files
    If you're looking for something child-appropriate that'll actually keep the little darlings awake for two hours straight, you'd do better...and cheaper...to just stay at home with the Discovery Channel.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 10 Gemma Files
    An almost total waste of time.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 10 Gemma Files
    Valentine simply mines the same tired, predictable slasher-movie vein as everything else he's (Blanks) done thus far. Send this one back unopened.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 10 Gemma Files
    Good vs. Evil For Dummies....and I, for one, dislike being treated like a Dummy.