For 98 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 36% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 57% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 15.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Gene Seymour's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 44
Highest review score: 100 Fleeing by Night
Lowest review score: 10 Freddy Got Fingered
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 98
  2. Negative: 29 out of 98
98 movie reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 100 Gene Seymour
    An exquisite love story directed with admirable subtlety and sensitivity.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Gene Seymour
    Rarely have a novelist and filmmaker been better matched.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Gene Seymour
    One of the least sensationalistic--and therefore, more unsettlingly plausible--visions of prison life ever transfigured into big-screen drama.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Gene Seymour
    A laid-back excursion through the "Star Trek" phenomenon that boldly goes where millions and millions of fans have gone--in and out of costume.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Gene Seymour
    The Corruptor manages to make a meat-and-potatoes action flick into a cunning little meditation on personal loyalty and situational morality. [12 Mar 1999]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Gene Seymour
    Control keeps you riveted in ways that "24 Hour Party People" doesn't, primarily because of the investment of craft and conviction by all concerned.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Gene Seymour
    So why does Eight Legged Freaks make one laugh out loud even though there is nothing revolutionary about its approach to the giant bug genre? -- the movie is so unapologetic in its crassness that it disarms even the fussiest connoisseur of throwaway disaster flicks.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Gene Seymour
    Script resounds throughout with astringent dialogue and stark authenticity.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Gene Seymour
    Has the right mix of sugar and spice for a satisfying rush.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Gene Seymour
    Though Aliens of the Deep flirts with Zissou-Murray's divine madness, Cameron's vision seems somehow cozier. No wonder he's not yet ready for dry dock.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Gene Seymour
    What emerges from Arlyck's musings is a penetrating cinematic essay on how generations in the last century struggled to take hold of history and reconfigure the shape of daily life.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Gene Seymour
    A spicy little pastry with just the right proportions of flakiness and gooeyness.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Gene Seymour
    You might start to seriously wonder if there's a way to get this woman to run for office here in America.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Gene Seymour
    As with any Ozon film, Time to Leave comes across with unexpected moments of illuminated stillness.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Gene Seymour
    What you have here, essentially, is a classic "Honeymooners" episode juiced with tropes from the most recent "Rocky" movie.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Gene Seymour
    What Idle Hands lacks in originality, it makes up for in energy and insolence. It takes guts for a movie to indulge as much as this one does in proto-hippie humor and you find yourself tickled, in spite of yourself, by the movie's nerve, if not its jokes.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Gene Seymour
    Mindless escape. [12 April 1999, Calendar, p.F-4]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Gene Seymour
    His constant chatter may grate, but Noya does the wide-eyed wonderment thing very well.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Gene Seymour
    The movie's clatter and whiz-bang suggests more humor than there actually is.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Gene Seymour
    It's nice, once in a while, to come upon a movie that knows it's nothing special, proves it and doesn't care so long as its target audience feels good enough to have a refreshing beverage or two afterward.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Gene Seymour
    Succeeds best when it intensifies its focus on the work and life of its main subject, seen in interviews, home movies and in a climactic performance with Bono and the Edge on "Tower of Song."
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Gene Seymour
    The movie falls short of the grandeur it's reaching for, but if you're looking for balm to soothe your frazzled nerves, you may be able to scrape some from the movie's rawer edges.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Gene Seymour
    Driving Lessons follows the well-worn path laid down by other, better movies while making strained, ludicrous things happen toward the end.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 60 Gene Seymour
    As a full-service holiday movie, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause gets you into the mood to shop early and often by making the North Pole look like a shopping mall with a never-ending school pageant.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Gene Seymour
    Hostel II is far too shrewd and savagely witty to be caught engaging in higher seriousness. Roth could probably go even further with this particular franchise if he wanted to. Yet somehow, I think he's meant for grander, subtler and more intricate distractions than this.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Gene Seymour
    Pettis is adorable, but she pushes the cuteness dial well past one's tolerance level. Still, if you've got small ones yourself, they'll probably enjoy the messes Joe and Peyton make together. They may also wonder why it takes so long for all the movie's messes to get cleaned up.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 50 Gene Seymour
    Manages to sustain a sweet, funny groove for, say, 65 of its 85 minutes.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Gene Seymour
    It looks as if no one bothered to deliver more than the minimum requirement of magic or artistry.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Gene Seymour
    A hostage drama, cliches intact, is what we get.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Gene Seymour
    For all its familiar conventions and hoary improbabilities, Double Jeopardy is a relatively efficient model of its kind.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Gene Seymour
    There are enough grace notes and gentle surprises strewn along this well-trod path to make Just Looking just good enough to justify Alexander's career move.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Gene Seymour
    There's something plodding and uncomfortably strident about Little Animals that keeps the audience from sharing, much less understanding, Bobby's enchantment.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Gene Seymour
    The cause is just. But there's something off-kilter about the mix. Maybe it's because the animation retains its TV flatness while the story's texture is gratuitously bulked up.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Gene Seymour
    After a while, the only way for a reasonably intelligent person to get through The Country Bears is to ponder how a whole segment of pop-music history has been allowed to get wet, fuzzy and sticky.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Gene Seymour
    The noir atmosphere doesn't quite smother the dialogue's cheesy smell.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Gene Seymour
    The movie, with all its brashness and crassness, can still claim noble motives in encouraging insecure young people to seek the pop diva buried deep within.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Gene Seymour
    As long as you keep thinking of "Babe," you can't help thinking that there's no excuse for movies like Good Boy! to merely push the usual buttons, deploy the usual poop jokes and carry out the usual sight gags.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 50 Gene Seymour
    Kattan and Ferrell do their best to fill out the shallow Butabis.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Gene Seymour
    The hard-sell comic delivery one expects from contemporary date movies is pleasantly tempered here.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Gene Seymour
    It's no use expecting Return to Never Land to match, much less exceed, Disney's 1953 version of "Peter Pan," which by itself isn't quite in the uppermost tier of the studio's full-length cartoons.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Gene Seymour
    Griffiths' Pam holds your attention without any gratuitous mannerisms or broad asides. It's a sleek, rangy performance that all but redeems the hackneyed familiarity of the premise.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Gene Seymour
    As its plot thickens, Waist Deep gets more outlandish. The whole mess empties out into an overextended car chase through Los Angeles.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Gene Seymour
    Edmond does, on the surface, seem very much a contemporary tale of urban terror. Yet despite the best efforts of all concerned, what seemed explosive and provocative two decades ago now comes across as schematic and artificial.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Gene Seymour
    There's no real rigor or craft applied to this story -- just mood, tone, neo-gothic imagery and frantic attitude. If only Penelope knew what it truly wished to be and how to go about it. Which is probably what this overly coy fantasy's modestly appealing title character wishes as well.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Gene Seymour
    Snarkiness and sentiment are in constant battle for supremacy throughout Run, Fat Boy, Run with no chance of a comfortable draw.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Gene Seymour
    Righteous Kill's script is credited to "Inside Man's" Russell Gewirtz, and you wonder how the sleek, nuanced flow of that earlier movie evaded this one.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Gene Seymour
    It's a pastiche of pulpy elements culled from all the "Dirty Harry" movies you can think of.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Gene Seymour
    There probably isn't another actress anywhere who could make that corny self-advertisement work. And there definitely isn't another actress who could make such an overbearing heroine worth watching for an hour and a half.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Gene Seymour
    Whether you care if they find them (terrorists) or not may depend on how much you've been able to withstand Bad Company's sensory overload of firefights, vehicular mayhem, techno-cool swagger and enough bumptious contrivances to fill several seasons of daffy prime-time soaps.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Gene Seymour
    The movie is over the top and garish. Its transitions often are sloppy and crude. But it brandishes its excesses like a loud, retro suit.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Gene Seymour
    Thinking too much about the contents will ruin what little pleasure there is in the experience.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Gene Seymour
    Sophisticated romantic comedy for people who think "Corky Romano" is trenchant political satire.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Gene Seymour
    The droll cast--especially Ferrer, who's exquisite as a tough-talking dunce--deserved something more fully realized than this.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Gene Seymour
    (Lawrence) has every right to be proud of carrying this rickety film on his stooped shoulders.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Gene Seymour
    While Yamamoto's bullets never miss, Kitano's attempt at tragic grandeur of "Godfather"-esque proportions misses to an almost embarrassing degree.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Gene Seymour
    Documents accurately the capacity of pop culture to make mongrels of its consumers. But it doesn't quite know (or want to know) what to make of it.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Gene Seymour
    Drains the original story of its satire and juices up its shtick, schmaltz and special effects.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Gene Seymour
    Its dark-edged crime-caper plot is so formulaic it seems almost ritualized. Yet Ice Cube and Mike Epps enact their standard odd-couple tango with such ease and brio, you'd think they'd never seen such movies before.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Gene Seymour
    All told, this is going to make passable television. Eventually.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Gene Seymour
    There's more than a little Oedipal melodrama tossed into the mix. But the movie rarely gets as sappy or as contrived as one keeps expecting.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 40 Gene Seymour
    Gallops along at a quick, easygoing clip. Grown-ups may have to scrub the sugar from their frontal lobes. But it's not about them, is it? Never was. Never will be.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Gene Seymour
    A coy, frantic attempt at screwball comedy, lightly seasoned and more than a little gummy.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Gene Seymour
    If I were 6, I could enjoy Rebound without thinking about all the better movies made from its concept.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Gene Seymour
    Reunion is an awkward compound of paradoxical tones and ideas... But one shouldn't underestimate Perry's ability to make such contradictions work and get away with the most wretched excess.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 40 Gene Seymour
    To her credit, Jovovich carries out her action-hero duties with swagger and conviction that never get out of control. Clearly, she's expecting a franchise out of this.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 40 Gene Seymour
    From the beginning to its very end, The Benchwarmers seems to be struggling to justify its own existence.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Gene Seymour
    At times, the narrative thread slips the movie's grasp and there are flat spots in which characters just scream and thrash. Given what its ending aims for (don't ask), such interludes feel flabby and gratuitous even with Sutherland and Spacek providing gravitas to the ghoulishness.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 40 Gene Seymour
    You'll be goaded throughout The Comebacks to think of "Bend It Like Beckham," "Remember the Titans," "Rudy," "Hoosiers," "Field of Dreams" and their ilk. What you also think about is how much this stuff worked better in "Airplane!" or "Blazing Saddles."
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Gene Seymour
    As over-the-top as Raven-Symoné and Lawrence are, the most live-action cartoon characters in College Road Trip are the father-daughter tandem of Doug (Donny Osmond) and Wendy (Molly Ephraim), whose nitro-powered perkiness pass the point of grating and move into a perversely antic state of grace.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Gene Seymour
    Every generation is entitled to its dopey, sticky junk and, deep into the winter blahs, they don't get stickier or dopier than Snow Dogs.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 30 Gene Seymour
    Low comedy doesn't get any lower than Love Stinks.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Gene Seymour
    Goes into a tailspin after its impressive setup. Its dramatic tactics become so tangled and diffuse that, by the end, you get the feeling that everything gets tied up too hastily.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Gene Seymour
    Certainly, Malkovich's portrayal of mob lieutenant Teddy Deserve (!) and his lacquered swagger represent the only thing here that you haven't seen a hundred times before.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Gene Seymour
    Where the first "Jeepers Creepers" came across like a dark, wacky dream, the inevitable Jeepers Creepers 2 seems more like a franchise under construction.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 30 Gene Seymour
    Despite the occasional topical reference to President Bush and Sen. Clinton, this movie is, like, so eight years ago, it isn't funny.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Gene Seymour
    Only the innate sweetness of both its lead character and its base premise keeps you from wanting to slap Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo upside its mangy, empty head.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Gene Seymour
    Gadget instead ends up as another mindless, noisy thrill ride that gorges its audience on bright effects and leaves it queasy from overconsumption.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Gene Seymour
    Those 24-and-unders who are looking for their own "Caddyshack" to adopt as a generational signpost may have to keep looking.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Gene Seymour
    A dismal pastiche of threadbare plot devices and not-so-comic interludes.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Gene Seymour
    There is plenty of nasty patter and aimless jokes about hard-core sex, soft-core drugs, dog feces and flatulence to keep you occupied while you wait, in vain, for any reason to laugh out loud.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Gene Seymour
    Shows less human dimension than the new Wallace and Gromit movie.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Gene Seymour
    You'd like to think such bankruptcy of imagination means we've seen the last of these subterranean creeps. But you know they'll be back soon to collect their royalties from the gore hounds who apparently don't care how dull or warmed over the accompanying package.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 20 Gene Seymour
    When the outtakes at the end don't make you laugh, what does that tell you about the movie that preceded them?
    • 19 Metascore
    • 20 Gene Seymour
    Lays thick, goopy layers of uplift on what should be lighter on the heart and stomach.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 20 Gene Seymour
    Let's hope -- shall we? -- that the "true story" that allegedly "inspired" All the Queen's Men was a lot funnier and more deftly enacted than what's been cobbled together here.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 20 Gene Seymour
    So how then do you duplicate a magic aura from 30 years ago? You don't.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 20 Gene Seymour
    The gags, almost all of which involve the passage of gases and liquids, move at a fast-enough clip to keep you awake throughout. For which this review expresses a sorrow as profound as the sympathy it feels for all the actors.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 20 Gene Seymour
    A knucklehead operation, all glands and attitude with no heart or brains.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 20 Gene Seymour
    So TV-movie-of-the-week that you wonder throughout why you can't use a remote to find a decent ballgame.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 20 Gene Seymour
    They (Brooks and Douglas) are so out of sync with each other that they seem to be looking for different movies to take their acts, though neither makes you want to see those hypothetical films. Not even as an option to this one.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 Gene Seymour
    But what little humor there is in the movie becomes subservient to the grisly violence, gratuitous cruelty and ugly car chases.
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 21 Metascore
    • 20 Gene Seymour
    You won't feel anything. Period. Oh, maybe bored or disoriented by the inside jargon and alien references that will be comprehensible only if you happen to have played the computer game on which Wing Commander is based. [12 March 1999, Calendar, p.F-10]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 16 Metascore
    • 10 Gene Seymour
    Skip it. Just fill in the blanks and you too can brew the same bland, goopy mixture, right down to such clunker lines as "There is a Santa Claus, Ma. He just doesn't come to Brooklyn anymore."
    • 13 Metascore
    • 10 Gene Seymour
    Struggles awkwardly to bring a twist or two to its hoary class-conscious story line, aiming for a subtlety in character development that's smothered by excessive kitsch and kink.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 10 Gene Seymour
    Like a dinner-theater version of the "Alien" movies without the good grooming.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 10 Gene Seymour
    An unintentional parody of every teen movie made in the last five years. Which can be the only rational explanation for making such a mess all over the screen.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 10 Gene Seymour
    Even the movie finds itself asking when it'll end. Not soon enough.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 10 Gene Seymour
    Stay as far away from Just My Luck as you can.

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