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 15.7 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 New Best Friend
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 98
  2. Negative: 29 out of 98
98 movie reviews
    • 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.

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