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 15.3 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 Jason X
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 98
  2. Negative: 29 out of 98
98 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Gene Seymour
    Rarely have a novelist and filmmaker been better matched.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Gene Seymour
    As with any Ozon film, Time to Leave comes across with unexpected moments of illuminated stillness.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Gene Seymour
    The movie's clatter and whiz-bang suggests more humor than there actually is.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Gene Seymour
    Has the right mix of sugar and spice for a satisfying rush.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Gene Seymour
    All told, this is going to make passable television. Eventually.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Gene Seymour
    It looks as if no one bothered to deliver more than the minimum requirement of magic or artistry.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Gene Seymour
    A spicy little pastry with just the right proportions of flakiness and gooeyness.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Gene Seymour
    What you have here, essentially, is a classic "Honeymooners" episode juiced with tropes from the most recent "Rocky" movie.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Gene Seymour
    Mindless escape. [12 April 1999, Calendar, p.F-4]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Gene Seymour
    Script resounds throughout with astringent dialogue and stark authenticity.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Gene Seymour
    His constant chatter may grate, but Noya does the wide-eyed wonderment thing very well.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 100 Gene Seymour
    An exquisite love story directed with admirable subtlety and sensitivity.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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