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 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Gene Seymour's Scores

  • Movies
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
    • 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.