For 708 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Glenn Kenny's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Lowest review score: 0 Chapter 27
Score distribution:
708 movie reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Kenny
    This movie struck me as both Ceylan’s plainest, and perhaps his finest.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Kenny
    For all its seeming simplicity, this is an emotionally and intellectually complex film that holds the viewer in a grip as tight as any classic thriller you can name.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Kenny
    What plays out is a cinematic experience of life as performance, performance as life, reality as a construction and reality as someone else’s construction impinging on your own. The pace, which picks up and slows down throughout, is not some kind of perverse challenge to the audience. It is intrinsic to the inescapable atmosphere of the work.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Kenny
    People have spoken about how understated and old-fashioned Brooklyn is, to the extent that it might come across as a pleasant innocuous entertainment. Don’t be fooled. Brooklyn is not toothless. But it is big-hearted, romantic and beautiful.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Kenny
    As laudable as the movie is, it does not quite achieve greatness. That’s the fault of both its indirectness and its obviousness.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    If you can hook into it, Level Five is not just witty, insinuating, and penetrating; it’s also unexpectedly moving and, as deliberately threadbare as it often looks, cinematically rich.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Kenny
    This is more than just the best animated comedy of the year--it's the best comedy of the year, period.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Kenny
    Lee and company handle the particulars of the tale with the requisite meticulousness and exquisite taste that marks all the director's films.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Kenny
    The mood Mr. Weerasethakul conjures is all the more extraordinary when you consider that the movie’s premise, in the hands of almost any other director, would be used to build some kind of horror movie.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Kenny
    Herzog not only tells an incredible story but implies a dark metaphysic of the natural world that makes this film unsettlingly larger than its human subject.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 63 Glenn Kenny
    Strickland’s film is a daring, atmosphere-soaked piece of kink hypnotherapy that pays explicit homage to the films of Franco, down to the casting of former Franco regular, formidable femme Monica Swinn, in a sinister role.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Kenny
    A remarkably appealing success story full of heart and humor and poignancy, with Swank as winning as she’s ever been.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    The finest and most genuinely provocative horror movie to emerge in this still very-new century.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Kenny
    This is not a children's picture, although it touches on the imaginative powers and emotional resilience of children. It's another slice of Hou's distinctly poetic realism, and as such, also a kind of tribute to Paris -- the Paris of both today and of the older film.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    The character work here is both intimate and nicely compressed. But the movie really gets to its most sublime heights visually.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Kenny
    Most thrillers of this ilk have no qualms about going past the 120-minute mark, but I think Greengrass and company understood that overdoing it would turn mass excitement into massive headache.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    I generally resist calling any actor's work "brave" or "fearless" or any such thing, but Bosco's work here made me reconsider that self-imposed ban. It's incredible, harrowing, precise stuff.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    The film’s final scene is both charming and hilarious and puts a delightful ribbon on top of what the film’s opening so sneakily established.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    The masterly Panahi concocts a spellbinding, often corrosively and/or warmly funny story in which love of both country and sport tries to, but doesn't quite, transcend dogmatic and ingrained difference.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Kenny
    More often than not laugh-out-loud hilarious.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Kenny
    A triumphant revisiting of territory in which Scorsese is an unchallenged master -- the crime drama.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    Beautiful, lyrical, but not in the least bit wimpy. [May 2004, p. 18]
    • Premiere
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Kenny
    Influences aside, the movie so teems with delightful detail and has such an exuberant sense of play that it feels entirely fresh.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Kenny
    Hero is one of the most beautiful and involving films of the year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Kenny
    This film, directed by Zhao Liang (acclaimed here for his 2009 “Petition”) is a kind of poetic documentary. It’s all images and sounds, no interviews, no talking heads.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Kenny
    The settings are handsome, the cinematography accomplished, the performances first-rate.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    When the movie isn't being scary, it's crazily funny, so much so that critical watchers will wonder if Bong might tilt the balance of the picture too far in a comic direction and water down the scares. He doesn't.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Kenny
    Perhaps the greatest, most affecting articulation of the theme Eastwood has been exploring since 1990's "White Hunter Black Heart": how violence--real violence, not movie violence--perpetrated and experienced, can erode and/or obliterate the human soul.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Kenny
    The action is gorgeously fluid, the idiosyncratic 3-D visual conceits (including floating eyeballs undersea) are startling, and the story and its metaphors resolve in unexpected and moving ways.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Kenny
    Each individual shot creates a frisson of desolation that resonates far beyond the facile irony suggested by the movie’s title.

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