For 664 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Glenn Kenny's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Duchess of Langeais
Lowest review score: 0 I Know Who Killed Me
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 97 out of 664
664 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Kenny
    If a woman had not in fact certifiably written the picture, I might have thought that Lester Bangs had come back from the dead to pen an account of the teen years of his ideal mate.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Kenny
    I’m not qualified to say whether it’s an effective delivery system for its Christian message, but I think I can credibly pronounce it a good popcorn movie.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Kenny
    As the caper reaches its conclusion in a swirl of turnabouts and twists -- you'll never guess in whose favor all of them go -- Thirteen delivers more than enough gaming satisfaction for one such picture.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Kenny
    There are really no surprises here. But the action is bracing, Johnson’s performance is solid and, within its extremely narrow parameters, entirely convincing, and Gugino and Daddario are both gritty and attractive. The result is a pretty exemplary popcorn movie.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Kenny
    Perpetually wide-eyed and mega-snarly bedraggled, Christina Ricci prowls through Black Snake Moan looking like something the cat dragged in. If you're anything like me, you'll be very grateful to the cat.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Kenny
    The suspense aspect works like mad, but what's also noteworthy is the character component, which at times evokes a "Smash Palace"-era Donaldson.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Kenny
    Ghosts is one of Forman's most ambitious and daring films; would that all of its ambitions were fulfilled.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Kenny
    Penn has often said that he dislikes acting and would prefer to direct full time. Into the Wild is impressive enough to give him license to do just that.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Kenny
    To tell you the truth, The Better Angels, as pictorially beautiful and emotionally evocative as it is, is so bereft of conventional narrative momentum that you have to consider it a miracle it got made.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Kenny
    A consistently intelligent (or at least bright), coherently constructed comedy that is on occasion a rather pointed critique of the American education system in the early 21st century. Don’t let that keep you away, though. It’s more often than not really funny.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Kenny
    All told, while the goods that Daggers offers are choice, the movie ultimately demonstrates that too much can be, well, more than enough.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Kenny
    At its best, it throbs with immediacy, just as Strummer did.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Kenny
    This is not a film occurring in an alternate or imaginary reality; rather, it is a film of NO reality, that is, a picture that changes the rules of its universe strictly according to its creators' whims.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Kenny
    Though the movie is predictable, it's also honest; Fin emerges from his struggles a better person but not A Better Person, if you catch my drift. And in any case all of the actors are a great pleasure to watch.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Kenny
    The Way He Looks is a modest and good-hearted film that leaves a clean impression: you’re glad to have spent time with the people in it, for sure. But if you’re someone whose own specific circumstances are substantively different from those of the characters, the sense of a pleasant visit is pretty much it.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Kenny
    Whatever its shortcomings, “Magician” accomplishes quite a bit as a corrective, and it also gives one an hour and a half in the company of Orson Welles. That in and of itself is worth at least a three-star rating.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Kenny
    With the almost half-decade spaces between Holofcener's three features, one might (rather unreasonably, I admit) expect her to have sought to break wholly new ground in the interim. So she hasn't; nevertheless, Friends is well-crafted, intelligent, genuinely adult fare.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Kenny
    An entirely watchable and sometimes engaging effort that serves as a great showcase for both the new and more seasoned members of its cast.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Kenny
    While not an earth-shaker, this movie is an amiable and informative look at a guy who is shaping up to be, yes, one of the major American directors of the last fifty years.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Kenny
    Intelligently written and beautifully acted throughout, it’s a good, and rare, example of what we used to refer to as a movie for adults. Adults, be advised.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Kenny
    The irony of Peck’s position is, while he’s on the rise as a choreographer, as a dancer he’s in a rather more plebian position, which provides the movie with a punchline that Lipes neither overstates nor shrugs off.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Kenny
    I have misgivings about Schreiber's use of the well-worn "I'll make you empathize with these Others, but first let's have laughs at their expense" approach, but eventually I was won over by his humane, moving road trip.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Kenny
    It's an awful shame that Shelly will not be making any more films, but all the more reason to celebrate Waitress now.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Kenny
    The absurdist sectarian comedy gives way, as it inevitably does in this conflict, to tragedy, and death both human and animal. While Shomali resists easy cynicism while seeming to have almost every excuse to indulge it, he doesn’t try to craft a hopeful parable out of his material either.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Kenny
    There's no one today writing English dialogue as sharp as Bennett's, and hearing it delivered expertly is a pleasure worth sitting through some dodgy montages for.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Kenny
    It plays on your knowledge of/expectations about generic horror movies and then either delivers the goods from an unexpected angle or pulls the rug out from under you.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Kenny
    This Hairspray really is a lot of fun -- colorful, sassy, and brisk.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Kenny
    It has a solid story to tell, and tells it with no winks and few, if any, frills. It’s involving and ultimately exciting.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Kenny
    A domestic comedy-drama that starts off from a fairly pat premise but builds strength over the course of its careful, empathetic, and crafty unpeeling of its characters.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Glenn Kenny
    Some might not even notice what's going on when director Walter Salles finally shows his hand, and ends the film with documentary footage of the real-life Granado, now aged 81, romping in the earthly paradise that is present-day Cuba.

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