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 A Scanner Darkly
Lowest review score: 0 Dirty Grandpa
Score distribution:
708 movie reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    Catherine Keener is remarkably subtle and soulful as Capote's friend and helpmeet Harper Lee, who delivers a shocking verdict against him at the end, but the movie, as you probably will not be surprised to learn, is owned by Philip Seymour Hoffman.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    One of the more tough-minded and effective war pictures of post-American-Century American cinema.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    It’s always a pleasure to see Blythe Danner in a movie. And it’s even more of a pleasure to see Blythe Danner in a good movie. No, not a good movie. A really good movie.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    If you go in for allusive British humor that builds slowly from dry to uproarious, as executed by two absolute masters of the form, The Trip To Italy will work for you, I believe. I also think the film, directed, like the prior one, by the astute Michael Winterbottom, is a somewhat smoother trip than the first.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    This is filmmaking that's as rousing as it is strange.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    Once Palpatine's machinations set the cogs in motion for the creation of Vader, and the Clone Wars start getting bloody, Sith commences to cook in a way that no Star Wars movie has since "Empire."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    It's distinctly Morrisean, as it were, and seeing his style applied to subject matter with which one is already somewhat familiar makes one... well, question the style a bit.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly create characters that live and seethe with absolute credibility, and Ron Eldard’s Lester is a subtle portrait of a good man who lets himself go bad, first out of boredom, then out of erotic fixation.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    While I have no problem enthusiastically recommending writer-director Nicolas Winding Refn's Pusher trilogy, I'd also heartily discourage all but the most rabid crime-movie nuts from consuming the whole thing in one afternoon or evening.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    This is not a perfect picture, but it’s a soulful one that offers a lot of pleasure and even a kind of wisdom.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    It's not likely you'll see a film more visually exhilarating until, well, Gondry's next.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    Clouds of Sils Maria is oodles more poetic and enigmatic than the term “backstage drama” generally encompasses.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    Taking on a novel that’s already been adapted by two of the greatest filmmakers of all time should give any contemporary director pause, you would think. But Benoît Jacquot shows no signs of intimidation in his Diary of a Chambermaid.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    The filmmakers really do manage to visualize a distinctly Ballardian nightmare-scape. This in itself makes High-Rise worth experiencing.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Kenny
    Kiki shows us a group of brave and beautiful souls for whom the struggle is, unfortunately, probably about to get even harder.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Kenny
    While the word “feminism” is never uttered in this movie, Jane B. par Agnès V. is an exemplary feminist work, one in which two female artists, self-aware but hardly self-conscious, create beauty by exchanging notes.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Kenny
    Whatever genre it belongs to, The Other Side is powerful and disturbing.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Kenny
    This tense and upsetting film has more psychological depth and empathy than the comparable sensationalist fare of its time, and shudder-inducing cinematic style to spare. Private Property qualifies as a genuine rediscovery.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Kenny
    If you’ve ever been curious as to how a cartoonist gets into The New Yorker and what happens then, Very Semi-Serious offers very satisfactory info.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Kenny
    Beth B is not out to deliver a comprehensive biography. Instead, she achieves a vivid snapshot of a still-vital artist late in a still-purposeful life.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Kenny
    [A] cogent, fascinating portrait of the artist.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Kenny
    The filmmakers’ bold pushback against the rigid formality of the genre they draw upon doesn’t always deliver. With the exception of Ms. Korine, the performers often seem to have a hard time shaking off the aura of the contemporary. Nevertheless, there’s much of value here.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Kenny
    In its sensitivity and attention to detail, Ocean Waves makes itself into something special, and kind of magical, and so proves very much a Ghibli gem.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Kenny
    The movie is replete with ingeniously constructed mini-narratives, including a turf war. The mesmerizing score by Kira Fontana, interspersed with well-chosen Turkish pop, is a real asset.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Kenny
    While her filmmaking style can sometimes come across as staid, [Ms. Asante's] sense of pace is always acute. The best reason to see A United Kingdom, however, is the performance by Mr. Oyelowo.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Kenny
    The movie tells an incomplete version of the band’s story...but provides a comprehensive and sometimes harrowing portrayal of the grind a working bar band in the 1970s had to endure to get by.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Kenny
    I was so invested with Jong-gu and his family that as the suspense, violence and worse ratcheted up, I was not merely scared, but heartbroken. An overly literal bit of business at the end slightly undermines the film. As a whole, though, The Wailing is the hard stuff. Handle with care.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Kenny
    The characters and the actors playing them are appealing, and the fight scenes have a lot of moxie, not to mention a lot of steel-slinging.

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