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
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Kenny
    The substantial pleasures of the movie are supplemented by the gratification of seeing an emerging talent with concerns far outside the conventional indie realm asserting himself with such authority.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Kenny
    The movie, beautifully shot and acted, earns its ultimate sense of hope by confronting real heartbreak head-on, and with compassion.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Kenny
    The variable incongruities of Glory give it a queasy power uncommon in contemporary cinema. It’s the feel-bad movie of the spring.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Kenny
    The bohemian paradise of this environment had a dark side, and the movie doesn’t give it short shrift. Nevertheless, a genuine exhilaration holds throughout.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    The result is a kind of very faux documentary style, which, along with the subject matter, has suggested to some the influence of the BBC television series "The Office." Von Trier says he's never seen an episode, and I believe him.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    If this is in fact merely a longer Simpsons episode, it's a damn good Simpsons episode.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    It’s a 21st-century version of "The Sting" for these so far rather unkind and ungentle times.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    The movie belongs to Wood, who creates a unique portrait of a girl hesitating at the threshold of womanhood; she's smarter, more attuned, and more spiritually ambitious than those around her, but also too decent and loyal to break from the world she knows-and too unformed to have a grasp of what she wants outside of that world. It's fantastic work.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    The genuine article, a hard-core horror picture from start to finish... Prepare to get seriously stresed.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    The action is violent, messy, and threaded through with dark humor. This is a movie for grownups, for sure, but it has a mulish kick that most such pictures consider themselves to tasteful to aspire to.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    Proceeds at a very stately pace, hoping the otherworldly mood of its detailed recreation of the old West might seep into the viewer's bones. This viewer did, as it happens, fall under the film's spell.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    The Fall is a movie whose every frame pulsates with the desire to be a transportive, transcendent work of cinema. And each one of said frames is full of visual bedazzlement and wonder. So full that one is loathe to sum up with the phrase "Close, but no cigar." But there is something, finally, kind of pushy about the film's desire to be a masterpiece.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    von Donnersmarck delivers something extraordinary and rare: a thriller that's entirely adult in both its concerns and perspective which manages to be as thoroughly gripping as any finely tuned albeit adolescent Hollywood nail-biter.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    As much as I enjoyed much of it, I hope Grindhouse doesn't start any trends. Exploitation cinema is combustible stuff that only highly trained professionals should be permitted to play with.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    So breathtaking is the action.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    Beautiful, lyrical, but not in the least bit wimpy. [May 2004, p. 18]
    • Premiere
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    Margot is a fleet, strangely enjoyable film, animated by the acuity of Baumbach's perceptions and -- this helps a lot -- the frequent laugh-out-loud wit of his dialogue.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    The movie is relentless in how it poses questions about our culture’s way of dealing with the power of female sexuality (and it wouldn’t work without Robinson, whose appearance and performance is impeccable for the job) and acknowledges that there’s not only unease in these questions and their answers but also mordant hilarity.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    As for this film's esteemed director, I don't remember getting such sheer pleasure out of an Altman movie since . . . hmm, lemme look at the filmo . . . hmm—"The Player"? Not so much . . . "O.C. and Stiggs"? I wish . . . Um, "Popeye"? More likely, but . . . Ah-"A Wedding." Yeah, that’s it, "A Wedding." Whoa. That was, like, almost 30 years ago.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    By turns harrowing and stirring, it’s a shame-inducing history lesson that never feels like a lecture.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    David Strathairn, playing Murrow, follows his writers' lead beautifully, delivering a performance that's all understatement on the surface and searing fire underneath.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    Exiled brings To back to lighter ground, and it’s one of his most assured, enjoyable pictures, refreshing fun that’s sure to satisfy anyone’s action jones.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    It's terribly strong -- in structural ingenuity, emotional pull, and particularly visual beauty.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    Terrifically charming and energetic film.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    A work of exceptional, undeniable craft, but it’s also a movie that’s meant to stick to you a little bit.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    Ripstein, who began his long career working with the maestro Luis Buñuel, has his one-time mentor’s post-idealistic anger but doesn’t adopt an insouciantly ironic mode to filter it through; his perspective is determined but never detached.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Glenn Kenny
    A smart, sweet, and thoroughly disarming ensemble comedy that isn't afraid to wear its humanism on its sleeve.

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