Ian Buckwalter

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For 117 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ian Buckwalter's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 95 Tabu
Lowest review score: 0 This Means War
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 117
  2. Negative: 13 out of 117
117 movie reviews
    • 43 Metascore
    • 35 Ian Buckwalter
    With 26 films, one for each letter of the alphabet, one might expect enough gems in the mix to make up for any stinkers. That's sadly not the case.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 35 Ian Buckwalter
    Without much actual character to latch on to, most of the actors seem lost and awkward, even the usually dependable Hall.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 35 Ian Buckwalter
    Feels from start to finish like a throwback to the action cinema and military thrillers of decades past.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Ian Buckwalter
    Without the humor, the stereotypes that define these characters aren't satirical; they're just mean-spirited and dull.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 30 Ian Buckwalter
    This is a movie for those who watched Liam Neeson in "Taken" and thought, "Hey, this is fun, but can we do it without having to wait 15 minutes for the action to start?" Solomon has 90 minutes at his disposal, and doesn't want to waste time with setup.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Ian Buckwalter
    Judging from the lack of care that went into making this one, I'm not so sure how much Schrader cares about the movies anymore either.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Ian Buckwalter
    Anderson's repeated hurling of flaming volcanic projectiles directly at the screen — the dominant feature of the latter third of Pompeii — is firmly in the lovably trashy spirit of the '50s drive-in.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Ian Buckwalter
    The result isn't fresh and realistic, though; it's clumsy and stilted. Improvised dialogue can work wonderfully if the actors have a solid feel for their characters, but everyone here seems rushed and uncomfortable.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Ian Buckwalter
    Olek never decides what his film should be, and the result takes wild stabs at slasher gore, supernatural horror, black comedy and even social commentary, thanks to a zero-hour attempt to tie things up with a morality tale about the damaging effects of organized religion.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 Ian Buckwalter
    The Change-Up's spin on the material transplants the same old house on a crumbled foundation, trying to disguise its creaky familiarity with the gaudiest coat of paint possible.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 20 Ian Buckwalter
    This is a movie so in love with its own supposed cleverness that it never realizes it's not all that clever.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 15 Ian Buckwalter
    Hafstrom, on the other hand, has some serious work ahead of him if he wants any kind of absolution after this wreck.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 0 Ian Buckwalter
    With the material they're given, they mostly just seem foolish for showing up to the movie to begin with. Audiences would do well to avoid the same mistake.

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