For 54 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 38% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 61% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 12.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jan Stuart's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 47
Highest review score: 80 Transsiberian
Lowest review score: 10 Out Cold
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 54
  2. Negative: 15 out of 54
54 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Jan Stuart
    A funkadelic fun ride that shrewdly reinvigorates the eye-popping styles and pulpy veneer of '70s blaxploitation flicks.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Jan Stuart
    It is chockablock with brutality, but the violence is of the high-minded, self-congratulatory sort that indicates without actually showing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Jan Stuart
    Mortimer gives a terrifically keyed-up performance that is nicely complemented by the wholesomely chipper Harrelson, who seems to be drawing inspiration from Fred MacMurray's gallery of Disney dads.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Jan Stuart
    If you let it be what it is, Donnie Darko will knock you flat.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Jan Stuart
    Exceptionally user-friendly for the technologically challenged among us and rides over its less inspired patches on a wave of cheeky humor.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Jan Stuart
    High-grade lampoon, at once more consistently on-the-money and less patronizing than anything off the Christopher Guest conveyor belt.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Jan Stuart
    SomeBody reclaims well-trodden territory with an innovative hand that feels fresh as tomorrow.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Jan Stuart
    Bracing and remarkably compact drama, which invests some standard movie tropes of rough-and-tumble urban life with deep feeling and urgency.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Jan Stuart
    If Lonesome Jim feels like it's perpetually on the verge of evaporating, Buscemi brings to the material the boundless empathy for misfits and screw-ups he displayed in "Trees Lounge."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Jan Stuart
    This round-robin of marital malaise has a lot more integrity than one might anticipate from its meet-cute beginnings.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Jan Stuart
    The Irish-pretty Cyrus exudes a goofball vitality and sunny work ethic that ultimately wins you over, despite the slickness of her vehicle. The 3-D camera throws drumsticks and confetti in our faces, but the technical effects seem superfluous to the star's bona-fide energy.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Jan Stuart
    All of the actors convey the ebullience of old friends convening for an on-the-cheap reunion. The shared good spirits result in a diminutive comedy with a bounty of charm and shrewd humor.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Jan Stuart
    Audiences who feel battered by Hollywood's usual hard-sell approach to farce may be disarmed by Koepp's soft touch and inclined to credit blandness as understatement.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Jan Stuart
    Lurie undermines his high-wire act with the melodramatic carryings-on of the diner patrons.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Jan Stuart
    The French are very good at taking sit-commy setups and cloaking the machinery with charming and surprisingly resonant comic nuance.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Jan Stuart
    Seems to have been tailored to its designated R "for brutal scenes of torture and violence, strong sexual content, language and drug use."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Jan Stuart
    It's borderline parody of a kind of fey filmmaking popular at crunchy-granola festivals, but the counterfeit aesthetic is ultimately outshone by the life-affirming message.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Jan Stuart
    In the role of dramaturge, Rogen and his co-scripter Goldberg lack Apatow's discipline and deft hand for peripheral characters; the writing in Pineapple Express gets lazy whenever it strays too far from its central axis of players.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Jan Stuart
    The impulse to shtick it up to burlesque-level inanity is encouraged at every turn.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Jan Stuart
    CQ
    The result is stylish but awfully slim.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Jan Stuart
    While all of the actors are excellent, we sat up whenever Gabrielle Union walked on screen. As the ever-sensible woman who disrupts Jackson's bachelorhood, she projects the pluck, gravitas and beauty of a younger Alfre Woodard.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Jan Stuart
    There is very little about the hoary conventions of The Mothman Prophecies that couldn't be improved by a little levity, a little more sunlight and some judicious cutting.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Jan Stuart
    What makes Comedian more than just another documentary about the comedy club comeback of a sitcom prince is that it contrasts his struggle with that of just another stand-up climber, Orny Adams.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Jan Stuart
    If you're willing to suspend a barrel or two of disbelief, then Happy Accidents has its moments.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Jan Stuart
    Works up a decent amount of solid, creep-show atmosphere in its first act before making some absurd decisions of its own in its second.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Jan Stuart
    Any charm and character ascribed to Carl Hiaasen's bestselling book have been homogenized in Wil Shriner's flat screenplay and direction.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Jan Stuart
    While there is the requisite amount of shorn limbs and splashing blood one might expect from the director of "Saw," Wan should be saluted for putting the coup de grĂ¢ce off-screen.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Jan Stuart
    The Good Night has flashes of bookish wit but never quite recovers from the metronomic monotony of its first half, which ticktocks between scenes of Paltrow braying and Cruz voguing.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Jan Stuart
    Just to shake things up a little, I guess, the creators of the laughably over-the-top Doomsday thought it might be fun to turn the survivors of a deadly epidemic, rather than its victims, into maniacal murderers.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Jan Stuart
    A disposable sports drama.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Jan Stuart
    Ultimately, Journey to the Center of the Earth's minor-league visual pleasures will be most enjoyed by those with the smallest number of celluloid reference points, preferably those who have started going to the movies after "Jurassic Park" or, better yet, the Harry Potter films.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Jan Stuart
    Brick Lane has been whittled down from Monica Ali's expansive 2003 novel into a glossy but overly efficient drama that, like Nazneen's husband, is ultimately too ineffectual to make much of a dent.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Jan Stuart
    This new romantic comedy from the U.K. lands on an emotional gold mine only to spin it into synthetic straw.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Jan Stuart
    Screenwriter Dan Schneider and director Shawn Levy substitute volume and primary colors for humor and bite. Granted, it's a kids' flick, but kids today have enough savvy about the movie industry to report for Variety.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Jan Stuart
    The whole trippy experience is like being held at gunpoint by a Jehovah's Witness at the front door while George Gobel holds forth in the living room on Nickelodeon.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Jan Stuart
    Sydney White is a carnival of ethnic and social stereotypes that are rising up against the lily-white status quo. In Hollywood, blond princesses and fairy tales die hard.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Jan Stuart
    Trashily in-your-face thriller, which leans heavily for its effects on intense sympathy pain, improbable reversals and the mystifying star appeal of Jessica Alba.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Jan Stuart
    Lacks any sort of urgency or inner propulsion; the actors do their little goofs, then hand them off to the next, lending the jest the frolicking but ultimately monotonous quality of a game of tag.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Jan Stuart
    The film's sunniest moments occur whenever song preempts all the fighting and smirking. Myers leads the cast in sitar-accompanied covers of such Bollywood favorites as "9 to 5" and Steve Miller's "The Joker," revealing a glimmer of the cross-cultural romp that could have been.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Jan Stuart
    Li's far too unthreatening a presence to cause much of a stir amid the din of hard rock music and the pall left by fight choreography that has had every last bit of life digitally drained away.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Jan Stuart
    a freefall into urban hell that doesn't give us The impetus to jump or the awful gratification of the ride.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Jan Stuart
    There is even less going on between Ricci and Depp here than there was in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," mostly because Potter gives them nothing to play.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Jan Stuart
    Droopy remake.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Jan Stuart
    Isn't it amazing to see just how low some people will stoop if you pay them enough?
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Jan Stuart
    A tedious experience.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Jan Stuart
    Even at its stride, "The X-Files" was a load of malarkey. But it was thoughtful malarkey and compulsively watchable. One could say the same about the first two-thirds of The X-Files: I Want to Believe before it spins out of control and into a delirious plane of awfulness.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 20 Jan Stuart
    It's not awful, but the high cost of a movie ticket these days seems like a steep price to pay for 90 minutes of air conditioning and production design.
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 Jan Stuart
    Fat, homely men who feel they have been wrongly underrepresented in underwear ads should flock to The Last Man.
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Jan Stuart
    Where there was a modicum of charm to Mick Dundee's earliest exploits in New York City, the joke has withered as markedly as Hogan's face.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Jan Stuart
    A ditsy and dizzying spook-house thriller in high-tech, high-hemline gear.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 Jan Stuart
    The rest of Seven Pounds feels like a half-hour "Twilight Zone" script that has been pressed onto a gob of Silly Putty and stretched to the sinking point.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 10 Jan Stuart
    Lacking a real actress, director Michael Apted is called upon to fudge the facts and make Slim's ordeal as taut as possible. He gets the job done, but the suspense scenes have a generic fright-by-numbers feel that tell us he's wearing his professional hat and knows it.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 10 Jan Stuart
    88 minutes of desperate gyrations intended to simulate humor.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 10 Jan Stuart
    It's the perfect image for a smelly and instantly flushable comedy that telegraphs punch lines in advance like a boorish dinner party guest.