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 12.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jan Stuart's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 47
Highest review score: 80 Undercover Brother
Lowest review score: 10 Out Cold
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 54
  2. Negative: 15 out of 54
54 movie reviews
    • 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.

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