For 203 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Janet Maslin's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Brazil
Lowest review score: 0 Gummo
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 22 out of 203
203 movie reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Janet Maslin
    Brazil may not be the best film of the year, but it's a remarkable accomplishment for Mr. Gilliam, whose satirical and cautionary impulses work beautifully together. His film's ambitious visual style bears this out, combining grim, overpowering architecture with clever throwaway touches.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Janet Maslin
    Ms. Garofalo, in a lovely, winning performance, gives Abby lots of heart while also making defensive snappishness a big part of her charm.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Janet Maslin
    Diner isn't lavish or long, but it's the sort of small, honest, entertaining movie that should never go out of style, even in an age of sequels and extravaganzas.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Janet Maslin
    Thanks in large part to Miss Streep's bravura performance, it's a film that casts a powerful, uninterrupted spell.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Janet Maslin
    As a comedy of manners it has a dependably keen aim, with its most wicked barbs leavened by Mr. Mazursky's obvious fondness for his characters.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Janet Maslin
    Mr. Zemeckis is able both to keep the story moving and to keep it from going too far. He handles Back to the Future with the kind of inventiveness that indicates he will be spinning funny, whimsical tall tales for a long time to come.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Janet Maslin
    In the process of drawing audiences into the twists and turns of a knotty detective tale, Mr. Franklin and his cinematographer, Tak Fujimoto, open up an enticing and languorous lost world.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Janet Maslin
    A richly detailed tale of passion, perfidy and revenge adapted from a typically tricky Ruth Rendell novel.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Janet Maslin
    With warmth, wit and none of the usual overlay of nostalgia, King of the Hill presents the scary yet liberating precariousness of life on the edge.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Janet Maslin
    Though it dedicates itself to avoiding directorial egotism, in accordance with strict rules of the Danish filmmakers' collective known as Dogma 95, Thomas Vinterberg's Celebration is still a virtuoso feat.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Janet Maslin
    Starman provides him with a role that, played by anyone else, might seem preposterous. In Mr. Bridges' hands it becomes the occasion for a sweetly affecting characterization - a fine showcase for the actor's blend of grace, precision and seemingly offhanded charm.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Janet Maslin
    The ending of Jacob's Ladder, when it finally arrives, is, like much of the film, both quaint and devastating.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Janet Maslin
    Mr. Ivory and Ismail Merchant have long since learned to breathe life into their material without excessive reverence, in a manner that is as decorous as it is dramatic. As might be expected, the costumes, settings and cinematography are once again ravishing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Janet Maslin
    Undeniably, there's an element of corniness to this. But that doesn't keep An Officer and a Gentleman from being a first-rate movie - a beautifully acted, thoroughly involving romance.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Janet Maslin
    This film aspires to be a meditation on (among other things) art, trust, loyalty, politics and popular culture. With utter simplicity, and with unexpectedly intense storytelling, it achieves all that and more.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Janet Maslin
    The second Star Trek movie is swift, droll and adventurous, not to mention appealingly gadget-happy. It's everything the first one should have been and wasn't.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Janet Maslin
    Ms. Armstrong instantly demonstrates that she has caught the essence of this book's sweetness and cast her film uncannily well, finding sparkling young actresses who are exactly right for their famous roles.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Janet Maslin
    Mr. Demme has captured both the look and the spirit of this live performance with a daring and precision that match the group's own.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Janet Maslin
    A warm, surprising, gently incandescent film that discreetly describes a family tragedy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Janet Maslin
    Mr. Eggleston proves the polished granddaddy who, early on, recognized beauty in a garish wasteland. In this accomplished look at a storied career, he instructs - without words - how to see all that is hauntingly familiar.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Janet Maslin
    Walter Hill, the director of such beautiful but stilted tough guy movies as ''The Warriors'' and ''The Long Riders,'' has attempted something very different in 48 Hours a male-buddy action film that's positively witty and warm-hearted compared with his other work.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Janet Maslin
    Mr. Lyne takes a brilliantly manipulative approach to what might have been a humdrum subject and shapes a soap opera of exceptional power.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Janet Maslin
    Mr. Gray's feature-length monologue brings people, places and things so vibrantly to life that they're very nearly visible on the screen.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Janet Maslin
    Chet Baker's face, and the extraordinary ways in which Bruce Weber has photographed it, encapsulate the story of Baker's life in a succession of ghostly, indelible images that are at once hauntingly beautiful and desperately sad.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Janet Maslin
    National Lampoon's Animal House is by no means one long howl, but it's often very funny, with gags that are effective in a dependable, all-purpose way.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Janet Maslin
    A visual splendor, a heroic adventurousness and an immense scope that make it unforgettable.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Janet Maslin
    High Hopes manages to be enjoyably whimsical without ever losing its cutting edge.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Janet Maslin
    Terms of Endearment is a funny, touching, beautifully acted film that covers more territory than it can easily manage.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Janet Maslin
    The actors are best when they avoid exaggeration and remain weirdly sincere. That way, they do nothing to break the vibrant, even hallucinogenic spell of Mr. Waters's nostalgia.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Janet Maslin
    Silverado is sufficiently modern to make its landscapes bigger, its people smaller and its moral polarities less powerfully distinct than those of simpler, more starkly beautiful westerns gone by.

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