For 288 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Janet Maslin's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Brazil
Lowest review score: 0 Gummo
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 26 out of 288
288 movie reviews
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Janet Maslin
    Though this is by no means the grisliest or most witless film made from one of Mr. King's horrific fantasies, it can lay claim to being the most unpleasant. Why? Because when you strip away the suspenseful buildup to a King story, you're often left with mechanical moralizing and crude, sophomoric small talk. Needful Things has more of both than any film could ever need.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Janet Maslin
    It doesn't help that the mystery plot seems half-baked in the end, or that none of the actors appear entirely comfortable with their roles. Miss Ryan looks edgy and spends a lot of time tossing her hair. Mr. Harmon is easygoing and attractive, but his nice-guy manner belies his character's steely talk.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Janet Maslin
    The plot of Michael Grais's and Mark Victor's screenplay is even more nonsensical than it needs to be. [11 Jul 1992]
    • The New York Times
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Janet Maslin
    The essentially two-character play has been opened up to the point that it includes a variety of settings and subordinate figures, but it never approaches anything lifelike.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 30 Janet Maslin
    There are seeds of something funny in the film's beginning and in its premise, but they are soon dissipated by so little sustained wit, and so much scenery.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Janet Maslin
    Alternately grisly and dull, with few surprises.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Janet Maslin
    One of the many problems with Gus Van Sant's tortured, worked-over Even Cowgirls Get the Blues is that Sissy Hankshaw talks like a novel, and a dated one at that.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Janet Maslin
    This time Mr. Altman, such a stunningly intuitive portraitist when he truly plumbs the mysteries that guide his characters, works without inventiveness and with glaring nonchalance.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 30 Janet Maslin
    There is an essential meanness to the entire project, tapping the manipulative power of taunts. Such jokes don't jibe with the times, the culture.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Janet Maslin
    Really, it's all as funny as a hernia.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Janet Maslin
    For every necessary touch that Valmont has reduced or dispensed with (the climactic duel scene, for instance), there is another, less vital moment that has been expanded.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Janet Maslin
    Lacks the sexy elan of "La Femme Nikita" and suffers from infinitely worse culture shock. [18 Nov 1994, p.C18]
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Janet Maslin
    Despite Mr. Brosnan's best efforts to be lethally debonair, the Bond franchise has sacrificed most of what made this character unique in the first place, turning the world's suavest spy into one more pitchman and fashion plate. This latest film is such a generic action event that it could be any old summer blockbuster, except that its hero is chronically overdressed.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Janet Maslin
    The film is a labor of love for Casper Andreas, who wrote, directed and starred in this first feature. For the actors he has chosen, it's a labor of lust, with copious necking and grappling required. For the audience, it's just a labor.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Janet Maslin
    Newsies is a long, halfhearted romp through what is made to seem a not terribly compelling chapter in New York City's history.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 Janet Maslin
    there is so little genuine wit to be found in ''Clue.'' The film does have a speedy pace, but that could hardly be confused with Mr. Hawks's madcap humor; instead, it involves a lot of running around through secret passages, and some slapstick routines involving dead bodies. The actors are meant to function as an ensemble, but that merely means that they often repeat the same line simultaneously.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 20 Janet Maslin
    This one is clumsy, mean spirited and amazingly unmusical.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 Janet Maslin
    This claustrophobic mess of a movie offers only carnage.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Janet Maslin
    Mr. Lundgren, who glowers his way all too convincingly through the role of a rabid bully, may well be the only man in the universe who can make Mr. Van Damme look like an actor.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 10 Janet Maslin
    Wide-eyed and mirthlessly peppy, Mr. Arnold soon wears out his welcome as a bumbling would-be bank robber who commandeers a group of young hostages.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 10 Janet Maslin
    Renny Harlin, who did a much better job directing ''Die Hard 2,'' displays no sense of humor and takes the film's nonsensical action scenes much too seriously, at one point even blowing up a beach house in the process.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 10 Janet Maslin
    It's a film to gall fans of the old television series and perplex anyone else.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 10 Janet Maslin
    A colossally sour and ill-conceived misfire.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 10 Janet Maslin
    Staged as pure fluff without an ounce of ballast, Mixed Nuts succeeds only in getting its cast into Halloween-caliber crazy costumes by the time it's over.
    • 5 Metascore
    • 0 Janet Maslin
    The results are so disastrous that absolutely no one is shown off to good advantage, with the possible exception of the hairdressers involved.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 0 Janet Maslin
    October is early, but not too early to acknowledge Harmony Korine's Gummo as the worst film of the year. No conceivable competition will match the sourness, cynicism and pretension of Mr. Korine's debut feature.

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