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 Two of a Kind
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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Janet Maslin
    A richly detailed tale of passion, perfidy and revenge adapted from a typically tricky Ruth Rendell novel.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Janet Maslin
    Working Girl is enjoyable even when it isn't credible, which is most of the time. The film, like its heroine, has a genius for getting by on pure charm.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Janet Maslin
    It has a light touch, a disarming cast, a well-developed sense of humor and a lot of charm. [27 Feb 1987, p.C17]
    • The New York Times
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Janet Maslin
    The film turns into a preposterous but engrossing spectacle, fueled by a resource more enduring than steam or its successors: big ideas.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Janet Maslin
    A marvelous toy. It's funny, it's full of tricks and it manages to be royally entertaining, which is really all it aims for.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Janet Maslin
    Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle has its flaws, but it also has a heartfelt grasp of what set Dorothy Parker apart from her fellow revelers and makes her so emblematic a figure even today.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Janet Maslin
    Shaking off the solemnity that smothers many a well-meaning, high-minded family film, this one revels in an exuberant sense of play, drawing its audience into the wittily heightened reality of a fairy tale. The material, like the title, is a tad precious, but the finished film is much too spirited and pretty for that to matter.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Janet Maslin
    A warm, surprising, gently incandescent film that discreetly describes a family tragedy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Janet Maslin
    This film's reflective, even stately style elevates it from the ranks of ordinary stake-through-the-heart vampire dramaturgy, turning it into something much more exotic.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 80 Janet Maslin
    Against All Odds is so lively and enjoyable on its own terms that its genre problems, while real, are easily overlooked. Mr. Hackford's brand of glossy, romantic escapism doesn't have to work as an homage. It has a vitality of its own.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Janet Maslin
    The moral ambiguity of James's novel has been skillfully captured in the film, as has its remarkable modernity.

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