For 291 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 Breaking Away
Lowest review score: 0 Gummo
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 26 out of 291
291 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Janet Maslin
    Barcelona, like "Metropolitan," indulges in long, hair-splitting discussions without resorting to broad gags or worrying about wearing out its welcome.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Janet Maslin
    A cute, buoyant sports fantasy, jolted along by a reggae soundtrack and playfully acted by an appealing cast. This new Disney comedy is slick, funny and warmhearted, very much in the old-fashioned Disney mode.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Janet Maslin
    Day of the Dead has a less startling setting, since most of it takes place underground. But it still affords Mr. Romero the opportunity for intermittent philosophy and satire, without compromising his reputation as the grisliest guy around.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 80 Janet Maslin
    Mr. Carpenter gives this formerly black and white story a handsome color retelling and a lot of new punch. And he avidly exploits the fears that are at its heart. Now add a new one. With its baleful little villains, Village of the Damned is even creepier to watch as a parent than it was to see as a child.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Janet Maslin
    As directed by Lewis Teague, Cujo is by no means a horror classic, but it's suspenseful and scary. The performances are simple and effective, particularly Miss Wallace's. And Danny Pintauro does a good job as the frightened child.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Janet Maslin
    Charlie Sheen brings just the right exaggerated seriousness to his ace pilot's role, and Cary Elwes perfectly captures the ingenue arrogance of Topper's handsome rival. Jon Cryer, as a pilot with major eyesight problems, also displays expert deadpan timing, especially when he delivers the film's most uproarious line.
    • 62 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Janet Maslin
    It will surprise no one who saw the first ''Die Hard'' that the heart and soul of the new film is Bruce Willis, who this time is even better.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Janet Maslin
    The usual elements of scheming and deception are well represented here, but they are made all the knottier by shifting time frames.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Janet Maslin
    It has crooks, bats, cobwebs, skeletons, a lovable monster, an underground grotto and a treasure hidden by some of the most considerate, clue-loving pirates who ever lived. Their ghostly ship is the movie's piece de resistance.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Janet Maslin
    Back to the Future deserved a chance to come back, especially under the cheerful, enterprising, mathematically minded stewardship of Mr. Zemeckis and Mr. Gale. Their new film isn't an ordinary sequel. It's as if the earlier film had been squared.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Janet Maslin
    The film is best watched as a richly sensual stylistic exercise filled with audaciously beautiful imagery, captivating symmetries and brilliantly facile tricks.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Janet Maslin
    Mr. Weir's work has a delicacy, gentleness, even wispiness that would seem not well suited to the subject. And yet his film has an uncommon beauty, warmth and immediacy, and a touch of the mysterious, too.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Janet Maslin
    This film has showier stunts than its predecessors, and a better sense of humor. It also has Tina Turner, in chain-mail stockings.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Janet Maslin
    The fierce-looking Sean Bean is outstandingly good as Ryan's main antagonist, and Patrick Bergin brings the right air of calculation to the terrorist mastermind he plays. Several of the film's main sequences, like an encounter between Mr. Bean's Sean Miller and David Threlfall as the police inspector who has been his captor, derive their horror from the looks of pure loathing that these terrorists bestow upon their prey.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Janet Maslin
    There are no signs of waning energy here, not even in an Enterprise crew that looks ever more ready for intergalactic rocking chairs. The principals' enthusiasm for their material has never seemed to fade. If anything, that enthusiasm grows more appealingly nutty with time.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Janet Maslin
    As directed by Irvin Kershner, Never Say Never Again has noticeably more humor and character than the Bond films usually provide. It has a marvelous villain in Largo.

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