For 199 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Janet Maslin's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Brazil
Lowest review score: 0 Two of a Kind
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 22 out of 199
199 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Janet Maslin
    Little Shop of Horrors isn't uniformly entertaining, nor is its score always entirely audible; the musical dubbing is at times very awkward. But its best moments are delightful enough to make the slow stretches unimportant.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Janet Maslin
    The Favor remains funny and credible in ways that prove feminist comedy is not an oxymoron.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Janet Maslin
    The movie Phar Lap is as much of a crowd pleaser as the champion Australian race horse for whom it is named. In a gently rousing style that should appeal in equal measure to adults and children.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Janet Maslin
    Leonard Nimoy, who directed this third installment, hasn't matched the playfulness and energy of ''Star Trek II,'' but he's way ahead of the first film, making up in earnestness what he lacks in style. That kind of conviction, while sometimes verging on undue self-importance, goes a long way toward making the material touching.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Janet Maslin
    The technical minutiae, the solemn silliness and the preachy tone occasionally sounded here...are all essential to the Star Trek mystique. Whatever it is, it seems durable beyond anyone's wildest dreams. And Mr. Nimoy, by injecting some extra levity this time, has done a great deal to assure the series' longevity.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Janet Maslin
    There is the sense that Mr. Leigh, whose unusual collaborative method with actors is an essential facet of his writing and direction, is too willing to confuse tics with truth. Indeed, this time the actors' solipsism is more apparent.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Janet Maslin
    Drawing upon the novel with merciful selectivity, and adding such a contemporary flavor that the film's woodsmen often have a laid-back air, Michael Mann has directed a sultrier and more pointedly responsible version of this story.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Janet Maslin
    The enjoyment in Vincent and Theo comes more from the director's attention to art history than from his ability to interpret it anew.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Janet Maslin
    National Lampoon's Vacation, which is more controlled than other Lampoon movies have been, is careful not to stray too far from its target. The result is a confident humor and throwaway style that helps sustain the laughs - of which there are quite a few.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Janet Maslin
    The Client, with a fast, no-nonsense pace and three winning performances, is the movie that most clearly echoes the simple, vigorous Grisham style.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Janet Maslin
    The spare, enjoyable Naked Fame, by the documentarian Chris Long, suggests that today's pornography performers enjoy better life options than those revisited in "Inside Deep Throat."
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    • 60 Janet Maslin
    Magdalena relies on the magical-realism aspects of religious devotion, even though it began as a story more firmly, and admirably, rooted in a gritty reality.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Janet Maslin
    Despite its flaws, the film gets across some genuine melancholy, played up by a sobbing Irish fiddle.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Janet Maslin
    First-time screenwriters Jeff Wadlow and Beau Bauman prove more adept at staging mind games than creating chills and thrills for the audience.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Janet Maslin
    With some gentle humor that will delight the "Napoleon Dynamite" set, Dorian Blues lights a natural little footpath between two ways of living.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Janet Maslin
    Small-scale, perfectly acted family film.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Janet Maslin
    The War Within succeeds only as a thriller with some wartime overtones, rather than as a character study that thrills.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Janet Maslin
    Mr. Luhrmann's frenetic hodgepodge actually amounts to a witty and sometimes successful experiment, an attempt to reinvent "Romeo and Juliet" in the hyperkinetic vocabulary of post-modern kitsch. This is headache Shakespeare, but there's method to its madness.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Janet Maslin
    But Mr. Olmos's direction, from a screenplay by Floyd Mutrux and Desmond Nakano, is dark, slow and solemn, so much so that it diverts energy from the film's fundamental frankness. Violent as it is, American Me is seldom dramatic enough to bring its material to life.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Janet Maslin
    A gloomy film with a story whose outcome... is an especially foregone conclusion.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Janet Maslin
    [Grand Canyon] eventually pulls its punches, taking an unconvincingly beatific look at the problems and dangers that have been so persuasively outlined in what has come before. But until it hits that false note, Mr. Kasdan's film is at least as fascinating as it is amorphous.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Janet Maslin
    Higher Learning culminates in facile violence instead of the assurance that this film maker, in trying to explain forces that oppress his characters, has really done his homework.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Janet Maslin
    Married to the Mob works best as a wildly overdecorated screwball farce.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Janet Maslin
    Overshadowed by its own ambition and not-quite-ironic pageantry, Jefferson in Paris doesn't quite come to life.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Janet Maslin
    The stunning black-and-white cinematography in Francis Coppola's Rumble Fish functions rather like a cold compress, subduing a film that is otherwise all feverish extremes.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Janet Maslin
    M. Butterfly as idiosyncratic as Mr. Cronenberg's work always is, is sometimes too flat and ambiguous for its own good.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Janet Maslin
    Mr. Lee isn't as successful at shaping a story around Girl 6, but enjoying her company is all his slender, sunny film really tries to do.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Janet Maslin
    This is Mr. Martin's movie, and he brings to it the ingeniously dopey presence that's become his trademark; he easily carries even the most dubious moments in the rather jumbled screenplay, which was written by Mr. Martin, Mr. Reiner and George Gipe. [03 Jun 1983]
    • The New York Times
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Janet Maslin
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a slight, good-humored film that's a lot more painless than might have been expected. Ms. Swanson's funny, deadpan delivery holds the story together reasonably well, as does the state-of-the-art Val-speak that constitutes most of Buffy's dialogue.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Janet Maslin
    Risky Business improves as it goes along.

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