For 220 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 1.5 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 220
220 movie reviews
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Janet Maslin
    Kika" is actually one of this film maker's more buoyant recent efforts, a sly, rambunctious satire that moves along merrily until it collapses -- as many Almodovar films finally do -- under the weight of its own clutter.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Janet Maslin
    While its slender, two-tiered plot links love affairs that happen largely by accident, the film's real interest seems to lie in raffish affectation. Mr. Wong has legitimate visual flair, but his characters spend an awful lot of time playing impish tricks.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Janet Maslin
    Brain Donors is a short, reasonably snappy attempt at nothing less than a present-day Marx Brothers comedy,
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Janet Maslin
    Eventually, though it happens later rather than sooner, the conventional aspects of Alien Nation overwhelm the novelty.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Janet Maslin
    Baby Boom isn't much more than a glorified sitcom, but it's funny, and it's liable to hit home. The reason: a devilishly good performance by Diane Keaton.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Janet Maslin
    Years of tireless persistence have begun to work in Mr. Van Damme's favor. It's hard not to enjoy his energy, even if his acting gifts still leave a lot to be desired. The fact is that he looks good, behaves affably and kicks with gusto, which is quite enough to satisfy the demands of Timecop.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Janet Maslin
    Brilliantly as it begins, Safe eventually succumbs to its own modern malady, as the film maker insists on a chilly ambiguity that breeds more detachment than interest.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Janet Maslin
    The film's concerns emerge as heartfelt even when they aren't clearly expressed. On those occasions when clarity prevails the style becomes emphatic and tough, but at other times it tends to preach and to wander.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Janet Maslin
    At two hours and 14 minutes, the movie is a lot longer than it needs to be. On the other hand, Elliott (whose beeps and bomps and chomping sounds are supplied by Charlie Callas) is very sweet and emotive, and you don't often see children's musicals as ambitious as this one any more.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Janet Maslin
    Mr. Diesel could not have succeeded as a genre-switcher without the proven television talents of the film's able ensemble.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Janet Maslin
    The narrative manages 30 solid minutes of ingenuity, before breaking into a version of Charlie Kaufman-style absurdity.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Janet Maslin
    The tedium of this antidrinking hoodlum's tale inspires the wrong kind of longing entirely.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Janet Maslin
    Neither performer upstages the other, but the admirable film is weakened by timidity or a lack of skill.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Janet Maslin
    Directing his first feature, Christopher Browne shows flair and determination in getting the movie's pathos down pat, but he can't quite find enough that is pleasurable in its many reels.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Janet Maslin
    Despite the grumpy, flatulent behavior the script demands of him, Mr. Falk rises above the treacly shenanigans.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Janet Maslin
    Still, as the documentary plods past the two-hour mark, much of Mr. McGovern's legend seems dependent on Nixon's faults, and even the Democrat's political supporters, with hindsight's many gifts, can't infuse his persona with any more dynamism.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Janet Maslin
    Rob Roy is best watched for local color and for its hearty, hot-blooded stars.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Janet Maslin
    Despite great scenery, the distinctive visual ideas of Mr. Scott ("Alien," "Blade Runner") and the strong dramatic presence of Mr. Bridges, most of White Squall remains listless and tame.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Janet Maslin
    The star shines, but the movie is hard to watch.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Janet Maslin
    Losin' It isn't without its likable moments, but it isn't overloaded with them, either.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Janet Maslin
    Action fans may well find Uncommon Valor enjoyably familiar, but for others it will smack of war movie dej a-vu, despite the new angle provided by its concern for American soldiers missing in action in Vietnam.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Janet Maslin
    The funniest parts of this uneven, ostentatiously upscale comedy are those that find Mr. Murphy's Marcus adopting the behavior of a sexually insecure woman.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Janet Maslin
    What About Bob? does work as comedy for a while, thanks to the fortuitous teaming of Mr. Dreyfuss and Mr. Murray.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Janet Maslin
    Swing Kids looks good and moves quickly at first; later on, mired in familiar-feeling moments, it flounders
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Janet Maslin
    The inventiveness that has gone into this, and into turning Oz into a land of lavish special effects, will be lost on anyone with a fondness for the 1939 musical classic. That film will always enchant adults and children alike. This joyless new Return to Oz isn't likely to appeal to the former, and may give many of the latter a good scare. Children are sure to be startled by the new film's bleakness.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Janet Maslin
    These are performances that lost too much in the editing room, smothered by music and overshadowed by a picture-postcard vision of the American West.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 50 Janet Maslin
    For all its pretty glimpses of the desert island, the film never offers a clear, overall sense of what the place looks like; neither the camera nor the boy really goes exploring.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Janet Maslin
    The appeal of character and story line here is thoroughly overshadowed by the various technical feats involved in bringing the film to the screen.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Janet Maslin
    Anyone who has been following the ''Superman'' saga will find this installment enjoyable enough, but some of the magic is missing.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Janet Maslin
    The film, which is better written than staged, could have been funnier if its actors weren't playing against type.

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