For 149 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Janice Page's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 88 Marooned in Iraq
Lowest review score: 12 Alone in the Dark
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 84 out of 149
  2. Negative: 32 out of 149
149 movie reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Janice Page
    As casually insensitive and careless as you might expect from a film of this era, but it's also surprisingly crafty about finding ways to incite discussion
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Janice Page
    As full of joy as pain, it's a perspective we need to see more often.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Janice Page
    As funny as it is sharp.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Janice Page
    fully devotes itself to painting a family portrait seldom allowed such rich cinematic detail.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Janice Page
    Roughly translated, Touchez pas au Grisbi means ''don't touch the loot.'' But in literal terms, this film version of Albert Simonin's blockbuster really couldn't care less who ends up with the cash.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Janice Page
    What’s on camera is both damning and expertly assembled, a filmmaking effort worthy of standing with 2009’s Oscar-winning documentary about dolphin abuse, “The Cove.”
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Janice Page
    The best that can be said of the men in Coline Serreau's Chaos is that some of them are pimps.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Janice Page
    Intimidated by the words "avant-garde film"? Then hand yourself over, without reservation, to the skills of documentarian Martina Kudlacek and her astonishingly accessible primer, In the Mirror of Maya Deren.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Janice Page
    A definitive, low-tech stomping of every sci-fi clone that has sprung up in the original's wake.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Janice Page
    Where Wiseman excelled in respecting the broad rhythms and pure storytelling of the ring, Chang's new documentary focuses on the stories of three boxers and weaves them into a compelling narrative that rivals anything Hollywood could script.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Janice Page
    Tamblyn's surprisingly measured performance commands attention.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Janice Page
    A well-crafted, bravely revealing little film that could be considered essential education for baseball fans. It's just a bonus that the documentary is so entertaining.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Janice Page
    Ride it out, and you will find the rewards modest but meaningful.
    • Boston Globe
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Janice Page
    Adults should find its simmering drama at least as compelling as teens will, even if parental figures are only slightly more present here than in a " Peanuts" comic strip.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Janice Page
    One of the most compelling films the Holocaust has yet produced.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Janice Page
    The film's unhurried pace is actually one of its strengths. Entirely appropriately, the tale unfolds like a lazy summer afternoon and concludes with the crisp clarity of a fall dawn. That's not just a farm movie, that's life.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Janice Page
    A rousing, sometimes funny, frequently depressing documentary.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Janice Page
    A poignant, all-too-common tale of casual abuse in a workplace that is candidly labeled "better than most."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Janice Page
    Miller is certainly faithful to the spirit of Rendell's psychologically probing, class-dissecting novels, even if his probing doesn't go nearly as deep and his storytelling isn't as compelling.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Janice Page
    It takes a special first-time director to stick her neck out, personally as well as professionally. As much as anything else, The Cats of Mirikitani is a testament to good breeding.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Janice Page
    This Earth doesn't really have anything new to say, but it does present some newly entertaining ways of saying it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Janice Page
    A semiserious documentary about a cult of performance art that until recently was never meant to be taken seriously.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Janice Page
    Serves up enough action and passion to stay afloat, but at the end of the day it's just not the perfect ride those earlier films were.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Janice Page
    These children are indeed the faces of war. It's just harder to recognize them because they're the ones someone cared enough to save.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Janice Page
    Because Manito is really just an opera without the violins or Viking hats, you probably don't need to have everything spelled out. Its Spanish-English script is secondary to the universal language and timeless drama of family, community, dreams made and dreams dashed.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Janice Page
    An invitation to see something a little less pretty, and potentially more enduring.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Janice Page
    At the very least, some of the answers and observations offered up in this hybrid documentary/drama/thesis project will surprise you.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Janice Page
    It's fair to say that a meaner documentary might have packed more punch. But it's hard to imagine Michael Moore turning out anything that feels as pleasantly nourishing.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Janice Page
    Even when its wires are showing, the movie's soul is always evident.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Janice Page
    It's practically a primer on how to rework a literary classic into an impressively restrained movie with something fresh and intelligent to say.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Janice Page
    You buy "fair - trade" coffee; you assume you're being socially responsible. But now, along comes Black Gold to tell you that all fair-trade coffee is not created equal, and that Ethiopia, the "birthplace of coffee" and home of some of the world's best beans, may be getting the least fair shake of all.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Janice Page
    The film means to provoke a closer look at the faces of good and evil. It questions whether we really live in a world that can be divided neatly into black hats and white hats.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Janice Page
    Kings of Pastry, goes inside an intense event that few Americans know much about - a kind of tradesmen's Olympics.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Janice Page
    Has a sultry and complex psychological intent all its own, yet it's reminiscent of some earlier Denis works, including ''Nenette and Boni.''
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Janice Page
    The film is at its best in Utah, both because in David Gribble's exhilarating cinematography we finally get to feel the full power and intoxication of the sport.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Janice Page
    A movie that entertains and enlightens without being preachy - in fact, most of its beliefs are strenuously ambiguous; that’s a key part of the joke.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Janice Page
    As goofy action comedies go, Shaolin Soccer is one of the best.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Janice Page
    May not be as dramatic as Roman Polanski's ''The Pianist,'' but its compassionate spirit soars every bit as high.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Janice Page
    There's an honest, unfiltered quality to what you see and hear.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Janice Page
    Writer-director Im Sang Soo's coolly stylized political satire doesn't provide a lot of answers, unfortunately, but it does show how the future of a nation might turn on a few drunken insults thrown around at a high-level dinner party.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Janice Page
    Meier’s soft touch with the offbeat material is surprisingly mature, to the point of maybe being a bit too reserved.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Janice Page
    A so-so documentary about another fascinating, underreported piece of Harlem history.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Janice Page
    To those filmgoers who wouldn't know Rat Fink from Barton Fink, this reviewer's advice is: Pass. The latest counterculture tribute by Mann, director of 1988's "Comic Book Confidential" and 1999's "Grass," is as proudly silly as it is informative, and it can't help that a critical amount of brand coolness gets lost in the translation.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Janice Page
    It's still Black's franchise, though. And part of the problem with this sequel is how little it lets its star just riff with silly abandon, as he did throughout the original.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Janice Page
    Whatever blend of fact and fiction is really at work in this latest offering from ''Dog Days" director Ulrich Seidl -- known, by the way, for playing fast and loose with the documentary format -- the irony-laced ''Jesus, You Know" does persuade viewers to sit up and take notice of its inspired conceit.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Janice Page
    Knowlton has landed on four stories that deserve to be told, and she's told them in a straightforward way that gets the job done, with obvious dedication and love.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Janice Page
    What's unique about this documentary is that it grips history with both hands, shakes it, examines it, and exits with the entire wrinkled contents bravely in tow.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Janice Page
    Unusually compelling, even if it's treacly enough to be "The Chorus" in goose step.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Janice Page
    This is just humble, heartwarming storytelling with good acting and lush visuals.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 38 Janice Page
    No one in the film offers a shred of real proof that IBM cheated.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Janice Page
    Ironically, Born to Be Wild banks solely on its tameness to captivate and inspire, aided by an upbeat, sometimes incongruous soundtrack.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Janice Page
    What results is both real and surreal, giving and self indulgent. That’s the country we all live in.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Janice Page
    Maybe Tattoo is creepy and stylized enough to pull you along anyway, but if you like your thrillers to dig below the familiar epidermis, look elsewhere.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Janice Page
    Lively and beautiful filmmaking. It may leave you scratching your head, but it shouldn't leave you cold.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Janice Page
    What really makes 'The Warrior worthwhile is its indomitable soul.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Janice Page
    Inspirational.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Janice Page
    The debut live-action feature of Australian animator Sarah Watt has several other things to recommend it as well, including a black-humored screenplay, realistic performances, eye-catching artwork, and a few creative turns on some well-worn themes.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Janice Page
    In Mongolian Ping Pong the point is to look under the majestic vistas and see value in ordinary things -- ping-pong balls included.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Janice Page
    If ''Sean" was about conviction and revolution, Following Sean is about ambivalence and resignation. In either case it's pretty easy for a funny-provocative kid to stand out.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Janice Page
    Ultimately, this film is only scary if you're afraid of artfully self-conscious, grainy cinematography.
    • Boston Globe
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Janice Page
    For a movie about serial killings and media sensationalism, Cronicas sure is wimpy.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Janice Page
    Combines an insider's perspective with what can only be described as gutsy cinematography.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Janice Page
    One of the smartest things Kaplan does, besides getting talented Boston folk singer Catie Curtis to contribute to the soundtrack, is hang around long enough to see how this three-headed relationship plays out.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Janice Page
    Keep your big-budget horror movie expectations locked away in a separate crawl space, because this grainy feature debut from writer-director Ti West demands that you buy into the silliness, and the cheese.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Janice Page
    It needs only to entertain. And that it does thoroughly, leaving us both charmed and enriched without feeling very preached at. Praise be.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Janice Page
    Fails to drum up much excitement.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Janice Page
    The most disturbing thing about this grass-roots-inspired extreme-wrestling documentary by Paul Hough is how much worse you expect the violence to be.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Janice Page
    Coming and going through the wall's checkpoints is a tiresome and undignified process that makes US airport security look like a cocktail reception.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Janice Page
    If there's one image that sums up the filmmaking style of Takashi Miike, it's the close-up of a bubbling hot pot on the family dinner table.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Janice Page
    So, how's the food? The camera never even goes up close. That's the kind of restaurant documentary this is.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Janice Page
    Ultimately undercut by its fictional elements and its flat characters.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Janice Page
    This nostalgic licorice whip of a movie assumes there's still an audience for a straight-faced, family-friendly salute to the 1970s heyday of competitive roller disco.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Janice Page
    Highly unoriginal tale.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Janice Page
    Choppy, cheesy historical war epic really has only a couple of things going for it, and its biggest asset remains the heroic popular legend that inspired its making.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Janice Page
    It is at least an "experience" that has to be labeled exhilarating.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Janice Page
    Artful, especially in the ways it avoids sentimentality and employs vintage film clips of truly riveting performances...But Maximilian's narcissistic examination of his theatrical family -- can be boring, and his creative license with the truth is kind of troubling.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Janice Page
    To see this final installment is to know: It’s time.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Janice Page
    The movie's heart is in the right place, but all its messages of tolerance might resonate better if the Spanish-accented pirate didn't get drawn with a gold tooth and the turban-wearing Khalil wasn't an opportunistic rug merchant.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Janice Page
    As rich and literary a work as you might expect.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Janice Page
    Redmon's film is a welcome reminder that everything comes from somewhere and responsible people should at least pause to examine the label. For one thing, that's how bigger and better documentaries get made.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Janice Page
    Maybe the redemptions offered are simplistic in the context of this place, but they make for a dramatic (if heavily foreshadowed) conclusion.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Janice Page
    For all the controversy surrounding Buffalo Soldiers, you'd think the film would at least be interesting.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Janice Page
    Maybe because Hachmeister has a background in journalism, his movie endeavors to educate by covering a lot of ground in its 90-plus minutes, which is certainly commendable, it's just not that satisfying.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Janice Page
    For a certain kind of moviegoer, Saints and Soldiers provides above-average nostalgia. Others, more hardened, might call it child's play.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Janice Page
    Isn't all wrong. But even at its very best, it's just all right.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Janice Page
    Ramona and Beezus the movie, should not be confused with "Beezus and Ramona'' the book.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Janice Page
    Can be quite amusing and enjoyable to watch.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Janice Page
    Ultimately, Jordan's vision is so murky that Ned Kelly remains as foreign to us as wombat stew.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Janice Page
    With more character development this might have been an eerie thriller; with better payoffs, it could have been a thinking man's monster movie.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Janice Page
    Doesn't deliver on a lot of fronts. But then again it gives us full-on Faithfull, who manages to bare herself completely without ever actually getting undressed.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Janice Page
    The real problem with The Astronaut Farmer is that it has no spark.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Janice Page
    Isn't just a feel-good movie; it's a feel-good-and-righteous movie. And audiences will forgive its flaws.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Janice Page
    It’s cute and clever to a point -- especially if you don’t know much about the film’s premise going in -- but then the cleverness runs on like the one-note punch line of an interminable “Saturday Night Live’’ sketch, sponsored by Audi.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Janice Page
    Wolf Creek is ultimately all about the torture and the trauma. Happy holidays.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Janice Page
    As a political thriller, Formosa Betrayed has enough suspense and intrigue to pull viewers along willingly. It doesn’t try too hard, which is refreshing.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Janice Page
    Despite timely and worthwhile subject matter, there is nothing very inspired or inspiring in what makes it to the screen. Maybe they're saving all of that for the sequel, too.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Janice Page
    The cast is up to the challenges of that arc, but the plot doesn't always keep them afloat.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Janice Page
    It's worth noting that the movie's spiritual underpinnings are sometimes fairly subtle and other times veer into "Touched by an Angel" territory. The third act is downright Bible-thumping.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Janice Page
    Everyone's Hero is sincere and heartwarming; sometimes it's funny.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 38 Janice Page
    But this film, with its many cliches and borrowed substitutes for creativity, suggests his (Schroder) career in the boxing arena might have peaked with ''The Champ."

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