Jennie Punter
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For 166 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jennie Punter's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Gomorrah
Lowest review score: 0 Supercross
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 81 out of 166
  2. Negative: 31 out of 166
166 movie reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Jennie Punter
    An unforgettable portrayal of the unglamorous gangster life, which is often short and never sweet.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Jennie Punter
    Thrilling and beautifully crafted.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Jennie Punter
    Turns out to be one of the most compelling, finely orchestrated and oddly enchanting films of the year so far.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Jennie Punter
    Even in a season of apocalyptic films, these facts are really, really scary.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Jennie Punter
    They really pulled out all the stops on this one.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Jennie Punter
    One of the most irresistible films of the year so far.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 100 Jennie Punter
    What elevates Foy's impressive first feature (he also served as editor and composer of the dark, whimsical score) above, say, your average "unsolved mystery" TV episode, is the emotional connection he gradually builds between Duerr and the elusive creator of the Toynbee tiles.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Jennie Punter
    It's an exquisite, humanistic and subtly topical work of cinema art that manages to keep the intimate, revelatory sensibility of a one-man play intact while fleshing out the characters and creating a very realistic and richly detailed school community.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Jennie Punter
    My Summer of Love may sound like the title of a hot teen flick, but it is a truly refreshing grown-up big-screen film, a rare gem in this summer of duds.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Jennie Punter
    Authentic, fresh and utterly relevant.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Jennie Punter
    The movies have given us plenty of loquacious teenagers – from such fast-talking truants as Ferris Bueller to such overachieving political animals as Tracy Flick ( Election). Hal Hefner is not one of these kids.
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Jennie Punter
    Lanthumos's accomplished and fascinating Dogtooth pushes the notion of parents screwing up their kids into seriously disturbing and darkly comic terrain.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Jennie Punter
    With Monsters, Edwards transcends the special-effects auteur label, creating a memorable sci-fi story in which the hero and heroine are true equals in the adventure. How's that for an alien concept?
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    All of the participating directors – save Balsmeyer and actor Natalie Portman – are known for features. So part of the interest is seeing how the short form puts their strengths, weaknesses, thematic interests or styles into sharp focus.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    Surreal and hilarious.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    Presented the usual way, the film would be enchanting. In 3-D, however, Coraline is completely engrossing. Selick uses the technique brilliantly to enhance the comedy and horror that mingle in his more "family-friendly" version of Gaiman's dark story.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    With young audiences definitely in mind, the film puts a fresh spin on the issues and struggles of the civil-rights movement.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    The summer's most lip-smacking movie treat.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    Humpday is mostly foreplay. But isn't that usually the most fun anyway? It certainly is in this film.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    A sprawling personal journey, filled with an array of fascinating characters, through the world of wine.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    Certainly a bizarre kind of virtuoso filmmaking, but it does not feel precocious or burdened with too many ideas.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    The documentary My Date with Drew is "Don Quixote" meets "Bowfinger" meets "Swingers" for the reality-TV generation.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    As confusing, horrific and unsettling as a nightmare can be, at least you wake up and the memory fades. Darwin's Nightmare, tragically, is not a dream, but rather a haunting, beautifully made reality check well worth waking up to.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    Gets under your skin as another thought-provoking wake-up call about the power of studios and the corporations that back them.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    Mann (Comic Book Confidential) plays with archive, animation and music (hot soundtrack by the Sadies), illuminating another worthy counter-culture corner. Pure fun, fun, fun.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    Its rhythm is deliberate and unhurried, yet the film is rich with detail and with small, meaningful character revelations -- the running time of more than two hours feels just right.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    Both a cathartic and a creative family entertainment.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    Everything's Gone Green is the second feature directed by Paul Fox (The Dark Hours), who maintains an energetic, lighthearted tone throughout the film, even when the story loses focus at its not-quite-satisfying ending.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    While the newer version's darker ending lends a more contemporary twist, overall 3:10 to Yuma is reverent to the original – a few more bullets and more spilled blood notwithstanding.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    This film offers a child's perspective on the ravages and complexity of war and is also a convincing testament to the healing power of creative expression.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    Relentless, thorough and devastating.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    What makes The Grand a memorable comedy is that the main stories are really about families – how they screw you up and how they save you. And you don't have to understand poker to know the rules of that game.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    Both Speedman and Tyler deliver solid, nuanced performances as a couple caught at the most fragile moment in their relationship.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    A late summer treat. And in case you are wondering, yes, there is mumbling.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    Rodriguez, is a hack in the best sense of the term, often serving as producer, director, writer, shooter and composer – all of which come into play for Shorts .
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    It's a film that will both captivate and divide audiences.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    Riveting and courageous documentary.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    The beautifully photographed film is quite stylized at times...But it manages to steer clear of the stereotypes one might expect of a movie set in this time and place, thanks in part to the underlying and, mostly, underplayed themes of spirituality and the search for identity.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    In the midst of this emotional train wreck in motion, with angry outbursts and accusations, there are moments of levity, jokes and even a song or two. Strangely, it does not seem irreverent or bizarre but, rather, an expression of affection, as if love is tearing them apart.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    It may not be a pretty picture, but A Tale of Two Sisters is definitely a satisfying piece of less-is-more cinematic horror.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    While Mesrine: Killer Instinct certainly deserves a place among memorable French gangster films, Richet never delivers a clear theme here, let alone a plot.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    Predators never gives us the satisfaction of knowing what motivates the alien hunters to use humans for sport, but at least it has fun showing us that humans can, indeed, be the most dangerous game.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    A creepy, smartly written and very entertaining low-budget chiller.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    With its comic-book hues, crime-caper score, overly serious narrator, interior monologues and surreal touches, Wild Grass proves Resnais is still having fun with cinematic language.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    Jam-packed but never disorienting, Cool It will definitely get your head spinning.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    A taut, gorgeously filmed and enjoyably wicked cinematic treat.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    While the visuals aren't nearly as eye-popping as those of the underwater movies, the film is more inspiring thanks to its human heroines.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    Puss in Boots is essentially non-stop dazzling action scenes loosely connected by a thin, predictable story of greed versus good.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    Pitt and Damon deliver the best lines (wisecracks about the food chain, predators and evolution, etc.) but their characters also represent most of us.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    Propelled by a perfectly cast trio of stars whose eccentricities shine in singular character roles, Bernie is a charmer.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    Ever so subtly, Schock gradually transports us beyond the exotic and into gripping universal storytelling, aided all the way by the evocative music of Tucson songsmiths Calexico.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    Glodell never lets his creation spin out of control. Bellflower revs the engine of an exciting new maverick.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    Swords cross, blood spurts and bosoms heave in The Princess of Montpensier, French director Bertrand Tavernier's thoroughly ravishing drama.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    New Zealand-born director Lee Tamahori (Once Were Warriors, Die Another Day) avoids biopic tropes, filling the screen with the jolts of a violent thriller and exploiting the few comic possibilities.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    A combination of timing, access, a visual aesthetic that reflects ATCQ's Afrocentric "surface philosophy" (as the crew's look is described) and, most importantly, story-conscious editing elevates the doc above the norm.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    Speaking of moves, A Better Life is an interesting one for Weitz, who produced "American Pie" and directed "The Golden Compass" and, ahem, "The Twilight Saga: New Moon." Whatever the reason (his grandmother was a Mexican movie actress), this film feels more personal that just a gig.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    For the most part he (Haney) lets the people and images of Coal River Valley speak for themselves – and that's what gives The Last Mountain its eloquent power.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    There is also a parallel subplot following the fate of two Ukrainian girls caught in the sex-slave ring Kathy targets. This storyline isn't dramatically satisfying, but it does provide context and ensures the victims in this story are not portrayed simply as faces in the dark.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    Designed to please all generations of irreverent humour-lovers, The Pirates! Band of Misfits may not be heart-warming (it is about nasty, scurvy pirates!) but it's breezy rollicking fun.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    Stacked against this summer's CGI-driven blockbusters, Attack the Block is definitely the fastest action ride (clocking under 90 minutes), and quite possibly the most fun.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    Given Paine's penchant for B-movie-sounding titles, let's hope he gets to make it a trilogy that concludes with The Electric Car Lives!
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    An unabashed crowd-pleaser.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    More heart-breaking and action-packed than one imagines from a monastery travelogue film.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    It may be a slim story, but its gentle humour, natural rhythm and above all authentic performances make Tomboy beautiful, intimate cinema.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jennie Punter
    There is nothing dry about Last Call at the Oasis, Jessica Yu's engaging, informative and fast-flowing documentary exploring the global water crisis.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Jennie Punter
    Delivered without irony or subtext but lots of gentle humour, a kind of family fare that is rare on the big screen these days.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Jennie Punter
    The most endearing aspect of D.E.B.S., a sweet-spirited spoof, is that the lesbian romance is played for real, with no nudge-nudge wink-wink irony.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Jennie Punter
    May be a slight film, but watching the Dames work in harmony in beautiful nuanced performances is a rich and fully satisfying reward.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Jennie Punter
    The creative and experimental use of sound and photography are a big part of what makes November an intriguing film.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 63 Jennie Punter
    Writing, casting and pacing are vital. Scary Movie 4 doesn't let any gag get stale. It's rapid-fire, hit-and-miss and hit-and-strike comedy.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 63 Jennie Punter
    The stellar array of British talent (voicing the various farm animals) and Murray (whom one suspects has rewritten Garfield's lines to be Murray-esque) give Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties all its energy and make the human actors -- even comedian Connolly -- look and sound like square panels in a two-dimensional comic strip.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Jennie Punter
    Paine does offer something of a heroine in Chelsea Sexton; the attractive EV1 sales specialist was laid off in 2001, became an EV1 activist and is now executive director of Plug In America.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Jennie Punter
    Unfortunately, despite a committed and lively performance, McAvoy's Scottish doctor is fictional, an amalgam of Amin's "white monkeys."
    • 28 Metascore
    • 63 Jennie Punter
    Isn't exactly what you'd call fresh. But although it borrows ingredients from many familiar Christmas flicks, it's got a sly twinkle of its own.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Jennie Punter
    At two hours, After the Wedding stretches out family flux too thinly and waits too long to reveal the final, devastating secret that we already know.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Jennie Punter
    An entertaining family comedy full of both tricks and trickery.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Jennie Punter
    Icy landscapes, the cozy tones of Queen Latifah and a walrus-farting scene that rivals the campfire bean-fuelled explosions of "Blazing Saddles" help make Arctic Tale, a new wildlife documentary, a fun family indoor excursion.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Jennie Punter
    Although she lets her flair for creating funny, sharply written, quirky scenes consume her feature directorial debut, her use of family, friends and even an ex (Goldberg) in 2 Days In Paris, gives the film a wonderfully natural, comfy feel.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Jennie Punter
    A revealing portrait of outsider music nerds.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Jennie Punter
    Features an excellent cast, in particular the child actors. These elements, as well as the director's light unsentimental touch, make the struggles and triumphs in Small Voices ring truthful.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Jennie Punter
    Creepy, cool and loaded with style.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Jennie Punter
    Astro Boy definitely sets himself up for a sequel, and the overall scenario is ripe to explore many current issues. But let's hope the creators trade in the well-used parts for some fresh material.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Jennie Punter
    Orphan descends into a formulaic bloodbath that barely registers a pulse.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Jennie Punter
    While Tom Tykwer's lavish and lively screen adaptation of Perfume: The Story of a Murderer is certainly not a stinker, there is something decidedly off about it.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Jennie Punter
    While Mindhunters aspires to be a psychological thriller, it's really just mindless entertainment.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 50 Jennie Punter
    While not as edgy or funny as "The Mask," the popular 1994 "original" starring Jim Carrey, the movie offers eye-popping animation high-jinks and a warm-and-fuzzy story that reinforces what some would call family values.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Jennie Punter
    Unlike "Microcosmos" (all insects) and the acclaimed nature doc "Winged Migration" (all birds), Genesis is bogged down by its intentions and too vast a "cast."
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Jennie Punter
    But for a lightweight summer romantic comedy, The Perfect Man delivers the goods and includes a couple of scenes that are, surprisingly, fresh and quite funny, both of which, incidentally, involve the music of Styx.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Jennie Punter
    A fine, solid cast and fully exploited settings cannot make up for the by-the-numbers screenplay, which is filled with all-too-convenient plot points.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Jennie Punter
    Certainly not a stinker. Yet despite its squeaky-clean appearance, this family flick has a pervasive and decidedly stale aroma.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Jennie Punter
    While it's not exactly the kind of movie many will feel like catching during a holiday break, fans of the horror genre will appreciate the fresh take on a killer's hunt for fresh meat.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Jennie Punter
    At two hours, Eight Below becomes rather repetitive and arduous in its final stretch, the rescue mission. But the canine cuteness, breathtaking action and acts of bravery are worth braving the Disney elements -- overpowering, poignant music, an unnecessary romantic subplot -- if you like your movies doggy-style.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Jennie Punter
    The unruly pack of subplots make The Shaggy Dog much more convoluted than it needs to be. But Allen's physical comedy as man-becoming-dog, and his non-stop monologue as man-dog, are definitely worth a trip to the matinee.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Jennie Punter
    Essentially a journey from point A to point B, a simple classic plotline on which to hang a collection of set pieces -- some delightful, some wacky, some tediously hackneyed.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Jennie Punter
    Despite its title, the movie admirably sticks to its game plan of ennobling the everyman as opposed to turning Papale into some kind of Superman.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 50 Jennie Punter
    Tideland is the easiest of Gilliam's films to follow, yet the most disturbing to watch.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Jennie Punter
    The Santa Clause 3 is a colourful jumble. (But quite a bit better than Jungle 2 Jungle). Nevertheless, whether parent or elf, You might laugh when you watch it in spite of yourself.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Jennie Punter
    In the end, F*CK is at most a compendium of opinions and examples, and never feels like a story. Still, great casting and inventive visuals make it an entertaining big-screen experience -- and don't expect to catch it later on network television (otherwise it would have to be retitled BL**P).
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Jennie Punter
    Twitchy, messy and uneven, it's an action flick that just won't shut up. The movie is somewhat saved by a smattering of wacky minor characters and humorous bits of non-essential business, but they certainly don't add up to a satisfying experience.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Jennie Punter
    It's kind of fun but the twists and turns are all too familiar.