Jessica Winter

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For 266 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 25% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 75% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 14.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jessica Winter's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 49
Highest review score: 90 Joy Ride
Lowest review score: 0 Beautiful
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 65 out of 266
  2. Negative: 72 out of 266
266 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Jessica Winter
    Redoubtably hilarious as always, Zahn also lends his character unpredictable flashes of anger, pathos, and faint psychosis, even when the movie jumps the median from ticklishly discomfiting black comedy into by-the-numbers horror jolts.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Jessica Winter
    A scrupulous and impeccably acted account of the fallout from a family secret.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Jessica Winter
    In a remarkably subtle, assured debut performance, Compston evokes Billy in Loach's "Kes" and, in the heartbreaking final seaside shot, Antoine in Truffaut's "400 Blows."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Jessica Winter
    Unstintingly funny -- far more so than the wince-worthy trailer -- owing to Chan's pairing with droll indie eccentric Owen Wilson, as his would-be gunslinger sidekick.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Jessica Winter
    Karine Vanasse, as the protagonist Hanna, is perfectly cast because she has the body of a woman and the sweet, sexless face of a child.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Jessica Winter
    With elegant restraint the film subtly intimates the wintry dead end-twilight years bereft of love, partner, or vocation-that may be in store for its aged lover man. (Payne's "About Schmidt" did too, when not gorging snidely on idiot Americana.)
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Jessica Winter
    The entire unwieldy contraption rests on the shoulders of erstwhile "Queer as Folk" jailbait Hunnam: Bleached and bland, earnest and wooden, he's exactly what the film asks him to be.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Jessica Winter
    Chaiken ably balances real-time rhythms with propulsive incident -- she catches subtler interior strains, too.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Jessica Winter
    He (Wolens) captures Crayola-vivid images of both the unspoiled forest canopy and denuded expanses of slash-and-burned landscape -- a bleak summation, perhaps, of the area's past and future.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Jessica Winter
    The patient camera leans in closely on the three lead actresses -- extraordinary first-timers all.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Jessica Winter
    Though there's considerable footage of hippie activity (crafting kites, sleeping) and moments of prelapsarian frisson (a cop warns that "there's talk of the Hell's Angels coming down"), the film is resolutely performance-driven.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Jessica Winter
    Amid the muddy scrubbery of the camp and its hinterland surroundings, Ghobadi catches some striking compositions.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Jessica Winter
    Easily the best teen movie of the year.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Jessica Winter
    In 1974 a director, a screenwriter, and a producer (Robert Evans, who for once deserves a few of the plaudits he's apportioned himself) could decide to beat a genre senseless and then dump it in the wilds of Greek tragedy. [Review of August 8, 2003 re-release]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Jessica Winter
    One of the refreshing aspects of the slight, flawed Tumbleweeds is that it creates a world inhabited by recognizable people.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Jessica Winter
    Utterly necessary film.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Jessica Winter
    An engrossing study of a protagonist who variously inspires pity, clinical interest, fondness, and revulsion-sometimes all at once.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Jessica Winter
    A veteran of commercials and music videos, director Chris Nahon crowds out too much of the sprawling combat gymnastics, but his film doesn't lack for luxuriously seedy ambience --his Paris is a retro-futurist sewer.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Jessica Winter
    Often seems less a British new wave front-runner than a charming nouvelle vague tagalong,
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Jessica Winter
    The movie has the addictive episodic intimacy of great TV.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Jessica Winter
    Cahiers-savvy cinephiles will recognize Fanfan as the type of handsome prestige production that the French New Wave overthrew in the early '60s, but this example of the "cinéma de qualité" is hardly a musty artifact, with its compact editing, its breezy and mischievous tone, and, in a country not yet a decade removed from the Nazi occupation, its acrid anti-militarism, clear from the ash-dry narration of the opening battle sequences onward.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Jessica Winter
    As sweet and unassuming a film as they come, embraces both perspectives -- it's sympathetic to the batty throes of a first infatuation, but affably demurs at indulging them.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Jessica Winter
    The movie's subject is brotherly love in all its extremes; the trajectory is grimly inevitable, and yet its final descent still manages to startle.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Jessica Winter
    Burnt Money arranges a triumphant martyrdom for its bad boys -- a redemptive blaze of glory, dozens of faceless corpses notwithstanding.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Jessica Winter
    Unexpectedly bridges genres -- it's a buddy movie, a horror story, a boy's-own adventure, and a near metaphysical meditation on the limits of human endurance.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Jessica Winter
    Jeff Feuerzeig's tremendous documentary runs on the motive force of intelligent fandom and radiates an ineffable grace.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    Doesn't quite know how to take its leave; it tapers off like a curling cigarette trail, but it lingers like a ghost.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    The Virgin script occasionally resets a gold standard for refined crudery.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    The whole of Sunshine State is less than the sum of its parts, but the parts are often lovely, and always true.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    Meticulously uncovers a trail of outrageous force and craven concealment.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    Tonally, however, Earnest boasts perfect pitch, thanks mainly to the blithe, nimble actors.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    The week's guilty pleasure is The Count of Monte Cristo, a gorgeously photographed, sumptuously designed adaptation of the Dumas swashbuckler boasting the most ludicrous dialogue since director Kevin Reynolds's "Waterworld."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    Accomplished if lacking in urgency, this Oliver Twist (scripted by Ronald Harwood, who also wrote "The Pianist") showcases Polanski's proven gift for Dickensian caricature.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    Once Drake reaches the candlelight vigil that acts as his penultimate set piece, he sustains an impossible balance between mordant wit and articulate bewilderment.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    Preposterous enough to entertain.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    Like a kid playing make-believe, In America is blithely confident of its own contrivances; it only benefits from a certain unselfconscious naïveté. And as with a misjudged Christmas gift or a mawkish sympathy card from a kindly relative, one can hardly doubt its uplifting intentions.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    My friend even supplied a blurbable quote: "The best dumbass-buddy comedy I've seen since "Wayne's World!"
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    Code Unknown is Haneke's most expansive and, oddly, hopeful work -- not a gaze into the void, but a fierce attempt to scramble out of it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    Endearing and well-acted.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    Remains a genial lesson in how to both honor and subvert womanly expectations.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    Unfortunately, the delicious snatches of reflexive wit function as mere intermissions between the distended action sequences and Michael Bay–style megatonnage, which have earned Pixar its first ever PG rating.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    Spheeris gives every indication of having gotten too close to her material, but her film's overall air of discombobulation is poignant in itself.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    Director Waters and screenwriter Tina Fey (also cast as the voice-of-reason math teacher) aim less for the usual high-gloss caricature than acutely hilarious sociology, nailing the servile malice of 15-year-old girls.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    An international cast of curious creatures in their native habitats stars in this charming Gallic duo (Animals and Ice/Sea) of featurettes.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    Director Joe Wright coordinates a delightfully cohesive acting ensemble.
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    • 70 Jessica Winter
    Albeit scattershot, Phantom does cohere as a satire of keeping up appearances in which everything is as it appears.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    The last half hour bogs down badly, with a cynical fake-out ending and a final scene that borders on non-sensical.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    Slick and sober, fiercely contemporary, and rigged by a fail-safe three-act structure, Dirty Pretty Things nimbly straddles the line between realism and popcorn pop, but it knows which side its bread is buttered on.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    July's witty ode to only-connecting sustains a delicate tone of pensive whimsy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    One of Gitaï's greatest assets in Kadosh is such stillness, which leaves facile outsiders' judgment out of the frame and thereby deepens our immersion in the narrative.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    This film is solidly built, faithful to its material, and utterly lacking in pretense, but its maker is still running in place.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    Akerman's characteristically patient, pensive approach elegantly accommodates her reportorial responsibilities.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    Almost inevitably for a documentary of this stripe, it risks aestheticizing poverty--but here it's usually the kids themselves who compose the most arresting images.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    Doillon's ease with young performers is again seamlessly evident.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    The wonderful-terrible dervish of Umbrellas reaches peak abandon, worthy of Vincente Minnelli, when Geneviève sobs out a plaint for Guy as a carnival whirls outside the shop.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    The film marks a welcome departure from the usual rah-rah machismo of the semi-nationalist action adventure, but Jordan never escapes the mighty shadow of "The Thin Red Line"--from the grace-note inserts of exotic birds, snakes, and foliage to Ledger's laconic, sometimes haiku-like voice-over to Klaus Badelt's embarrassingly Zimmer-derivative score.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    Carion is no Jean Renoir, but he does strike an appealingly low key of tender, faintly goofy affinity between the combatants.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    Penning's film applies too much force behind its hairpin turns, but broad scripting and acting are counterbalanced by crisp photography, shivery sound design, and well-chosen debts.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    Hudson is ebullient, never cutesy, and her accent stays in tune.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    Not to imply that our Claude's gone native, but here his unabiding fascination with bourgie-style repetition compulsion bears some resemblance to sympathy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    The performances can be stiff, but a kinetic mix of anxiety, dread, and numbed resignation is always palpable.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    The photographer's show-don't-tell stance is admirable, but it can make him a problematic documentary subject. War Photographer infers the psychological and physical toll of his peripatetic existence, but provides scant insight into his technique.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    Smith's work is a means of cauterizing wounds that have not even begun to heal...certainly not across a continent in Giuliani's New York.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    Though angry and sorrowful, Trembling Before G-d, beginning with the title, is above all a work of reverence.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    Sargent's whole enterprise doubles as a '70s archaeological dig.

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