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 11.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jessica Winter's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 48
Highest review score: 90 Joy Ride
Lowest review score: 0 Hide and Seek
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 65 out of 266
  2. Negative: 72 out of 266
266 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Jessica Winter
    The movie has the addictive episodic intimacy of great TV.
    • 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]
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Jessica Winter
    Amid the muddy scrubbery of the camp and its hinterland surroundings, Ghobadi catches some striking compositions.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 Jessica Winter
    Begs the question: Did the lads from Squatney trail the zeitgeist at every turn, or were cobandleaders David St. Hubbins and Nigel Tufnel simply in touch with their past and ahead of their time?
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Jessica Winter
    Often seems less a British new wave front-runner than a charming nouvelle vague tagalong,
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    Director Joe Wright coordinates a delightfully cohesive acting ensemble.
    • 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.
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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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.)
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Jessica Winter
    The patient camera leans in closely on the three lead actresses -- extraordinary first-timers all.
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    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Jessica Winter
    Jeff Feuerzeig's tremendous documentary runs on the motive force of intelligent fandom and radiates an ineffable grace.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Jessica Winter
    Boldly aspirational. It's Jeunet's stab at "Paths of Glory," dipped in a sepia bath and halfway wrenched into a women's picture.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    July's witty ode to only-connecting sustains a delicate tone of pensive whimsy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Jessica Winter
    State and Main is a Hollywood satire as cynical and thickheaded as its supposed targets.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 30 Jessica Winter
    Collapses in a heap of affirmational outbursts and metaphysical goop. The fond chemistry between the leads deserves a better movie.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Jessica Winter
    Like grieving itself, the film is awkward, messily honest, and sometimes darkly funny.