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

Jessica Winter's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 48
Highest review score: 90 Sweet Sixteen
Lowest review score: 0 Beautiful
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 65 out of 266
  2. Negative: 72 out of 266
266 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Jessica Winter
    Lovely to look at but insipid.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 30 Jessica Winter
    Since the central odd couple have no rapport, their bond never seems to progress past mutual usury.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Jessica Winter
    Aspiring to evoke an unreal city stranded in the autumn of the soul, the film succeeds only when it peers up from the intro-philosophy book for the occasional glimpse of everyday beauty.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Jessica Winter
    The uncertain plot somehow concerns ginseng and stolen objets d'art; the main thrust is acrobatic slapstick with a decided antipatriarchal twist.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Jessica Winter
    Easily the best teen movie of the year.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Jessica Winter
    Watching Ben get the girl or be seriously injured trying always has its dry, keening pleasures.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Jessica Winter
    Cheeky and elusive, Last Life in the Universe inhabits a high-lonesome world unto itself, a bright daydream that dissipates in the aching gap of a missed connection.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    Preposterous enough to entertain.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    The performances can be stiff, but a kinetic mix of anxiety, dread, and numbed resignation is always palpable.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    The Virgin script occasionally resets a gold standard for refined crudery.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Jessica Winter
    An engrossing study of a protagonist who variously inspires pity, clinical interest, fondness, and revulsion-sometimes all at once.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Jessica Winter
    A scrupulous and impeccably acted account of the fallout from a family secret.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Jessica Winter
    Broomfield's investigatory technique remains a frustrating pileup of unfocused Q&As and misplaced credulity. But when Broomfield travels to her Michigan hometown, he pieces together a life blighted at breech-birth: a grotesque of abandonment, incest, physical and sexual abuse, pregnancy at 13, and homelessness.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Jessica Winter
    The Road Home is foremost enthralled, however, with its lead actress -- wide-eyed and pigtailed, revered in close-up after stunned close-up.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Jessica Winter
    Mehta feels compelled to twist the screw, shamelessly plying her audience with mawkish tropes wearing the garb of "innocence."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Jessica Winter
    Carandiru's every scene is cut from factory-issue prison-genre cloth to fit jailhouse stock characters.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Jessica Winter
    Godard light, but not lite: Its breezy postures front for melancholia.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 30 Jessica Winter
    The visual subtleties don't come to bear on the storytelling, unfortunately -- the dialogue is cumbersome, the simpering soundtrack and editing more so.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Jessica Winter
    Can any American filmmaker other than the Farrellys make a rom-com in which the principals engage in activities apart from the tiresomely tireless dissection of rom?
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Jessica Winter
    A widescreen wallow in socially enforced slum nihilism brought to you by Miramax, Tsotsi could be pegged as "City of God" relocated to the Soweto shanties, but it eschews the ironic swagger and strobe-speed action of Fernando Meirelles's lurid jigsaw for a more conventional arc.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Jessica Winter
    Utterly necessary film.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    Endearing and well-acted.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Jessica Winter
    Occasionally smirky.
    • 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.

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