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

Jessica Winter's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 48
Highest review score: 90 Broken Flowers
Lowest review score: 0 Beautiful
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 65 out of 266
  2. Negative: 72 out of 266
266 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    Tonally, however, Earnest boasts perfect pitch, thanks mainly to the blithe, nimble actors.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    Preposterous enough to entertain.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    Sargent's whole enterprise doubles as a '70s archaeological dig.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    Doillon's ease with young performers is again seamlessly evident.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    Remains a genial lesson in how to both honor and subvert womanly expectations.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    Though angry and sorrowful, Trembling Before G-d, beginning with the title, is above all a work of reverence.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    The performances can be stiff, but a kinetic mix of anxiety, dread, and numbed resignation is always palpable.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    Hudson is ebullient, never cutesy, and her accent stays in tune.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    Albeit scattershot, Phantom does cohere as a satire of keeping up appearances in which everything is as it appears.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    My friend even supplied a blurbable quote: "The best dumbass-buddy comedy I've seen since "Wayne's World!"
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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