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

Jessica Winter's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Jessica Winter
    Pleasant and undemanding, all the more so whenever Tom Wilkinson's on-screen as a possible Erlynne suitor, the movie miscasts Hunt as the pragmatic seductress.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Jessica Winter
    First-time director Bonnie Hunt pays slavish adherence to the Nora Ephron rules of assembly for the prefab rom-com.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Jessica Winter
    Bursting with grotesque burlesques of household relations.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Jessica Winter
    Having established Josey as the focus of the entire iron range's enmity, the filmmakers panic, and North Country spectacularly self-destructs in a climactic courtroom free-for-all.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Jessica Winter
    Improbably, the sequel only ups the ante on its predecessor's comedy-of-embarrassment quotient.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Jessica Winter
    Gets a lurching spring in its step whenever Tom Green shows up to, say, cram a live mouse in his mouth.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Jessica Winter
    Godard light, but not lite: Its breezy postures front for melancholia.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Jessica Winter
    As the tourist on a time budget, the usually brilliant Coogan merely mugs and flails (we can only imagine what Johnny Depp would have done with Fogg), while he and able straight man Chan enjoy scant opportunity to develop any comic rapport.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Jessica Winter
    Dinosaur amounts to 80 minutes of discouraged Cretaceous trudging, punctuated by the occasional fight or stampede and one pyrotechnic coup: a truly thrilling meteor shower.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Jessica Winter
    Or
    The scoreless Or (My Treasure) consists solely of stationary shots that, while sometimes awkwardly composed, build in organic momentum and bracing detail.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Jessica Winter
    If Moon Shadow does sometimes overcome its sentimentalism and faulty parallels, it's because the film is altogether unburdened by cynicism.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Jessica Winter
    Amid the sticky-sweet swamp of Jeremy Leven's script, Rowlands and Garner emerge spotless and beatific, lending a magnanimous credibility to their scenes together. These two old pros slice cleanly through the thicket of sap-weeping dialogue and contrivance, locating the terror and desolation wrought by the cruel betrayals of a failing mind.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Jessica Winter
    The idea isn't as odd as it might first appear, since running a salon is one of the few socially acceptable means for a woman in Afghanistan to earn an income. The execution, however, evokes a particularly outlandish Christopher Guest mockumentary.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Jessica Winter
    As documentary filmmaking, it's cheap and suspect. As advocacy, it's necessary.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Jessica Winter
    Never lacks for energy, and the director and his stars stride with focused confidence through the hooey.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Jessica Winter
    This sly, engrossing doc is an expert riposte to smug proponents of the fetterless free market.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Jessica Winter
    A plea for equality of opportunity, a worthy objective somewhat obscured by non-disabled actors occupying the lead roles. In any case, one imagines Rory himself would prefer a Farrelly disability blooper reel.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Jessica Winter
    Niccol's fatal error is in making the protagonist at once amoral and insipid, an admixture thickened by Cage's loquacious yet stoned voice-over and Moynahan's moist-eyed tremblings as the trophy wife.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Jessica Winter
    There's so little leavening humor here, and so much physical and emotional violence visited upon the already abject, that the film seems as pointless as the wasted lives it purports to examine.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Jessica Winter
    There are pages missing from this fable: Meadows reports that his financiers asked him to cut one-quarter of his original script just before production began, and his fondness for long takes sits uneasily beside the apparent gaps in the narrative.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Jessica Winter
    The film itself is thinly conceived, except in the area of bodily misfunction. It plays like the murky B side to the immortal Gilliam-Jones epic "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."

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