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

Jessica Winter's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 48
Highest review score: 90 Broken Flowers
Lowest review score: 0 Hide and Seek
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 65 out of 266
  2. Negative: 72 out of 266
266 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    Akerman's characteristically patient, pensive approach elegantly accommodates her reportorial responsibilities.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Jessica Winter
    Meticulously uncovers a trail of outrageous force and craven concealment.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Jessica Winter
    Unfolds as a series of slightly disjointed vignettes, padded with redundant voiceover and an oppressively histrionic score.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Jessica Winter
    This sly, engrossing doc is an expert riposte to smug proponents of the fetterless free market.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Jessica Winter
    The poised Vega and pleasingly phlegmatic Sabara are resolutely uncute performers, and the reach-out-and-touch-it gadgetry carries a homey scent of proactive nostalgia. Spy Kids 2 is an island of lost Circuit Cities.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Jessica Winter
    The director has a fitfully deployed gift for droll humor, but Chutney Popcorn mostly provides evidence that the ins and outs of the improvised multiparent family can be as prosaic as the nuclear Eisenhower model.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Jessica Winter
    Never lacks for energy, and the director and his stars stride with focused confidence through the hooey.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Jessica Winter
    The contortional physical shtick familiar from Lawrence's sitcom, laden with a dollop of Three Stooges violence, should keep the boys happy.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Jessica Winter
    A handsome, mostly tasteful production on par with 2001's Bayley-Murdoch impersonation "Iris."
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Jessica Winter
    Two Men is slow and sweet as warm pudding, but Cranham and Derek Jacobi (as one of Churchill's intelligence officers) both add a generous, wholehearted gravitas the film might have thought to ask for in the first place.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Jessica Winter
    As documentary filmmaking, it's cheap and suspect. As advocacy, it's necessary.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Jessica Winter
    The Business of Strangers goes too far in dramatizing Julie's primal, Paula-fied surge of female fury, and the script finally mistakes respectful ambiguity for vaporous drift.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.