Joan Anderman

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For 13 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 76% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 24% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joan Anderman's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Trust
Lowest review score: 25 The Secret Agent
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
13 movie reviews
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Joan Anderman
    The biggest problem, ironically, is that even though the plot and the action center on smoking pot, it's not enough of a stoner flick. The concept of getting stoned isn't amusing; watching stoned people is.
    • Boston Globe
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Joan Anderman
    Earle's song introductions, like those of his mentors Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, are as meaty, pointed, and touching as the tunes themselves, and his spoken words -- full of humor and humanity -- are the heart of the film.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Joan Anderman
    MC5 is everything a rockumentary should be and usually isn't. Then again, MC5 was everything a rock band should be and usually isn't.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Joan Anderman
    The actors give it their best, Thomsen and Werlinder in particular.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Joan Anderman
    An uncommonly intimate portrait, in large part because the filmmaker, Bradley Beesley, is a longtime neighbor, friend, and collaborator.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Joan Anderman
    Hartley's spare dialogue cuts right to the characters' psyches; his terse, laconic style accentuates the everyday horror. [20 Sept 1991]
    • Boston Globe
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Joan Anderman
    With its wry take on the manic triviality of the industry, it's not only the most sparklingly jaundiced showbiz entertainment since "All About Eve." It's also the gutsiest mother-daughter story since "Terms of Endearment." Call it "Terms of Endurement," plan on laughing a lot, and you won't be far off. [13 Sep 1990, p.97]
    • Boston Globe
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Joan Anderman
    Hampton's directorial inexperience shows, and the film remains curiously disjointed and devoid of suspense. [06 Dec 1996]
    • Boston Globe
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Joan Anderman
    It's a celebration of free expression that treats youth like a fierce and beautiful animal, and never attempts to tame it. In Pump Up the Volume, the "why-bother" generation finds a voice, and begins to bother. [22 Aug 1990, p.47]
    • Boston Globe
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Joan Anderman
    Gilliam has a vision and a viewpoint, and he puts it on screen with an extravagance, a humanistic generosity and a visual imagination that make it a standout in 1989's virtual cinematic vacuum. [10 Mar 1989, p.32]
    • Boston Globe
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Joan Anderman
    A lovely piece of filmmaking, a gripping, minimalist marriage of sound and image.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Joan Anderman
    Talking heads are overused in documentaries, but in this case a dose of perspective, a point of view or two, would have a gone a long way toward turning a pageant of unreliable voices and morbid images into a portrait of the artists and their deadly scene as something more than misunderstood.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Joan Anderman
    For a few years, Veit Harlan must have felt he was the right filmmaker at the right place at the right time. Did he ever stop to think that his luck also meant the doom of millions? Moeller’s documentary can’t supply an answer. It does, however, make the rest of us wonder.

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