John Anderson

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For 193 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

John Anderson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Handmaiden
Lowest review score: 0 Bio-Dome
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 91 out of 193
  2. Negative: 27 out of 193
193 movie reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 John Anderson
    Mr. Nixey is doing an Alfred Hitchcock homage within a movie lacking anything as subversive, or skilled, as Hitchcock.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 John Anderson
    Hyams the director ("Sudden Death," "Timecop," "The Star Chamber") operates at too much of a fevered pitch for things not to eventually get out of hand -- accelerating violence and horror eventually hit maximum velocity and warp into nonsense, no matter how erudite the script.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 John Anderson
    While Amma's teachings of love, inner peace and Karma, or action, resonate in the film -- obviously, Amma is a woman called to God -- her background remains pretty much a mystery. Less National Geographic and more personal history would have added a dimension to "Darshan."
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 John Anderson
    Doesn't the reigning genius of the German language deserve his own "Shakespeare in Love"? Sure. But as Goethe scampers about Leipzig, comically failing his doctoral exam, spilling his books and looking bemused, young Johann might as well be auditioning for his own Disney Channel program.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 John Anderson
    But as Isaac, Rifkin is simply transcendent, giving what is the most accomplished performance of the year. He does not, however, have a completely successful movie around him.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 John Anderson
    There's not enough sustained musical momentum to simulate the energy of an actual rave; the characters are likable but unremarkable.
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 John Anderson
    Jakubowicz has made a muscular, messy and vulgar film based on a life that has been all those things.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 John Anderson
    It's not that the movie is never funny. It's just that you don't feel very good when it is.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 John Anderson
    Camp X-Ray isn’t anti-American, despite much of Ali’s rhetoric. It is about the evils of ignorance, wherever it rears its ugly head.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 John Anderson
    The movie thus moves from truly creepy to truly inane, which is, unfortunately, all too common in films of this ilk.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 John Anderson
    It's doubtful Milarepa will be opening in Beijing any time soon; all the more reason it deserves a look.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 John Anderson
    Safe House is a sturdy enough thriller, but one that consistently defaults to the less interesting of its two lead characters.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 John Anderson
    The problem for Mr. Krieger is that his film has been trying to dazzle us with all manner of sleight of hand and hokum and now undertakes the construction of a conventional romance. The movie starts spinning its wheels.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 John Anderson
    Subtle it is not. Well-intentioned it certainly is. No one but the youngest in the family will care very much about it, though. And they may well be filled with wonderment trying to figure out what this big Babe person is all about.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 John Anderson
    Does it all have to be so tedious? To the movie's credit, many of the inside jokes are pretty funny, and Mr. Lundgren is close to hilarious as a dissipated Swede named Gunner.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 John Anderson
    There aren't many bright spots in Lovelace, although one is Amanda Seyfried's intoxicating smile, and another is the retinal insult delivered by a 16mm projector flaring out at the audience during the movie's opening moments, and which feels like an accusation. It's the odd film that indicts you just for watching. But Lovelace is an eccentric piece of cinema, made by unlikely people.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 John Anderson
    A trashy little movie about drinking, football and drinking, is also one of those films that pretends to moralize about the very behavior it milks for every giggle it can get.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 John Anderson
    The assumption among many when the movie was postponed was that Paramount Classics felt New Yorkers weren't emotionally equipped for something bright or frothy or vivacious. They needn't have been concerned.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 John Anderson
    The film never quite succeeds, simply because the book’s core virtues do not lend themselves to cinema.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 John Anderson
    A mixed bag of a thriller that exploits two primal fears—of artificial intelligence, and precocious children.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 John Anderson
    It shouldn’t seem shocking, but the most interesting thing about this second Cruise-fired action film based on author Lee Child’s nomadic, ex-military hero is its action.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 John Anderson
    What's so unfunny about peace, love and understanding? Plenty, it turns out. But for much of the movie, viewers will be asking themselves where the conflict is. And, by extension, the drama.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 John Anderson
    Go see it. But you'll feel cheap in the morning.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 John Anderson
    Less magical is the blind adherence to formula evident in most of Taken 2. As they might say in the advertising department, it's an adrenaline-fueled thrill ride. But it could have been much more.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 John Anderson
    It only serves to remind one of better movies, at a time when one needs no reminders.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 John Anderson
    A greatest-hits collection of plot devices and emotional cues from such films as "Gorillas in the Mist" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," making it something of a trained chimp, one that apes a lot of good movies while making itself look ridiculous.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 John Anderson
    A sad farewell to the promising Project Greenlight concept, this Feast leaves viewers with nothing satisfying to tuck into.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 John Anderson
    The island locale rings with reggae music regardless of its proximity to Jamaica, and any action sequence is rendered in painfully deliberate slo-mo.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 John Anderson
    A movie that commits sins of excess, except regarding Thornton. There's not nearly enough of him.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 John Anderson
    Follows a leadenly predictable path that will be more than familiar to anyone who's seen a recent sports movie, or any Sandler movie.

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