For 45 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 22% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 76% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joshua Land's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 90 The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till
Lowest review score: 10 Surviving Eden
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 45
  2. Negative: 3 out of 45
45 movie reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Joshua Land
    It's all pleasant enough, but the pretty pictures, languid pacing, and endless stretches of mood music eventually combine to soporific effect.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Joshua Land
    Kill Your Idols pulls a few punches, tempering its respect for No Wave values like extremity and contentiousness with a more 2006 concern for not actually offending anyone in particular.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Joshua Land
    Florida-born folksinger Jim White serves as guide on this musical tour of the rural South, conceptualized less as a state of mind than as an atmosphere.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Joshua Land
    Investigates the events leading up to the coup d'├ętat; that it was the second for Aristide (overthrown in 1991, mere months after becoming Haiti's first democratically elected president) darkens the film's triumphalist-sounding title.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Joshua Land
    Avoids the narrative contrivances of many recent forays into Americana -- by virtually avoiding narrative.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Joshua Land
    Todd Verow's overstuffed Vacationland promises more than it delivers in just about every sense.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Joshua Land
    Not only is the candid (but never prurient) treatment of early-teen sexuality and drug use too hot to handle, but the narrative blend of fairy-tale wonder and nightmare logic feels sui generis.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Joshua Land
    As a director (Caan) occasionally falls prey to the rookie mistake of excessive crosscutting, fragmenting the dramatic momentum created by his fine cast.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Joshua Land
    Witherspoon's oft charming perkiness is merely patronizing here, but mid-'90s MTV staple Donal Logue steals every scene he's in as an ethically challenged therapist.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Joshua Land
    The thriller plot sputters and the romance between Slater and eco-friendly Harvard MBA Selma Blair is a nonstarter, but the movie's threadbare execution actually enhances its queasy vision of a nation in decline.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Joshua Land
    Raging Dove can't avoid the biodoc pitfall of fixating on its subject's personal saga to the virtual exclusion of all else; by the end it's essentially blaming the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for Abu Lashin's professional demise.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Joshua Land
    Nicely rendered moments of casual intimacy between the men attest to the trip's therapeutic value, but very little of it transfers to the audience. The dull large-group scenes consist mostly of old standbys like writing problems on slips of paper and burning them.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Joshua Land
    It's tough to be sure of anything in this murky experimental feature, which sadly fails to live up to its title.
    • 1 Metascore
    • 10 Joshua Land
    Chaos lacks the audience-implicating boldness or howling political outrage of that landmark (Wes Craven's "Last House on the Left"); where Last House was provocative, Chaos is merely disgusting.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 10 Joshua Land
    This witless satire dares to take on the culture of--get ready for this--reality TV! Arriving a stupefying five years out of date, Surviving Eden is a not particularly rigorous attempt at mockumentary.

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