For 87 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 78% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 19% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 16.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Katie Walsh's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Beware of Mr. Baker
Lowest review score: 20 Mad Women
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 87
  2. Negative: 4 out of 87
87 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Katie Walsh
    After Tiller is not an important film just because of its political and cultural relevance, but because of its humane and compassionate approach to telling the stories of these doctors, their work and the women that they seek to help.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Katie Walsh
    Simply put, Samsara tells the story of our world, but onscreen, it is so much more than that.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Katie Walsh
    Though it’s dealing with difficult subject matter, the film teems with life throughout every funny, bittersweet, and wild moment, slapping a smile on your face that won’t go away and you don’t know why.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Katie Walsh
    Short Term 12 is a roller coaster of every emotion, managing to be both heartwarming and heartrending at once.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Katie Walsh
    Potash marks time by the year until the last 30 minutes of the film, when the clock intertitles speed up with the many advancements in her situation, building to a breathless finish that will leave the viewer emotionally crushed and yet also hopeful and joyous.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Katie Walsh
    The combination of compelling subject with an exciting and expert approach to documentary form achieves that transcendence you hope for in this genre: a melding of subject and text that is its own beast but also perfectly reflect each other.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Katie Walsh
    One of the best documentaries, and best films, of the year, it is required viewing for anyone with a desire for making their own world a better place, inspiring you to act up and fight back.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Katie Walsh
    Inspirational, entertaining, and absolutely awards-caliber (from first-time director Karasawa), Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me offers up an indelible and rare experience in cinematic form—it’s simply an absolute treat to be able to spend this much intimate time with such a legendary lady.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Katie Walsh
    If there’s any criticism to be levied, it’s just that we wanted to see more dance, which can’t quite be fully captured on film, only in person. Still, capturing Streb’s artistry, inspiration and thought processes behind her work makes it more than worthwhile.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Katie Walsh
    Heineman, in placing himself in such danger, has managed to create a remarkable and distinctive film that takes on a difficult issue that cannot be so conveniently remedied or ignored.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Katie Walsh
    That a documentary about economics could be so personally emotional and affecting is remarkable. And to learn from Reich in this film, as his students at Berkeley do, is a treat and a privilege.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Katie Walsh
    Utilizing underseen subjects, [Baker] captures their world in a thoughtful and artful way, and it also happens to be a damn fun ride.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Katie Walsh
    An illuminating and often hilarious portrayal of the man and his myth, and those who surrounded him.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Katie Walsh
    A vibrant and vital tribute to a piece of recording and rock history that could have been lost to the ether, and Grohl packages the story of this little studio with a detailed celebration of the craft and skill necessary to this kind of recording, all with a killer soundtrack (which should go without saying).
    • 52 Metascore
    • 91 Katie Walsh
    Anchored by career-best performances from Long and Rossum, and a juicy script that bravely dives into the darkest parts of breaking up and making up, Comet is an original and inventive retelling of an age-old and universal truth.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Katie Walsh
    A truly moving and edifying film, Rich Hill is the type of media object that could and should be put in a time capsule for future generations.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Katie Walsh
    On the surface, Grandma is a simple story, but the script imbues it with deep reserves of emotional depth and meaning that are slowly, organically revealed over the course of the plot.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Katie Walsh
    It’s a curious, infuriating and haunting tale, and an accomplishment of documentary filmmaking.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Katie Walsh
    It’s a journey deep into the psyche of the tormented genius, that is as all-encompassing and expressive of Cobain's spirit as a film could possibly be. It's a true achievement, both in documentary filmmaking, and in preserving the memory and legacy of Cobain.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Katie Walsh
    Algorithms is a completely unique film, unlike any other documentary you might see this year, both for its content and its form.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Katie Walsh
    While the film is hysterical, its real strength lies in the way it is able to deal with an issue like sexism in the industry and work it out in a funny, honest and very real way.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Katie Walsh
    The Overnighters is starkly bleak and devastatingly humane, and an indelible American documentary.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Katie Walsh
    It Felt Like Love, marks the arrival of a new crop of talent to watch, behind the camera and in front.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Katie Walsh
    This is avant-garde autobiographical filmmaking at its finest, and the results are stunningly beautiful, and achingly emotional within a lyrical and dreamlike aesthetic.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Katie Walsh
    Ruby Sparks hits that sweet emotional spot much in the same way "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" does. While you are at once charmed by the whimsy and romance, there's still a gut punch of emotional rawness just waiting to be delivered.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Katie Walsh
    The ensemble shines in demonstrating the complexities of the individuals who either endure or exploit this system of abusive power dynamics.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Katie Walsh
    Sometimes it's those with the hardest struggles in life who remember to appreciate life more than anyone else. This message comes through loud and clear in Cary Bell's documentary, Butterfly Girl.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 83 Katie Walsh
    The strength of Goodbye World is that it understands the foibles of these characters and lets them be as flawed as they are while they are also trying to survive not just the apocalypse but each other.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 83 Katie Walsh
    The film is exceptionally well-made... There is nothing warm about the style, yet it allows for moments of simmering tension, broken by a few emotional explosions that shatter its well-composed surface.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Katie Walsh
    Ultimately, Gibney's film is fascinating for the people in it. The filmmaking is nothing exceptional, but what is remarkable is the bravery shown by those who speak out in the film.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Katie Walsh
    The script is well-structured, refined, and satisfying, and the direction is sure-handed. Not to mention, it's refreshing to have lesser-seen romances and different kinds of friendships on screen. Emotional and entertaining, I’ll See You In My Dreams is a sweet and sensitive tale.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Katie Walsh
    The Batterered Bastards of Baseball is an entertaining celebration of the independent spirit and the love of the game.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Katie Walsh
    Maidentrip ends up being not necessarily about the amazing feat that Dekker accomplished, it’s about finding one’s true self, and enjoying the ride along the way.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Katie Walsh
    This film reveals not just how integral casting directors are to the creative process of filmmaking, but really how important they have been in shaping the history of American cinema.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Katie Walsh
    The proximity, orientation, and monumental nature is what makes Levitated Mass the piece so powerful, and Levitated Mass the film not only captures that but puts those ideals forth as something culturally and socially important, something that happened when the mass met the masses.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Katie Walsh
    Smart, playful, and hilarious, The Overnight is a delightful romp between the sheets.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 83 Katie Walsh
    While there’s drugs and sex and drinking and dancing, for sure, if one looks at I’m So Excited as a metaphor for the ills of society today and how we react to it, it becomes a much more poignant and biting satire of the state of our world, and how we as a people decide to react to it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Katie Walsh
    This rock doc rewrites punk history while telling an emotional story about an artist’s spirit and his faithful family.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Katie Walsh
    It’s an impressive feat of unfolding this story, though there are a few moments where it loses the narrative thrust and momentum along the way. Still, it’s a remarkable portrait not only of this particular man, but of a culture in a transitioning moment: adapting to new influences and growing older, but continuing, always, to remember.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Katie Walsh
    Regardless of whether this is a film you can handle, it’s a perfect example of the kind of bold new vision that cinephiles should be championing.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 Katie Walsh
    The film's got one of the cleverest, and most satisfying ambiguous endings of any film all year.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Katie Walsh
    Ultimately, while 'Escape Fire' proposes numerous options for changing the system-- getting Medicare to cover healthy lifestyle counseling programs, incentivizing doctors to spend time with patients, and patients to empower their own health-- the one that is most poignant is that people should spend the time to take care of each other.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Katie Walsh
    Dead Man’s Burden (the directorial debut of Jared Moshé) demonstrates just why film is important, simply by being beautiful. But beyond that, it’s also a moody, violent, classic, yet modern Western.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Katie Walsh
    With a dry and witty tone, it’s an amicable and appealing piece on love, both the romantic and family kind, and the ways in which it can change, evolve, and grow.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Katie Walsh
    It rings true and resonates as real even in its fantasies, because it is rooted in a place of authenticity, in subjectivity, in emotion, and in storytelling. And that is what makes a film like this work so well.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Katie Walsh
    Silverman is completely riveting as she tries and flails to do right, and her physical performance is remarkable: a change in her gait or expression signals the switch in her personality from human to addict.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Katie Walsh
    Funny, unique, and entirely inappropriate, Appropriate Behavior is a supremely satisfying and irreverent take on the New York rom-com.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Katie Walsh
    A contemplative look into one man’s life, Homme Less has resonance beyond just Mark Reay.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Katie Walsh
    Code Black manages to encapsulate so much of what is wrong with our health care system, but also to point out what’s right, and to posit an attitude shift not just about health care but about how we as a society treat those around us who are in pain or suffering. A heartbreaking but hopeful message within this important film.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Katie Walsh
    It’s a fun, laugh-out-loud dark comedy, and proves that Alex Karpovsky and crew have made their mark.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 83 Katie Walsh
    Heralding the arrival of Seth Fisher as a voice to watch, Blumenthal is much like its characters: a frankly funny and original piece of work.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Katie Walsh
    Like a haute couture garment, Chic! is a finely crafted piece of work, a comedic romantic drama set within a frothy and sublimely funny caricature of the Parisian fashion world.
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Katie Walsh
    Co-writer and director Maxime Giroux's Felix and Meira is an unusual love story that, though shrouded in chill and shadow, has moments of true loveliness.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Katie Walsh
    Fort Tilden is cringe-worthy but true. Maybe that's why it's so uncomfortable to watch.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Katie Walsh
    Unexpected is sweet and the portrait of the friendship is lovely, but it also feels too slight.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Katie Walsh
    While the story lags and suffers in its attempt to adapt such a complicated internal narrative and personal struggle, the Smith brothers have created a truly beautiful and unique film that deserves to be seen; a creative accomplishment not only of filmmaking but of capturing this world.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Katie Walsh
    The true star of The Gift is Edgerton as director. His deft, controlled maneuvering of plot, character, style, and tone is damn near perfect for his feature debut — even if it is in service of a very standard genre piece.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Katie Walsh
    The film takes a dark turn at the end, and while the two sides of Nasty Baby are interesting, well-made, and well-performed, they feel like two completely different movies.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Katie Walsh
    Hellaware is a cynical, caustic, and often very funny send up of not only the current commercial art world but the entire borough of Brooklyn.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Katie Walsh
    Starlet is an interesting effort from indie filmmaker Sean Baker (this is his fourth feature), and signals the arrival of Dree Hemingway as one to watch.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Katie Walsh
    This treatise on what to expect when you're not expecting offers up biting cultural satire with a hearty dose of humanity and humor to boot.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Katie Walsh
    Max
    Max is a big slice of patriotic, down-the-middle genre fare, but it manages to work — and jerk a few tears along the way.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Katie Walsh
    The loose structure of Five Star lends to the realism and documentary feel of the film but can often make it a bit hard to hook into the narrative. However, it's eye-opening to see an indie approach to this genre.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Katie Walsh
    The genre play is an interesting and original take on what has become a cliché genre of Brooklyn relationship dramedy. But unfortunately, the execution of the story is bungled along the way.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 67 Katie Walsh
    For a first time feature outing, Coldwater is a fine effort from Grashaw, and the setting feels fresh and new. It's an original take on a coming of age, young masculinity tale, but ultimately, it doesn't quite live up to all of its potential.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Katie Walsh
    It’s an interesting hybrid of the relationship movie, mumbly indie and dark murder film, and the combination works here, for the most part.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 Katie Walsh
    Gayby isn't groundbreaking, but it's a fun romp whose characters grow on you after spending some time with them.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Katie Walsh
    Gorgeous and naturalistic shots by cinematographer by Autumn Durald speak volumes, and the atonal, foreboding score by Nathan Halpern creates a sense of dread, though they are ultimately squandered in an underdeveloped story.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Katie Walsh
    The Road Within suffers from midfilm wandering and a hasty ending, but the message of self-acceptance rings true and clear.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Katie Walsh
    Like many music documentaries, this film suffers from the tendency to reiterate its point too often.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 60 Katie Walsh
    Heartstring-tugging if a bit humorless.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Katie Walsh
    What director Caryn Waechter does best is artfully and lyrically capture moments of teenage abandon where the girls feel free, self-possessed and full of friendship love.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 58 Katie Walsh
    An unprecedented take on the holiday film, but not an entirely successful one.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Katie Walsh
    That the structure consistently undermines its own storytelling is frustrating when the story to be told is a vital and interesting one.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Katie Walsh
    While the performances are compelling, particularly Franco's, and the ideas batted around are worth grappling with, much of the storytelling is bogged down by extra details and exposition, and hampered by its unwillingness to take a position on the topic. An interesting story, but unfortunately, rather uninterestingly told.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Katie Walsh
    The luminous Garrett shines as Brenda, emerging from her shell. Hauptman manages to sand down David's spiky edges. The supporting characters, unfortunately, are two-dimensional and less charismatic.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Katie Walsh
    A sweet tale with a smart storytelling device and charming performers, but not much more beyond the cute.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Katie Walsh
    While the experiment itself is fascinating, the approach taken by Almereyda in using distractingly peculiar storytelling techniques only succeed in distancing the audience from the film's inspiration.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Katie Walsh
    The low energy pace and performances strive for naturalism but just don't achieve compelling tension or suspense.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Katie Walsh
    As over-the-top operatic and inexplicable as Dawn Patrol can be, producer and star Eastwood remains captivating and charismatic, ultimately serving as a grounding element within the swirl of emotional drama and almost saving the film from going overboard.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Katie Walsh
    Unfortunately, A Reason doesn't have enough story to justify its running time of nearly two hours, and though the performers are skilled, the melodramatic score and deliberate pace result in a piece that is overwrought but underdone.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Katie Walsh
    Writer-director Anders Morgenthaler's conclusion comes far too hastily and haphazardly, with a disregard for plot details or plausible storytelling.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Katie Walsh
    What could have been a taut and tense thriller is ankled by the inert characters, clunky screenplay and nonexistent back story.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Katie Walsh
    What really hampers Miles to Go is its aimless wandering. Many things could be forgiven with some growth or movement in the journey, but ultimately, this one just ends up running in circles.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 25 Katie Walsh
    Not only is not even a single character more than one-dimensional, but every line falls flatter than a witch dispatched with a Gatling gun.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 20 Katie Walsh
    Mad Women is punishingly dull and apparently aimless, without any real conflict driving the story, just confounding and ridiculous interactions among the characters.

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