For 40 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ken Eisner's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 90 Metal: A Headbanger's Journey
Lowest review score: 10 Scumrock
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 40
  2. Negative: 6 out of 40
40 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Ken Eisner
    Superbly crafted documentary is strong enough to make believers out of non-metalheads, and inside enough to get the devil's-horns salute from the most diehard followers.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Eisner
    By sharp turns poignant, disturbing and hysterically funny.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Eisner
    An important and smoothly mounted meditation on moral choices within the entertainment biz.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Eisner
    With its masterful grasp of comedy, pathos, social commentary and mystical weirdness, Tokyo Godfathers takes anime to a whole new level.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Eisner
    Educational value aside, pic is exciting for its extended performance sequences, with the most notable finding Traore and Farke strolling with guitars through the acoustically amazing atrium of an abandoned mud schoolhouse.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Eisner
    Riveting and timely.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Ken Eisner
    A fine cast, speedy pacing and playful direction make this a solid contender for the Austen sweepstakes.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Eisner
    The helming debut of thesp Fisher Stevens, who mixes swell ensemble acting with eye-popping animation for a witch's brew of good sex, bad timing and very funny dialogue.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Eisner
    Rambles into unexpected places, some more interesting than others, but it stays on track long enough to take auds somewhere special.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Eisner
    Consistently amusing, candy-colored sex romp -- about romantic match-ups in Madrid that go both wrong and right.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Eisner
    Hurt is quietly affecting as Dave Purcell, a fine chef but a lousy businessman whose sticksville cafe, the Auk, is named after a rare, possibly extinct kind of duck.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Eisner
    A fascinating portrait of an era, as well as of a unique public servant.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Eisner
    Well mounted, frequently gripping.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Ken Eisner
    A leisurely and lovingly observed character study about a detective, his home life, and a crook who plays cat-burglar-and-mouse with the cop.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Eisner
    Track record of helmer Barry Alexander Brown, and scads of clever writing from scripting producer Dan Harnden, should help this little gem find a home, although it is probably too intimate and original to win more than a cult following.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Eisner
    Combo of gorgeously shot Western settings (mostly in snowbound Idaho), memorably mismatched characters, and light-touch social commentary.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Eisner
    A thorny subject is handled with care in this meticulous reconstruction of life inside the East German police state, as boiled down to the experiences of just two ex-inmates -- one man and one woman --- of a notorious Stasi prison. Overall effect is poetically thought-provoking, not depressing.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Ken Eisner
    Thoughtful, surprisingly fast-moving documentary.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Eisner
    Starring an excellent Paulo Costanzo (late of "Joey") as a twentysomething uberslacker who is nonetheless willing to fall into accidental success, pic is seasoned with fine perfs by JR Bourne as a charismatic, creepy hustler and Steph Song as Constanzo's sexy potential love interest.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Ken Eisner
    Lovingly rendered talking-heads effort puts emphasis on basic tenets on basic human connection, not on sexual orientation or social attitudes.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Eisner
    In the end, helmers have some nifty tricks up their verite sleeves.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Eisner
    Minnie Driver gets a showy workout in The Governess, a beautifully crafted, if ultimately opaque, study of art, sensuality and outsider status in early Victorian England.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Eisner
    Queen Latifah proves an amiably authoritative narrator, and is allowed more personality than most script readers.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ken Eisner
    A seemingly esoteric subject -- the launch of Russia's Sputnik satellite -- is exhumed and made exciting in this important slice of you-are-there documaking.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Ken Eisner
    Intelligent, low-key suspenser.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Eisner
    When Sordid Lives does what it does best -- showing Southern gals in the full flight of rabid self-denial -- it's as screamingly funny as this subgenre can get.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Eisner
    One-liners and dry sight gags still abound, but the ennui-sodden formlessness of "Slacker" doesn't fly as well in this $ 6 million, smoothly lensed package, which calls for shapelier narrative and resolution.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Ken Eisner
    Well-acted, sharp-looking pic seems more interested in sitcom diversions.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Eisner
    More a tribute than a remake, Steven Soderbergh-approved take on Argentine hit "Nine Queens" isn't quite as sharp or surprising as the original, one of the best scam pics of the past decade.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Eisner
    Encapsulates the turbulent times of the Students for a Democratic Society.