For 51 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ken Tucker's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Sin City
Lowest review score: 30 Palindromes
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 51
  2. Negative: 4 out of 51
51 movie reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Tucker
    Aside from yet another solid performance from Catherine Keener-playing a Harper Lee just preparing to publish "To Kill a Mockingbird," and here to act as Capote's unheeded moral conscience-that's the ONLY reason to see Capote.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Tucker
    Clooney may be a specialist in embattled camaraderie--he helped revive "Ocean's Eleven," after all--but as in that caper remake, there's no depth to these characterizations, and Downey and Clarkson are squandered in a goes-nowhere subplot about their secret marriage.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Tucker
    It turns out that Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is half goofy-great, and half just a goof.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Tucker
    There are too many musical performances in this movie, even for a country fan such as myself, to keep the city slickers engaged. This bespeaks great faith in the charisma of the stars, who merit it. They also, however, deserved a better script.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Tucker
    Begins, at two-hours-plus, is a nonstarter.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Tucker
    Lucas is a brilliant technician but a poor philosopher, and his lurchingly thought-out rendering of futuristic politics prevents the entire series from achieving the greatness to which it aspires. (You don’t make anything this big, for this long, without aiming for the planet Masterpiece.)
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Tucker
    Penn is mostly in "I Am Sam mode" here, doing a lot of shoe-gazing and mumbly-talk, but not without adding an edge of bitter intelligence to his character; he's just too good an actor to merely repeat himself, even when the material encourages him to.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Ken Tucker
    As a result, Jarhead is utterly predictable (boys endure tough training; boys encounter another culture and are baffled), studded with first-rate performances.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Tucker
    When are we going to get a generation of actors who will finally decline to succumb to The Woody Mystique, and refuse to accept a proffered role without first deciding whether the entire damn project is worthwhile?
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Ken Tucker
    John Travolta finds no artistic breathing-room in A Love Song for Bobby Long.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Ken Tucker
    The time shifts are awkward, and Egoyan displays little of the deftness of characterization he evinced in such movies as "Exotica" (1994) and "The Sweet Hereafter" (1997); the result is a cold scold of a movie.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Ken Tucker
    A hapless comedy that already seems about ten years out of date, Be Cool is a curious failure.

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