For 77 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kerry Lengel's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 90 Tangled
Lowest review score: 20 Only God Forgives
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 77
  2. Negative: 2 out of 77
77 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Kerry Lengel
    This is a challenging, brilliantly constructed film that, despite its patience and quiet tone, is engrossing from its first moments, especially an opening scene that encapsulates Jandal's poignant contradictions.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Kerry Lengel
    And now with Tangled, a delightfully fresh spin on "Rapunzel," the entertainment powerhouse delivers its first classic-caliber computer animation outside the Pixar family.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Kerry Lengel
    The metaphor is plain yet elegant: Ai is the clever cat busily devising ways to push through the barriers physical, cultural, mental -- that make humans less than free. And in China, of course, the biggest of those barriers is the one-party state.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Kerry Lengel
    You can read Emma's affair and its eventual effect on Edoardo as an inverted oedipal thing, or perhaps as a metaphor for decadence, the embodiment of a family that subconsciously realizes it's in decline and must fight to warm its blood.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 Kerry Lengel
    Offers valuable historical, social and political context, particularly if you aren't an international-news junkie.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Kerry Lengel
    Mark Ruffalo, in just the right amount of stubble, grease and leather, plays Paul, about as cool an instant dad as a SoCal kid named Laser could hope for.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Kerry Lengel
    A precisely calibrated crowd-pleasing machine, balancing action, comedy and just the bare minimum of pathos.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Kerry Lengel
    A delicious trifle for anyone who has ever dreamt of bantering about the cinema with Luis Buñuel or lounging at the piano to hear Cole Porter sing "Let's Do It."
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Kerry Lengel
    There are moments when this funny, self-consciously quirky film feels a bit like a Welsh "Napoleon Dynamite."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Kerry Lengel
    Shot in verite style with handheld cameras and rule-breaking quick cuts, Cahill's film moves slowly between moments of heartache and quiet beauty.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Kerry Lengel
    As a portrait of modern warfare, politics and propaganda, Coriolanus is intriguing, even if the gritty action sequences don't quite measure up to the realism of "The Hurt Locker."
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Kerry Lengel
    As the filmmakers trace the troubles of his later life -- psychological, financial, marital -- they flesh out a portrait of a reluctant guru whose human imperfections make him all the more inspiring.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Kerry Lengel
    It is intended for an audience that is willing to take a journey without knowing the destination.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Kerry Lengel
    The perfect movie for fans of "The Daily Show" who actually stick around for the second-half interview. A cinematic memoir based on the one-man show by Mike Birbiglia, it is the aesthetic intersection of Comedy Central and public radio.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Kerry Lengel
    It's a style of storytelling that leaves the audience guessing, but it also gives the actors room to breathe, to inhabit their characters without having to explain them away in terms of biography or pop psychology.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Kerry Lengel
    It's an engaging, accessible documentary that explores the (truly) eternal questions, "Does hell exist? If so, who ends up there, and why?"
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Kerry Lengel
    Beautiful Creatures rises above the rabble thanks to an eminently watchable cast and a sharp screenplay by writer-director Richard LaGravenese.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kerry Lengel
    An engaging film that’s head and shoulders above the average talking-head parade.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Kerry Lengel
    It is a quiet but intense and closely observed piece of work.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Kerry Lengel
    If you're a fan of provocative, offbeat films such as "My Own Private Idaho" or "The Crying Game," you might want to give "Phillip Morris" a chance.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Kerry Lengel
    What he (Fukunaga) doesn't deliver, however, is a fresh take on an often-told love story.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Kerry Lengel
    Depending on your own relationship with food, the pro-vegetarian documentary Forks Over Knives may be an inspiring call to action, a tedious bit of propaganda or a 90-minute guilt trip.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Kerry Lengel
    X-Men: First Class isn't anywhere close to being a genre classic like "Spider-Man 2" or "The Dark Knight," but it is good enough to rejuvenate a franchise stuck on idle.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Kerry Lengel
    As cultural criticism, this commentary on life in the age of TMZ and the "Real Housewives" is hardly insightful, but it is executed to dizzying, Fellini-esque perfection, a miniature masterpiece amidst more modest amusements.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Kerry Lengel
    Unlike, say, Val Kilmer's Jim Morrison in "The Doors," Thomas makes no attempt to create a convincing facsimile of Hank Williams, which is just as well, since he bears little resemblance to the sinewy singer.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Kerry Lengel
    As an analysis of the causes of migration, it is one-dimensional and unconvincing. But as a social history of Latinos in America, it is provocative and fascinating. And as an indictment of decades of economic injustice and covert military action committed in the name of freedom, it is devastating.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Kerry Lengel
    "Idiots” definitely isn’t for everyone, but its wry sensibility is several degrees more original than your average Hollywood knee-slapper.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Kerry Lengel
    It’s a compelling topic, even if directors Steve Brown and Jessie Deeter don’t dig deeply into the cultural and psychological significance of it.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Kerry Lengel
    The false notes are outnumbered by those that ring achingly true.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Kerry Lengel
    Surprisingly, the movie doesn’t bear much of the stylistic stamp we’ve come to expect of Lee, who’s in his generic journeyman mode here. But aside from a satisfyingly clever new direction in the denouement, what distinguishes the remake from the original is its cartoonishness.

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