For 63 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 68% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kerry Lengel's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 90 Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
Lowest review score: 20 The Purge
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 63
  2. Negative: 2 out of 63
63 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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
    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."
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Kerry Lengel
    What he (Fukunaga) doesn't deliver, however, is a fresh take on an often-told love story.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Kerry Lengel
    There are moments when this funny, self-consciously quirky film feels a bit like a Welsh "Napoleon Dynamite."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Kerry Lengel
    There's no question it looks fantastic...As for the story, well, much like the original Frankenstein's monster, it is a haphazard assemblage of well-aged source materials jolted back to life with new technology, but it isn't quite as sophisticated as one might hope.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kerry Lengel
    An engaging film that’s head and shoulders above the average talking-head parade.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Kerry Lengel
    The cuteness, of course, is just the lure. The real payoff is the unforgettable images of nature in its astonishing abundance and awesome austerity.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Kerry Lengel
    A precisely calibrated crowd-pleasing machine, balancing action, comedy and just the bare minimum of pathos.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Kerry Lengel
    Despite the lethal force that inevitably gets applied to poor Lisbeth, we never really fear for her safety, but we do fear for her future happiness. That is where the real drama lies.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Kerry Lengel
    For fantasy fans who have dreamed all their lives of spending time inside Tolkien’s dazzling alternative reality, it’s a ride well worth taking.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Kerry Lengel
    Wild Grass retains a literary feel with the help of an unseen narrator, who offers intriguing poetic observations. And Resnais' visuals are equally lyrical. What can you say: The French sure know how to make pretty pictures.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Kerry Lengel
    One can forgive the trying-too-hard aphorisms -- "You don't choose a life ... you live one" -- but savvy cinephiles are sure to be annoyed by Tyler Bates' hypnotic ambient-folk soundtrack, studded with such despoiled musical gems as Nick Drake's "Pink Moon" and the Shins' "New Slang."
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Kerry Lengel
    The false notes are outnumbered by those that ring achingly true.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Kerry Lengel
    If anything, Carnage does too little to adapt to the new medium, and the result is a film that makes its audience feel as trapped as its characters.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Kerry Lengel
    Shown in flashbacks, the story of 10-year-old Sarah Starzynski is powerful, thanks in large part to the luminous screen presence of young Mélusine Mayance.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Kerry Lengel
    The film is not without its flaws, but the story it tells is both terrifying and inspiring.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Kerry Lengel
    The many battle sequences, though carefully detailed, are lacking in energy and originality. There is some ambition here, but the results fall short.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Kerry Lengel
    It is intended for an audience that is willing to take a journey without knowing the destination.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Kerry Lengel
    The best thing about the film is neither the top-notch CGI nor the shallow moral lessons but the performance of Will Poulter ("Son of Rambow") as Lucy and Edmund's insufferable cousin Eustace Scrubb.
    • 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?"
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Kerry Lengel
    Kartheiser brings some zip and smarm to the proceedings as the villain with a million years in his vault, but it's not nearly enough to make In Time worth your time. Or your money.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Kerry Lengel
    By the time the film reaches its implausible climax, it is far too late to rescue the story from the limbo that lies between ugly history and slick entertainment.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Kerry Lengel
    Character development, dramatic tension and emotional resonance all get short shrift in the checklist exposition by writer-director Gavin Hood.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Kerry Lengel
    In the movie version at least, efforts to render the hero larger than life result in a story that is less than convincing.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Kerry Lengel
    Despite the silly-sounding premise, it's a wistful, bittersweet meditation on aging and death.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Kerry Lengel
    Freeman is back in Reiner's latest, The Magic of Belle Isle, which has all the pathos and saccharine of "The Bucket List" but little of the humor. It's earnest, predictable and disposable.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 Kerry Lengel
    Offers valuable historical, social and political context, particularly if you aren't an international-news junkie.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Kerry Lengel
    If it weren’t for his voice, Kutcher would have been the ideal choice to star in Jobs, a well-meant but ultimately unsurprising biopic.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Kerry Lengel
    Among the many historical documentaries on Israel there are to choose from, this one is tantamount to two hours of footnotes.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Kerry Lengel
    Yes, The Family has skills. They’re like “The Incredibles” — except they’re heroes for sadists and sociopaths only.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Kerry Lengel
    How much of this is actually funny is a question of taste, but even a confirmed Perry hater might get caught laughing once or twice.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 20 Kerry Lengel
    The Purge is one of those unimaginative horror flicks that depend on skreeky music and sudden appearances to startle, but never actually frighten, the audience. The characters are undeveloped, the twists clumsily telegraphed and unsurprising.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Kerry Lengel
    Sarah Burns steals scenes as a seemingly prim social worker, and Melissa McCarthy (Sookie on "The Gilmore Girls") does the same as a pushy neighbor. The supporting cast serves up enough small moments of surprise to keep this formula flick from falling flat.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Kerry Lengel
    This well-intentioned buddy-road-trip flick lacks the danger, the drama and the sex appeal that most moviegoers will be looking for.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Kerry Lengel
    Guilt, grief and the struggle to move on are big themes, but unfortunately, director Burr Steers and his script writers aren't interested in exploring them.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Kerry Lengel
    There's a great film hiding somewhere in the wreckage of "Love Ranch."
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Kerry Lengel
    It’s not that overwrought violence and human depravity are unfit grist for art, but without a compelling plot and a modicum of character development, all this film has to offer is a repugnant prurience and heavy-handed atmospherics.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Kerry Lengel
    Will anyone really believe in this GQ-perfect big man on campus who lacks the courage to ask her out on a date?
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Kerry Lengel
    The result is a pious mess of a movie that falls short both as history and as storytelling.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Kerry Lengel
    It’s a maudlin, meandering bit of moviemaking that sheds little light on the loyal opposition in the North.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Kerry Lengel
    May walk like a comedy and quack like a comedy, but despite the absurd extremes to which it takes the squabbling-family formula, it inspires nary a chuckle.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 60 Kerry Lengel
    A Madea Christmas, for all its narrative shortcomings, also has plenty of laughs.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 60 Kerry Lengel
    The sequel's target audience may be too young to realize that the best punch lines are long past their expiration date, but at least they're learning the idea of the catchphrase. They can hear the exclamation points.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 40 Kerry Lengel
    It is the cinematic equivalent of a greeting card: Both the sentiment and the laughs are plentiful, cheap and forgettable.