For 117 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 0.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kerry Lengel's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 90 Kubo and the Two Strings
Lowest review score: 20 The Purge
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 117
  2. Negative: 2 out of 117
117 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Kerry Lengel
    Amy
    [An] exhilarating, brutally depressing documentary.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Kerry Lengel
    Abe’s performance is compelling in the way it captures the gap between who Ryota has become and how he wants to see himself, and Japanese screen veteran Kirin Kiki gives a terrifically nuanced turns as his again mother, pulled between the disappointments of the past and a fierce determination to find joy in her present.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kerry Lengel
    The story is captivating from the very first moments.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Kerry Lengel
    Prophet’s Prey isn’t definitive, but it is compelling and occasionally even cinematic.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Kerry Lengel
    It's a gentle and unassuming film, lingering over sometimes poignantly awkward conversations as Terry encourages his protege to persevere in his search for an original voice to go along with his skilled hands.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Kerry Lengel
    What he (Fukunaga) doesn't deliver, however, is a fresh take on an often-told love story.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Kerry Lengel
    It is the mythic resonance of her story that makes it a worthy subject a documentary. But it is the down-to-earth human touches that make Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq worth watching.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Kerry Lengel
    There are moments when this funny, self-consciously quirky film feels a bit like a Welsh "Napoleon Dynamite."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Kerry Lengel
    McQuarrie delivers a tense, eye-popping amusement-park ride that’s almost as exciting as it is forgettable.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Kerry Lengel
    It is a quiet but intense and closely observed piece of work.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Kerry Lengel
    There are no princesses, monsters or castles in the sky, but that doesn't mean there is no magic.
    • 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
    Naharin’s dances, amply illustrated from decades’ worth of film, is visceral, emotional and sometimes shocking.
    • 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
    • 70 Kerry Lengel
    If there is a criticism to be made, it’s that Equity is just a bit too low-key to fully draw the audience in. The chiaroscuro lighting and thrumming mood music build tension slowly and surely, but never enough to make you inch forward in your seat. Just a smidgen of Gordon Gekko bombast might kick things up a notch.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kerry Lengel
    Yes, “Popstar” is dumb, dirty fun. So what’s not to like?
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kerry Lengel
    An engaging film that’s head and shoulders above the average talking-head parade.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Kerry Lengel
    A precisely calibrated crowd-pleasing machine, balancing action, comedy and just the bare minimum of pathos.
    • 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
    • 70 Kerry Lengel
    The Boy and the Beast might not quite have the storytelling sophistication to win over every adult, but for teens and tweens in the midst of their own coming-of-age stories, it has the potential to be a wondrous eye-opener.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Kerry Lengel
    If Keanu sometimes comes off as another sketch stretched a little thin, that doesn’t put it in too shabby of company. It may not be as great as “The Blues Brothers,” but it’s up there with “Wayne’s World” — and light-years ahead of “Coneheads.”
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Kerry Lengel
    It’s a compelling portrait both of Bauer and of a fraught moment in German history. But from the vantage of the present, the issues — and the characters — seem pretty black and white.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Kerry Lengel
    The false notes are outnumbered by those that ring achingly true.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Kerry Lengel
    If you dig Hart’s stuff, you’ll probably love the movie. So go.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Kerry Lengel
    There’s never a sense the filmmakers are preaching the gospel of legalization, although they are certainly not preaching against it, either.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Kerry Lengel
    Though there are no blazing historical insights here, the film is filled with moments of ribald humor and tender poignancy that offer glimpses into a society divided by class but united, mostly, in an outpouring of sheer, overwhelming relief.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    It never feels contrived, never panders to our illusions. When the ending comes, it is neither expected nor a twist. It’s just what happens.
    • 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
    • 70 Kerry Lengel
    Muscled and ruggedly un-manscaped, Stapleton is an intimidating presence based on physicality alone, but the actor ratchets up the menace factor with a gripping portrayal of a man driven by emotions more complex than mere anger.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Kerry Lengel
    It’s an enjoyable ride, but probably not one you need to take twice.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Kerry Lengel
    At once hopeful and melancholy, it won't necessarily leave you with deep thoughts to think, but rather a feeling that you can't quite name but sticks in your head like a wistful tune in a minor key.

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