For 121 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 0.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kerry Lengel's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 90 Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
Lowest review score: 20 The Purge
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 121
  2. Negative: 2 out of 121
121 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
    • 70 Kerry Lengel
    You might say the lack of a Hollywood narrative arc is both a strength and a weakness in this film, because Lipitz isn’t entirely clear about what story she is trying to tell.
    • 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
    • 70 Kerry Lengel
    The sequel is even more “all about Al,” but ironically, with any question of another electoral run put to rest, the results work better as cinema.
    • 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.

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