Kevin Jagernauth
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For 183 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 40% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 57% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kevin Jagernauth's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Silver Linings Playbook
Lowest review score: 0 Third Person
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 88 out of 183
  2. Negative: 36 out of 183
183 movie reviews
    • 94 Metascore
    • 83 Kevin Jagernauth
    Amour is nevertheless the work of a filmmaker who isn't afraid to ask the big questions about human nature, and coming out of Amour it seems the director has hope for us yet.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 75 Kevin Jagernauth
    Porter's film is not just a stirring testament to those taking on a Herculean task of bringing some sense of fairness and balance to an out of whack structure, but a reminder that there is still a far distance to go before everyone is equally represented in front of lady justice.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Jagernauth
    Inside Llewyn Davis isn't about someone trying to make it big, but someone just trying to make it, and the Coens celebrate the hard road that can inspire great art.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Kevin Jagernauth
    Boynton's film is refreshingly complex.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Kevin Jagernauth
    La Grande Bellezza washes over you in series of scenes, visages, sensations and impressions, and although in this case it doesn't quite gel into a cohesive whole, it's nonetheless a journey worth taking; a travelogue through memory and dreams, in which life is greatest fiction we could ever create.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Kevin Jagernauth
    As Night Will Fall shows, even in the darkest hour, sometimes the greatest heroes are those willing to stare bravely into humanity's worst depths and tell the world what happened.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Kevin Jagernauth
    This is a tremendously well written piece of work, with impressively developed characters, with scene after scene that further enriches and deepens our comprehension of their actions, yet never judges any of them. It certainly helps that Farhadi gets quartet of excellent, pitch perfect performances.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Kevin Jagernauth
    Perhaps the most thrilling thing about Looper is watching Johnson really grow leaps and bounds as a filmmaker.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Kevin Jagernauth
    Despite the fine performances from McConaughey and Leto, tightly coiled editing that keeps the story moving and a nicely measured balance between drama and comedy (McConaughey is often a hoot), Dallas Buyers Club still sometimes feels like it's missing one more grace note.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Kevin Jagernauth
    Love & Mercy isn't a standard celebration nor a traditional music biopic. Instead, it's a survival story.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Kevin Jagernauth
    It avoids the trap of simply being a celebrity vehicle about celebrity, by displaying a surprising heart beneath its very funny surface.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Jagernauth
    An enormously entertaining, crowd-pleasing winner from the director whose comedic edge has never been sharper.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Kevin Jagernauth
    Not only a searing look at Europe's painful involvement in participating, encouraging and backing regimes of oppression, Concerning Violence makes it clear that not much has changed in the fifty years since Fanon's powerful words were first printed.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Jagernauth
    Unique and at times profound, it's a reminder of how much Kubrick left for us to appreciate in his work, and how the greatest films always leave something more to be discovered with each viewing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Kevin Jagernauth
    Deceivingly complex, with an emotional center that peels away like an onion the longer it unfolds, this is a powerful effort from Mungiu in which love and faith are both different kinds of poison.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Kevin Jagernauth
    While Gone Girl is certainly his slightest film to date, it's nonetheless undeniably gripping. Fincher clearly enjoys turning the screws and rounding the wild corners of the plot from the first frame.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Kevin Jagernauth
    Enough Said is another tremendously well crafted, intelligent dramedy about people, with complicated lives, who make bad decisions trying to do the right thing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Kevin Jagernauth
    A fascinating story told with deep insight, Little Hope Was Arson finds that both fire and forgiveness burn in different ways.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Jagernauth
    The film is an almost overly thorough look at every single step along the way in the battle to bring Prop 8 down. And while that's admirable, and gay rights is certainly a fight that needs to be documented, the minutely detailed The Case Against 8 has the curious effect of dampening the drama through its approach.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Kevin Jagernauth
    The insider look at the industry is appealing, and Seduced And Abandoned is enjoyable but lightweight, and if anything, reaffirms that art doesn't come easy.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Jagernauth
    Filled with imagery both moving and mordant... 12:08 East Of Bucharest doesn't pretend to have a position on the fallout of the Romanian Revolution. Instead it contends that different questions need to be asked and considered about post-Communist life, about the blame about the current state of the country, and where the future lies for Romania's youth.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Kevin Jagernauth
    While a truly original comedy, While We're Young is the rare one that also laces rich thematic elements with wonderfully drawn characters to create a picture that's as genuinely hilarious as it is thoughtful about how hopes, ambitions, dreams and ideals of personal and creative accomplishments that ebb and flow across decades.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Kevin Jagernauth
    Running a tight 80-odd minutes, Williams' documentary is as concise as it is affecting and powerful, but he leaves just enough room for some indirect hits at some of the more loathsome subjects of the documentary.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 67 Kevin Jagernauth
    As a look behind the curtain at one of the contemporary art world's biggest names, 'Painting' succeeds as far providing a snapshot of who he is in the very immediate moment. For anyone looking for anything more about Richter, his craft or his insights, 'Painting' will prove to be a half-finished canvas.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Kevin Jagernauth
    While it's messily put together, with a sprawling and at times unfocused narrative that often gets in the way of itself, it doesn't deny the power of the facts Jarecki brings to bear on a misguided program that hasn't stopped the demand for drugs, that has disenfranchised the poor and minorities, and created an expensive prison industry.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Kevin Jagernauth
    It subtly makes the connection between the simple equation that investment in our children will give dividends that go far beyond any sort of number on a balance sheet.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 67 Kevin Jagernauth
    The mileage will vary depending on how you've felt about the progression of the series so far, but if you're even mildly curious to find out what awaits the outrageous and exasperating Henry Fool, Ned Rifle is worth making some time for.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 42 Kevin Jagernauth
    There is a fine line between meeting an audience halfway and witholding enough without falling into self-indulgence, but Kiarostami can't make that balance here. Enigmatic and dull to a maddening degree, Like Someone In Love finds Kiarostami spinning his wheels.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 67 Kevin Jagernauth
    While a film of great craft, strongly performed by the cast across the board, and particulary by the lead, newcomer Saskia Rosendahl, Lore never lets the audience in close enough for it to be a truly embraceable picture.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Kevin Jagernauth
    Ultimately, This Ain't California is a movie powered by nostalgia, a propulsive kind of dreamy reflection to a time and place that may not have existed with events that might not have actually happened, but have all the reality of a life that was truly lived.

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