Kirk Honeycutt
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For 987 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kirk Honeycutt's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Capote
Lowest review score: 0 Your Highness
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 91 out of 987
987 movie reviews
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Kirk Honeycutt
    Brad Bird and Pixar recapture the charm and winning imagination of classic Disney animation.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Kirk Honeycutt
    The film comes down to a mesmerizing portrait of a man who in any other age would perhaps be deemed nuts or useless, but in the Internet age has this mental agility to transform an idea into an empire.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Kirk Honeycutt
    The visual design of Wall-E is arguably Pixar's best. Stanton, who wrote the script with Jim Reardon from a story he concocted with Peter Docter, creates two fantastically imaginative, breathtakingly lit worlds.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Kirk Honeycutt
    Hysterically funny yet melancholy comedy.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 60 Kirk Honeycutt
    As drama the film mostly serves to illustrate the two sides of this crucial social debate in Africa.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Kirk Honeycutt
    A fascinating mix of high-minded gossip and historical perspective, examines the clash of values -- of ritual and traditions versus media savvy and political ambition -- that leads to a crisis for the British monarchy.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Kirk Honeycutt
    This is one of the most wildly romantic movies in ages.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Kirk Honeycutt
    Pixar again hitches top-notch storytelling to the very best in CG animation.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Kirk Honeycutt
    It's an extraordinary film.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Kirk Honeycutt
    Greengrass has made not only a thoroughly fact-checked film but a film that uncontrovertibly comes from the heart.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Kirk Honeycutt
    Utterly compelling account of a true-life criminal investigation where "truth" can never be pinned down.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Kirk Honeycutt
    The filmmakers were right to believe that a live-action version of this story would have failed to achieve the universality Persepolis does.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Kirk Honeycutt
    The movie contains priceless slapstick from Bill Murray, finely tuned performances by Murray and the beautiful Scarlett Johansson and a visual and aural design that cultivates a romantic though melancholy mood.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Kirk Honeycutt
    Lo Cascio and Boni inhabit their roles with keen intellectual and emotional vigor.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Kirk Honeycutt
    A glorious new addition to martial-arts cinema.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Kirk Honeycutt
    The weapon wielded by Cohen and Charles is crudeness. People today, especially those in public life, can disguise prejudice in coded language and soft tones. Bigotry is ever so polite now. So the filmmakers mean to drag the beast out into the sunlight of brilliant satire and let everyone see the rotting, stinking, foul thing for what it is. When you laugh at something that is bad, it loses much of its power.
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Kirk Honeycutt
    Not only (Kaufman's) most accessible and romantic screenplay, it's his most complete. The third act works like a charm and pulls all his themes, characters and conflicts together beautifully.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Kirk Honeycutt
    Now Eastwood turns on a dime and tackles not just his first war movie but two war movies of considerable scope and complexity. If he doesn't nail everything perfectly, he nevertheless has created a vivid memorial to the courage on both sides of this battle and created an awareness in the public consciousness at a most opportune moment about how war feels to those lost in its fog.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Kirk Honeycutt
    Capote represents something unique in cinema.…Most eye-catching for critics and audiences in the weeks to come will be Philip Seymour Hoffman's brilliant metamorphosis into the persona of the late author.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Kirk Honeycutt
    It perhaps started with "The Queen," continued with "Young Victoria" and now achieves the most intimate glimpse inside the royal camp to date with The King's Speech.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Kirk Honeycutt
    The movie rolls merrily along with slapstick action and whimsical characters.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Kirk Honeycutt
    Arguably the most conventional documentary made by Errol Morris and, perhaps equally surprising, it displays sympathy toward its subject.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Kirk Honeycutt
    The movie does achieve something nearly impossible: Someone who doesn't even like the sport may care about Billy Beane and the 2002 Oakland Athletics.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kirk Honeycutt
    Under Eastwood's painstakingly stripped-down direction -- his filmmaking has become the cinematic equivalent of Hemingway's spare though precise prose -- the story emerges as that rarest of birds, an uplifting tragedy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Kirk Honeycutt
    To call this movie fascinating is akin to calling the Grand Canyon large.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 50 Kirk Honeycutt
    There are eight individual decisions to be made here, yet Beauvois never humanizes any of his monks. The film instead consumes itself with songs, communal prayers and nightly meals.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kirk Honeycutt
    A ferociously entertaining film.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Kirk Honeycutt
    Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's final film about the West Memphis Three demonstrates how the first two docs played a role in galvanizing national support to free the wrongly convicted men.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Kirk Honeycutt
    Audiences will eat it up: This is a postmillennial spy-action movie pitched to a large international audience. You hardly need subtitles.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Kirk Honeycutt
    It is more sad-funny than funny-funny, but Jenkins has enough empathy and wit to realize that even the sad parts are, somehow, funny.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Kirk Honeycutt
    Women's roles and the eternal fight to expand their rights in Iranian society get a light, hugely entertaining treatment in Jafar Panahi's Offsides.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Kirk Honeycutt
    Kim Ki-duk keeps dialogue to a minimum and actions simple in what is virtually a two-character piece. Humor arrives organically, often resulting in hearty laughs.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kirk Honeycutt
    The value of this film, not just to moviegoers today but to future generations, is simply enormous.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kirk Honeycutt
    The film is superbly crafted, covering huge amounts of time, people and the zeitgeist without a moment of lapsed energy or inattention to detail.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Kirk Honeycutt
    Arguably Eastwood's most ambitious film since his multi-Oscar winner, "Unforgiven." But it lacks the power and depth of that film's dynamic script by David Webb Peoples.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kirk Honeycutt
    Working with non-pro actors, Hammer pulls authentic performances from the trio that are at times almost too painful to witness.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kirk Honeycutt
    An eloquently shot and closely observed documentary about a poor family in modern-day Indonesia.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Kirk Honeycutt
    Crazy Heart lacks that spark of originality. So what Fox Searchlight has salvaged essentially is a highly watchable performance by Bridges, one of many he has furnished throughout a long career.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Kirk Honeycutt
    A fully believable, flesh-and-blood (albeit not human flesh and blood) romance is the beating heart of "Avatar." Cameron has never made a movie just to show off visual pyrotechnics: Every bit of technology in "Avatar" serves the greater purpose of a deeply felt love story.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Kirk Honeycutt
    Painfully funny satire of British and American bureaucrats in the days leading up to the Iraq War.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Kirk Honeycutt
    A wondrous flight of fancy, a stop-motion-animated treat brimming with imaginative characters, evocative sets, sly humor, inspired songs and a genuine whimsy that seldom finds its way into today's movies.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Kirk Honeycutt
    It's refreshing to witness a superhero with doubts. Maguire and Dunst again display the depth of talent they bring to these roles by injecting such everydayness into larger-than-life characters.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Kirk Honeycutt
    In Paranoid Park, Gus Van Sant enters the world of high school kids just as he did in "Elephant," achieving this time a much sharper, more focused portrait of how these rapidly maturing young people act, think, speak and behave.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Kirk Honeycutt
    A naturalistic drama rich in psychology and attention to details. There's no glamour here, but one false move by anyone can result in death, so tension fills nearly every scene.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Kirk Honeycutt
    Kill Bill-Vol. 2 puts to shame doubts entertained about aesthetic strategies or structural imbalance provoked by "Kill Bill-Vol. 1." Now that the entirety of Quentin Tarantino's epic revenge melodrama is on view, "Kill Bill" emerges as a brilliant, invigorating work, one to muse over for years to come.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Kirk Honeycutt
    Haneke echoes the theme of Hitchcock's "Rear Window": Moviemaking is basically an act of voyeurism. We secretly examine people's lives in every movie. But in this one, there is a hidden camera, a movie within the movie as it were, forcing us to observe a character along side a mysterious stranger.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Kirk Honeycutt
    Teaming with Depp, his long-time alter ego, Burton makes Sweeney a smoldering dark pit of fury and hate that consumes itself. With his sturdy acting and surprisingly good voice, Depp is a Sweeney Todd for the ages.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Kirk Honeycutt
    Spicing up the entire package is a screenplay by Canet and Philippe Lefebvre that bristles with wit and energy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Kirk Honeycutt
    A newcomer to film, Michaletos grew up on a farm with cheetahs, so he can act natural around the animals while making this Huck Finn-like character more than credible.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Kirk Honeycutt
    His (Fernando Meirelles) impressionistic, guerilla style of filmmaking works surprisingly well in capturing the hypnotic urgency of le Carre's fiction. And his viewpoint is less British and more Third World.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Kirk Honeycutt
    The film hits another comic mother lode in the byplay between Black and Cusack.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Kirk Honeycutt
    It is hard to imagine a better cast or production values so the film should find audiences among sophisticated urban adults.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Kirk Honeycutt
    As with the Bourne films, Gilroy has a knack for creating strong characters and situations that resonate with tension. It may be formula, but the guy is a solid chemist as he crafts excellent set-ups and payoffs.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Kirk Honeycutt
    With strong visuals and even stronger emotions, Rachid Bouchareb's Days of Glory makes a powerful war film about a particularly unique subject.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Kirk Honeycutt
    Bale again brilliantly personifies all the deep traumas and misgivings of Batman's alter ego, Bruce Wayne. A bit of Hamlet is in this Batman.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Kirk Honeycutt
    Although the pace is slow, "Twilight" is a moving account of a family in crisis and the love that provides a short window of happiness for the father.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Kirk Honeycutt
    While "Exorcism" focused on a murder-trial battle between the priest and a prosecutor, Schmid's film beautifully details the behavior, events and socio-religious pressures that lead to the decision to perform such an extreme ritual.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Kirk Honeycutt
    Director Tom Hooper ("John Adams") ably balances the games (surprisingly little football footage, actually), the personalities and the drama.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Kirk Honeycutt
    Cody's dialogue has a definite rhythm and Reitman directs his actors to deliver the words in the rapid-fire precision of a '30s screwball comedy. Indeed all scenes develop a rhythm and inner logic that bring the movie to often startling revelations and insights.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Kirk Honeycutt
    The period sets, costumes and cinematography all superbly recreate the brutal era, grand illusions and everyday suffering of the Poles under both the Nazis and the Soviets.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Kirk Honeycutt
    All the movie's playfulness rubs off on the actors. Scenes crackle with life. The chemistry among all the actors is terrific.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Kirk Honeycutt
    Even a klutz could hardly make a bad movie about these compelling figures. Thankfully though, Guido Santi and Tina Mascara are superb filmmakers, fully alive in their terrific film Chris & Don: A Love Story to all the undercurrents of art, social class, sexual orientation, challenging relationships and, most especially, the touching love story at the heart of their film.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Kirk Honeycutt
    A greater argument for music education in our secondary school curriculum can't be made than Mark Landsman's doc about a Texas high school funk band that tore up the music scene from 1968 to 1977.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Kirk Honeycutt
    The best one yet.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Kirk Honeycutt
    The gorilla is great, the girl terrific, sets are out of this world, creatures icky as hell, and the director clearly does not believe in the word "enough."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Kirk Honeycutt
    What a relief to escape the series' increasing bondage to high-tech gimmicks in favor of intrigue and suspense featuring richly nuanced characters and women who think the body's sexiest organ is the brain.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Kirk Honeycutt
    No true fan of science fiction -- or, for that matter, cinema -- can help but thrill to the action, high stakes and suspense built around a very original chase movie.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Kirk Honeycutt
    No question, watching this film is a tough go. Horror films cause less seat-squirming.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Kirk Honeycutt
    A bold film both in its storytelling strategies and its filmmaking logistics.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Kirk Honeycutt
    It's caustic, irreverent, constantly amusing and a tiny bit rude. Not a lot, though. This isn't the "Beavis and Butt-Head" or "South Park" movie. It's almost -- dare I say it -- charming.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Kirk Honeycutt
    This is a marvelous family story, tapping into all sorts of childhood dreams and nightmares involving Mommy, monsters and heroic youngsters. Selick's imaginative sets and puppets are in perfect pitch with Gaiman's fantasy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Kirk Honeycutt
    A stunning documentary that not only beautifully elucidates a nearly forgotten incident but touches on crucial themes involving isolation, sanity, self-worth, impossible dreams, the nature of heroism and limits of human endurance.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Kirk Honeycutt
    Less a political movie than a boxing film without the gloves.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Kirk Honeycutt
    A nature documentary that captures the ferocity and heroism of nature.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Kirk Honeycutt
    It skips merrily along the surface with its over-the-top vignettes but never seems to arrive at a destination. Nevertheless, the journey is more than half the fun as every actor attacks his role with relish.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Kirk Honeycutt
    Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers does a most difficult and brave thing and does it brilliantly. It is a movie about a concept. Not just any concept but the shop-worn and often wrong-headed idea of "heroism."
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Kirk Honeycutt
    The always surprising Coen brothers have finally made a very serious movie with A Serious Man. It's about God, man's place in the world and the meaning of life, so naturally it's one of their funnier movies.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Kirk Honeycutt
    At the heart of the film is a powerful performance by the beautiful and most promising Hao Lei as its tempestuous, complex heroine.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Kirk Honeycutt
    So like much of this film, the viewer is turned into an observer. You never feel close enough to the action, either in the ring or in the kitchens, living rooms and tough streets where the story takes place. The characters engage you up to a point but never really pull you in.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Kirk Honeycutt
    A compelling and illuminating story of four people who form an unlikely and momentary friendship of considerable depth.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Kirk Honeycutt
    Downey plays off his own bad-boy image wonderfully. The writers give him great lines to work with and ditto that for his Girl Friday, Gwyneth Paltrow's Pepper Potts, whose own svelte lines cannot be improved on.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Kirk Honeycutt
    Reygadas has hitched his austere and protracted style to an allegorical tale of subtle strength and depth.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Kirk Honeycutt
    The film, narrated ably by Leonardo DiCaprio, who seems to share the audience's amazement at what is appearing onscreen, is over too quickly in a mere 43 minutes. So line up and see it again.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 40 Kirk Honeycutt
    Indeed, White Swan/Black Swan dynamics almost work, but the horror-movie nonsense drags everything down the rabbit hole of preposterousness.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Kirk Honeycutt
    Simply lets the sinfully gorgeous music and emotions sweep over an audience.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Kirk Honeycutt
    Think of Please Give as a finely tuned short story with every glance and gesture full of suggestive meaning. Drama is not high on the agenda here. There is a bit of comedy and, briefly, sexual mischief even though it doesn't look like much fun.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Kirk Honeycutt
    One's appreciation of this film depends largely on one's ability to be amused by a Dadaist prankster and interest in the Pop Art scene in the middle of the last century.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Kirk Honeycutt
    Blind Shaft, a well-acted and well-produced film, is a quiet though searing indictment of contemporary China.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Kirk Honeycutt
    David Yates, in his go at the helm, throws the emphasis on the gathering storm clouds even as Harry and his fellow wizardry students make further discoveries involving the opposite sex.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Kirk Honeycutt
    This exercise in style and tongue-in-cheek melodrama from Canada's iconoclastic Guy Maddin will be lionized by admirers for its audacity, but will wear thin for many audience members, who will find it tedious and repetitive.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Kirk Honeycutt
    One of the finest costume dramas in a long while.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 40 Kirk Honeycutt
    Certainly for most audiences the viewing experience will prove not only tedious but bewildering.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Kirk Honeycutt
    Bielinsky is a most expressive director, achieving considerable nuances and depths of emotion with characters' looks, gestures, body language and silences.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Kirk Honeycutt
    Even the art house crowd will find the film off-putting not only because of its vagueness but because of its thoroughly unlikable characters.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Kirk Honeycutt
    Christian Bale plays Dieter Dengler and this is one of the actor's most complex and compelling performances.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Kirk Honeycutt
    This animated all-penguin musical is terrific fun.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Kirk Honeycutt
    This is a slicker, shallower exercise. It's hypnotic as it unfolds, but once the credit roll frees you from its grip, it doesn't bear close scrutiny.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Kirk Honeycutt
    This is a minor film from a master, which is disappointing, but nevertheless it has its charms, most notably in the acting by a cast of stage and screen veterans.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Kirk Honeycutt
    Whatever one's opinion of Johnston's art, this is documentary filmmaking at its finest.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Kirk Honeycutt
    If you were keeping score, it would be Quentin Tarantino 1, Robert Rodriguez 0.

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