For 119 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 21% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 74% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 11.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Laura Sinagra's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 48
Highest review score: 90 Tom Dowd & the Language of Music
Lowest review score: 10 Just Married
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 119
  2. Negative: 26 out of 119
119 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Laura Sinagra
    Manages to explore the darker facets of friendship without being dark.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Laura Sinagra
    Not only documents the soul-titan concert held at L.A. Coliseum seven years after Watts burned, but illuminates the rue and kinesis of a city in full Black Power flower.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Laura Sinagra
    Moormann's film transcends A&E hagiography, and Dowd's spry egoism and science-hipster joie de vivre provide piquant icing. Recalling trends, technical advances, artists, and landmark sessions (one where he suggests the rhythm for "Sunshine of Your Love"), Dowd conjures the excitement that helped coax so many iconic performances.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Laura Sinagra
    It's an exhilaratingly decentered tale, with the perspective shifting around so there's no character with whom we totally identify throughout.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Laura Sinagra
    In yet another roundelay that, like "Crash" and "Heights," follows the "Short Cuts" template of cosmic interconnection.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Laura Sinagra
    Offers a bumper crop of tasty bits.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Laura Sinagra
    Doubles as a narrative of the nascent women's movement.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Laura Sinagra
    These flashes push Dig! beyond recording-industry kvetch, causing it to stay with you longer than either band's ephemeral music.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Laura Sinagra
    Blue Car gets so much of the hard stuff (including Meg's Plath-via-Tori poetry) that it assumes the easy stuff will take care of itself. It doesn't.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Laura Sinagra
    Like Catherine Hardwicke's "Thirteen," this film has an ear for the way moms talk to kids, a sensitivity to drug-sweetened intimacies, and an appreciation of the urgent nuance, not just the comedy, of recovery-speak.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Laura Sinagra
    Kennedy takes pains to illuminate aspects and insights that buck cliché.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Laura Sinagra
    Bravely bucks the "Behind the Music" arc, conveying a reality of constant flux, a sense of the band being jerked in many different directions.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Laura Sinagra
    Theron's empathetic victim-wrath and elemental female outrage almost trump the otherwise cartoonish gender-bending and award-grubbing po' folk put-on.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Laura Sinagra
    Unfortunately, Bardem is confined by more than Ramón's paralysis. He also must work within the limits of a partially numbed script.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Laura Sinagra
    If you can handle the truth, Sarah Goodman's entropic doc is as exquisite a basic training in banal U.S. Army culture as you're likely to find.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Laura Sinagra
    A straightforward epic, almost alarmingly quaint in the telling.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Laura Sinagra
    In interviews, Norbu has compared the editing process to meditation. While his pacing echoes that of polestars like Ozu and Makhmalbaf, his edits make striking events out of mundane motions like hands moving under running water and mouths meeting cups of butter tea.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Laura Sinagra
    Like "Spellbound's" glimpse of the darker side of childhood competition, Mad Hot Ballroom--a look at New York City schools' fifth-grade ballroom dance program--is best when exploring issues of class and gender and definitions of success.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Laura Sinagra
    Fellowes's larger goal seems to be making sympathetic characters of Anne and Bule, who for all their lovey-doveyness never emerge as much more than rich twits à la "The Great Gatsby."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Laura Sinagra
    The Boys of Baraka's heart may be in the right place, but its portrait of poor Baltimore kids selected to attend boarding school in Kenya is rife with suspect perspectives.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Laura Sinagra
    Catherine Hardwicke's directorial debut is less a damozel-in-distress fetish flick than a bird-flipping plunge into coded girl-cult communication.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Laura Sinagra
    Miller's women share the affliction of scars left by dominating fathers. But the stories lean toward self-importance, and used verbatim in heavy voice-over, they register as a parody of spareness. Posey is the only one who has fun puncturing the solemnity, turning the real surreal in a softer version of her usual attack.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Laura Sinagra
    Despite similar excess, Garbus's follow-up to 2002's "The Execution of Wanda Jean" provides another powerful glimpse inside the American justice system.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Laura Sinagra
    This "Last Waltz"–like doc is almost funereal, full of reverent banalities spliced between overly folksy takes on melancholic Leonard Cohen bombshells.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Laura Sinagra
    There's something wrong with Hustle. A bad aftertaste, and not just the dry grit of Memphis dust, but something meaner. A feeling that Brewer's sensibility is way off. Aside from Howard's characterization, the most indelible parts of the movie are the demeaning caricatures forced on DJay's women.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Laura Sinagra
    With Awesome's insistence on professional sound--only a few times do we get sonically dropped into the cavernous, thumping Garden--and cuts to pristine close-ups of things like Mixmaster Mike's admittedly sick scratch detail work, it plays like a hype victory lap rather than a boundary-smashing study of fan curiosity or pathology.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Laura Sinagra
    Though Zilberman's affection for the women leads to some indulgent digression, the doc's low-key tone (and lack of the stock, timpani-backed Nazi iconography) throws certain anecdotes into powerful relief.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Laura Sinagra
    With just the right balance of epic grandeur and break-into-song goofiness, this Bollywood love legend does double duty as a women's-rights manifesto and a plea for amity between India and Pakistan.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Laura Sinagra
    Though the edits can be too living-room smooth, the passion and pathology on display transcend the Tabitha Soren overload.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Laura Sinagra
    Most importantly, the environment feels real: the accents, the snaps, the working moms and warehouse crack nooks, every dilapidated stairwell, every bodega and lovingly appointed teenage bedroom sanctuary.