For 90 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 5.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Leslie Camhi's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 90 The Story of the Weeping Camel
Lowest review score: 20 Double Parked
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 90
  2. Negative: 2 out of 90
90 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Leslie Camhi
    The real star of this film is the crowded, neon-lit byways of the city itself.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Leslie Camhi
    At once subtle and visceral, the film never succumbs to the trap of the maudlin or tearful, offering instead with its unflinching gaze a measure of faith in the future.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Leslie Camhi
    Norway's hallucinatory, edge-of-the-world beauty imbues the story with a woozy, alcoholic haze and a sense of the marginal spaces into which the messiest aspects of private life are shoved.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Leslie Camhi
    An inspired homage to his father's work, and a bracing, bittersweet testament of filial love mixed with pain and compassion.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Leslie Camhi
    Beyond its rare visions of remote vistas, Camel's great charm lies in its seeming simplicity. The camera records the events of the day -- from a little girl's tears to an afternoon sandstorm -- with a childlike clarity and curiosity.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Leslie Camhi
    What saves this deeply affecting film from being merely a collection of wrenching cases is Corcuera's attention to detail.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Camhi
    Without condescension, Debrauwer offers comic glimpses into their separate dreams of grandeur, but he lets Pauline's touching simplicity unite them.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Camhi
    Pays off in laugh-out-loud lines, adorably ditsy but heartfelt performances, and sparkling, bittersweet dialogue that cuts to the chase of the modern girl's dilemma.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Camhi
    A remarkably vivid portrait of a teeming third-world metropolis
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Camhi
    By setting this intimate conflict against a wider social drama, Daldry makes his portrait of a dancer all the more compelling.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Camhi
    A meditation-brilliant, humorous, and moving-on history and memory.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Camhi
    A darkly comic tale of characters riven by divided loyalties and neurotic inhibitions.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Camhi
    The film's occasional dips into sentimental cuteness and its too-pat ending can't cancel the gap that yawns ever wider between rural and urban society.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Camhi
    Infusing Rendell's intrigue with warmth and humor, Miller makes the film's sometimes mechanical and giddy narrative into something grander -- a meditation on maternity as a form of inspired madness.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Camhi
    Serry perfectly captures the peculiar climate, creating uncanny echoes with today's situation. Persian stars Shaun Toub and Shohreh Aghdashloo are extremely convincing as Maryam's parents.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Camhi
    The fierce rigor of María Galiana's performance keeps this film from ever falling into sentimentality.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Camhi
    Scenes from a marriage unfolding at the limits of love and personality.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Camhi
    Fast-paced feminist thriller and witty black comedy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Camhi
    Slesin's film is a profound meditation on the resilience of children -- their ability to take sustenance from whatever love is available -- and on the persistent presence of the child hidden within each grown-up.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Camhi
    Noteworthy for its rich characterizations and startling plot twists, including a delightful surprise ending that is both a sexual double entendre and a matriarchal triumph.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Camhi
    In a flawless performance, Bacri lets us glimpse the tender desperation beneath his character's harsh, curmudgeonly exterior.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Camhi
    Chillingly naturalistic.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Camhi
    This is a tender and engaging portrait of a marvelously elusive personality, whose style remains timeless.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Camhi
    French director Michel Deville has managed to preserve the work's great virtues--the intimacy, discretion, grace, and humor with which it speaks of both irredeemable disaster and the taste for life that survives it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Camhi
    "A very odd thriller" is how Italian director Marco Bellocchio describes My Mother's Smile, his uncannily beautiful and deeply humanist exploration of the nightmares that resurface from a Roman atheist's Catholic childhood.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Camhi
    This delightfully sensual documentary gets inside the artist's creative process while also treating viewers to glorious music by the likes of Wagner and Satie.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Camhi
    Chilling and thoroughly engrossing documentary.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Camhi
    Pitch-perfect performances and a light-handed but razor-sharp script keep this satire brisk and biting.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Camhi
    It's rare that a documentary conveys an artist's worldview so compellingly, but then Glennie is no ordinary musician.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Camhi
    This evocative film is a poignant testament to the twin forces of love (however blighted) and the unconscious.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Camhi
    A life so tragically and quickly extinguished presents maudlin temptations, but director Marc Rothemund ably resists them. His gripping, moving film focuses on a breathtakingly brief five-day period.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Camhi
    In his film's better moments, Kollek makes us laugh at these visions while also revealing their grace and frailty.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Camhi
    The storyline sometimes veers into melodrama; a subplot concerning Alex's involvement in the white-slave trade is particularly lurid. But the director retains a light touch in the character of Aurelie, whose combination of innocence and knowing is magical.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Camhi
    Appears strangely dated, and its unspecified location seems existentially hokey.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Camhi
    The film's pathos lies not with people who have justice on their side, but with those who don't know where they belong.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Camhi
    Falters when it takes a final, violent turn into melodrama.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Camhi
    Krabbé alternates exaggeration with sentiment, but the main characters are relatively complex, and its surprise ending is genuinely affecting.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Camhi
    Vardalos's parodies of Greek family values are loving and witheringly hilarious.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Camhi
    Unusual in its ambition to pose deep spiritual questions, but its enticing surfaces -- including the beautiful working girls and Isabelle Adjani's surprise cameo as a Bardot-esque starlet -- are the best thing about it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Camhi
    It's also frustrating-we long to learn more about each individual. Still, the sheer fascination and profoundly moving power of these stories transcend the film's more conventional limitations.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Camhi
    What makes After Midnight more than just another ménage à trois (in homage to Truffaut) is the way Ferrario, who also writes about movies, weaves the allure of early film into a contemporary story, shot with the latest high-definition technology.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Camhi
    Hardcore Kiarostami devotees may miss the master's harsher clarity, but Hatami, best known for her starring role in Dariush Mehrjui's "Leila," makes her character's inner transformation both subtle and palpable.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Camhi
    If the film's redemptive ending is a fairy tale, it's one we willingly embrace.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Camhi
    Marvelously grizzled and tender, Josef Bierbichler's Brecht wheezes and grumbles through it all.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Camhi
    Politics hover at the edges of even the most affectionate encounters among Danae, her parents, and the Obeidallah family. Amos Elon's negativity regarding the future of the Jewish state mars the film, yet Another Road Home moves beyond dark predictions.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Camhi
    Van Looy has created a fast-paced and stylish thriller. Declair's Ledda, marvelously suave and vulnerable, provides most of the pathos.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Camhi
    At times the film's Buddhist lessons feel a bit forced, but the naturalistic performances Davaa has coaxed from a real-life Mongolian family, and her intimate understanding of their culture and values, give this sensitive portrayal its heft.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Leslie Camhi
    Montias's script lacks surprises -- Still, the minor figures surrounding him (Bobby) -- from teenage Puerto Rican beauties to a mobster's middle-aged groupie -- form a gritty urban mosaic, and Bobby's wanton energy is utterly convincing.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Leslie Camhi
    It's a giddy farce worthy of Lucy and Ethel, and Peploe plays up the buffoonery.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Leslie Camhi
    Wargnier has assembled a stellar French and Russian cast, but all that talent can't overcome his heavy-handed screenplay.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Leslie Camhi
    Brought to life by the weirdness of its subject matter and the risks Madhur Jaffrey takes in her brilliant performance.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Leslie Camhi
    Himalaya lacks such lightness, humor, and grace, offering instead the surface beauty of an ancient and inviolate culture.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Leslie Camhi
    It traces a sustained and moving portrait of the worldly Sam, whose despair as the society he embraced abandons him is both clear-eyed and devastating.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Leslie Camhi
    Offers an incisive glimpse into one woman's inner transformation -- her secret sense of loss in the midst of plenty and her sudden perception of a world of suffering lying just beyond her home.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Leslie Camhi
    There's much to admire here, including an often witty script and a cast that includes Theresa Russell, Seymour Cassel, and the irrepressible Lupe Ontiveros (Celia's mother-in-law).
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Leslie Camhi
    Flawed but fascinating.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Leslie Camhi
    It does best when it leaves behind hothouse literary discussions and closes in on these two legendary behemoths, battling for sexual supremacy.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Leslie Camhi
    Baltasar Kormákur's wacky version of "King Lear," set in an Icelandic village where virtually everyone plays the fool.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Leslie Camhi
    Handsomely shot, German filmmaker Sandra Nettelbeck's third feature suffers from a certain romantic predictability.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Leslie Camhi
    Relies on the hefty talents of its two leading ladies.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Leslie Camhi
    If you can suspend your disbelief regarding Nello's naïveté, this film offers some quiet pleasures.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Leslie Camhi
    With improbable charm, Gabizon knits it all together, his characters' sexual obsessions and earthiness tempered by a soulful melancholy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Leslie Camhi
    Despite the choppy script and cartoonishly bad villains, what emerges is a compelling tale of the moral compromises a corrupt system demands of even its most unwilling participants.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Leslie Camhi
    Disturbing and compelling.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Leslie Camhi
    The admirable Gainsbourg refrains from overacting, but her leading men never quite transcend the emptiness and inanity of their characters' dilemma.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Leslie Camhi
    Even Mastroianni cannot hold our attention for over three hours.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Leslie Camhi
    Marshall Karp's script is clever and funny, though studded with anachronisms.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Leslie Camhi
    This extraordinary story still sparks controversy in France, but in Berri's hands, it never comes alive...a shadow play of historical icons, rather than a portrait of people in love.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Leslie Camhi
    Manchevski has a rare visual intelligence, whether filming the face of a dying woman or Times Square's reflection in a windshield. But in reaching for a cubist style of storytelling, he sacrifices character and motivation.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Leslie Camhi
    He's (director Abranches) so focused on creating a strikingly mannerist visual style that he forgets to flesh out his plot and characters.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Leslie Camhi
    The filmmakers skillfully evoke the sense of menace that nature holds for many urban dwellers. -- Sometimes, though, the editing is choppy, and the film could use more of a script.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Leslie Camhi
    The film's broad performances and heavy-handed moralizing strike a note of condescension sure to be heard by the alienated teenager within us all.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Leslie Camhi
    Backed by a strong supporting cast, Whaley makes Jimmy a vivid character, but he never achieves anything like the tragic grandeur of a Willy Loman. He's at once too earnest and too unappealing.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Leslie Camhi
    It lacks the toughness and social insights of its Mexican new wave predecessors like "Amores Perros." And even as the story of one woman's midlife crisis, it's a bit lightweight.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Leslie Camhi
    How did this rude monk, prey to depression and satanic hallucinations, change the course of history? Luther offers scant illumination, for the big brown eyes that served Joseph Fiennes so well in "Elizabeth" are little help with the spirit of Reformation.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Leslie Camhi
    The problems come in the shadow world, where everything's a jumble, where Dark's compositional strategy ("all clues and no solutions") eventually becomes wearing, and Gordon's direction can't hold it all together.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Leslie Camhi
    Berliner captures the eerie beauty of their music alongside their strange dignity. But his mannered style (colored filters, multiple exposures, jump cuts) leaves an uneasy impression about the balance of power in his relationship to his subjects, women of surprising strength and enduring frailty.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Leslie Camhi
    A bit naive and formless.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Leslie Camhi
    The Inheritance is most effective in its first half...But the film falters as it moves closer to home and the heart, veering off into melodramatic and quasi-surreal scenarios.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Leslie Camhi
    The pacing feels choppy, and the characters' emotions are sometimes too sudden to be believable. (One exception is Rhys Ifans, affecting as Amelia's long-suffering and neglected suitor.)
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Leslie Camhi
    Bening's comic gifts make the most of Ronald Harwood's witty screenplay, though she falls flat in her character's rare moments of sincerity.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 50 Leslie Camhi
    The subjects can be amusing, chilling, or tragic -- but in the end, they offer few surprises.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Leslie Camhi
    The complex questions Walk on Water raises receive only confused answers.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Leslie Camhi
    Something lured Paul Cox down memory lane, but he should have stayed at home.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Leslie Camhi
    It manages to be both ponderous and silly.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Leslie Camhi
    Though Hopkins lovingly re-creates the surfaces of shtetl life, its deep spirituality seems to elude him.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Leslie Camhi
    "No poetry after Auschwitz," Theodor Adorno proclaimed. One sometimes wishes he'd added, "And no big-name cinema either."
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Leslie Camhi
    The writerly restraint that confines them to the airport is admirable, though the fairy-tale ending in Acapulco seems like a throwaway.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Leslie Camhi
    Most of the redemptive notes ring false, as does the mythical Manhattan, where the snow is just too clean and everybody lives around the corner.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 Leslie Camhi
    Child abuse, domestic violence, and the struggles of single mothers deserve better treatment than this.

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