Leslie Felperin

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For 267 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Leslie Felperin's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 At Berkeley
Lowest review score: 10 Hector and the Search for Happiness
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 10 out of 267
267 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Leslie Felperin
    One of Wiseman’s best, a summation of sorts of a career’s worth of principled filmmaking from a director in his ninth decade.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Leslie Felperin
    According to the most basic laws of cinema, Toni Erdmann, Maren Ade’s third feature as a writer-director (she has five times that many credits as a producer), shouldn’t work. It’s practically one long string of nesting, oxymoronic self-cancelling paradoxes: here is the world’s first genuinely funny, 162-minute German comedy of embarrassment.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Leslie Felperin
    Simultaneously a modern essay on suffering, an open-ended thriller, and a black social comedy, it is most importantly of all a thinly-veiled political parable drenched in bitter irony that takes aim against the corrupt, corrosive regime of Vladimir Putin.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Leslie Felperin
    Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa’s Maidan harkens back to the heroic, journalistic roots of documentary-making and yet feels ineffably modern and formally daring. It’s a tiny marvel of a movie.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Leslie Felperin
    Anchored by a masterful performance by Timothy Spall in a role he was born to play, and gilded by career-best effort from DoP Dick Pope, working for the first time on digital for Leigh to bridge the gap between the painting and cinematography, Mr. Turner manages to illuminate that nexus between biography and art with elegant understatement.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Leslie Felperin
    Putting aside the worthiness of its politics, this is also a crackling, tense thriller, graced with beautifully measured performances, that explores with wisdom and sorrow the best and worst in human nature.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Leslie Felperin
    It’s a lovely piece of work.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Leslie Felperin
    This at first slow-moving and then wildly kinetic actioner possesses a cool classicism that will appeal to offshore audiences as well as those at home.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Leslie Felperin
    In the Fog explores the moralities of wartime with restraint and exacting execution.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Leslie Felperin
    This impeccably assembled and argued film represents a brave, timely intervention into debates around the organization that have been simmering for some time.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Leslie Felperin
    Offering further proof that the latest 3D technology is good for a lot more than just lunging knives and fantastical storylines, Wim Wenders' dance docu Pina reps multidimensional entertainment that will send culture vultures swooning.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Leslie Felperin
    Visually ravishing, emotionally wise, and kinky as a coiled rope, writer-director Peter Strickland’s third feature The Duke of Burgundy is a delight.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Leslie Felperin
    Clearly rejuvenated by his collaboration with producer Peter Jackson, and blessed with a smart script and the best craftsmanship money can buy, Spielberg has fashioned a whiz-bang thrill ride that's largely faithful to the wholesome spirit of his source but still appealing to younger, Tintin-challenged audiencs.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Leslie Felperin
    A richly rewarding but often very disturbing, even harrowing work.
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    • 90 Leslie Felperin
    Utterly absorbing all the way through, this showcase for Bercot’s skill with large casts and intellectually rigorous storytelling may be her best yet.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Leslie Felperin
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    This outstanding, muscular feature debut for French-born, British-based director Yann Demange almost never puts a foot wrong, from the softly underplayed performances to the splendidly speckled cinematography and fine-grained period detailing.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Leslie Felperin
    An exquisitely realized adaptation of Lionel Shriver's bestselling novel. In a rigorously subtle performance as a woman coping with the horrific damage wrought by her psychopathic son, Tilda Swinton anchors the dialogue-light film with an expressiveness that matches her star turn in "I Am Love."
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Leslie Felperin
    It’s an altogether strange but astonishing work of craftsmanship.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Leslie Felperin
    An inventive, meaty distillation of Le Carre's 1974 novel, picture turns hero George Smiley's hunt for a mole within Blighty's MI6 into an incisive examination of Cold War ethics, rich in both contempo resonance and elegiac melancholy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Leslie Felperin
    Striking an elegantly sustained balance between intimacy and historical scope, director James Kent's WWI-set epic Testament of Youth encompasses nearly all of the virtues of classical British period drama and nearly none of the vices.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Leslie Felperin
    Repulsive and sublimely beautiful, arguably celebratory and damning of its characters, it’s hideous and masterful all at once, “Salo” with sunburn.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Leslie Felperin
    Kitty Green creates something powerful, provocative and dazzlingly original with her second feature.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Leslie Felperin
    The use of sign language, deafness and silence itself adds several heady new ingredients to the base material, alchemically creating something rich, strange and very original.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Leslie Felperin
    A shocking but ultimately galvanizing work of reportage that meets the same high standard of their previous collaboration, The Invisible War.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Leslie Felperin
    Although laid out with such clarity that any layperson could catch the gist of what's being discussed, Side by Side is not afraid to get nitty-gritty about more technical matters.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Leslie Felperin
    As with so many of the best mystery-horror films, the optimum way to enjoy a first viewing of this is try to remain as ignorant as possible about what happens. That said, it also brims with tiny, blink-and-you'll-miss-them details that will repay repeat viewings.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    Anchored by two intense, intertwined perfs by veteran Vincent Lindon and relative newcomer Soko, a musician who also composed the pic’s growling, atmospheric score, this period drama offers a coolly febrile study of madness, Victorian sexual politics and power.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    Director Chad Gracia’s The Russian Woodpecker offers a wild ride through Ukrainian and Soviet history.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    A charming animated feature.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    Graduation isn’t one of Mungiu’s finest, but even a restrained, emotionally measured work like this is more interesting and provocative than many another director’s best effort.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    If this film were a person, you’d want to give it a big hug, as you would a gawky teenager, and reassure it that it will be tough out there, that not everyone is going to get its idiosyncratic charms, but that’s OK because it’s awesome just the way it is.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    Taken strictly on its own terms, Saving Mr. Banks works exceedingly well as mainstream entertainment.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    Folky music and Studio Ghibli-level flights of eerie fancy are obvious pleasures, but even more subtle and entrancing is the way Moore and his team use echoed shapes to suggest hidden patterns in nature and parallels between the real and the mythical.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    As with his previous pics about the brood, Dutch-Indonesian helmer Leonard Retel Helmrich deploys an expressionistic, quasi-soap-opera approach to produce striking results, thanks especially to use of Steadicam. But the protagonists seem to be playing to the cameras more this time round, making "Stars" a less charming effort than earlier installments.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    It’s an immensely likable movie, impeccably acted and wise about the nature of exile.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    Unfortunately, the narrative endgame is a mess, and should have been rethought in development, but there’s no denying Ezer has made a bold, audacious debut.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    A spare but stealthily powerful tale.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    Wrenching to watch, but told with clarity and guts.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    An intensely compelling work.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    Although this family-friendly tale of feckless adventurers pursuing a prize is consistently funnier than "Arthur," in language, humor and attitude it's as endearingly British as Yorkshire pudding, soccer hooliganism and wonky teeth.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    Some viewers may feel a little uneasy watching her being almost "catfished" by the deception, even if it turns out to be a delightful surprise, and a real emotional money shot when it finally lands.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    There's no subtextual allusion really to contempo France or civil wars elsewhere in the world today, just the feeling that this is an interesting story in its own right, fascinating precisely because it's so at odds with modern sensibilities.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    Camara and Darin contribute outstanding work here, a beautifully meshed pair of performances that reveals nearly everything you need to know about the characters and their inner lives through exchanged looks, shrugs and the odd arched eyebrow.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    Reprising the kind of musical performances, campus hijinks, stinging humor and sassy sisterhood put in place by its eminently likeable predecessor, Pitch Perfect 2 remixes the elements and comes up with something even slicker and sharper.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    Davies is in fine form here, with luminous performances, especially from Rachel Weisz, rounding out a classy package whose only major problem is it may be a bit too true to its period sensibility and legit origins.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    If nothing else, Armadillo proves just how well "The Hurt Locker" captured the mixture of boredom, fear, brutality and locker-room machismo that makes up the day-to-day routine of a frontline soldier.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    The film has its own specific vibe, thanks in part to the writer-directors’ unique, immersive sense of the milieu and the leads’ tender chemistry.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    A gloriously off-the-charts study in perversity.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    It’s a proper animation buff’s piece of work, and admittedly a little slow to get its yarn ripping, but mesmerising and moving in the later stretches.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    Like the emotional equivalent of a massage with a sandpaper loofah, the film leaves you feeling raw and tender, thanks particularly to the knockout performances from the small cast, especially Collette.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    For all its flaws it’s a rich, thought-provoking film which, while challenging, is not without humor and visual pleasures, particularly in the restrained but bang-on period production design.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    "Doomsday," horror-trained British helmer Neil Marshall flexes strong action muscles and carves copious flesh here, creating the sort of broadsword-based bedlam that will thrill fans of ancient martial movies.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    Equity is a smart thriller set in the corporate world that disguises its modest budget with an intelligent script and good set of hooks.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    This neatly written Heathers-meets-Groundhog Day high-concept package delivers both technical polish and a toothsome yet likeable cast.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    Holmer draws confident, luminous performances from the cast that rise to the occasion but never seem over-coached or phony.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    Along with the moral lesson, Nguyen remembers to give auds some pleasures, including the exquisitely chosen soundtrack of African folk and pop music, Nicolas Bolduc's cinematography and the very artful use of sound throughout.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    The constant juxtaposition of scenes showing the dark and light aspects of the characters endows the pic with a juicy moral complexity that will stimulate post-screening debates.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    Just as Brenda lives by a credo never to judge another woman, so too does the film, which creates an uplifting portrait of redemption and acceptance.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    This is a beautifully distilled and literally still work that lingers in the mind long after its conclusion.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    This ingeniously executed study in cinematic minimalism has depth, beauty and poise.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    The Good Lie is a touching, generous-hearted movie, sensitively directed by Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar) working with a smart, sly, long-gestated script by Margaret Nagle (Boardwalk Empire).
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    Spirited, highly amusing and endearingly shambolic.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    Mixing together some of helmer Aki Kaurismaki's favorite Gallic and Finnish thesps with a few newbies, Le Havre feels like a welcoming family reunion.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    A compelling gateway documentary that should absorb both fans and novices alike.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    Essential viewing for anyone interested in what freedom of information means in the digital age, this passionate, fascinating, unapologetically partial but fair documentary celebrates Aaron Swartz.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    A nuanced, emotionally temperate study of a precocious youth.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    An overview of African-American gospel sounds whose dazzling talent-display should exhilarate viewers regardless of religious leanings.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    Admittedly, there are a lot of documentaries like this, made by citizen journalists recording uprisings in their homelands, but this is one of the best of the recent crop, and a timely reminder of a conflict that's slipped out of the headlines of late.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    Berg’s account of the child abuse cases that led to the imprisonment of Warren Jeffs, the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), doesn’t reveal much that hasn’t already been in the news or written up in books, but it does provide a comprehensive, disturbing and utterly fascinating historical overview.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    The endgame is disappointingly predictable, but writer-director-cinematographer Jeremy Saulnier has a lovely touch with faces, light and telling details.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    Director Jill Soloway's comedy-drama isn't perfect – the leitmotif about open eyes feels over-workshopped, and the ending's a bit pat – but it nails with self-lacerating precision the manners and mores of a certain type of hipster parent, the bourgeoisie's muddled attitudes towards sex workers, and the precarious foundations of friendship.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    The most affecting moments in the film are in more intimate settings.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    Although not as strikingly original as Bujalski’s earlier work, there’s something endearing about the characters, the film’s laconic, stoner rhythms and quirky plotting. In the end, it has something wise and kind to say about loneliness and the cult of personal improvement.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    Offers both a universally relevant examination of religious zealotry and, at the same time, a damning, satirical look at modern Russia, a country whose major institutions have become increasingly dominated and cowed by medieval-minded reactionaries and bigots.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    A pleasing walk in the park for all involved, not exactly profound, but appealing to both long term fans of the franchise and accessible to newcomers.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    The final reel packs a genuine emotional wallop, even as it makes auds laugh with the vicious precision of its dramatic irony.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    The picture laudably adopts an intimate, personal approach to a subject -- hardworking Chinese garment workers -- that's been covered in more hectoring fashion elsewhere.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    Facing the physical challenges of depicting Hawking’s disability, Redmayne pulls it off with enormous grace and endurance.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    So much better than one would expect for a fifth installment in a franchise, this tribute to female friendship and girl power is a kick.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    The worst that could be said of helmer David Gelb's feature debut is that it's perhaps a little over-garnished with backstory about Ono's relationship with his two sons, and is slightly repetitive. That said, this intrinsically compelling hymn to craftsmanship and taste in every sense should cleanse palates.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    As action, it's niftily executed, the suspense neatly built, and the shocks expectedly surprising.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    Director Bose handles the material with a light, elegant touch. It helps that the cast, especially the remarkable Koechlin who gives a bravura performance in both physical and emotional terms, can carry it all off.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    Hands of Stone is far from perfect, but it punches above its weight enough to prevent it from being easily dismissed.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    The director, her co-screenwriter Etienne Comar and the exceptional cast led by Emmanuelle Bercot and Vincent Cassel have an acute enough eye for the manners and mores of these archetypes to make the material feel consistently fresh and alive.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    The film lucks out by having an intrinsically compelling story, likeable underdog protagonists, and an exotic South Pacific location.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    An utterly fascinating experiment that apparently blends real and faked material to examine notions of celebrity, mental stability and friendship.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    Although some of the film’s many twists are not that surprising, they’re satisfyingly delivered, and with a strong supporting cast ...plus striking dream imagery, this adds up to arguably the best in the franchise so far.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    Brugger ensures it's a fairly entertaining excursion, especially when he starts to enjoy getting into character as the nefarious white man in Africa.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    Despite it’s entirely predictable, cliché-embracing script, executed with a shrewd mix of forelock-tugging rectitude and cheekiness by director Julian Jarrold (Brideshead Revisited, Kinky Boots), it remains an eminently watchable diversion.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    While there’s no doubt this is the work of a filmmaker entirely in command of her craft, there’s something a trifle academic and dry about the whole exercise, and slightly lacking in narrative cohesion given the nature of its origins.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Leslie Felperin
    It's certainly atmospheric and cool in a new-New Wave way, but really, what's the point?
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    An amiable comedy about young Glaswegian roughnecks discovering the world of whisky, The Angels’ Share finds helmer Ken Loach and long-term screenwriting partner Paul Laverty in better, breezier form than their rebarbative prior effort, “Route Irish.”
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    Like the lemon meringue pies and shrimp cocktails it features throughout, Brit comedy-drama Toast is tasty, hearty and rather conventional.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    The plot gets itself tangled up in multiple villain strands, but in the main this installment is emotionally weightier and more satisfying than its predecessor.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    While managing to deliver enough suspense and bloodletting to appease gore fans, steadily improving helmer Christopher Smith ("Severance") and screenwriter Dario Poloni smuggle in a merciless critique of religious delusion.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    Like most Sono pictures, too long. But its gleeful humor and dare-you-to-watch aesthetic will help it rack up kills at specialty fests.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    Stuffed to its statement earrings with celebrities, fashion folk and comedian chums making cameos, this breezy blast of bawdy jokes and Bollinger product placement should lift spirits in a post-Brexit Britain.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    It’s a relief to report that the final film is actually quite charming, thoughtful and as cuddly as a plush toy, albeit one with a few modern gizmos thrown in.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    There’s much to admire in the film’s elegantly classical tempo and the way Omirbayev achieves so much with so little.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    Sleeping With Other People is a brittle, bawdy, frequently funny romcom that might be too smart for its own good.

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