Leslie Felperin
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For 154 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Leslie Felperin's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Maidan
Lowest review score: 10 Hector and the Search for Happiness
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 94 out of 154
  2. Negative: 8 out of 154
154 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.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Leslie Felperin
    It’s a lovely piece of work.
    • 87 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.
    • 81 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Leslie Felperin
    A richly rewarding but often very disturbing, even harrowing work.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Leslie Felperin
    '71
    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.
    • 78 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.
    • 87 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    A charming animated feature.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    Taken strictly on its own terms, Saving Mr. Banks works exceedingly well as mainstream entertainment.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    A spare but stealthily powerful tale.
    • 85 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    A gloriously off-the-charts study in perversity.
    • 76 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    As action, it's niftily executed, the suspense neatly built, and the shocks expectedly surprising.
    • 50 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    More tightly scripted than Garrel’s usual rambles, the comedy-drama also has an unexpected emotional warmth.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    Sleeping With Other People is a brittle, bawdy, frequently funny romcom that might be too smart for its own good.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    Helmer James Watkins ("Eden Lake") and scripter Jane Goldman judiciously combine moves from the classic scare-'em-ups with new tricks from recent J-horror pictures to retell Susan Hill's oft-adapted Victorian gothic pastiche.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    Robert Redford’s unabashedly heartfelt but competent tribute to 1960s idealism.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    Co-director Starzack was one of the guiding hands behind the series version of Shaun the Sheep, and that experience in the kind of brisk, skit-based comedy that makes the series so charming shows through here in stand-alone scenes.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    Sacrifice is practically a chamber piece, and duly draws its strength from its performances, especially those of Ge and Wang.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    Perfs, by a mixture of non-pros and little-known thesps, are impressively naturalistic and spontaneous. Ostlund has a knack for comedy, although his script, co-written with Erik Hemmendorff, is a little opaque about where it stands on the morality of each strand’s situation.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    Curtis ends up making a virtue out of the narrative’s episodic quality, a tendency that’s been criticized in his previous work; the film, like life, is just one damn thing after another, and that’s really the rather lovely point.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    Picture's tone is far more poetic than polemical.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    Pic is a little too pleased with its own evenhanded presentation of liberal moral conundrums, but there’s no gainsaying Ostlund’s remarkable achievement in coaxing entirely naturalistic perfs from his young core cast
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    With acute sensitivity, Brit writer-helmer Joanna Hogg’s third feature, Exhibition, explores the difficulty of telling inside from outside, intimacy from estrangement, and revelation from concealment.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    Setting most of the action in a mocked-up theater emphasizes the performance aspects of the characters' behavior, a strategy enhanced by lead thesp Keira Knightley's willingness to let her neurotic Anna appear less sympathetic than in previous incarnations.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    The film comprises an impressive directorial debut for Adler who demonstrates a confident grasp of pace, place and thesp handling.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    Although beautifully rendered throughout, with delicate, elegantly drawn watercolor-like illustrations, the picture may seem too plain and simple for the oversophisticated tastes of kids in Europe and North America, while Arrietty herself reps a slightly insipid heroine.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    Sinuous sequences where one object morphs into another are his stock and trade, and that strength is on ample display in Cheatin’.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    Although rich in ideas and always compelling to look at, writer-helmer Patrick Keiller's latest semi-experimental pic Robinson in Ruins reps a minor disappointment after his outstanding, same-veined previous works, "London" and "Robinson in Space."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    Rio
    Like its flight-challenged parrot protagonist, Rio takes a while to get off the ground but manages to soar by the end.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    If the emotional mathematics don’t quite add up, enough diversion is provided by pic’s broader comic setpieces to paper over the cracks.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    Stillman proves he still knows how to write crackling, articulate dialogue for quirky preppie characters whom he loves laughing at as much as with.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    Clearly, these films are the work of people who love animals. More importantly though, going beyond the pat eco-conscious message that every kids’ film has to have, HTTYD2 touches on how complex the emotional bond between a person and an animal can be.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    The picture still tells a riveting story about contempo Russia's darkest side.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    Paradise: Hope has humor and warmth, and shows more genuine affection and kindness toward its characters than Seidl usually allows.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    The powerhouse cast is so capable, the actors just about manage to play the picture as if it were a "Midsummer Night's Dream"-style frothy farce, with marigold garlands and picturesque poverty.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    A very fine if not exactly groundbreaking film about, as the title hints, perspective and distance.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    A chirpy, tween-skewing, snowboarding-themed romantic comedy, Chalet Girl slaloms exuberantly down a predictable path, kicking up regular flurries of fun along the way.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    Saucily thumbing its nose at the insipid teen love of the "Twilight" franchise, Kiss reimagines its bloodsuckers as horny, supercilious Eurotrash with addiction issues, sucking the life blood from naive American thrill-seekers.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    A fraction less gut-bustingly goofy than its predecessors.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    Director Brett Haley’s second feature has a disarming lightness of touch that keeps the proceedings buoyant, even when they inevitably brush up against mortality.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    Adapted from a comicstrip-turned-graphic novel by Posy Simmonds, which was itself based on Thomas Hardy's "Far From the Madding Crowd," picture represents a satirical but soft-biting swipe at contempo middle-class mores among Blighty's chattering countryside classes.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    What Happened, Miss Simone does its job well, proving especially treasurable for its wealth of rare archive film footage and audio material that captures Simone’s fierce talent, fiery temperament and fragile mental health. But it is unlikely to be ranked up there with the best music-themed bio-docs.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    No
    After "Tony Manero" and "Post Mortem," his devastating portraits of how the Pinochet regime psychologically brutalized the people of Chile from 1973-90, Chilean helmer Pablo Larrain satisfyingly completes the trilogy with an affirmative victory for democracy in No.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 60 Leslie Felperin
    Ups the self-parody so much that it's practically a Wayans Brothers spoof, albeit with fewer jokes.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Leslie Felperin
    It feels ineffably slight even if it’s a consistent pleasure to spend time in the company of these three likeable women.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Leslie Felperin
    Some parts – the solid cast, a few well-turned one-liners – are really quite good indeed, although viewers have to wade through a moderate fug of reindeer fart jokes to get to them.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Leslie Felperin
    Franco offers up a competently acted, technically adequate Cliff Notes take on Faulkner’s narratively refracted tale of dirt-poor Mississippi folk in mourning.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Leslie Felperin
    Whatever the filmmakers' subtextual intentions may be, the film certainly gets stronger and more compelling as it goes on, thanks in part to intense emoting on the part of its cast, with Harris, Keeley and especially Soller standing out particularly.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Leslie Felperin
    In some ways, the thoughtful, dense script marks an improvement on the original, and the cast is certainly tonier this time around. What’s missing is the original’s evil wit, amoral misanthropy and subversive slipperiness.

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