Leslie Felperin

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For 252 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.8 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 252
252 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    Wrenching to watch, but told with clarity and guts.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Leslie Felperin
    It’s an immensely likable movie, impeccably acted and wise about the nature of exile.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    Picture's tone is far more poetic than polemical.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Leslie Felperin
    The picture still tells a riveting story about contempo Russia's darkest side.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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