For 132 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 76% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 23% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Loren King's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Rain
Lowest review score: 25 The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 91 out of 132
  2. Negative: 14 out of 132
132 movie reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Loren King
    The 100-Year-Old Man may appeal to viewers who like the madcap and the whimsical, no matter how self-conscious. Me, I’ll take Max von Sydow’s moroseness any day.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Loren King
    Give credit to writer-director James DeMonaco for at least attempting to give his action thriller some heft with a plot that concerns our obsession with violence, ham-fisted as it is. But The Purge: Anarchy is still just an excuse to bombard us with high-powered weaponry, armored vehicles, vigilantes, and masked marauders in creepy Joker-like makeup.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    If this blend of community service, innovative teaching, and creative approach to design and construction sounds idealistic, the film’s final scenes deliver enough stress and sweat to show that idealism takes hard work, too.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 Loren King
    No doubt a labor of love, the result is just plain laborious for the audience.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Loren King
    Though perhaps more suited to PBS or classrooms than to movie screens, the documentary is engrossing and just may encourage more people to look less to pharmacology for answers and more within.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    It’s a surprisingly humorous and humane film — a lyrical little oddity that stands as a welcome return to form.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Loren King
    That the mushroom-dwelling blue creatures still manage to be endearing even in their second big-screen extravaganza (in 3-D, no less) is about the best that can be said of The Smurfs 2.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Loren King
    Winton’s inspiring story deserves greater attention but this film isn’t the best representation of it.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    Hava Nagila (The Movie) guarantees that the next time you hear the song at a party, you won’t think of it quite the same way. Of course, that won’t slow anyone rushing to the dance floor.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 88 Loren King
    Melding history, science, and up-to-the-minute urgency, A Fierce Green Fire is a clarion call that’s passionate and provocative.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    Knoller manages to make even a withdrawn character compelling, and worth rooting for as Yossi struggles to shed his shell.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Loren King
    You don’t have to be Jewish to love borscht belt humor, or gay to love camp, or French to love farce. But when all three are thrown into a blender with a dollop of generic family dysfunction, as is the case in Let My People Go!, oy vey doesn’t begin to address the result.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Loren King
    It's better to see it on the stage... a moderately enjoyable film that lacks the awe-inspiring visual and aural aplomb of Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil's live shows.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    Radnor's script is more bittersweet than laugh-out-loud funny.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Loren King
    Will your preschoolers enjoy it? Perhaps. Is it worth 88 minutes of their lives, or yours? Not in a world where "Sesame Street" is on TV every day. Not even in a world where "Sesame Street" didn't exist.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    How does a filmmaker tell a Holocaust story that hasn't been told before? The Matchmaker does it by weaving fable with realism, coming-of-age innocence with adult grief, and guilt with romanticism.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    Jonathan Gruber and Ari Daniel Pinchot have assembled a straightforward documentary that uses Yoni's own words - in the form of his moving, eloquent letters and poems - to create a searing portrait of his short but meaningful life.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Loren King
    The story is unique and engaging enough to transcend the uplifting sports-underdog formula.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    In the end, what makes Inside Hana's Suitcase so powerful is the most traditional technique of all: authentic and eloquent storytelling by memorable characters.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Loren King
    Unfortunately, the potential for screwball comedy is wasted because L!fe Happens never finds its thematic tone or comedic rhythm.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    Once it finds its footing in old-fashioned journalism, the film packs a wallop.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    Miss Bala signals the rise of a director to watch, as Naranjo offers a grim subject with neither flash nor sentiment. It is a sober film done with style.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    Larysa Kondracki's impressive debut achieves its aim to shine light on an international human rights issue as well as signaling a new director to watch.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Loren King
    Any originality in this new movie is overwhelmed by its lazy eagerness to embrace the new standard for R-rated comedy.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Loren King
    An innovative hybrid of documentary, staged reading, fictional feature, and confessional, The Arbor defies categorization not merely for art's sake - although its artistry is without question - but because conventional forms seem inadequate for such a harrowing story.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    The film delivers a concise history of Western eating habits, with graphs and charts punctuated by entertaining real-life experiences.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    As fascinating as the material is, like so much of popular culture it doesn't hold up well out of context.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Loren King
    Neither the comedy nor the romance is strong enough in Immigration Tango to offer any improvement on Peter Weir's similar, and better, 1990 film "Green Card."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    Circo offers a fascinating mix of backstage drama and family dynamics.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 Loren King
    With a plot devoid of suspense and characters without complexity, Rand's iconic line elicits merely a yawn, or a shrug.

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