For 131 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 77% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 22% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Loren King's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 My Perestroika
Lowest review score: 25 Wrong Cops
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 91 out of 131
  2. Negative: 14 out of 131
131 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Loren King
    One of the most searing, heartbreaking and ultimately triumphant mother/daughter stories ever put on film.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Loren King
    Affecting, troubling, dazzling film.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Loren King
    Offers a surprising and revealing look at Russia's past and present.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Loren King
    The storytelling is episodic, and the film takes a little while to get going, but it hits its stride.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Loren King
    It puts The Cockettes into social, political and popular cultural context and gives the documentary a moving resonance.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Loren King
    With braces on her teeth and preteen gawkiness, Eliza's a nerdy girl on the surface, but her backbone and chutzpah manage to save human and animal family alike. Move over Bond; this girl deserves a sequel.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Loren King
    Exquisitely captures the irony and hopefulness of the era.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Loren King
    One of the most clever, most enjoyable historical fantasies to hit screens in a long time, The Emperor's New Clothes is a sumptuous showcase for Ian Holm, who delivers not one but two great performances.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Loren King
    It is haunting in its literal and symbolic meanings, which is the powerful, lingering effect of Yellow Asphalt.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 88 Loren King
    Time of Favor, which boasts a haunting score, is an unflinching, complex portrait of a modern Israel that is rarely seen on-screen.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Loren King
    Magically transports the viewer across time and space. As it does so, it becomes a humbling reminder of the universality of the human experience.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Loren King
    Resonates with intelligence and a poignancy made more sorrowful by what happened to all of us, but especially to New Yorkers, on that terrible day.
    • Boston Globe
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Loren King
    It is an uncompromising family tale, one that's dark but lyrical and moving in its rendering of the ties that bind even the most dysfunctional families, despite valiant efforts to destroy them.
    • Boston Globe
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Loren King
    A rarity among modern movies: a coming-of-age tale without cliche or sentimentality. Bolstered by a luminous lead performance from Lauren Ambrose.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Loren King
    An ambitious mix of politics, religion, art, and human drama.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    Delivers a surprising, moving portrait of contemporary womanhood.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    It wisely lets us hear Pinero's words for ourselves, and in the end, they echo louder than the images that accompany them.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    Toback's films deliver a lot of bang for the buck. He's one of the few serious and original directors who can mix group sex and talk of existentialism; a fast-paced basketball sequence cut with scenes of Mafia members plotting a hit; and an in-class philosophy lecture stylishly edited with Alan's memories of a contradictory in-bed discussion.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    Hits the ground running and never lets up.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    Likable comedy about ordinary people stumbling badly and then triumphing.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 37 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    MacDowell offers an engaging portrait of a complex woman who has survived life's slings and arrows. It makes Crush an affecting take on modern women.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    Doesn't win any points for originality. It does succeed by following a feel-good formula with a winning style, and by offering its target audience of urban kids some welcome role models and optimism.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    As a bonus, "Liquid" also includes eye-popping footage of the top surfers in the world (Taj Burrow, Laird Hamilton, Dave Kalama) -- wave riders who make the impossible look easy.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    Any film about the folk tradition is required to have a stellar soundtrack, and Songcatcher does not disappoint.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    A searing documentary with an agenda.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    An unpredictable, mythic tale about haunted outcasts that is both dazzling and disquieting.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    The heartfelt truthfulness of Gardos' tale, and the performances of all leads, particularly Johansson, make the film a powerful account of the universal search for identity and the meaning of "home."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    Despite the deftness with which Bigelow handles the transitions, the modern story never attains the intrigue and tension of the period tale.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    Plenty of dramatic action, stunning imagery and an operatic score add weight to Escaflowne. It may not appeal to fans of traditional animation.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    An ebullient toast to grande dames: part homage, part camp, all artifice and a thoroughly entertaining, if light, confection.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    A welcome respite from verbal nastiness and sexual cynicism. It's nice to see characters who enjoy falling in love, even if it's to a schmaltzy light-soul score.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    With its welcome lessons on friendship and self-esteem, is not only appropriate for preschoolers, but it also has enough sophistication for older kids.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    A searing reminder of the relevance of recent history and of the timeless power of fiction to humanize people and crystallize sweeping events into personal drama.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    Laurel Canyon itself feels musical: languid, rich in color and light, and deliciously sensual.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    Manages to wring some originality out of its fairy-tale plot. This freshness compensates for the expected hackneyed qualities in this Cinderella tale.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    A welcome family film that extols noble values and offers first-class animation.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    Offers something rare for a modern movie: an uncynical depiction of the redemptive power of human relationships.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    Boldly goes where Hollywood rarely treads: into the passionate, intense and complex world of girls at the point in their lives when self-discovery is tempered by enormous vulnerability.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    A powerful portrait of modern journalism and the nobility -- and futility -- of chronicling modern war.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    It's a raw and raucous rock story that, for once, gets the big picture and the small details right.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    Deftly uses the conventions of the urban buddy/ romance film to create a fast and loose, often humorous, atmosphere.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    Succeeds as a paean to movies and movie-watching.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    The rigidity of most of the rabbis interviewed in the film is balanced by the presence of openly gay Orthodox Rabbi Steve Greenberg, who offers a more liberal, but no less scholarly, interpretation of the Torah.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    Despite its many charms, the title of the film -- both complaint and boast -- makes clear whose point of view this is. Gainsbourg is delightful, intelligent and sexy, but this isn't her film.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    Small, sharply written, incisive comedy examines, with smarts and style and sexiness, the very nature of modern romance - gay, straight, and in between.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    Cleverly mocks the modern chronicler, raising questions that linger long after the film is finished.
    • Boston Globe
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    Manages the right balance of fairy tale and joyous self-discovery. And the Venice locations don't hurt.
    • Boston Globe
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    Mixes ''Jetsons''-style futuristic hijinks with a reliable story of a boy inadvertently whisked ''over the rainbow'' to another galaxy where his mettle is tested.
    • Boston Globe
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    A delightful alternative to most current multiplex fare, which wouldn't recognize a juicy bon mot if it tripped over one in the aisle.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    Reliable, standard Disney animated fare, with enough creative energy and wit to entertain all ages.
    • Boston Globe
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    Solid, balanced period piece that focuses on a specific place and time yet resonates with universal themes.
    • Boston Globe
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    A luminous love letter to the Banco Chinchorro, the largest coral reef off Mexico's coast, and to the tender bonds between a father and son.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    Circo offers a fascinating mix of backstage drama and family dynamics.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    Once it finds its footing in old-fashioned journalism, the film packs a wallop.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    Radnor's script is more bittersweet than laugh-out-loud funny.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Loren King
    An uneven mix of genres that, even when it misses the mark, gets points for originality and a good beat.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 63 Loren King
    It's the pre-teen set who will revel in the adolescent angst and anarchic high jinks of Max Keeble.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Loren King
    A fine, handsome-looking costume drama that works best as a historical account of a brutal era. But as a portrait of the Marquis de Sade, it is not titillating in the over-the-top manner of "Quills."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Loren King
    Despite its shortcomings, Girls Can't Swim represents an engaging and intimate first feature by a talented director to watch, and it's a worthy entry in the French coming-of-age genre.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Loren King
    Snappy but sappy romantic comedy.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Loren King
    Meadows clearly has a flair for working with actors and for depicting the rough-and-tumble of ordinary provincial lives. If he could go just a bit deeper, the truly great Midlands movie just might surface.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 63 Loren King
    Makes you want to run home and shower, but Rourke's performance gets under your skin.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Loren King
    A handsome but lightweight period piece about passions indulged and repressed, and the calamitous outcomes that result from both courses.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Loren King
    Mix of stylish action and meta-musings, provides plenty of confusing, satisfying surprises, though it could have used more tightness and punch.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Loren King
    Despite its charms, and the refreshingly non-traditional characters, Lilo & Stitch seems diluted and too derivative to be as effective as one wants it to be.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Loren King
    But as likable as it is, Tadpole is hardly a maturing woman's revenge movie, but another male fantasy -- that of the sexually nurturing mother figure. If only all coming-of-age sexual experiences could be as healthy and wholesome.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Loren King
    Star Pilar Lopez de Ayala is such a feisty, striking presence, and the film so conventional in its depiction of a jealous and insatiable love, that it is hard to see Juana as anything other than a typical soap opera heroine.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Loren King
    Many of the story lines offer only superficial insight into the characters; Silver's rich but unhappy mogul has been done far too many times.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Loren King
    This bizarre, uneven comedy is notable mostly for the unsettling presence of Nicole Kidman in full, kinky, sex-kitten mode.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Loren King
    The intriguing subject, unfortunately, collapses under too many talky scenes of the samurai discussing their feelings and gossiping about who loves whom.
    • Boston Globe
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Loren King
    Wolpert and Reynolds seem to be aiming for the ''Titantic'' audience at the expense of sophistication and historical relevance. It's too bad. The able cast, not to mention Alexandre Dumas, deserves better.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 63 Loren King
    Reynolds is the best thing about Van Wilder.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Loren King
    The story is unique and engaging enough to transcend the uplifting sports-underdog formula.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Loren King
    Winton’s inspiring story deserves greater attention but this film isn’t the best representation of it.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Loren King
    The movie moves predictably to its formulaic finale, which -- unwittingly perhaps -- reprises Plummer's own sugary classic, ''The Sound of Music.''
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Loren King
    It makes the viewer wonder whether Circuit would have been stronger as a documentary instead of the well-intentioned, overlong, intermittently entertaining but flawed feature that it is.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Loren King
    It is awkward and dull, a capital crime for an aspiring noir.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Loren King
    Disappointingly hollow.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Loren King
    Griffin may well get there, but he's not there yet.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Loren King
    Doesn't aim for more than padding a plot around Kennedy so he can do his Brad "B-Rad" Gluckman character full-force. And the joke soon wears thin.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 50 Loren King
    Schlock that could and should have been better.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Loren King
    It's a refreshing theme for a kids' movie, one that incorporates history and urban flavor, not to mention a preservationists' perspective, into the usual mix.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 50 Loren King
    Surprising less moldy and trite than the last two.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Loren King
    Predictable and dull.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Loren King
    One can hardly argue with the desire to make a wholesome movie for families that extols honesty and decency, but it all comes too easily, too superficially.