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 3.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Loren King's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 My Perestroika
Lowest review score: 25 Final Destination 2
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 91 out of 132
  2. Negative: 14 out of 132
132 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Loren King
    One of the most searing, heartbreaking and ultimately triumphant mother/daughter stories ever put on film.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Loren King
    Exquisitely captures the irony and hopefulness of the era.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 88 Loren King
    It puts The Cockettes into social, political and popular cultural context and gives the documentary a moving resonance.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    Circo offers a fascinating mix of backstage drama and family dynamics.
    • 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
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    Delivers a surprising, moving portrait of contemporary womanhood.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Loren King
    Affecting, troubling, dazzling film.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Loren King
    An ambitious mix of politics, religion, art, and human drama.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    Once it finds its footing in old-fashioned journalism, the film packs a wallop.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    A searing documentary with an agenda.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Loren King
    Succeeds as a paean to movies and movie-watching.

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