For 171 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Marta Barber's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 The Battle of Algiers (re-release)
Lowest review score: 25 In Praise of Love
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 3 out of 171
171 movie reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Marta Barber
    What you come to see are the strokes of a visual master. You will not be disappointed.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Marta Barber
    An extraordinary movie that ruffled many feathers when it first came out. Almost 40 years later, it retains the poignancy it delivered back then. Its message is not lost in our present state of affairs.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Marta Barber
    As film noirs go, this one is a classic.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 50 Marta Barber
    If only Beau Travail had a more dramatic edge, this nicely done film wouldn't have felt so long.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 63 Marta Barber
    Film students should be thankful that companies such as Milestone Film & Video have taken up the distribution and restoration of important silent films, and that universities and museums have decided to screen these obscure classics.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    Satire is at the core of Mafioso, whether in establishing the by-now-stereotypical images of Sicilian peasants or the gripping arms of the Mafia.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    The film never lacks dignity. Fateless doesn't look at life at the camp like Roberto Benigni did in "Life is Beautiful."
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Marta Barber
    Even in its most tedious scenes, Russian Ark is mesmerizing.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Marta Barber
    Bertucelli nails it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 63 Marta Barber
    For Americans, the film may be best taken as fodder for debate, especially for individuals interested in sociology. You wonder why those people stuck to the commitment. You may also wonder how different a parallel American film would've been.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    In addition to the interesting camera work, the documentary's undeniable appeal comes in how close Longley gets to the characters, who are all male.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 63 Marta Barber
    Yet even when the bickering diminishes the impact of the story, Wiener himself makes Fighter another interesting story to come out of World War II atrocities.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    In a cast of wonderful non-professional actors, unfortunately Osama is the weakest. But to be fair, Barmak focuses more on situations than on developing the characters.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Marta Barber
    The Wind that Shakes the Barley is a multi-layered story, and the more you see those different aspects, the more you'll enjoy the film.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Marta Barber
    Enlightening documentary.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Marta Barber
    Many questions remain purposely unanswered: Where was the father for 12 years? Why did he want to go away with the kids? What's in a box he finds hidden in the island? Yet, in a remarkable ending, the boys discover their feelings.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    Not for those with limited attention spans, though there's never a dull moment.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Marta Barber
    There's a timelessness to her character that makes her real even today. And in Devos' intense portrayal, she's a woman you admire.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    A fascinating look at events mostly unknown to outsiders.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    It is a stunning work that captures with elegance -- and touches of lyricism -- the challenge of finding the man through the artist.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    Never stops having its dark fun.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    The impact of Promises comes from the openness of the children.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Marta Barber
    Politics in Three Times is as subtle as the stories being told. The film is probably too slow, too silent and too long for most audiences. But look beyond the quietness, and you'll discover a three-gem jewel.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    The documentary also has a story to tell, and as such it builds up its drama.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Marta Barber
    Saraband portrays a sad vision of aging, yet the film is never depressing. For those inclined to search for psychological twists, the film offers plenty of Freudian situations capable of provoking lengthy discussions.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 Marta Barber
    Its candid conversations about sexuality are what places Lawrence's protagonist in a class by herself.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Marta Barber
    Results in a weightless film. Worse still, McElwee's languid tone makes his journey lack conviction.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    Junge had come to terms with her past. And even if you don't come to terms with her life, it's worthwhile knowing about it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Marta Barber
    The result is a gripping psychological thriller that, while lacking the power of "Funny Games," is still the work of a master.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Marta Barber
    A film of rare beauty, lifted by some of the best acting you may see in any film this year.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Marta Barber
    Groening doesn't judge the monks' actions, nor does he tell us much about their reasons for choosing such a life. Yet the film brings us into their lives not as an observer but almost as a fellow hermit, making you realize how hard -- or easy -- it would be to commit yourself to such a life.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    The film is art in all its visual splendor, and no matter how confusing the historic story line may be to Westerners -- and it is -- the images on screen more than compensate for the faults.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    The story is worth telling, one that begs the question: Has anything changed?
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    What strikes you the most about this well put-together film is how little you're drawn to either character or really understand where either is coming from.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    Not an ordinary film.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Marta Barber
    DiG! is raw, just as the band members themselves.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Marta Barber
    Though the film would benefit from further cuts, Machuca still manages to convey the frailty of convictions and the difficulties of growing up -- be it a child or a nation.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    A brilliant film by Lynne Ramsay.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Marta Barber
    The events in this film take place in the 1980s. Let's hope working conditions in Japan have "westernized."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    Bergman's debut feature is tender yet disturbing, sad yet at times funny.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Marta Barber
    As the sexual tension builds -- and it becomes intense, culminating in a highly suggestive knife-throwing scene more erotic than if the actors had been having explicit physical contact -- Girl takes you on a thrilling ride.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Marta Barber
    It is pretty convincing in its argument that China has every intention of destroying the culture of Tibetans.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    For all its tumult, The Clay Bird mostly concentrates on its likable characters, all acted with the kind of understatement that makes a good film better.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Marta Barber
    Sharp, witty and decidedly different.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    The film's concept is so absurd and Hamer goes about developing it with such a regimented structure that you have to believe that the filmmaker is poking fun at himself and the world he knows well.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    Secret of this 'Ballot' lies in its humor, charm and universality.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Marta Barber
    The touch of sharp and edgy storytelling has returned to French master Claude Chabrol.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    There are many nuances to My Mother's Smile, not all of them evenly told. Yet even when the conversations sound absurd, the film never fails to captivate.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Marta Barber
    This is nothing that a good episode of NYPD Blue hasn't shown myriad times.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    Takes one side, but it tries to offer hope that change can happen.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Marta Barber
    A Frenchman may have thought of the story first, but this Korean film pays tribute to the original while perfectly standing on its own.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Marta Barber
    Though far from perfect -- the film is predictable -- Satin Rouge is a refreshing view of a foreign culture.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Marta Barber
    Innocence is a gentle love story, one that touches on an issue of great sensitivity -- sexuality in old age.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    Cynics may not fall for its melodrama, but Riding Alone is good for everyone else, including children.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    The Lady and the Duke is not about the revolution. It's an intimate story of a woman's perspective during a dramatic event in world history.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Marta Barber
    Ceylan examines human relationships with an eye for details and a soul for the big picture.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Marta Barber
    Puts you on edge about what goes on behind the closed doors of the White House. Even if the case against Kissinger is not fully convincing, the documentary keeps you glued to your seat and thinking long after you've left the theater.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    There are few moments when you're not totally absorbed by the film.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Marta Barber
    You feel terribly sad and angry at May's foolishness. Yet with so many emotions at hand, The Mother never fails to engage.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Marta Barber
    Sometimes engaging, sometimes amusing and ultimately surprising.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Marta Barber
    The film has a rather charming way of convincing you that there are times to shrug off the caviar and champagne and go for a fulfilling bowl of spaghetti.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    The stories touch our sensibilities, but the documentary never sugarcoats the childrens' experiences.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    A film more psychological than passionate, more mental than emotional.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    A warm, funny, engaging film by Patricia Cardoso that realistically portrays the struggles of many first-generation American women.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    Who would have thought a German comedy could be light, charming and devoid of intellectual snobbery?
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Marta Barber
    Strong acting from Khoury saves the weak storyline.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    Brutal and devastating.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Marta Barber
    Despite its entertaining and insightful dialogue, can also be a bore.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    Ushpizin may not turn out to be as popular as Miracle on 34th Street, but if you believe that miracles can happen, it is a perfect outing during the holidays.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    In Spanish, the title of the film, El abrazo partido, translates into ''a broken embrace,'' a more fitting description of Ariel's feelings for his father.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Marta Barber
    In House of Sand, shifting sands are not a cliché; they provide the essential emotional and visual elements that make this film memorable.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Marta Barber
    This Israeli film gives us an honest look at situations we never see in the news. It may have too many flaws to be a good film, but for its content, it is a winner.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Marta Barber
    With touches of humor throughout, the gentle and peaceful film never becomes depressing or sad.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    Watching a film about an opera can never be as moving as watching the real thing in a great opera house. Musical purists may object to certain details, and film buffs may find the concept unappealing. Yet, for this film and opera lover, Jacquot's Tosca is a treat.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Marta Barber
    Unfortunately, the film is also at times dull, though the scale definitely tilts toward enjoyment. Quality balance aside, who doesn't want to enjoy a few hearty laughs? Only Human provides a few of those.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    A rather luminous movie on the power of love.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Marta Barber
    Even the graceful ending, one that lifts the film a notch, is startling. But at the very least, His Secret Life will leave you thinking.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    A fresh breath of air, warmer than the icy village in which it takes place. You'll leave the theater with a wink and a smile.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    You may be drawn to Intimacy's graphic scenes, but you'll emerge convinced there's more to life -- and the film -- than sex.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    Simple and austere, The Cuckoo also draws from the mysticism of tales of gnomes and other creatures who inhabit remote Nordic lands. It is that blend of reality with allegory that delivers the film's beauty and charm.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Marta Barber
    It is a treat to see Sharif back on the screen and Boulanger is a pleasure to watch. They make Monsieur Ibrahim better than it is.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Marta Barber
    If you like guessing games, don't miss it.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    Among the invited guests are Sarah Jessica Parker and Julia Roberts. Only one fellow designer is present: Karl Lagerfeld, the German designer settled in Paris.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Marta Barber
    Despite Fanda's shenanigans, and many are out-loud funny, Autumn Spring is not that uplifting though it isn't a downer, either. It's more an ode to friendship and marriage.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Marta Barber
    It's all very sweet, but the film goes in too many directions.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Marta Barber
    One thing that strikes you as you watch Shanghai Ghetto is how little mingling there was between the Chinese and the Jews.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    Offers a rose-colored picture of life, but one that Campanella makes ring true.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    Not the kind of documentary that will appeal to a large number of moviegoers. Yet it makes perfect sense that it will be shown on the campus of University of Miami, famous for its strong medical school.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Marta Barber
    Fast, frantic and furious, but it is not steadily funny. While not boring, it is too light to be taken seriously.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Marta Barber
    Though all actors are up to the challenge, it is the plot that makes The Inheritance shine.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Marta Barber
    The cast of renegades is as appealing as ever, and you'd only wish that the fictional folks of "Friends" or the cast of "Real World" were so free and nonjudgmental.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Marta Barber
    The Ninth Day is far from perfect, but is still thought-provoking and intriguing, a film that can begin its own kind of debate.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Marta Barber
    May not be everyone's favored bloom in the garden, but it is still a fine work on film.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    Touching.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Marta Barber
    One true gem is Daniela Piepszyk, Mauro's teen neighbor, who is a fireball and the leader of the neighborhood gang of boys. You can't take your eyes off her.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Marta Barber
    As a war drama, Zelary is as gentle and pastoral as its setting. At times, you think it's a new chapter in "The Sound of Music."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Marta Barber
    The filmmaker may not appeal to large numbers of filmgoers. But if you get his humor and delicate style, you'll enjoy his latest work.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Marta Barber
    Holds enough interest throughout to keep you entertained -- unless you're afraid of mice.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    The star is the coming together of East and West, and how art provides the medium.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Marta Barber
    Although Leconte allows for a certain warmth to run through the film, he thankfully stays away from sentimentality. Therein lays the charm.