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

Marta Barber's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Metropolis (re-release)
Lowest review score: 25 In Praise of Love
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 3 out of 171
171 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    Never stops having its dark fun.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    The story is worth telling, one that begs the question: Has anything changed?
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    In between all the emotional seesawing, it's hard to figure the depth of these two literary figures, and even the times in which they lived. But they fascinate in their recklessness.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    Dark Blue World's warm story and beautiful photography almost hits the mark, and it has a great ending.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    A warm, funny, engaging film by Patricia Cardoso that realistically portrays the struggles of many first-generation American women.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    Under the Sun doesn't intend to be dramatic, much less melodramatic. This beautiful film just wants to capture life's simplicity.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    Some scenes drag, but Seagull's Laughter is still delightful.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    Although the unrelenting pursuit of making the Vatican listen becomes a bit tiresome, the portrayals of the two men by Tukur and Kassovitz are engaging.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    The stories touch our sensibilities, but the documentary never sugarcoats the childrens' experiences.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    Offers a rose-colored picture of life, but one that Campanella makes ring true.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    Bergman's debut feature is tender yet disturbing, sad yet at times funny.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    Medem may have disrobed most of the cast, leaving their bodies exposed, but the plot remains as guarded as a virgin with a chastity belt. That's why Sex and Lucía is so alluring.
    • Miami Herald
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    May not offer anything new, but in its well-tested premise, you can't fail to be seduced.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    But by the time you understand the meaning of its title, Sabiha Sumar's film has delivered an emotional punch.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    Takes one side, but it tries to offer hope that change can happen.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    There's something to be said about an old story given a new ending -- and making it work.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    The beauty of Huo Ji Anqi's film transcends China's lush Hunan province to focus on the peace that comes from within.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    An enchanting romantic comedy between two lost souls in the most unexpected of places.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    May disappoint those who expect a more traditional Chinese setting. But, despite its modern look, this is far from being a Western film.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    The impact of Promises comes from the openness of the children.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    This is courtroom drama at is best, especially when you listen to the sublime soundtrack.