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 9.9 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
    • 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
    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
    The story is worth telling, one that begs the question: Has anything changed?
    • 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
    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.
    • Miami Herald
    • 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.
    • Miami Herald
    • 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
    • 88 Marta Barber
    Sharp, witty and decidedly different.
    • 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
    • 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.