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
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Marta Barber
    A good story, but its potential is never realized.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Marta Barber
    What you'll remember most are a pretty face and the hot and steamy sex scenes. That is not enough.
    • Miami Herald
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Marta Barber
    With touches of humor throughout, the gentle and peaceful film never becomes depressing or sad.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Marta Barber
    What appears to be the thrust of the story -- the unraveling of a society -- loses out to a tame, romantic triangle subplot.
    • Miami Herald
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Marta Barber
    Ultimately feels like tiny films glued together by events that often test plausibility. The idea wears thin soon, and some of the characters and their tales get lost in the unstoppable domino chain.
    • Miami Herald
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Marta Barber
    House of Fools is not in the category of the director's acclaimed "Runaway Train." It may be based on a true story, but another filmmaker told it before -- and better.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Marta Barber
    Has an elegant feel, with beautiful shots on the beach and engaging camera work. If only Philip Jayson Lasker's writing could match that.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Marta Barber
    You come out with a sense you've seen it all before.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Marta Barber
    It's all very sweet, but the film goes in too many directions.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Marta Barber
    While the story starts tying up its loose ends nicely, as the end approaches, the film turns flat. It's a disappointment.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Marta Barber
    Results in a weightless film. Worse still, McElwee's languid tone makes his journey lack conviction.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Marta Barber
    Fails to capture the anguish and struggles of an ultra-Orthodox Jew adapting to a more secular world as did Amos Gitai's Kadosh, a film this one sometimes brings to mind.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Marta Barber
    Beautiful to look at but aimless as a broken compass.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 50 Marta Barber
    If only Beau Travail had a more dramatic edge, this nicely done film wouldn't have felt so long.
    • Miami Herald
    • 21 Metascore
    • 50 Marta Barber
    May not be a work of fiction but, despite its many minutes of real footage, it is far from being a documentary. Lack of truth in advertising notwithstanding, the story of this Colombian cowboy deserved to be told.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Marta Barber
    Despite its entertaining and insightful dialogue, can also be a bore.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Marta Barber
    What is evident from the film is that there was never any chance these two peoples could make a peaceful coexistence.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Marta Barber
    One shallow film, that quickly returns to where it started: Zero.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 25 Marta Barber
    Nothing in it -- plot, dialogue or character development -- reaches today's standards of filmmaking.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 25 Marta Barber
    Not only does the fragmented delivery become trying, but also the behind-the-camera dialogue and city shots with heavy Parisian traffic numb the senses. And as beautiful as it looks, there's really nothing new coming out of the lens of the revered Godard.