Mary Houlihan
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For 50 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 84% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 10% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mary Houlihan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 88 Frances Ha
Lowest review score: 50 Language of a Broken Heart
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 50
  2. Negative: 0 out of 50
50 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Mary Houlihan
    The Lunchbox,” Indian director Ritesh Batra’s debut, is a witty and perceptive film that reveals the hopes, sorrows and regrets of ordinary people.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Mary Houlihan
    The filmmakers behind Paddington successfully bring the lovable bear into the future and strike a balance between honoring the spirit of the original books and updating the story for today’s young audiences. This is a charming film whose underlying message of tolerance and acceptance strikes a palpable chord in today’s world — both for children and adults.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Mary Houlihan
    It is to Lelio’s credit that he steers clear of stereotypes and lets the story unfold organically without judgment or sentimentality. There is an unflinching honesty and intelligence here.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Mary Houlihan
    Filled with witty dialogue and natural performances, Frances Ha marks a return to form for Baumbach.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Mary Houlihan
    It’s a big puzzle that the filmmakers piece together in an intriguing and engrossing way.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Mary Houlihan
    Vinterberg has created a modern horror story about a man’s descent into a Kafkaesque nightmare.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Mary Houlihan
    Violet & Daisy won’t be everyone’s cup of tea... But view this as a modern comic book/fairy tale, and it’s easier to accept this saga of girls with guns and the life lessons they eventually confront.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Mary Houlihan
    A contagious enthusiasm runs through the heart of Jon Angio’s Revenge of the Mekons, a documentary that celebrates and explores the evolving ethos of the seminal British punk band The Mekons while also proving that some of rock’s most interesting stories come not from success but survival.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Mary Houlihan
    Lemmons and her cast, aided by some great music, have created an interlude sure to lift the spirit during the holiday season.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Mary Houlihan
    With Rosewater, Stewart proves he can pull back from the satirical comedy and become a thoughtful, incisive and questioning filmmaker.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Mary Houlihan
    Director Mike Newell and screenwriter David Nicholls focus on the major plot points of the well-known story. Their attempts mostly work but at times the film, despite its two-hour-plus length, feels rushed and truncated.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mary Houlihan
    It goes down like a French pastry, offering no real value but looking good and satisfying a craving for something light and airy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Mary Houlihan
    Ain’t Them Bodies Saints is a tone poem that doesn’t quite live up to its luster. It is so shrewdly perfect and solemn that the strong emotions layered throughout Bob and Ruth and Patrick’s intertwined story become lost in the film’s one-note mood.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Mary Houlihan
    The young actors shine revealing lights on their characters.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Mary Houlihan
    A surprisingly touching ending brings to fruition the idea that “all of us are connected.” Moore manages this life-affirming touch without being preachy and by simply melding unusual old folktales into a new story filled with visually stunning images sure to captivate children of all ages.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Mary Houlihan
    Tucci and Eve play well off each other, especially when they are slinging ugly revelations back and forth.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Mary Houlihan
    Scott keeps the story from becoming cloying and sentimental. He is aided by smart, low-key work from his cast, especially Huard, who easily embodies the persona of an adult slacker, instilling him with a warm charm.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Mary Houlihan
    Hellaware doesn’t really have anything new to say about its art world subject... But Bilandic does perfectly capture the laid-back style of the twentysomethings (the lead actors all do fine work) and manages to present a fresh story of callow youth caught up in their own American odyssey.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Mary Houlihan
    Appealing performances and a not always predictable storyline help elevate Pulling Strings above the run-of-the-mill rom-com.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Mary Houlihan
    In its best moments it travels into the heart of darkness with “Richard III” and brings to life the unique, all-involving heartbeat of theater performed before a live audience.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mary Houlihan
    In his dynamic and revealing documentary Finding Fela!, director Alex Gibney captures the many sides of Afrobeat king Fela Kuti, a complex character who is at once inspiring and vexing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Mary Houlihan
    A cast of mostly first-time actors shade the film with a touching realism. Bakri offers a masterful performance, portraying Omar as kind and easygoing while also tamping down those traits in an atmosphere of suspicion and betrayal.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Mary Houlihan
    It’s the beautiful and breathtaking animation that gives The Tale of the Princess Kaguya a luster that is both simple and sophisticated. Once again the visionary Takahata and Studio Ghibli prove that great animation is not just for kids, but can be universal in its reach.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mary Houlihan
    This is not an in-your-face thriller but rather a measured film ripe with suspense that never lets up.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Mary Houlihan
    A perfectly cast film that depicts a moody world of jazz musicians, drugs and self-destruction.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Mary Houlihan
    The Boxtrolls has a rich, edgy texture that makes it stand out from other animated films.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Mary Houlihan
    Edmands avoids the in-your-face emotional punch that most filmmakers would employ (police, lawsuits, confrontation) and instead opts for a more delicate, observational pacing, creating a set of vignettes that give a stark glimpse into these disrupted lives.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Mary Houlihan
    There’s nothing offensive in the relentlessly upbeat Tio Papi. It’s just all so polite and saccharine. Life lessons are learned every few minutes, and the ending is telegraphed from the beginning.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Mary Houlihan
    No God, No Master has an authentic period feel. But Green is focused on so many historical figures and potential storylines that the film feels rushed and, at times, confusing.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 63 Mary Houlihan
    Yes, it’s another sports movie about underdogs reaching for the stars and winning, but what makes it unique is Starks’ interesting story and the fact that it’s about golf.

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