For 274 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 27% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 69% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Melissa Anderson's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Word Is Out
Lowest review score: 0 Happy Tears
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 91 out of 274
  2. Negative: 42 out of 274
274 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Melissa Anderson
    With a name that not even the PR team at Smokefree America could dream up, Victor DeNoble emerges as the hero of Charles Evans Jr.'s mostly muscular documentary on the 1990s campaign to expose Big Tobacco.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Melissa Anderson
    There are enough unexpected delights, such as repurposing "Video Killed the Radio Star" during a critical moment between Margot and Daniel, to keep us interested in their drawn-out, teasing, tantalizing courtship.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Melissa Anderson
    Spitzer, whose tireless efforts to redeem himself led to his cooperation in this doc, receives an entirely sympathetic-yet thoroughly researched-treatment from Gibney.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Melissa Anderson
    Down Terrace has frequently been appreciated as "The Sopranos meets Mike Leigh." But a more fruitful comparison might be to last year's stand-out British satire "In the Loop": In both films, verbal aggression makes for the biggest laughs and the surest signs of moral decay.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Melissa Anderson
    Like the pacing of the novel, the film, even at almost two and a half hours, moves briskly, continuously drawing us in.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Melissa Anderson
    The film is as simple, straightforward, and elegant as its title.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Melissa Anderson
    The pleasure of Jacquot's film is in watching various strains of discreet, heated, and deluded passionate attachment performed.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    Dori Berinstein's desultory, fawning profile of the nonagenarian performer devotes many of its padded 88 minutes to Channing's greatest success, playing the title yenta in "Hello, Dolly!"
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Melissa Anderson
    Those who groan that the writer-director has made another indulgent film about the obscenely privileged have overlooked Coppola's redoubtable gifts at capturing milieu, languor, and exacting details.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Melissa Anderson
    An affectionate portrait of a lower-middle-class, outer-borough clan, City Island works best as an actor's showcase, with Margulies's aggrieved, simmering wife the stand-out.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Melissa Anderson
    For many of the film's brisk 84 minutes, Fox eclipses his earlier work-and several other same-sex tragedies-by immersing us in his protagonist's quiet turmoil.
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    • 70 Melissa Anderson
    For a movement that was "fundamentally leaderless," Braderman's film gives its participants an opportunity to rightfully claim: "We thought we could change things--and, in fact, we did."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Melissa Anderson
    In equal parts mesmerizing and disorienting, Over Your Cities (the title comes from the biblical story of Lilith) plunges viewers into the earth, wind, and fire of Kiefer's massive-scale projects.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    Watching Nénette watch those who gape at her is an intriguing, multi-layered exercise of voyeurism, but one that wanes after our gaze is demanded for too long.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    No matter how many trips to Kung Fu Island our hero makes, nothing in Black Dynamite captures the exhilarating absurdity of Pam Grier hiding razors in her Afro in "Coffy"--or the loony genre experimentation in "Pootie Tang."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    Life, Above All suggests that ignorance and stigmatization are a problem only in the village, not in the highest office of government.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Melissa Anderson
    It helps that Wein's subject is such a fascinating, garrulous paradox.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    The first from the Democratic Republic of Congo to be distributed in the U.S. That in itself is worthy of some kind of celebration, even if Viva Riva! too lazily indulges in shapeless genre excess.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    Keshavarz's earnest, well-intentioned first feature on women's oppression in Iran has trouble resisting its own heavy hand.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Melissa Anderson
    Nothing tops ILYPM's Jim Carrey ... in the most gloriously raunchy, unrepentant moment in the an(n)als of Hollywood A-listers doing gay-for-pay.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    Reveals itself to be a project of few interesting ideas.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Melissa Anderson
    Though nothing here is as rousing as "The Pajama Game's" raise-baiting "Seven and a Half Cents," the always-welcome Miranda Richardson steals the film in a small role as Barbara Castle, Labour P.M.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    The Coco of Fontaine's project--which she co-wrote with her sister, Camille, freely adapting Edmonde Charles-Roux's book L'Irrégulière: ou, Mon itinéraire Chanel--can be described as courtesan before couturiere.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Melissa Anderson
    Writer-director Tanya Hamilton's striking debut is the rare recent American-independent film that goes beyond the private dramas of its protagonists, imagining them as players in broader historical moments.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Melissa Anderson
    Thankfully, Peddle's film is much more illuminating than a grad school seminar.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Melissa Anderson
    Bitton, best known for her 2004 nonfiction film "Wall," about the barrier Israel is building along its border with the occupied territories of the West Bank, questions her interviewees calmly and dispassionately (though her voice is heard, she is never seen). It's a strategy that yields damning revelations.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Melissa Anderson
    Against interpretation, Heisenberg (who is, after all, the grandson of the physicist who gave us the uncertainty principle) has nonetheless created a nimble, dynamic character study of a fiercely guarded loner on the run.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Melissa Anderson
    The force of the acting alone almost compensates for some of the more difficult (and realistic) questions about not giving birth that García willfully sidesteps.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    Weitz and screenwriter Eric Eason are unable to commit fully even to this sudsy vision, tacking on a coda that completely undermines their already timid message.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    Sentimental and pandering.