Melissa Anderson
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For 275 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 5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Melissa Anderson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Lowest review score: 0 The Blind Side
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 92 out of 275
  2. Negative: 42 out of 275
275 movie reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    There's trouble in Paradis-and in a script that prizes frenzy over any actual feeling.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    As in the films that precede it, the mysteries--and terrors--of desire also propel Handsome Harry, which reunites Gordon with Luminous Motion's Jamey Sheridan, here in the title role.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    The film tries--and fails--to swing both ways, nostalgically glorifying its subject only to smugly revel in Levenson's ignominious demise.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    In her second film, writer-director Julie Bertuccelli, adapting Judy Pascoe's 2002 novel, "Our Father Who Art in the Tree," is sometimes partial to clumsy dialogue and scattershot pacing.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    Shameless Eisenhower-era corn.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    Making a kid "the old-fashioned way" becomes the plot engine for the second time this year - after Jennifer Westfeldt's "Friends With Kids" - in Gayby, a comedy that, much like the perfunctory p-in-the-v it depicts, gives about 30 seconds of pleasure before going limp.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 10 Melissa Anderson
    Though its structure may be whittled down in comparison with the earlier works, Biutiful is even more morbidly obese than "Babel" in terms of soggy ideas, elephantine with miserabilist humanism and redemption jibber-jabber.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    A film only Hilton Kramer could love, (Untitled) aims wide and misses.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Melissa Anderson
    Sheridan, repeatedly drawn to family sagas, including his own (2002's In America), aims for Greek tragedy but ends up with a PTSD melodrama, with Maguire able to produce slobber almost as effortlessly as Portman can summon up tears--essentially all her role calls for.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    Sharp and precise as its tableaux might be, though, Sleeping Beauty never burrows into the brain, and its tenuous provocations fizzle out quickly.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 20 Melissa Anderson
    A misguided tale of sentimental education.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    Reteaming with Silverstone, the alpha matchmaker of "Clueless," for Vamps, Heckerling uses the actress as the mouthpiece for her complaints about how dumb everyone is today. The writer-director's nostalgia feeds the laziest type of cultural critique: never piercing, just grumpy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Melissa Anderson
    Close's prosthetic makeup renders her face too immobile, a marked contrast with her unfixed accent; both highlight the pitfalls of a star's idée fixe. It's a shame, because the material - based on a novella by George Moore published in the 1927 collection Celibate Lives - deserves better.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    Mama never delivers the primal terror its premise would suggest.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    In any language, the actress (Kristin Scott Thomas) does what she can to best serve her scripts, even when they're hopelessly beneath her.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Melissa Anderson
    Its characters are all too easily determined but never specific—or memorable.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    A docudrama with a good heart but a heavy hand.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    A late-act crisis precipitated by scandalous maternity news is straight out of the Tyler Perry Academy of Plotting, and all the beseeching of the Lord sounds like little more than product placement.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Melissa Anderson
    Real, dramatic tension erupts as the strains placed on the women's relationship surface, offering a candid look at what the stresses of parenthood can do to any couple.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    In its rushed, implausible moment of reckoning, Douchebag ends up validating the frat-boy credo: Bros before hos.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Melissa Anderson
    Going below the surface, the filmmakers and the cast (including a marvelous performance by Marian Seldes as an osteoporotic doyenne) successfully create the hardest characters to pull off: exotic yet recognizable New Yorkers.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    Just as Friends With Kids compares unfavorably to Westfeldt's earlier effort, her cast members' previous projects further highlight this film's shortcomings.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    Little music from the concert itself is heard. On display instead are inane, occasionally borderline offensive portrayals of Jews, performance artists, trannies, Vietnam vets, squares, and freaks.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Melissa Anderson
    The principals, especially Ejiofor, rise above the starchiness that often hampers portrayals of recent, monumental history.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    3
    More willing suspension of disbelief - or suppression of giggles - is required.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Melissa Anderson
    A sprawling mess of multiple romantic triangles in which all the angles are obtuse.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    And yet for all of its obtuse choices, there's still something commendable, if daffy, about trying to turn the high holy father of German literature into a rock star.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    For a film about the perils of too much talk, there's quite a lot of babbling presented as profundity. The political statements in Pontypool, much like those in another recent Canadian offering, Atom Egoyan's trite terrorism hand-wringer "Adoration," seem all the less provocative for appearing several years too late--McDonald's film might have had more punch if it were released when Bluetooth first rolled out.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    Unremarkable, thinly sketched characters, many adorned with creative careers or hobbies, populate the romantic dramedy Save the Date, yet another unfocused movie about generic relationship quandaries.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    The forebear's underwritten melodrama has been supplanted by Tyler Perry–like soap operatics and much jawing about the Lord, riots in the Motor City, marriage proposals, and maternal heartbreak and disapproval.

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