Melissa Anderson

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For 309 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 29% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 67% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Melissa Anderson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Stranger by the Lake
Lowest review score: 0 The Blind Side
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 49 out of 309
309 movie reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Melissa Anderson
    The played-out scenarios in Olnek's first feature, such as Jane's sessions with her therapist, are soon outnumbered by inspired silliness, like tears shed over a revolving dessert tray in a diner.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Melissa Anderson
    Rejuvenating the romantic comedy through its unusual premise — in which training for an elite army unit releases a flood of pheromones — Cailley's film is also buoyed by its enormously appealing leads, Kévin Azaïs and Adèle Haenel.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Melissa Anderson
    Never a banal depiction of dysfunctional group dynamics, Stinking Heaven, which was shaped, as in Silver's previous work, largely through improvisation, remains consistently absorbing.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Melissa Anderson
    The beloved Kiwi duo, who frequently perform as a rotating cast of corny alter egos, can charm even the crankiest viewers, thanks to their soaring, clarion harmonies and cuddly-butch personas.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    Occasionally diverting but ultimately forgettable, My One and Only will become unforgivable if it inspires other former competitors from "Dancing With the Stars" to go in search of lost time.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Melissa Anderson
    Aided by an excellent ensemble cast, director Xavier Durringer and his co-scripter, Patrick Rotman, don't refrain from showing this truly repellent side of Sarko during his rise from minister of justice in 2002 to the highest elected office.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    Ted
    It's dispiriting enough to witness Kunis still waiting for a comic lead role worthy of her. But the usually nimble Wahlberg - who at least has one great moment rattling off "white-trash girls' names" - suffers the most, playing second fiddle to a knee-high Gund knockoff.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Melissa Anderson
    If director James Watkins's second film is about as scary as the haunted house your big cousins made in the basement, Radcliffe, as widowed lawyer Arthur Kipps, at least gives a moving portrayal of grief.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    There is exactly one unexpected moment in the otherwise drearily predictable The Five-Year Engagement that, though little more than a throwaway line, at least adds a bit of political reality to puncture Nicholas Stoller's limp, hermetic comedy of deferred nuptials.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    A film that puts too much faith in the appeal of its garrulous, aimless leads.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    The pathetic attempts at outré, taboo-busting humor as sociopolitical commentary can't disguise what this film really is: a mawkish, MOR comedy of manners that even its straw man Nicolas Sarkozy would find suitable for date night.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    While rooting for the marine mammals (and wishing for more footage of them - and even of their animatronic incarnations), your heart will also go out to the cast, stuck even more pitiably in syrupy manufactured crises.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    In all fairness, Swank's unsubtle performance is often an extension of the bluntly dumb lines she and other cast members must deliver.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Melissa Anderson
    10 Years is an uncommonly magnanimous project, kind not only to its stumbling characters but also to audiences tired of films pruned of unruly emotions.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Melissa Anderson
    Polytechnique smartly exposes the spectrum of misogyny without overplaying the connection between the two incidents. Which makes the concluding flash-forward scene all the more disappointing: Designed to give hope, it comes off as an emotional sop instead.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    Like the first two Millennium movies, this final installment feels thoughtlessly put together, its script unpruned and rushed through, all to capitalize on the staggering worldwide popularity of its dead author.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Melissa Anderson
    When isn't it a good time to show a movie tracing the development of a kind, charismatic yellow Labrador retriever from frolicsome puppy to devoted seeing-eye companion to weary senior?
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    Straining for "teachable moments," the film has one noteworthy, unintentional function: to remind us that though LGBT rights are continually evolving, the laws of kitsch remain immutable.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    Beyond fans of Mélanie Laurent--who furiously fingers a fiddle and wears flashback wigs--The Concert may appeal to those who delight in stereotypes.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    Dutifully follows the template of scores of movies about the Shoah: wringing from atrocity the most unseemly sentimentality.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    That so many of the colossal yokel's mental states are literalized, as when the screen fills with thousands of rats while Margueritte reads Camus's "The Plague" aloud to her new pal, typifies the movie's antipathy to nuance.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Melissa Anderson
    HGBP too often relies on caricature.... Yet Cone, who is bighearted toward but not uncritical of his Bible-thumping characters, has a keen sense of seemingly incongruous details.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    A comedy of manners in need of Ritalin.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 30 Melissa Anderson
    Binoche's hushed histrionics, though, are of a piece with the fruity portentousness of L'Attesa.

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