Melissa Anderson
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For 279 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: 55
Lowest review score: 0 Another Happy Day
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 96 out of 279
  2. Negative: 42 out of 279
279 movie reviews
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    An earnest, if inert, civil rights docudrama clearly shot on the cheap (many of the wigs appear to have been borrowed from the Black Dynamite set).
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Melissa Anderson
    "There's a midget in the oven!" is about as inspired as the dialogue and set pieces get in this queasy-making entertainment.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    Levine, previously a writer for "Nip/Tuck," sets the bar low, content to work within the shopworn crises, lazy epiphanies, and eye-rolling moments of redemption that have become standard formula in Amerindie family dramedies of the past 20 years.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Melissa Anderson
    It's heartbreaking to see Lathan, an underemployed actress whose talents were last put to good use in 2006's "Something Else," in such a ridiculous, impossible role.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    As subtle as a face-punch, La Mission nobly continues a necessary conversation about homophobia, but paves the way to hell with its own good intentions.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    Too limp and scattershot to warrant anything stronger than indifference.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 0 Melissa Anderson
    Hoping to distract us from the zero ideas found in his film, Levinson demands that his cast act loudly and unbearably, a task for which Demi Moore, as the second wife of Ellen's first husband, is perfectly suited.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    Unconvincing, flawed matriarch Mendes and junior showboat Ramirez appear to be acting in entirely different movies.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    An incompetently structured film that pits hippies against squares with the usual wearying results.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    Speaking of camp, the diva battle teased in the trailer for Joyful Noise between its two stars, Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton, flatlines, as do most of the movie's jokes.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    Tsukerman is not interested in disproving or discounting theories, but merely assembling them.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    L!fe Happens is a blonde-brunette buddy comedy with a charmless cast (Rachel Bilson plays the third roomie, a Christian virgin) and banter as flat as Deena's favorite no-strings imperative, "Bone and bolt."
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    Forget "Son of Brazil": This syrupy origin story/biopic on the nation's beloved reformist president, whose second term ended in 2010, should be titled Mama's Boy.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Melissa Anderson
    The biggest surprise here is Tatum, whose butch reticence has never been put to better use: His saddest farewell isn’t to his lady, but to a man even more uncommunicative than he is.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    Impersonally directed by cinéma du look pioneer Luc Besson, The Lady was written by first-timer Rebecca Frayn, whose script has all the elegance and nuance of Google Translate.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    Awkwardly mixes blue material with sob stories.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    Machine Gun Preacher is the umpteenth onscreen iteration of a white savior aiding the most desperate in Africa.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 20 Melissa Anderson
    Spread becomes a sloggy, tepid comeuppance tale.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    In Davis's case, marveling at yet another fine performance doesn't stop you from wishing that her first leading role was in a worthier vehicle
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    The film is endurable owing solely to Johnson, a veteran of bad kids' movies whose sense of when to dial up the charm in such a generic, soulless entertainment remains impeccable.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    A typically bombastic lives-of-the-artists production made even more stilted by having all the actors (including the Spanish ones) speak accented English.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    The handsome pooch is also the only appealing aspect of the latest tale of privileged boomer pulse-taking from Lawrence Kasdan.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 10 Melissa Anderson
    A sloppy, desultory, depressive buddy comedy the color of beer-infused pee.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Melissa Anderson
    Like Amélie's scrubbed-up "City of Lights," Paris 36 is an antiseptic arthouse trifle, so eager to soothe that it only numbs.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Melissa Anderson
    Likably stoopid, the latest from comedy troupe Broken Lizard (Super Troopers, Beerfest) mines plenty of jokes from eating out and being served.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    The sanitized moppets in the new Fame sing the body generic.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    Though the redemption/coming-of-age narrative is highly predictable-with Glover appearing intermittently only to dispense bromides-Clarkson, at least, remains reliable.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 Melissa Anderson
    Plays like both a supremely outmoded chick-lit adaptation and an outrageously obscene gesture as the economy continues to swallow up livelihoods, homes, and hope.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Melissa Anderson
    Screeches and scrambles from scene to scene with manic sitcom energy, much like the cherished pet hamster of one of its characters.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Melissa Anderson
    She is also played by Sarah Jessica Parker, a performer so aggressively determined to make us like her that no work-life conflicts in the film ever gain any traction; we're too distracted by the actress's manic tics (the head tilts, the popping of the wounded-deer eyes) to notice any real adversity.

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