Melissa Anderson
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For 280 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 28% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 68% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Melissa Anderson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974)
Lowest review score: 0 The Blind Side
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 97 out of 280
  2. Negative: 42 out of 280
280 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Melissa Anderson
    Whether or not James Longley's boldly stylized reportage breaches public indifference, its enduring value is assured: When the war is long gone, this deft construction will persist in relevance, if not for what it says about the mess we once made, then as a model of canny cinematic construction.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Melissa Anderson
    Though The Sleeping Beauty ends ambiguously, it remains consistent with the logic that Breillat has laid out: A girl's childhood and adolescence are often culturally sanctioned confinements. But the prisoners aren't always victims; the jails can be escaped through the courage to "go alone into the world."
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Melissa Anderson
    Wintour's arctic imperiousness has a way of creating the most masochistic deference, a dynamic that R.J Cutler superficially explores--and becomes prone to--in his documentary The September Issue.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Melissa Anderson
    What's riveting and attention grabbing in Jarecki's recapitulations of failed policy are some of the talking heads he has assembled, including "The Wire" creator David Simon and historian Richard Lawrence Miller.
    • 64 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.
    • 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.
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    • 70 Melissa Anderson
    The definitive postcolonial cult-movie musical.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Melissa Anderson
    Crucially, the variety of interviewees in Hubbard's doc - men and women of different races and classes - underscores just how diverse ACT UP was in its heyday.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Melissa Anderson
    The film courageously shows its reprobate hero sliding further, not redeeming himself.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Melissa Anderson
    A collection of "small great stories," in the words of its unobtrusive narrator, Pietro Marcello's singular doc/fiction hybrid salutes the crumbling grandeur of the northern Italian seaport Genoa.
    • 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.
    • 65 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Melissa Anderson
    A pleasing, often rousing movie for the 99 percent, In Time is not without flaws.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Melissa Anderson
    Though hewing to a too-conventional structure, Bowser's film is densely researched enough to yield insights not just into its overlooked subject, but also into his overly analyzed era.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Melissa Anderson
    An unadorned, unsentimental portrait of a marriage, Yi Seung-jun's documentary Planet of Snail celebrates the daily life of an exceptionally collaborative couple.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Melissa Anderson
    In trying through incessant narration to make a six-year-old a prolix sage, Zeitlin can't avoid falling into sticky sentimentality.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Melissa Anderson
    Bestiaire is, most profoundly, about the dynamics of looking, an exercise in studying gazes that are either unidirectional or, superficially, at least, reciprocated.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Melissa Anderson
    An affectionate look at a self-destructing maniac and his supporters that bluntly reveals Liebling's total abjection without mocking him.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Melissa Anderson
    It helps that Wein's subject is such a fascinating, garrulous paradox.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Melissa Anderson
    Admirably, and gently, raises questions about the folly and hubris of a relationship that may only ever be one-sided.
    • 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?
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Melissa Anderson
    The film is as simple, straightforward, and elegant as its title.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Melissa Anderson
    Often drolly, coolly morbid, Post Mortem also operates just as effectively in a more nakedly direct register.

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