Melissa Anderson
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For 276 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 4.8 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: 93 out of 276
  2. Negative: 42 out of 276
276 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    Works best when its director tamps down his impulse to enhance the performances with florid narratives, focusing on just the singer and the song.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    The growing disgust of both his family and business associates, all hazily drawn, may knock the magnate down, but it's a limp substitute for the public fury that still burns after the fall of 2008.
    • 58 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    Watching Balasko, a veteran actor-writer-director in thick-browed, frumped-up drag, sitting at her kitchen table reading Tolstoy and nibbling on dark chocolate with a cat in her lap, is one of The Hedgehog's purest delights. At the very least, it provides relief from the prating of that junior wisenheimer.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    Even with her beatific face (the actress looks like one of Parmigianino's Madonnas), Farmiga is never wholly believable as a woman shaken by a crisis of belief.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    Despite the clumsy script and a shaky acting partner, Cattani, at least, is fascinating to watch, never demanding audience sympathy.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    Even KST is left floundering as the misconceived, underwritten totem of today's amoral, power-mad executive, wearing flowing trousers and medallion necklaces not seen since Faye Dunaway demanded a meeting in "Network."
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    Too cute by half, Beware the Gonzo will appeal to the 20 people left on earth who insist on broadsheets over iPad apps and/or those bewitched by star Ezra Miller's pretty cheekbones.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    Machine Gun Preacher is the umpteenth onscreen iteration of a white savior aiding the most desperate in Africa.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    A home-invasion movie as instantly forgettable as its title, Trespass is not without disturbing images: namely, Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman as spouses.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    Constance Marks's documentary on Kevin Clash, the kind, gentle man who created the Muppet beloved by every single child in the world, rushes through the intriguing points its interviewees bring up to devote more time to banalities.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    Unlike "The Company Men," which successfully explored the moral conscience and despair of its corporate titans and middle managers, Margin Call's bids for sympathy for its most conflicted character, Spacey's Sam, fail.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    "I think their marriage was a mystery to everyone," an Eames worker notes - an observation true of every couple that you'll wish the filmmakers had explored more deeply.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    Terrified of alienating those who were raised on the originals, The Muppets panders to them instead, constantly blasting or restaging Top 40 hits from the past three-plus decades, continuing the cheap strategy that worked well on YouTube two years ago with the Muppets' cover of "Bohemian Rhapsody."
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    Produced by his youngest daughter, Gina, this profile of Harry Belafonte, foregrounding the 84-year-old actor and singer's political activism, is a moving if occasionally wearying hagiography.
    • 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!"
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    The sentiment, just like the repeated shots of Jacky lying in the fetal position in a tub, shadowboxing, and erupting into a bestial 'roid rage, typifies the film's habit of flattening an idea rather than developing it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    More an intriguing premise than a successful film, the Malmö-set Sound of Noise, about a group of "musical terrorists," quickly loses its novelty and becomes about as bold as a Swedish production of "Stomp."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    Like its title, Turn Me On, Dammit! is a jokey pseudo-provocation.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    Until the potent concluding scene, the humor and shallow profundities of We Have a Pope pivot on the cuteness of geriatrics, especially when they're spiking a volleyball in slo-mo.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    The Hunter is too many films in one.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    Americano, which Demy also wrote and stars in, is an ambivalent, occasionally touching work of homage to his parents, yet one whose clumsiness only underscores the superiority of their directly quoted films.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    Reveals itself to be a project of few interesting ideas.
    • 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
    • 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.

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