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
Lowest review score: 0 Another Happy Day
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 97 out of 280
  2. Negative: 42 out of 280
280 movie reviews
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    Machine Gun Preacher is the umpteenth onscreen iteration of a white savior aiding the most desperate in Africa.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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!"
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    Though calling out the abominable oppression of women, even in a vehicle as didactic as Bliss, serves at least some redeemable purpose.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    Awkwardly mixes blue material with sob stories.
    • 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."
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    The zippy screwball energy - and fantastic roster of cameos - that mitigated the fratty humor of Broken Lizard's last movie, the restaurant send-up "The Slammin' Salmon," is missing here, resulting in generic, feeble laffs and an ending as sticky as the pilfered substance.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    Life, Above All suggests that ignorance and stigmatization are a problem only in the village, not in the highest office of government.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    This Down Under noir confuses incoherent body pileups with "twists."
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    Tautou, playing workaholic widow Nathalie in Delicacy, gives off a sexless, cutie-pie charm - not as aggressively as she did in "Amélie," but still gratingly. The actress, therefore, is perfect for this dainty, inconsequential romantic dramedy.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    Crafted not to give the slightest offense, The Art of Getting By makes the great - and even the mediocre - teen movies of 30 years ago, like "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," "Fame," and "Foxes," look even more radical in comparison, with their depiction of obnoxious, horny, property-destroying teens.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    Dedicated follower of fashion Matt Tyrnauer crafts the slick, superficial portrait that you might expect from a Vanity Fair special correspondent.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    An incompetently structured film that pits hippies against squares with the usual wearying results.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    Frears and Hampton's missteps begin immediately, with the director providing pinched narration as he recounts, over so many cartes de visite, the histories of other famous ladies who made a handsome living on their backs.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    A film that puts too much faith in the appeal of its garrulous, aimless leads.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    3
    More willing suspension of disbelief - or suppression of giggles - is required.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    Enduring a day-long session of couples' therapy is more fun (and flies by faster) than this film.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    Denied the opportunity to see Candy at her best, simultaneously mocking and paying homage to golden-age glamour, viewers instead get too much of Jeremiah Newton, a close friend of the actress's and guardian of her papers, personal effects, and ashes (and one of Beautiful Darling's producers).
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    Blunt, loud, and showboaty, Illegal suffers even more when compared with another recent Liège-set film about the horrors faced by paperless immigrants: the Dardennes' "Lorna's Silence."

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