Melissa Anderson

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For 335 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 28% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 69% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Melissa Anderson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Stranger by the Lake
Lowest review score: 0 Another Happy Day
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 53 out of 335
335 movie reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    More accurately titled "Vidal Sassoon: The Slavering Advertorial," Craig Teper's obsequious documentary on the stylist who popularized geometric haircuts in the '60s is in desperate need of shaping and trimming itself.
    • 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
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    It's about as exciting as watching David Blaine play Stratego and makes you miss the power of the first four films all the more: the uncontainable yearning of the Bella-Edward-Jacob triangle.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    Tellingly, it's not the queers, but a cop--Seymour Pine, the 90-year-old retired NYPD morals inspector who led the raid on the Stonewall Inn--who gets the last word.
    • 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."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    Ben Wheatley's muddled adaptation of the dystopian 1975 novel High-Rise — one of many Ballard books that examine the pathologizing effects of modern technology and convenience — suffers from being both too literal and too obtuse in its alterations.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    In its rushed, implausible moment of reckoning, Douchebag ends up validating the frat-boy credo: Bros before hos.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    Eva Hesse relies too heavily on ventriloquism to recapitulate the high and low points of the artist
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    Once the second act begins with a title card announcing "The Last 3 Months"-the amount of time John spends cooking up labyrinthine plans to spring Lara-Haggis's film becomes interminably nonsensical.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    A comedy of manners in need of Ritalin.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    Ozon's fractured-working-class-family magical realism, liberally adapted from Rose Tremain's short story, "Moth," works best in specific moments.
    • 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
    No matter how many trips to Kung Fu Island our hero makes, nothing in Black Dynamite captures the exhilarating absurdity of Pam Grier hiding razors in her Afro in "Coffy"--or the loony genre experimentation in "Pootie Tang."
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    Joy
    Russell enthusiasts — and I consider myself one — often applaud the director's abiding interest in the messiness of his characters' lives, most vividly on display in American Hustle, a movie animated by flamboyant dissemblers and depressives. But the disorder found in Joy is a reflection not of any quicksilver dynamics among the actors but of the odd tonal shifts in the film itself.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    Bell, unlike Katherine Heigl and Sandra Bullock, who executive-produced their big-screen debasements of 2009, brings enough effervescence to the film that she's able to spark believable chemistry with a usual dud like Josh Duhamel.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    The brothers' latest also has a certain buoyancy...The fizziness, though, proves fleeting, and Hail, Caesar! too often goes flat.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    These horrors, and the absorbing performances of Watts and McGregor, will soon be undermined by a surfeit of sentiment.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    Despite From Afar's lumbering solemnity, Castro, a Chilean actor best known for his collaborations with compatriot Pablo Larraín, proves ever supple.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Anderson
    A clumsy spoof of Hollywood, EP always roots for its hapless heroine. But where this trifle fascinates most is in its connections to David Lynch's masterpiece.
    • 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.

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