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 4.9 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: 93 out of 276
  2. Negative: 42 out of 276
276 movie reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    All the words that follow assault the ear in this unnecessary rehashing of the earthy virtues of low-paid laborers versus the stiffness of the bourgeoisie.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    Appears to have been made on a budget equivalent to the cost of a WNBA fleece hoodie. But even at that price, the first feature by Tim Chambers is profligate with sports-movie clichés.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    Nivola and Breslin sing and perform the original numbers, welcome interludes that provide respite from Rosenthal's lousy script.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    While rooting for the marine mammals (and wishing for more footage of them - and even of their animatronic incarnations), your heart will also go out to the cast, stuck even more pitiably in syrupy manufactured crises.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    Too limp and scattershot to warrant anything stronger than indifference.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    Boy
    The abundant charm of first-time actor James Rolleston, playing the 11-year-old of the title in Boy, doesn't quite save the aimless, nostalgia-woozy second feature from Taika Waititi (2007's Eagle vs. Shark).
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    Just as Friends With Kids compares unfavorably to Westfeldt's earlier effort, her cast members' previous projects further highlight this film's shortcomings.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    Ted
    It's dispiriting enough to witness Kunis still waiting for a comic lead role worthy of her. But the usually nimble Wahlberg - who at least has one great moment rattling off "white-trash girls' names" - suffers the most, playing second fiddle to a knee-high Gund knockoff.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    A film that puts too much faith in the appeal of its garrulous, aimless leads.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    Mama never delivers the primal terror its premise would suggest.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Anderson
    LUV
    Although Common and Rainey make a well-matched duo, their chemistry is frequently squandered by a script that boxes them into impossible roles in one clichéd scene after another.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Melissa Anderson
    Greenspan and Harmon's paltry song of themselves concludes with five minutes of outtakes, capping the self-love.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Melissa Anderson
    Outrageously sentimental and retrograde.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Melissa Anderson
    With all due respect to Leo Tolstoy, all unhappy film families in which someone ascends those "12 steps" are exactly alike.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Melissa Anderson
    Sheridan, repeatedly drawn to family sagas, including his own (2002's In America), aims for Greek tragedy but ends up with a PTSD melodrama, with Maguire able to produce slobber almost as effortlessly as Portman can summon up tears--essentially all her role calls for.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Melissa Anderson
    Grossly exaggerating his characters' either/or constructions, Moodysson forgoes any real ideas about the world's vast inequities, content to pummel his audience with portentous global guilt-tripping.

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