Melissa Levine
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For 52 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Melissa Levine's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 90 The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
Lowest review score: 30 Rent
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 52
  2. Negative: 1 out of 52
52 movie reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Melissa Levine
    Schreiber's edits gut the story of its power and punch. His film is strong on comedy and farce, enjoyable as a quirky-friendship gag, but it fails in its attempt at tragedy.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Melissa Levine
    Its smarmy resolution just doesn't work; the lessons learned are a bit too medicinal. But we're willing to forgive, since it's otherwise a good-natured and enjoyable ride.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Melissa Levine
    One of the most schizoid films in recent memory. It opens with crystalline originality, a shimmering comedy with meticulous timing and sharply drawn characters. Then it careens carelessly into syrup. How could he (Martin) not have noticed?
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Melissa Levine
    It's facile, predictable, and contrived, but there's still something winning about this multicultural drama from South Africa.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Melissa Levine
    Wacky, hodgepodge and decidedly homemade, CSA nevertheless is worth seeing. Sure, it veers off into nonsense, and there are times when the film loses its center. But the premise, the passion and the scathing political commentary ultimately keep CSA afloat.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Levine
    A clunky, obvious film, it makes the mistake of asking drama to do what documentary should.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Levine
    It's merely all right--very high-concept and on its way to interesting, but never there.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Levine
    Part of the reason that it doesn't quite succeed is that these messages are so tried and true.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Levine
    The film is beautifully shot and well-acted, but, like the book, it never achieves anything like the import of the stories that inspired it. Balzac is even a little dull, especially toward the end.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Levine
    Again, Lohman's lack of power--and passion--saps the story of its life. It's a shame, because a bold performance would have given Firth and Bacon even more to work with, and the relationships between and among the members of that ménage à trois could have really begun to zing.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Levine
    This is inelegant storytelling, and it almost entirely cancels out what's good about the film: Max Minghella, for one thing. The son of director Anthony, he gives a very fresh performance, popping with energy that the other characters seem to drain.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Levine
    If you're going to fall for this movie, you're going to have to buy not only the idea that adultery is excusable if you're "following your heart," but also that following your heart amounts to falling in love at first sight, a formulation that seems adolescent at best.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Levine
    However you slice it, Bleep remains a work of naive invention and wannabe spirituality.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Levine
    The trouble with 12 and Holding, which pits four young protagonists in intertwining battles for spiritual (and, well, literal) survival, is that it's just too much.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Levine
    It's a slow and laborious persona piece.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Levine
    At first, Ma Mère is shocking and even alluring, but it doesn't take long for the conceit to wear thin, especially since the characters so rarely act as recognizable humans.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Levine
    5x2
    For anyone who believes in the gorgeously messy truth of French social drama, it's a grave disappointment.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Levine
    A film that aspires to join the company of its predecessors--smart, funny satires that skewered the hypocrisy and cruelty of high school life. But it won't. For starters, Pretty Persuasion commits a fatal error: It forgets to side with the students.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Levine
    The film congeals from dripping sentimentality into emulsified schmaltz when it brings in the actual Ryan family, all 10 children (now in their fifties and sixties), for a final scene. The intentions are clearly honorable, and we certainly wish these people well, but this isn't a memorial service, it's a movie.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Levine
    Has its heart in the right place, but its head seems to be lost in a swirling maelstrom of teen movies that have come before.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Melissa Levine
    The title pretty much says it all: syrupy romantic comedy dripping with unearned sentiment.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Melissa Levine
    Rent plays as a very long joke with no punch line, an exercise in mawkish sentimentality that's embarrassing to watch. Kudos to the actors for truly committing to their roles, but with this material, it might have been better if they hadn't.