Merle Bertrand
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For 91 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Merle Bertrand's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 90 American Splendor
Lowest review score: 20 Wing Commander: Space Will Never Be the Same
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 91
  2. Negative: 4 out of 91
91 movie reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Merle Bertrand
    One of the most wildly original, dryly comical, and smartly structured films ever created.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Merle Bertrand
    A touching and almost ridiculously inspirational story for all of us.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Merle Bertrand
    A heartwarming, cleansing film that's simply good for the soul.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Merle Bertrand
    War is chaos and confusion even under the best of circumstances, of which this current fiasco clearly ain’t. The Prisoner… underscores this fact, as well as muddying up the waters on such commonly accepted platitudes as "Support the Troops."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Merle Bertrand
    When done well, they are scintillating cinematic brain teasers, and Timecrimes is one of the best time travel films to come along in, er, quite some time.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 80 Merle Bertrand
    Not only does this film have the coolest title ever, but this bittersweet, multi-layered comparison of life's realities versus life's potential is as compelling as it is deeply resonant.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Merle Bertrand
    ZigZag rests heavily on Jones III's sensational turn as the lead character. Capable of drawing empathy without pity from an audience, his ZigZag is the unlikely constant in a world swirling with change and intrigue.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Merle Bertrand
    A powerful no-frills drama. It's a film that never flinches from its colorful, if sometimes cruel namesake neighborhood and the people who populate it.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Merle Bertrand
    Would that we could extract the essence of this utterly enjoyable film and distill its creativity, intelligence and originality into a serum which we could then inject into all the tapped-out Hollywood screenwriters and directors out there.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Merle Bertrand
    This soothing, elegantly-crafted film is such a marvelous piece of work.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Merle Bertrand
    Just a plain old fun movie.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Merle Bertrand
    This well made, slightly cornball and riotously comical romantic comedy not only extols the old fashioned American dream, but charmingly celebrates the virtues of the great American melting pot as well.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Merle Bertrand
    Haunting and chilling, yet biting black tragi-comedy.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Merle Bertrand
    If you liked "Magnolia," you'll also like Mind the Gap.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 80 Merle Bertrand
    While Intoxicating is far from a perfect film, it is nonetheless a highly effective -- and affecting -- clash of two fiercely independent talents, Kirk Harris and Mark David.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Merle Bertrand
    Brilliantly scripted and full of a virtual Who's Who of familiar faces, The Big Lebowski is yet another golden hunk of totally unique celluloid from the versatile Brothers Cohen.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 80 Merle Bertrand
    Romantic comedies have become something of a tired staple in indie filmmaking, these days. Yet, odd as it may seem, it's the unlikely interracial geriatric chops on display in The Annihilation of Fish that breathe new life into the genre.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 80 Merle Bertrand
    Both Democrats and Republicans take it on the chin here, although the left-leaning bias is obvious.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Merle Bertrand
    A gripping example of "You Are There," on the spot journalism, even if it is a little slim when it comes to motives and back stories.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 80 Merle Bertrand
    Gleaming like a well-polished magic lamp on a vibrant Persian rug, The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam showcases Arabian/Muslim culture at its best and brightest.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Merle Bertrand
    The greatest accomplishment of Occupation: Dreamland is showing those of us on the home front that it really is possible, Republican howling to the contrary aside, to support our troops without supporting the war itself.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Merle Bertrand
    If the fascinating, if disconcerting Our Brand Is Crisis teaches us one thing, it's that consultants, handlers, lawyers, and middlemen can always find a job.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Merle Bertrand
    Yes, there is a very palpable lesbian erotic undercurrent pervading this film. However, the reason it's so palpable is because it's so subtly and deftly handled...AND it's only one thread of the film's storyline.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Merle Bertrand
    Unlikely but winning farce.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Merle Bertrand
    An intensely moving and oftentimes haunting film; a compelling look at the unique life paths of three totally different women.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Merle Bertrand
    Ultimately a rewarding -- if weird -- experience. It's just too bad that it takes so long to get there.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Merle Bertrand
    Highly entertaining film.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Merle Bertrand
    One of those films where, even though you're pretty sure you know where it's going, it's still fun to get there.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Merle Bertrand
    An unusual tale about an often over-glorified era from our past, The Scoundrel's Wife exposes wartime America's sordid small town underbelly in a captivating, even entertaining manner.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Merle Bertrand
    A rare high school dramedy with some heft to it. Smartly photographed and edited, it manages to walk the difficult tightrope strung between the typically loopy coming of age film and a simmering disaster in the making.