Merle Bertrand

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For 91 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.3 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Merle Bertrand
    An amazingly powerful piece of cinema. Actually, it's more an amazingly powerful piece of news journalism; the kind of in-depth stories told in all their complexity that such fluff American network "news" magazines as "Dateline" could only dream about telling.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Merle Bertrand
    The film reveals a man whose wiry build, relentless passion, fearless guile, and bravery made him a beloved human rights activist in his strife-ridden country.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Merle Bertrand
    This soothing, elegantly-crafted film is such a marvelous piece of work.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Merle Bertrand
    Draws an unspoken parallel with, of all things, beauty pageants, complete with unnaturally driven kids and nervously supportive parents desperately trying not to appear too pushy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Merle Bertrand
    Definitely designed to tug on its audience's heartstrings, a task at which it completely succeeds, In America is ultimately a solid, if unspectacular family film.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Merle Bertrand
    Solid debut effort from Lisa Cholodenko.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Merle Bertrand
    Just a plain old fun movie.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Merle Bertrand
    Believe it or not, most of the empathy here is with Wand Jean's legal team. Yes, the lawyers.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Merle Bertrand
    With Manito's raw portrayal of its characters and stripped-down cinematography, the undercurrent of impending tragedy is palpable.
    • 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.
    • 71 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Merle Bertrand
    A black comedy that nonetheless manages to tap into the sense of alienation and unfocused rage so prevalent in today's kids.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Merle Bertrand
    By turns chilling, depressing, yet guardedly optimistic documentary.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Merle Bertrand
    Has the intangible and distinctive feel of a movie from a different era. Which just adds to this fine film's mystique, providing yet another reason why The Cooler hits the jackpot.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Merle Bertrand
    Not enough to hold the audience's interest, especially with such shallow simpletons as these two women in the leads.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Merle Bertrand
    The best thing about The Slaughter Rule -- is that the film refuses to succumb to the temptation of a glorious Hollywood feel-good happy ending.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Merle Bertrand
    Makes a good chick flick for guys who want to appear artsy by taking their date to a foreign language film. Just remember: front row...and don't forget the aspirin.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Merle Bertrand
    What might just be this film's greatest strength is how it shows that no matter how "different" we might appear to be on the outside, what's on the inside is what provides our common bonds.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Merle Bertrand
    A musical feast for eyes and ears alike.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Merle Bertrand
    Secretary, like the type of relationship it explores, is not for everybody. But it does what good films do best; that is to provoke us, push our buttons, make us think and maybe even entertain us in the process.

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