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 1.1 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Merle Bertrand
    An unusual angle on the age-old coming of age story. Filled with solid performances by veteran actors Ivey and Raymond, as well as a captivating performance by newcomer Grace.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Merle Bertrand
    A film that's every bit as odd, unique, and unnerving as its title character.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Merle Bertrand
    There's just something maddeningly upbeat about this film's shameless hokiness. Combine that with the film's colorful art and wardrobe designs, spiffy choreography, the joy of seeing some veteran faces on screen for the first time in a while, and a soundtrack that'll make even the dead tap their toes, and Swing simply makes for some serious jump-jivin' fun.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Merle Bertrand
    The appeal of The Burial Society lays in its unusual and obscure take on an otherwise mundane tale of greed, treachery and double-cross.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Merle Bertrand
    Full of enough legitimate red meat to incense salivating Democrats who can't wait to tear into a pound of Bush's flesh in November. Yet, this film should truly frighten partisans on both sides of the aisle.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Merle Bertrand
    Director Mike Bencivenga takes what could so easily have been a trite, cliche-riddled melodrama and instead, somehow turns it into...well, a wry and moving melodrama.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Merle Bertrand
    Ultimately a rewarding -- if weird -- experience. It's just too bad that it takes so long to get there.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Merle Bertrand
    By turns infuriating, charming, wistful and annoying, Kwik Stop winds up a touching, if frustrating film.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Merle Bertrand
    Solid debut effort from Lisa Cholodenko.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Merle Bertrand
    This has the unmistakable feel of a vanity project about it, which makes it a little tough to take either Dillon or the film seriously.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Merle Bertrand
    While certainly an entertaining and intriguing film, one simply can't get past the notion that we're watching semi-famous actors pretending to be their more famous characters.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Merle Bertrand
    A musical feast for eyes and ears alike.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Merle Bertrand
    With Manito's raw portrayal of its characters and stripped-down cinematography, the undercurrent of impending tragedy is palpable.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Merle Bertrand
    Initially turns the dour field of psychiatry into an amusing, absurdist romp. Unfortunately, the further the film progresses, the more it relies on silliness and triteness for ever-less frequent laughs.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Merle Bertrand
    For nothing but pure goofy escapism, A Foreign Affair is at least worth a fling.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Merle Bertrand
    Makes for an interesting close-up on an art form whose intricacies could all too easily go unnoticed.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Merle Bertrand
    Delightfully goofy.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Merle Bertrand
    About as exciting as meatloaf.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Merle Bertrand
    Though this rude and crude film does deliver a few gut-busting laughs, its digs at modern society are all things we've seen before.

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