Michael Dequina

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For 109 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Dequina's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 90 Solaris
Lowest review score: 10 A Walk to Remember
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 109
  2. Negative: 21 out of 109
109 movie reviews
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Dequina
    Washes away whatever unique filmmaking personality Franklin has.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Dequina
    While the audience has its laughs along the way, the violent tension of war often threatens to erupt, and slowly, subtly gathering force is the film's emotional weight, which is potently felt by the film's indelible (if not exactly unexpected) concluding image.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Dequina
    Bit of melodramatic grandstanding that it is -- is made irrelevant by Washington's volcanic energy and fierce conviction.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Dequina
    Will warm your heart without making you feel guilty about it.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 10 Michael Dequina
    Just when you think it could not get more ridiculous, Hall, Lanier, and Miss Mariah go that extra mile.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Dequina
    Not a good film. In fact, it's a rather bad example of that already barrel-bottom-scraping genre, the teenybopper romantic comedy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Dequina
    A glacially-paced disease-of-the-week movie blown up to big screen size.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Dequina
    Basically more of the same, and depending on who you are, that's either an encouraging statement or a warning.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Dequina
    Bad movies are easy to make, but as this overheated and self-defeating propaganda piece shows, it takes a genuinely talented group of people to come up with the most astonishing botch jobs.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Dequina
    August so firmly establishes characters of Martin and Barbara and their relationship, so when the disease does enter the picture, the film does not suddenly become about that; the focus clearly remains on the effect it takes on the people.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Dequina
    Lahti's feature directorial debut plays like a watered-down variation ("Ghost World") -- that is, until the final third, when the film not only deviates but flat out derails.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 10 Michael Dequina
    A monstrosity of a movie that I am all too eager to forget.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Dequina
    It makes no sense, but then again neither does much of anything in The Country Bears.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Dequina
    Less Bond than simply boring, a tedious and overdirected race-against-time drama with a few espionage elements thrown in.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Dequina
    The film tells an engaging swashbuckler on its own terms, and that's what director Kevin Reynolds has done with this old-fashioned romp of revenge.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 10 Michael Dequina
    If you want laughs, just about every other comedy playing right now is good for one giggle, which is more than you'll get here. Just don't waste your time or money on Out Cold.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Dequina
    The much-publicized decision to go "younger and sexier" with the casting--a move that turns out to pay off handsomely, enhancing and enriching the material.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Dequina
    Truly Madly Deeply is a truly, madly, deeply romantic film, and Stevenson and Rickman have a natural rapport. What distinguishes the film more than that is the uncommon intelligence with which Minghella approaches this fanciful situation.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Dequina
    Sublimely silly and genuinely sweet film.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Dequina
    Ultimately comes off as so restrained as to be detached and almost as chilly as LaBute's darker films -- not exactly what one would want from a story about a love so strong that it echoes through the ages.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Dequina
    Were it not for the presence of higher-level acting talent, A Rumor of Angels would have been a banal TV movie.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 10 Michael Dequina
    More criminal than the lack of inspiration in Return to Never Land is the absence of a sense of magic.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 10 Michael Dequina
    Much too aggressively juvenile crass.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Dequina
    With its simplistic, didactic approach, the presence of a top-flight ensemble is the only thing separating John Q from your average TV movie of the week.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Dequina
    Not that there isn't a story at work here; there indeed is, but only just enough to sustain the action.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Dequina
    A passive film, playing it quiet and safe, hoping that the viewer will extend some good will towards it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Dequina
    It's an entirely different animal from Tarkovsky's hypnotic but opaque take, and it's an entirely different animal from most studio product in general -- Soderbergh's Solaris is a gorgeous and deceptively minimalist cinematic tone poem.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Dequina
    Bratt's fast-talking, all-attitude interpretation is showboating without soul -- which can be said of the entire movie.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Dequina
    A faithful translation of the character and one of his more memorable tales on the page; it satisfies as an adventure and as a more intimate story.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Dequina
    A friend called Fred Schepisi's ensemble drama "a crusty old white man's 'Joy Luck Club'" -- an assessment that isn't without some kernel of truth.

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