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 8.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Dequina's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 90 Spider-Man
Lowest review score: 10 Return to Never Land
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 109
  2. Negative: 21 out of 109
109 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Dequina
    Just about the truest and most satisfying screen adaptation most anyone could have ever hoped for.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Dequina
    Soderbergh's film will be remembered less for the (inspired) star casting than for being one expertly made piece of pure, unpretentious popcorn entertainment.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Dequina
    Sophomoric silliness.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Dequina
    Brosnan's best mission as Bond yet, and the most satisfying installment of the franchise in recent memory.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Dequina
    The film is filled with extraordinary characters and equally extraordinary circumstances that Hollywood could craft no better in any feature script.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Dequina
    While never sacrificing any of the hard-knock authenticity and specificity of his characters and their milieu, Brewer has crafted a deeply felt film.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Dequina
    What ultimately comes through is an undeniably imaginative work that is a glorious testament to the limitless and largely untapped possibilities of cinema.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Dequina
    Confirms that despite all the technical tools at their disposal, one thing counts head and shoulders above razzle-dazzle eye candy (or anything else, for that matter): the story and characters, and Monsters, Inc. introduces worthy additions to the Pixar pantheon.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Dequina
    Love it or hate it for its content, one must concede that it is nothing short of a technical marvel.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Dequina
    Bit of melodramatic grandstanding that it is -- is made irrelevant by Washington's volcanic energy and fierce conviction.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Dequina
    Berry delivers an extraordinary performance that will startle even her most faithful fans.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Dequina
    Forces a self-examination that is both traumantic and revealing.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Dequina
    The drawing card for Blade II is -- the promise of a blood-soaked action/horror thrill ride, and Snipes and Del Toro get the down-and-dirty job done with style.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Dequina
    There's no doubt that sheer mechanism propels Happenstance, but the numerous characters and storylines flow and converge in a gracefully unpredictable and witty manner.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Dequina
    The energy of the performances and John Kander and Fred Ebb's enduring score push the musical scenes and the entire film over any hurdle--yes, even including that misbegotten casting of Gere.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Dequina
    Beautiful moments of performance such as Forster's subtly spellbinding monologues -- make for compelling cinema.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Dequina
    As it stands Changing Lanes already exceeds expectations, provoking serious thought while skillfully telling a compelling, character-driven story.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Dequina
    Smart, complex, and engrossing idea-driven action thriller.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Dequina
    With Simone, Niccol makes what seems like a preposterous idea not only fresh and entertaining, but most of all reveals said idea to be not at all far removed from reality--as any good satire should.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Dequina
    Any embedded message ultimately pales in importance to moving and understated story of love.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Dequina
    To complain about the lack of originality is to ignore the real wit and joy behind this very fun film.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Dequina
    Without a doubt, making the most substantial impact is Thurman. While she has proven her versatility over the years, her work as The Bride shows that her talent is matched by her fearlessness.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Dequina
    May be formulaic but never fails to find other ways to entertain.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Dequina
    Smoothly seductive.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Dequina
    Much like how its employees and patrons don't want to see the barbershop close, once one has become acquainted with these people and this place, one may not want Barbershop to end.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Dequina
    Love is indeed the greatest mystery, as Lantana's tagline goes, and while the film is ultimately still and interesting and fairly involving one, it's a bit unfortunate that the filmmakers weren't content to simply explore that quandary instead of manufacturing another.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Dequina
    Serendipity leaves one with a pleasant feeling few films generate: that of wanting more.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Dequina
    Yes, this "Harry" does indeed fly -- just don't expect the movie to soar into the higher altitudes of imagination.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Dequina
    But even Grant's uninspired work can't ruin the agreeable, overwhelming atmosphere of fun and romance.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Dequina
    Strongly infused with an unmistakably exotic Bollywood flair.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Dequina
    All the household changes give the film an episodic quality that leads to a certain start-and-stop dramatic momentum. But fresh face Lohman holds the film together emotionally, more than matching up to the bigger name stars that turn up in supporting roles.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Dequina
    Will warm your heart without making you feel guilty about it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Dequina
    With nothing in the way of inspiration coming on either the writing or directing end, it's up to the actors to maintain audience interest and emotional engagement, and two members of the cast rise to the occasion: Kline and Christensen.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Dequina
    It's throwback, formula Ah-nuld all the way, a straightforward and simple revenge thriller.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Dequina
    Luckily, the genuinely funny jokes far outnumber the duds in the film itself, which is helped by the generally energetic performances by Broken Lizard and their co-stars.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Dequina
    The radiant Blanchett makes Charlotte's individual journey from lovelorn lady to independent woman believable and involving, and that's ultimately what counts the most -- even if the destination is less than ideal.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Dequina
    May not exactly be an innovative film, but it most certainly is a lovable one.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Dequina
    But damn it if the film doesn't work as what it's supposed to be: a big, brainless blast o' boom at the box office.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Dequina
    Chalk up another big-name star vehicle that fails to live up to a wealth of potential.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Dequina
    An emotionally honest film, but it would have been far more affecting if it felt more true to life.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Dequina
    No less than four screenwriters are credited, yet the script is filled with the usual clichés (hello, red digital readout!) and supposed twists that can be seen a mile away.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Dequina
    Ali
    Well-acted and skillfully made, the film offers enough that is worth seeing, but its idiosyncratic nature is sure to limit its mainstream appeal.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Dequina
    While watchable, skews more toward the drier expectations fostered by that publication's name then the more exciting, explosive ones associated with the genre.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Dequina
    The surprisingly sweet Shallow Hal finds Peter and Bobby retreating to a gentler mode -- and, in the process, a far less funny one.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Dequina
    Makes one interested in seeing the inevitable sequel, but one is also left to somewhat question the worth of sitting through this first installment.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Dequina
    The film does drag, particularly toward the end as the conclusion becomes increasingly obvious and too slow to arrive. For the most part, though, getting there is a wild and fascinating ride.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Dequina
    From the plotting and the characterizations to the explosions and excessive use of blue light filters, everything about Bad Company has been done and seen before.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Dequina
    Indeed, a triumph of love: love of performance, love of joy, and, above all else, love of love itself.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Dequina
    Not only harmless, but actually quite funny and charming.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Dequina
    Patrick Sheane Duncan's script deftly weaves together the stories of Serling and Walden, and Zwick remarkably sidesteps the trap of sticky sentiment--an idea further carried forth by Ryan's admirably against-type (and shamefully unsung) performance.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Dequina
    A passive film, playing it quiet and safe, hoping that the viewer will extend some good will towards it.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Dequina
    Given how much Yellen does right, it's all the more shameful that she so spectacularly sinks her film in the foot with one hugely questionable "creative" decision: adding a pair of ghosts into the mix.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Dequina
    As palpable as the atmosphere is, had the film boasted a clearer, more memorable story and performances that were a step above adequate, the creepiness wouldn't have simply lingered with the viewer, it would have gotten under their skin.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Dequina
    Falls apart with the slightest nudge -- of thought, that is.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Dequina
    Doesn't necessarily make Murder by Numbers an awful film; it's certainly watchable, but it never escapes its paint-by-numbers design.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Dequina
    The saccharine conclusion would be problematic in any film, but given how much talent is involved, it's especially disappointing here.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Dequina
    Should the likes of Burstyn, Flanagan, Smith, and Knight have to be reduced to playing eccentric caricatures of aging Southern belles?
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Dequina
    Surprisingly lifeless monster movie.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Dequina
    Despite the inherently moving story and the respectable work of director John Lee Hancock and the cast, something remains absent throughout the entire film: a certain sense of verve and personality.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Dequina
    Whatever distinguished "Riding in Cars with Boys" the book certainly doesn't show up in the movie.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Dequina
    There's no question that Meg Ryan is the queen of romantic comedies. Yet for every piece of frothy fluff that works -- there comes a couple where you just want to say, "Enough already." Kate & Leopold is one such movie.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Dequina
    Washes away whatever unique filmmaking personality Franklin has.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Dequina
    Bratt's fast-talking, all-attitude interpretation is showboating without soul -- which can be said of the entire movie.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Dequina
    A two-time Oscar winner playing a crazy person in a big studio film released in late October. Can't you just smell the pretension? Probably not, given the other ways in which this film stinks.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Dequina
    Predictable and tiresome.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Dequina
    Spears, Davis, and company are well aware that they're making nothing more than the cinematic equivalent of Spears' glossy bubble gum pop -- but that's exactly the problem.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Dequina
    The oh-so-convenient convergence of plot threads at the climax make the film feel that much more run-of-the-mill.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Dequina
    All crass in its empty bluster and bogus uplift.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Dequina
    Not that the lackluster love story will matter any to the Sandler faithful, who are there to see the star beat people up and work his regular joe mojo on snooty types; those viewers will certainly get their fill and then some.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Dequina
    Director Stephen Herek certainly doesn't come up with anything, and he fails to make the swings between silliness and schmaltz smoothly.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Dequina
    This film is a messy jumble.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Dequina
    A sour attempt at making a Farrelly Brothers-style, down-and-dirty laugher for the female set.
    • 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.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Dequina
    It's performances like these that make it so easy to forget that, when he wants to, Costner can indeed act and be an appealing star.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Dequina
    The love story that is supposed to drive the film fails to ignite a single spark--and, hence, the film fails to generate a single iota of interest from the viewer.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Dequina
    The title not only describes its main characters, but the lazy people behind the camera as well.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Dequina
    There's a fine line between inspiration and manipulation, and from its first frame, Joshua crosses it and never looks back.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Dequina
    Martin Lawrence can be hysterically funny. You'd never guess that from watching the remarkably wasteful endeavor known as Black Knight.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Dequina
    Doesn't even reach the campy, trashy highs (or should I say "lows"?) of "The Crush."
    • 14 Metascore
    • 10 Michael Dequina
    Just when you think it could not get more ridiculous, Hall, Lanier, and Miss Mariah go that extra mile.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 10 Michael Dequina
    A monstrosity of a movie that I am all too eager to forget.

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