Michael Dequina
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For 109 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Dequina's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 90 Ocean's Eleven
Lowest review score: 10 Swept Away
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 109
  2. Negative: 21 out of 109
109 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Dequina
    But even Grant's uninspired work can't ruin the agreeable, overwhelming atmosphere of fun and romance.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Dequina
    Any embedded message ultimately pales in importance to moving and understated story of love.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Dequina
    Strongly infused with an unmistakably exotic Bollywood flair.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Dequina
    A glacially-paced disease-of-the-week movie blown up to big screen size.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Dequina
    Will warm your heart without making you feel guilty about it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Dequina
    Sublimely silly and genuinely sweet film.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Dequina
    Just about the truest and most satisfying screen adaptation most anyone could have ever hoped for.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Dequina
    Bit of melodramatic grandstanding that it is -- is made irrelevant by Washington's volcanic energy and fierce conviction.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Dequina
    Berry delivers an extraordinary performance that will startle even her most faithful fans.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Dequina
    As it stands Changing Lanes already exceeds expectations, provoking serious thought while skillfully telling a compelling, character-driven story.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Dequina
    Smoothly seductive.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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