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 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
    • 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
    • 70 Michael Dequina
    Strongly infused with an unmistakably exotic Bollywood flair.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 69 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Dequina
    May be formulaic but never fails to find other ways to entertain.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Dequina
    Beautiful moments of performance such as Forster's subtly spellbinding monologues -- make for compelling cinema.

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