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

Michael Dequina's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 90 Mallrats
Lowest review score: 10 Domestic Disturbance
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 109
  2. Negative: 21 out of 109
109 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Dequina
    Falls apart with the slightest nudge -- of thought, that is.
    • 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?
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Dequina
    A glacially-paced disease-of-the-week movie blown up to big screen size.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Dequina
    Whatever distinguished "Riding in Cars with Boys" the book certainly doesn't show up in the movie.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Dequina
    Surprisingly lifeless monster movie.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Dequina
    It makes no sense, but then again neither does much of anything in The Country Bears.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Dequina
    A passive film, playing it quiet and safe, hoping that the viewer will extend some good will towards it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Dequina
    Bratt's fast-talking, all-attitude interpretation is showboating without soul -- which can be said of the entire 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Dequina
    All crass in its empty bluster and bogus uplift.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Dequina
    Predictable and tiresome.
    • 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.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Dequina
    A sour attempt at making a Farrelly Brothers-style, down-and-dirty laugher for the female set.

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