Michelle Orange
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For 217 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 75% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 23% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michelle Orange's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 90 A Film Unfinished
Lowest review score: 20 Silver Circle
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 217
217 movie reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Michelle Orange
    Most successful are the scenes involving Marcus and Iris, a 10-year-old girl who grew up fatherless and watchful of her tumultuous surroundings.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Michelle Orange
    Well-paced, well-performed and full of visual wows, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader bobbles a hectic story by stopping just short of committing to its grounding themes. Its hardly sacrilege, but it does seem like a shame.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Michelle Orange
    The story had great optics but not a lot of action, I suppose, though as a child who walked around in towel-fashioned headdresses to simulate the long hair my mother wouldn't let me have, Rapunzel's was the story I longed to thrill to on the big screen.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Michelle Orange
    Too often the story feels like it's being mined for recycled beats.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Michelle Orange
    Built for speed, and for an action-savvy audience who can appreciate a throwaway vengeance flick for exactly what it is.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Michelle Orange
    Timoner attempts - with talking heads, travelogues, and a little alarmist flair of her own - to articulate Lomborg's central idea that not doing enough good might be the same as doing harm.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Michelle Orange
    I salute the effort to go somewhere strange in Mars Needs Moms; if only a fully realized idea - and not the same, barely concealed right-wing rap, different planet - had been the destination.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Michelle Orange
    Prom has sweetness, nonthreatening conflict, and enough personality to distance it from the chilling anodyne of Disney's television vehicles.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Michelle Orange
    Watching True Legend, a wuxia film crossed with classic vaudeville, it's hard to figure out who's borrowing from whom anymore.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Michelle Orange
    Divided into three chapters in a largely unsuccessful attempt at structure, the voice and the style don't combine as explosively as they should to pick up the material's slack.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Michelle Orange
    Bichir - who played Fidel Castro in "Che" - resists the pathetic impulse, bringing dignity and distinction to a man who wakes up every morning knowing it's not just his burden but his job to be invisible.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Michelle Orange
    As in "Country Strong," Meester's crack timing and irresistible poignancy illuminate a part that would leave other actresses simpering themselves off the screen.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Michelle Orange
    As it is, The Devil's Double, a handsome and occasionally dazzling thriller with at least one dynamo performance from its star, is ultimately dominated by its style.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Michelle Orange
    Without a strong story to dance with, all of those fabulous tracking shots, lovingly uncanny art direction details and flickering shafts of light can make The Innkeepers feel more like an exercise in craft than a scary movie.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Michelle Orange
    When the recessive style works with the characters and the kooky international-incident story, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen has an absorbing, old-fashioned sweetness.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 70 Michelle Orange
    It wouldn't go so far as to say it feels like you went through Jeremy's ordeal for nothing, but I did wish I had come to know as much about Dorff's character as I did about the size and shape of his nostrils.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Michelle Orange
    Scene by scene The Hunter, adapted from a novel by Julia Leigh, holds your attention like a pair of big, inquisitive eyes, or perhaps the point-blank scope of an automatic rifle.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Michelle Orange
    Inter-chimp and territorial fighting are facts of nature, but the extreme anthropomorphism of Chimpanzee makes what is natural feel bizarre.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Michelle Orange
    It's all rather casual - not unengaging, exactly, but lacking a narrative energy all its own.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Michelle Orange
    Despite this careful (and successful) depiction of a warm and decent person, Perry the pop star remains stubbornly two-dimensional.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Michelle Orange
    With its small cast and focus on performance, Union Square promises to be a welcome showcase for Sorvino, and the early rhymes with Miss Linda are intriguingly open-ended.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 65 Michelle Orange
    A film so tightly rigged that even its star's centrifugal charms can't keep you fully checked in.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Michelle Orange
    As a character study Solitary Man, like Ben, has no center. What he amounts to is a pretty consistent set of attitudes and behaviors which, while shocking, are not all that interesting.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 65 Michelle Orange
    Despite an admirable mastery of both Russian and French, Mikkelsen has no shot at making a proud (Russian!) musical genius a believably lovesick puppy.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 65 Michelle Orange
    Has just enough genuine warmth to compensate for the coolness you might feel toward its generic trappings.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 65 Michelle Orange
    A pleasant dramatic caper that wears out its welcome, The Concert is the houseguest who sings a little too loudly and too long for his supper, tone deaf to the line between charm and imposition.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 65 Michelle Orange
    Wilson's unflappable, deeply sympathetic affect and aging golden-boy visage have a very Jack-like smoothing effect on the story's rough patches.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 65 Michelle Orange
    More helpful is Ice Cube's endearing performance as an aged sparring partner of Leon Spinks and Muhammad Ali who provides cover and advice for Kevin as he tries to hold onto both his wits and the ticket.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Michelle Orange
    The main and most enjoyable difference between the second installment and the first is the greater opportunity the latter provides Cassel to sketch some dimension into the coded mythologizing of his character.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 65 Michelle Orange
    Best in show is the final chapter, by "Jesus Camp" directors Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing. "Can A Ninth Grader Be Bribed To Succeed?" is as straightforward a title as the others are oblique.

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