For 74 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nathan Lee's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 51
Highest review score: 90 Mother of Tears
Lowest review score: 0 Harold
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 74
  2. Negative: 14 out of 74
74 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Lee
    Where "Pusher" worked fresh texture and authenticity into a classic noir template, Pusher II reaches toward the mode of hyperrealist allegory perfected by the Dardenne brothers.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 40 Nathan Lee
    For all its rhetorical whimsy and hipster dressings, (500) Days of Summer is a thoroughly conservative affair, as culturally and romantically status quo as any Jennifer Aniston vehicle.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Lee
    As much a work of sculpture as of cinema, this 71-minute movie, 13 years in the making, is the handmade brainchild of Christiane Cegavske, an artist who dabbles in film but whose talents and sensibility align more naturally with those of the contemporary-art world.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Lee
    The atmosphere is so thick, the talk so assured, the performances so disciplined and the fear so fearsome, that Mr. Refn’s final iteration of his pattern achieves the hard, bright light of an archetype from hell.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Lee
    Directed by Auraeus Solito from a screenplay by Michiko Yamamoto, Maximo has charmed film festival audiences from Sundance to Jerusalem with its refreshingly blasé handling of homosexuality, its amiable actors and its delicacy of milieu. Credit, above all, the talented Mr. Lopez, whose effortless charisma buoys the movie even when it goes heavy with contrivance.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Lee
    Fearless sustains the tradition of ethically inflected Chinese action movies.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Lee
    Well-researched and generally evenhanded in its delivery of information (Ted Danson provides the narration), the movie more than makes its points without needing to resort to a montage of adorable fish being bashed on the head.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Lee
    This powerful, conceptually sure film is relevant beyond the concerns of the moment as both a model of documentary method and compassionate social filmmaking.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Lee
    Debased, infantile and reckless in the extreme, this compendium of body bravado and malfunction makes for some of the most fearless, liberated and cathartic comedy in modern movies.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Nathan Lee
    Directed by Erik Nelson, Dreams recalls the career of a runty young geek who evolved into a world-famous artist -- and ladies' man.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Lee
    A gentle, pleasantly unrushed piece of moviemaking. There’s a tonic simplicity to how it gets the job done, and if the film comes off as fairly conventional stuff, it nevertheless succeeds on its own modest, middlebrow terms.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Nathan Lee
    A genuine labor of love -- and a real bore.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Lee
    At once a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse, bittersweet autobiography and witty trip down art-world memory lane, Guest of Cindy Sherman isn't out to settle scores or exploit access, public or otherwise.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Lee
    Boring people who made extraordinary music, the Pixies are inexplicable. In attempting to demystify them, the directors Steven Cantor and Matthew Galkin achieve the opposite.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Lee
    An itsy-bitsy, ultra-indie, super-silly comedy packing huge laughs and unexpected heart.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Lee
    The most impressive special effect here is Mr. Matsumoto's hilariously restrained performance, a tour de force of comedic concision in a movie bloated by increasingly surreal developments.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Nathan Lee
    The darker side of the story -- how the advent of pro surfing was taken as an act of cultural colonialism by some of the locals -- adds gravity to this otherwise lightweight, if amiable summer diversion.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Nathan Lee
    Limited almost exclusively to tourist attractions, this documentary glimpse at the sights and sounds of occupied Tibet amounts to a rhetorically inflated vacation video.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Nathan Lee
    A loving if routine primer on this bright young man.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Lee
    Smart, resourceful indie.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Nathan Lee
    The problem with the movie is that James and Mattie exhibit little but shallow, infantile neurosis, with next to no hint of a complex -- or even legible -- inner life.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Nathan Lee
    Perhaps because the music is so good, with its purity of tone and dazzling rhythmic precision, the flaws of the surrounding movie become all the more obvious.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Nathan Lee
    Though Mr. Rose can't be blamed for waxing nostalgic, he can't much expect us to care about so fawning and self-serving a document.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Nathan Lee
    The fixation of independent movies on the arrested development of bourgeois dullards may have less to do with the relevance of the topic than the class of people who get to make movies. Whatever the case, James Burke directs from a screenplay by Brent Boyd.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Nathan Lee
    Either way, it doesn’t quite go far enough as psychological study or cultural commentary.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Nathan Lee
    Never quite shakes off its aura of second-rate made-for-TV movie, Save Me has a lot of heart but little nerve and no surprise.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Nathan Lee
    Mr. Sharma's film emphasizes testimony over context to such a degree that it feels at first of little use to anyone except gay Muslims who might take comfort in knowing they're not alone. But the documentary gains depth of feeling as it goes and even develops something of a nail-biting narrative.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Lee
    This particular wheel hasn't been reinvented, but at least it gets a nice fresh coat of bubblegum-pink paint and a star to pilot it with aplomb.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Lee
    A bright, nimble diversion, a quick-witted picture that's fast on its feet.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Nathan Lee
    The First Basket, a functional (if narrowly interesting) history lesson by the filmmaker David Vyorst, recollects the rich history of Jewish participation in basketball.

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