Neil Genzlinger

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For 410 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Neil Genzlinger's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 It's Such a Beautiful Day
Lowest review score: 0 Swearnet: The Movie
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 80 out of 410
410 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    A bit of patience is required to get through The Taste of Tea, but patience is often rewarded, and it certainly is by this droll and oddly touching film.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    Mostly Mr. Jun's script is sharp, and Laurie Metcalf, James McDaniel, America Ferrera and Raymond J. Barry in supporting roles help keep the tale mesmerizing, in a small-scale sort of way.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    It is Mr. Akhtar whose understated performance holds together this far-ranging, cameo-filled film.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    The dancers are prone to feel-good sound bites, but Ms. Berinstein also takes the time to draw out their back stories, making for a sweet group portrait of ordinary folks who found a late splash of fame.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    The best thing about In Search of Beethoven, Phil Grabsky’s biography of the composer, is the company he brings along on the hunt.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    Dazzling to look at of course. But such ponderous, cliché-heavy narration.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    The director, Josh Appignanesi, has a nice sense of comic timing, slipping in some of the best jokes when you least expect them.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    A quirky documentary about, yes, a parking lot, is probably not unlike working at such a lot: there are long stretches when not much happens, but every once in a while there's a burst of activity that is kind of enthralling.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    Wedding chaos has been heavily mined by both film and stage comedies, but Jann Turner, the director here, keeps this story fresh, aided by the effortless interplay between Mr. Nkosi and Mr. Seiphemo (who are credited with Ms. Turner as writers). The goat helps too.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    It's beautifully played and will hit home with anyone who has had to struggle with the most difficult aspects of aging.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    Do they have date movies in China? Probably, and Hot Summer Days, an enjoyable concoction of loosely intertwined stories of love and obsession, is just right for that purpose.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    How do you know you're looking at a pretty good piece of filmmaking? When the director and actors can make you care about the central characters even though they exchange almost no dialogue.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    The script, by Mr. Canon and Doug Simon, eventually strains credulity - even frat boys aren't this dumb - but Mr. Canon, in his first feature, shows a great knack for keeping things moving. The gathering implausibility is dispelled by a nice ending twist.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    The women's efforts have already had a fair amount of publicity, so the attraction here is the cinematography, and it makes good use of Imax and 3-D technology, with lovely aerial views and startling close-ups.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    There are new tweeners every year. To them, the characters and plot devices in this perfectly competent film might well seem fresh.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    The film bounces around enjoyably, giving a history of the game, talking to people who love it and chronicling the 2009 Monopoly World Championships in Las Vegas.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    The buildup to the actual competition is perfectly paced, with the film never tipping its hand as to the winner. And the championship has all the drama of a high-stakes sporting event: failure under pressure, unexpected triumph, gracious losers and winners both.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    Eventually, though, Hey, Boo settles into a pleasant rhythm. It gives the fascinating history of how the book came to be.
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    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    Despite these flaws, it's refreshing to see a documentary about a normal grown-up who is struggling with problems of life and love, just as so many invisible others do.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    Some of Kevin Hart's fans may be disappointed that Laugh at My Pain, a film version of his recent stand-up tour, offers less than an hour of Mr. Hart onstage. But a couple of adornments - one before the concert footage, one after - flesh out this funny, profanity-heavy movie nicely.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    Those who care less about such stuff than about being entertained will find plenty to like in this ghoulish comedy, a droll take on one of the most notorious mass-murder cases of the 19th century.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    A dandy little documentary whether you view the story it captures as a precursor to the flash fame of the Internet age or as one of the last genuine underground phenomena before the Internet made that whole concept obsolete.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    Pitched awfully young, without a shred of the satire or subtlety that is generally found in films aimed at tweeners and above. That's not a bad thing; it just means accompanying grown-ups or older siblings will have to choke down a sizable dose of schmaltz with their fish milkshakes.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    The film, by Constance Marks, is a little light on details of Mr. Clash's personal life once he broke through, but otherwise this is a winning tale of the persistence and creativity behind one of the most famous and fuzziest faces in the world.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    Sometimes a film feels a bit too pat and yet is impossible to resist. The Mighty Macs, based on the national championship run of the 1972 women's basketball team at Immaculata College near Philadelphia, is such a film: lots of button pushing, but in the end you're glad you saw it.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    It's a Christmas present for cat lovers. Miss Minoes, the tweaked title of a 2001 Dutch film by Vincent Bal, is being given an American theatrical run (dubbed into English), and it's a pleasantly quirky, family-friendly fable with lots of meowing.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    The film would be stronger if it told us a little more about what the survivors have been doing since the camp was liberated by the Soviets in 1944, but their reactions to revisiting the camp are wrenching to watch.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    Solitude is a character, so much so that, 25 minutes in, when the first human voice is heard, it feels like an intrusion. And when the weather warms enough for tourists to make the trek up to the observatory, they register not as a welcome relief from loneliness but as annoyances.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    The film, directed by Mikkel Norgaard, somehow manages the difficult trick of going into taboo territory without ever feeling dirty. And Mr. Hvam has a knack for misdirection. Just when you're wanting to give his character a hug and forgive all, off he goes into even more inappropriate behavior.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    Sure, you've seen this story before, but this version has a freshness nonetheless.

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