Nick Pinkerton

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For 294 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 35% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 62% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nick Pinkerton's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)
Lowest review score: 0 30 Beats
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 99 out of 294
  2. Negative: 45 out of 294
294 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Pinkerton
    No
    No uses the actual commercial material the opposition created for its anti-Pinochet campaign and—re-creating the behind-the-scenes filming—deftly appropriates mediated history for fiction.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Pinkerton
    With neither the moral bite of satire nor a voluptuary surrender that really basks in shallowness, this is a vague, unsatisfying work.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Pinkerton
    Almost as much as the play itself, the rehearsals are staged; the inmates learning to act, then, are acting like inmates who are learning to act. This leads to some on-the-nose scenes in which they observe the parallels between the text and their own lives.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Nick Pinkerton
    The film's genius is how completely it tunes in to his 
experience, delicately outlining Joey's private moments of shame, elation, despondency, and pride.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Pinkerton
    It's the kind of thing you feel you should laugh at through a phlegmy, hacking cough-and it does get laughs, if inconsistently, predictable given the circumstances of production.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 10 Nick Pinkerton
    John Dies at the End is a product of a parallel universe where slacker flippancy never got old-and, oh, it is terrible.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Pinkerton
    Despite the efforts of many interviewees to seem broad-minded, Nicoara has a knack for ferreting out moments that reveal actual Romanian attitudes.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Pinkerton
    The proximity of horrible headlines scarcely matters - released on any day of any calendar year, Gangster Squad would be a crime against cinematic sensibility.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Pinkerton
    Van Sant knows how to display the common touch, but the movie is a hard sell whose ending is never in doubt.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Pinkerton
    Here is one glimmer of truth in what's otherwise a deliberately unfinished fraud - another "primitive" postwar antique repurposed for boutique sale.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Pinkerton
    Haneke remains, by his rules, infallible. So what? A movie in which incident is as spare as it is in Amour can certainly be great; a movie in which ideas and feelings are so sparse cannot.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Pinkerton
    Greatest-generation stoicism meets gushing contemporary sentiment in Honor Flight.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Pinkerton
    The Collection doesn't have much to recommend it beyond a first-reel bloodbath rivaling "Blade" and "Death Ship."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Nick Pinkerton
    The roaring popular success of Peter Chan's Wu xia in China - renamed Dragon for export - is no mystery: It's an adept genre exercise with rare primal depths.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Nick Pinkerton
    In spite of Bulger's errors of tone, the movie stands as an engaging tussle with the question of what is permissible with the excuse of art. One former collaborator of Baker's, John Lydon (a/k/a Rotten), comes up with the most eloquent absolution: "I cannot question anyone with end results that perfect."
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Pinkerton
    Single-mindedly action-oriented to the point where Milius's film seems relatively ruminative.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Pinkerton
    It's all here, from the design contests to the farcical series of ribbon-cuttings, including a photo op cornerstone-laying, to the stupid Jeff Koons balloon that recurs as an incidental sight gag.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Pinkerton
    Just as the characters created by Tolstoy the artist got the advantage of Tolstoy the polemicist - at least until the end of his life - so these confoundingly good performances gradually win the movie from Wright's puerile conceit, giving us an Anna Karenina if not for the ages, than at least for an evening.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Pinkerton
    The least one should hope for from another adaptation of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos's Dangerous Liaisons is savory, salacious trash, but nothing in Hur Jin-ho's tony new version approaches the dizzying depths of Sarah Michelle Gellar spelling out the conditions of her sex bet with Ryan Phillippe ("You can put it anywhere . . .") in 1999's "Cruel Intentions."
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Nick Pinkerton
    The title almost suggests manhood as something trifling. The film, however, confirms it's a mighty hard ideal to reach.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Pinkerton
    The cumulative impression is of figures being lightly traced in the sand only to be inevitably washed away, intentionally ephemeral and quite charming for it.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Pinkerton
    If Iron Fists is sometimes badly made, it is refreshingly badly made. It has a homemade charm that comes from a sense of having gestated in a lifelong obsession.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Nick Pinkerton
    It is not surprising that Zemeckis's handling of spectacle would be undiminished, but he hasn't lost his touch with actors, either, coaching Washington into one of his rare performances that suggests much more than it shows.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Pinkerton
    Each segment feels more like an extended trailer for itself than a sound narrative unit. Maybe this incompletion is purposeful, but it's a problem when what's invariably elided or taken for granted is the very human connection and commiseration that is supposedly the most vital force in the universe.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Pinkerton
    Although the movie is overreliant on chintzy-looking and rather corny historical reenactments, these are counterbalanced by anecdote-rich interviews, including descendants of Huberman's first orchestra, human testament to the family tree of Israeli musicianship that he planted.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Nick Pinkerton
    The imagery has all the solemn ravishment of Béla Tarr's similarly darkening "The Turin Horse" with none of the epochal portentousness, while Rivers's work owes more to Billy Bitzer than most gallery art contemporaries.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Pinkerton
    Boom was produced under the auspices of pal Adam Sandler's Happy Madison Productions, which has a tendency toward broad-comic morality tales and multiplex populism that often shades into remedial-level pandering.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Nick Pinkerton
    Hawke's taut performance - lightly parodying his own career doldrums while playing an egotistical hack who's a close cousin of John Cassavetes's self-loathing actor in Rosemary's Baby - is totally credible.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Pinkerton
    Taken 2 rarely embodies the values of concision and focus that it extols, and any breathing room from the hurtling narrative illogic only allows the audience opportunity to notice slips in Mills's father-knows-best infallibility.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Pinkerton
    On every level this production - from Robinson's callow performance to Vila's hackneyed handheld camerawork, punching beats in the stead of the actors - remains firmly on the level of the obvious.

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