Nick Pinkerton
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For 293 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 6.8 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 293
  2. Negative: 45 out of 293
293 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Pinkerton
    If the M:I films are immune to the tarnish on the Cruise brand, it's precisely because their spectacle requires us to be impressed by Ethan Hunt, not to like him.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Pinkerton
    Our subject retains a noticeable streak of pride in his expertise, though falters when discussing the killing of women. Hoping for his own salvation, the converted killer now claims the scales have fallen from his eyes, but his executioner's hood remains in place to the end - as does the mephitic air of timeless evil that hangs over El Sicario.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Pinkerton
    Eldard, with eyes projecting adolescent vulnerability and a body lost to awkward midlife chub, is enough to redeem Cuesta's indie commonplaces.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Pinkerton
    The entire production is single-mindedly, earnestly devoted to serving up feats of BADASS, and it succeeds in this devotion to the exclusion of everything else. Allegedly in 3-D, though I didn't notice at the time.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Pinkerton
    It's this youthful denial of vulnerability that makes West's slow-sidling haunted-house movies work. He understands the kidding way that his audience approaches horror and seems to play along with that jokey imperviousness - until rudely tearing up the all-in-good-fun contract, gouging us with actual pain.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Pinkerton
    Though Wanderlust finally laughs off the real discomforting conclusion that it's edging toward, it's gut-busting funny when mocking their hopeless options.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Pinkerton
    Di Gregorio's performance sets the tone of dim hope and quiet forbearance, telling the story through reactions: an ever-accommodating smile that shades into a wince; sparkling, heavy-lidded eyes betrayed by vexed brows.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Pinkerton
    Good for Nothing has a nice comic sense of the brushfire eruptions of Western violence.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Pinkerton
    When considering the moral implications of such gladiatorial violence, the film comes out squarely in favor, asking what's crueler: enjoying the spectacle of blood on ice or taking away a livelihood from those who can't do anything else?
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Pinkerton
    Here, the familiar tale is retold with concessions to feminist self-determination and camp humor, bending the Grimm Brothers' tale without infringing on its basic beauty.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Pinkerton
    Taken altogether, the Pie movies offer a cohesive worldview, showing each of life's stages as the setting for fresh-yet-familiar catastrophes, relieved by a belief in sex, however ridiculous it might look, as a restorative force.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Pinkerton
    A script that consistently finds fresh outlets for its running gags makes for a sufficiently rollicking pleasure cruise.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Pinkerton
    The plot twists are about as venerable as the cast and predictably affecting when performed with such old-hand proficiency.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Pinkerton
    Shea's documentary is a well-arranged if rather drawn-out parade of talking heads telling Wally's story, including a trenchant and funny Morley Safer, never missing a chance to knock the art world.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Pinkerton
    And when the F-14s came out for a triumphant flyover, I looked around the room to find the moron who was applauding only to realize that it was me.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Pinkerton
    All of this builds into the film's last image, Elena's family finally welcomed into Vladimir's apartment, as the cautious, controlling, abstemious bourgeoisie are overtaken by the heedlessly fertile lower orders, the temporary inheritors of a terribly weary earth.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Pinkerton
    A hit in its native Sweden as "Snabba Cash," the English title is a piece of cheap irony; this is a crime thriller where no one gets away clean, and every action has its irrevocable reaction.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Pinkerton
    It's the latest installment in what now forms a lightly likable trilogy of films based on Jeff Kinney's Wimpy Kid books.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Pinkerton
    These self-imposed limitations prevent Teddy Bear from having the breadth of a great work, but they give it the coherence of a good tale, simply told.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Pinkerton
    Here is the irony: Trouble With the Curve embodies all of the values it espouses - it is an old-fashioned, proficient, amiable, and decent movie - but it has no instinct.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Pinkerton
    Working from a story by all-around genre specialist Jonathan Mostow, director Mark Tonderai steers the story cleanly around its queasy hairpin turns, perversely toying with one of pop cinema's most cherished clich├ęs: the audience's inculcated desire to side with the underdog.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Pinkerton
    Although it doesn't worry itself with dialectic complexities, Hotel Transylvania succeeds on the level of entertainment.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Pinkerton
    Greatest-generation stoicism meets gushing contemporary sentiment in Honor Flight.
    • 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.
    • 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.