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 Little Fugitive (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 30 Beats
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 99 out of 293
  2. Negative: 45 out of 293
293 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Pinkerton
    The best bits - the powerful instrument called Five Blind Boys of Mississippi, for example - more than speak for themselves.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Pinkerton
    The self-esteem booster shot provided by the sudden discovery of a prodigious talent is conveyed in a shy, self-surprised amusement by Onetto, accompanied by the slightest loosening of the joints.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Pinkerton
    Although it doesn't worry itself with dialectic complexities, Hotel Transylvania succeeds on the level of entertainment.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Pinkerton
    A script that consistently finds fresh outlets for its running gags makes for a sufficiently rollicking pleasure cruise.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Pinkerton
    Delhi Belly's rare singing-and-dancing production numbers play classical Bollywood glitz for pure kitsch, the Ram Sampath–composed soundtrack otherwise tending toward up-tempo sing-along rock, including a hit song ("DK Bose") with a subliminally dirty chorus.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Pinkerton
    Carpenter does what he's always done well here: individualizing shorthand personalities in a group under siege. This is Carpenter's first all-female ensemble, and the inmates are uniformly well-played.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Pinkerton
    Though the PR bit is right on, Khodorkovsky goes some way toward questioning the guilt.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Pinkerton
    Like one of its yakuza bigs, Outrage commands respect but no affection.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Pinkerton
    Park's view - clearly inscribed in his well-structured, practically chapter-headed ("After Hours," "Payday," "Back at the Village") documentary - is that the hideous working conditions and low wages are due to man-made avarice; the workers, though, tend toward a fatalism based in religious predestination.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Pinkerton
    Scenes showing the tricky process of acclimatizing a child to new surroundings, and the patchwork of experiences that make up an education - both Asia's and Tairo's - are grounded by entirely affectless performances, not least that of little Asia Crippa.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Pinkerton
    There's an overapplication of split-screen and woozy soundtrack cues to this end, but Lister Jones and Rosen do an appealing back-and-forth with lively dialogue, not dulled in the interest of realism.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Pinkerton
    Good for Nothing has a nice comic sense of the brushfire eruptions of Western violence.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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