Noah Berlatsky

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For 14 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Noah Berlatsky's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 90 Bethlehem
Lowest review score: 30 U Want Me 2 Kill Him?
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
14 movie reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Noah Berlatsky
    Next Year Jerusalem offers little insight into its putative protagonists, and even less into Israel.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Noah Berlatsky
    The autobiography and the politics don’t always fit together perfectly. Vargas has been extremely successful in his profession by any standard, and that success can tend to push him into the foreground to such an extent that the collective issues he’s talking about get erased. Vargas is aware of this, and works against it to some degree.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Noah Berlatsky
    The film isn’t so much a vision as a conversation, and it isn’t revelatory, but it’s engaging.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Noah Berlatsky
    A pallid romantic comedy possessed of neither imagination nor heart, it stumbles, like its star, from one familiar setpiece to another with a kind of dutiful, joyless resignation.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Noah Berlatsky
    In a spy story, Bethlehem insists, there are no good guys or bad guys, and no victor—just day-in, day-out deceit and betrayal, the weary work of hate.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Noah Berlatsky
    The pretense of concern, combined with the cynical manipulation of the plot for cheap thrills, is both transparently hypocritical and broadly repulsive.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Noah Berlatsky
    The New Black is unabashedly pro-gay marriage, but it treats the other side respectfully. Opponents of gay marriage in the community are given their say.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 60 Noah Berlatsky
    The film is hyper-aware of the ridiculousness of the patriarchal obsession with masculinity-as-penis-size—and yet, in the end, and rather helplessly, it’s still mired in a banal narrative of masculine self-actualization.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Noah Berlatsky
    The semi-documentary format and the cast’s age could have been used to undermine or examine the ways male bonding in films is used to erase or denigrate women. Instead, the twists are simply used to excuse the usual tropes.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Noah Berlatsky
    Though it’s tempting to resent every moment not given over to her singing, the documentary succeeds in conveying not just the bare facts of her life, but something of her magic, both to longtime fans and to those less familiar with her work.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Noah Berlatsky
    The Rocket is a well-constructed delivery system for sparkly cheer, but it lacks a more substantial payload.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Noah Berlatsky
    Despite its limitations, Nuclear Nation remains a quiet, painful reminder that disasters aren’t disasters because of the sound and excitement, but because of the blank spaces they leave in people’s lives.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Noah Berlatsky
    It feels like 100 minutes of arch nudges, a highlight reel from Politicians Say The Darndest Things. Political junkies may find that appealing, but for more general viewers, the film—like Rick Santorum’s campaign—feels largely irrelevant.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Noah Berlatsky
    When I Walk makes it very clear that Jason isn’t all alone despite his support system. Rather, his support system, including his mom, makes him who he is, even more than his malfunctioning legs and hands.

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