Odie Henderson
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For 64 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Odie Henderson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Selma
Lowest review score: 12 A Haunted House 2
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 64
  2. Negative: 18 out of 64
64 movie reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Odie Henderson
    Known for her superb indie dramas “I Will Follow” and “Middle of Nowhere”, DuVernay has proven herself a master of small, intimate moments. Selma never loses focus on the interpersonal dynamics between King and his followers, his detractors and his family.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Odie Henderson
    Beyond the Lights makes unapologetically damning statements about the music industry’s treatment of women, yet it never feels preachy. It strikes a risky, though successful balancing act between being immensely entertaining as a musical feature and making dramatic, important statements about depression, self-worth and female empowerment.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Odie Henderson
    This is a very good movie and perfect summer counterprogramming.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Odie Henderson
    These documentarians masterfully construct their vision to elevate and serve their subject. The result is more low-key than one might expect from a movie about rap. It is also more powerful, bypassing the expected artist braggadocio to stand on the rarely visited street corner of sociology and hip-hop music.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Odie Henderson
    Like Lee Daniels' hit TV drama “Empire,” Furious 7 is stuffed with situations that require go-for-broke absurdity, but even Daniels and his nighttime soap predecessor Aaron Spelling would pause before attempting the level of “get the f—k outta here!” style shenanigans director James Wan and writer Chris Morgan employ.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Odie Henderson
    There’s an infectious joy to how the actors handle the morbid humor here, and it is never mean-spirited.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Odie Henderson
    The rare film in this genre that serves as both entry point and continuation. For a change, you can walk in cold and you won't be too lost.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 88 Odie Henderson
    I love this kind of backstage documentary, which is not surprising for someone who has "All That Jazz" and "All About Eve" on his all-time top ten list.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Odie Henderson
    This is the End finds a balanced tone most horror comedies fail to deliver. Grossout humor melds easily with grossout horror, sometimes at the same moment.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Odie Henderson
    The Best Man Holiday has the potential to become a staple of Christmastime movie watching in the 'hood.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Odie Henderson
    That Guy Dick Miller is the perfect title for Elijah Drenner’s wildly entertaining documentary chronicling the 50-plus years of Miller’s career.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Odie Henderson
    The Brits do this type of crowd-pleaser far better than Hollywood, if only because films like “The Full Monty” and “Billy Elliot” were unafraid to temper sweetness with darker elements of reality.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Odie Henderson
    In the few moments where he's left to prank people on his own, Bad Grandpa doesn't treat him like the clichéd potty mouthed kid out for shock value. Instead, he uses his childlike innocence to make the adults more uncomfortable than his grandpa's raunchier shenanigans ever could.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Odie Henderson
    '71
    Last seen in “Starred Up” and Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken,” O’Connell continues to bring equal measures of toughness and vulnerability to his characters. Despite his good looks, there’s an everyman’s quality to him, which he uses to full effect in ’71.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Odie Henderson
    Chism's cast is game for her shenanigans, and the biggest pleasure of "Peeples" is watching them cut loose under her direction. This movie has one hell of a cast.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Odie Henderson
    In the current economy, Monopoly makes a more appropriate board game upon which to base a horror movie, but for what it is, Ouija is better than expected.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Odie Henderson
    It has a beautiful, low-key approach that earns its cheers and tears without resorting to the manipulative or dramatic tricks of a typical feature film.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 75 Odie Henderson
    This has to be an intentional wink from Stallone and his contemporaries. They know their days are not only numbered as action stars, but probably should have ended long ago.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Odie Henderson
    You've seen all this before, and many times. 2 Guns works because it's essentially several riffs on familiar material. Cliché is not a bad thing if it's done right.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Odie Henderson
    The Green Prince gets its power from the back-and-forth of listening to each side tell its story, and from the moment the two sides converge in a final, very different collaboration in the United States.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Odie Henderson
    This is quite a good sports documentary, moving and unafraid of making you work for its pleasures.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Odie Henderson
    If A Life in Dirty Movies had a tagline, it would be “Come for the sex, stay for the love story.” It’s a deeper, more rewarding experience than its title suggests.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Odie Henderson
    While I remain disappointed that the sequel gives me a subdued Gru and an uneven pace, I keep remembering things about Despicable Me 2 that make me smile. For every meh moment, there's almost 2 well-conceived gags or lines.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Odie Henderson
    As a documented record of Hill's story and her achievements, Anita is a serviceable, at times riveting documentary.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Odie Henderson
    A Five Star Life shows something not often seen in American cinema, at least in films that aren’t police procedurals: It shows an ordinary citizen doing her job.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Odie Henderson
    In Secret is a costume drama with a gigantic accent on the drama. It's my kind of crazy, and I was quite entertained. To borrow again from Shakespeare, "'Tis Madness, but there's method to't."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Odie Henderson
    Even if you lack a wealth of rap knowledge, Sample This is still worth seeing. Like "20 Feet from Stardom" and "Standing in the Shadows of Motown," it focuses on the studio musicians whose contributions are well-known but whose identities are not.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Odie Henderson
    The film's best asset, and the thing that elevates it above the 1986 version, is how well it is cast.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Odie Henderson
    It’s Mortensen and his smokes that seal the deal. Puffing away, he is dangerously sexy and morally dubious, the latter of which makes perfect sense as we are in Patricia Highsmith territory.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Odie Henderson
    Champs is a documentary that wants to say something sociological about the sweet science of boxing. In this regard, it has an undeniable power.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Odie Henderson
    Maggie” is Schwarzenegger’s “Cop Land,” that is, a feature designed to highlight and showcase that which an action movie hero could only hint at in glancing moments between explosions.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 63 Odie Henderson
    I really enjoyed listening to Statham talk. His fight scenes have their predictable, violent payoffs, but his rambling monologues are unexpectedly, gloriously entertaining. This film’s tagline should be “Come for the stabbing, stay for the gabbing!”
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Odie Henderson
    I did my homework and watched the original "RED." It was just as stupid as this movie, yet I liked it a little more.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 63 Odie Henderson
    Grudge Match belongs to a fast-growing genre I'll call "Senior Citizen Action Porn," or SCAP. Proud members of SCAP include "Red" and its sequel, "Red 2," the "Expendables" series, and the best of the 2013 crop, Arnold Schwarzenegger's "The Last Stand."
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Odie Henderson
    Those looking for a courtroom drama or the emotional tugging that might result from a mother’s 30-year fight to get justice for her daughter will find little to chew on here.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Odie Henderson
    Twohy's script contains macho dialogue so ripe it's embarrassing to hear it.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Odie Henderson
    As they discuss "how much this strip meant to me," I got the sense that Dear Mr. Watterson was as uninterested in them as I was; they're not even identified.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Odie Henderson
    Big Ass Spider! wants to serve two masters, the ones who unabashedly enjoy this type of movie without shame, and the ones who openly mock it with false senses of superiority.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Odie Henderson
    I cop to not being a fan of Lynn Shelton’s work. Her films fall apart in their third acts. Rather than simply crumble as they have in her prior work, the third act of Laggies implodes in grand fashion, spewing contrivances, bad clichés and an ending that is simply unforgivable.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Odie Henderson
    Like a bad '80s flick, Stage Fright, could have been so much fun.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Odie Henderson
    Unlike the recent "God’s Not Dead," which is the "Beaches" of faith-based films in that it embodies every single complaint against its genre, Heaven is for Real attempts to cast a wider audience net.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Odie Henderson
    The singing talent is there, but Eastwood and writers Marshall Brickman and Rick Elise opt for a more realistic depiction of events. They transform Jersey Boys from jukebox musical to movie biopic, exchanging one much-maligned genre for another.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Odie Henderson
    The Gambler should have been called “Three Supporting Characters in Search of a Lead.” A gaunt Mark Wahlberg stares out from the poster, his name is above the title, and he’s in almost every frame of this remake, but his character may as well be non-existent.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Odie Henderson
    The Woman in Black 2 might have served as an effective tribute to movies like "Curse of the Cat People." That is, if it hadn't completely squandered all this goodwill in its last third.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Odie Henderson
    Truth be told, Get on Up isn’t really interested in exploring how important Brown’s music was to any of the numerous styles it influenced. Instead, it just wants to play some of the big hits you love while ticking off a checklist of standard biopic milestones.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Odie Henderson
    Imagine the most overdone, Philip Glass-style horror movie music playing over glossy footage of a university art class, and you have some idea what your eyes and ears are in for while attending The Time Being.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Odie Henderson
    The Hangover Part III plays more like a caper film — “Alan’s Eleven,” perhaps — than a comedy. While Phillips ably handles the action sequences, he and co-screenwriter Craig Mazin can’t juggle both genres in the screenplay.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 Odie Henderson
    I Declare War is like high school English class, rife with confusing symbolism and full of sound and fury that ultimately signifies nothing.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Odie Henderson
    Science fiction is often used in allegorical fashion. It may not be fair to judge Automata by this gauge, but the film is so deathly somber and heavy-handed that I can only assume director Gabe Ibáñez wanted to tell us Something Important.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Odie Henderson
    Wait for this to show up where it belongs — on cable.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 38 Odie Henderson
    There is little else worth mentioning about this derivative, clunky, haphazardly written and visually dull sports movie except the performances by Christopher McDonald and Michael Nouri.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 38 Odie Henderson
    A sex comedy that just lays there and expects you to do all the work. Gordon-Levitt's direction is repetitive and dry, and his screenplay is a collage of badly cut out pieces from other movies.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Odie Henderson
    You may think it unfair that I make comparisons between "Starbuck" and Delivery Man. Truth be told, my rating is higher because I'd seen "Starbuck." Had I not, Delivery Man would have been intolerable.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Odie Henderson
    The ultimate invasion of its subject's privacy.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Odie Henderson
    Unfortunately, Words and Pictures fails at portraying both titular nouns.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Odie Henderson
    Best Man Down is billed as a "warm and funny comedy," a subjective description with which I do not agree. I would not consider this a comedy, let alone a warm and funny one. There are no laughs, and most attempts at humor are mean-spirited or embarrassing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 25 Odie Henderson
    Watching Drinking Buddies is like being the designated driver for a most uninteresting bunch of drinkers.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 Odie Henderson
    This is an astonishingly bad film.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Odie Henderson
    There’s a rather disturbing sense of privilege in After the Fall. It can’t help but justify Ben’s actions by stacking the deck against the victims.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Odie Henderson
    Watching Hercules, you can feel your intelligence being insulted in almost every frame.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Odie Henderson
    The resulting mishmash is as exciting as getting a tow from AAA, and just as slow.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 12 Odie Henderson
    The word convoluted does no justice to just how poorly designed Girl on a Bicycle is. It is also stereotypical, unfunny, unromantic, absurd, sitcomish, insulting to several European ethnicities and a slave to what Roger Ebert used to call "The Idiot Plot Syndrome."
    • 17 Metascore
    • 12 Odie Henderson
    A Haunted House 2 tones down the gay jokes but ups the streak of animal cruelty.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 12 Odie Henderson
    It’s tedious at best, almost unwatchable at worst.

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