For 88 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 71% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 26% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Pam Grady's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 The Disappearance of Alice Creed
Lowest review score: 20 Marmaduke
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 88
  2. Negative: 7 out of 88
88 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Pam Grady
    Like "Amelie," Micmacs is visually dazzling, the ravishing images coming courtesy of "La Vie en Rose" cinematographer, Tetsuo Nagata.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Pam Grady
    The director's biggest stroke of genius was casting Baruchel.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Pam Grady
    Dazzling turns by stars Eddie Marsan, Martin Compston and Gemma Arterton; unrelenting suspense; and a wealth of black humor will appeal to an arthouse crowd, though the violence and other unsavory aspects of the story will turn off some.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 100 Pam Grady
    Part saga of days gone by, part psychological portrait of the mountaineering spirit, as well as a tale of adventure, Anthony Geffen's documentary will rivet fans of the sport and history buffs alike.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Pam Grady
    Sensual and romantic with a heavy dose of the supernatural and populated by indelible characters.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Pam Grady
    A film with a big heart; it's an eccentric dramedy and a crowd pleaser.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 100 Pam Grady
    Control's Sam Riley steps into a role made unforgettable by a young Richard Attenborough in the 1947 original and makes it his own, slipping into the character like a second skin.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Pam Grady
    An investigation into Pieter Bruegel the Elder's painting "The Way to Calvary," Majewski's film is a stunning piece of art in its own right.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Pam Grady
    As entertaining as it is educational.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 90 Pam Grady
    That tension between silly comedy and poignant drama could have been dicey, but Stebbings and Harrelson maintain just the right balance between the two.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Pam Grady
    The exquisite art and fairytale ambience will win over animation fans and children alike.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Pam Grady
    It is a crackerjack thriller and a sensational calling card for the brothers Edgerton.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Pam Grady
    The drama boasts a stellar cast, exquisite performances and a tense atmosphere. It is a film that the author's fans and lovers of mature, measured storytelling will embrace.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Pam Grady
    The filmmakers have created a wrenching piece of work that allows the viewer to draw his own conclusions-and should make anyone of whatever political persuasion think about exactly what they mean when claiming to "support the troops."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Pam Grady
    Will appeal strongly to a mature audience drawn to robust characters, dry wit, and great performances.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Pam Grady
    This could have been a slick little thriller. Instead, it evolves into the unfolding of an epic tragedy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Pam Grady
    The performances are spot on and so is the film's ever growing sense of horror.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Pam Grady
    The film might have ended at its action-packed and ultimately moving climax, but screenwriter Steve Kloves goes one step farther. He finds the perfect cliffhanger, one that emphasizes just how dangerous young Mr. Potter's situation really is and definitely leaves the audience anxious for the next chapter.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Pam Grady
    While the film is likely to find outright rejection among those who remain jittery with each turn in the War Against Terror, it should find a warm reception with fans of dark, outrageous humor.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Pam Grady
    Wonderfully animated, witty and wildly imaginative.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Pam Grady
    Stylish and funny.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Pam Grady
    Stake Land is the movie "The Road" should have been.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Pam Grady
    Cornish's idiomatic dialogue is hilarious and the longtime comic's sense of timing is perfect.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Pam Grady
    This drama is something of a miracle itself: a film dealing with religion that is refreshingly free of dogma.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Pam Grady
    For the most part, though, Who Do You Love does a marvelous job of recreating the times and the music and, most of all, of bringing to life this behind-the-scenes giant of the music business.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Pam Grady
    The action, fantasy and suspense elements are all highly enjoyable, but if the romance didn't work this movie would fall apart.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Pam Grady
    There are gaps here and there, but it provides a fascinating introduction to a corner of film history that has gotten too little attention.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Pam Grady
    Some points are driven home over and over again and that repetition robs the doc of a bit of its power, but overall Countdown to Zero is effective and frightening.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Pam Grady
    Likely to resonate with a generation of young people to whom "When Harry Met Sally's" orgasm scene seems downright quaint.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Pam Grady
    This is one of those movies in which the lead character is so self-possessed, wise, well spoken and witty, that she sounds far too adult to be a teenager.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Pam Grady
    Monsters is enormously satisfying in the way it combines suspense, romance and sci-fi. It heralds a bright new talent in Edwards. If he can do all this for no money, imagine what he can do with a real budget.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Pam Grady
    I'm Still Here does leave us with one big question mark: What will Phoenix do next? How will he top such a flamboyant caper?
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Pam Grady
    Ondine is Injected with a heavy dose of magic and has a lot going for it: an endearing performance from star Colin Farrell, Christopher Doyle's evocative cinematography and a captivating-if thin-story.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Pam Grady
    Making the Boys is at once political and personal. It is a history lesson, a sociological study and a memoir. It is a tale told with warmth and humor. And it is irresistible.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Pam Grady
    Leyser has done his job with this, his first feature, burnishing Burroughs' legend and making manifest the enormous shadow he still casts over writers and artists of all stripe.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Pam Grady
    This intelligent, emotional drama should resonate strongly with fans of character-driven stories and those interested in tales of American political struggle.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Pam Grady
    Plenty of people die in I Saw the Devil, but it is that first attack on Ju-yeon in the movie's opening minutes that reverberates through the epic 141-minute running time.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Pam Grady
    The documentary will resonate with New York Times' readers and fans of personal stories.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Pam Grady
    In keeping with the flamboyant clan of despots that were the Husseins, the drama is ultraviolent and over the top and made absolutely mesmerizing by Dominic Cooper's electrifying turn in both roles.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Pam Grady
    What this predictable tale lacks in surprises it more than makes up for in charm, good music and the indelible performances of Alessandro Nivola and Abigail Breslin as father and child.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Pam Grady
    The film can be dry and a little repetitive. For all of that, it still manages to generate a surprising measure of suspense and it produces outrage in abundance.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Pam Grady
    Predators is sometimes silly and hardly original, but it delivers the thrills.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Pam Grady
    Educational rather than entertaining.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Pam Grady
    The most compelling thing about it is what it captures: a snapshot of America's ongoing and endless cultural war at a moment when things begin to shift.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Pam Grady
    This comic fantasy will delight kids and parents alike.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Pam Grady
    With the stranger in a strange land motif, the movie plays a little bit like the 2007 Israeli dramedy "The Band's Visit" and Liev Shreiber's "Everything Is Illuminated" rolled into one.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Pam Grady
    This is Rudd's movie and he once more displays an unerring eye for comedy. He comes at it from an actor's perspective rather than a comedian's and it shows as his character as hilarious as he is credible.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Pam Grady
    It is a dark drama to be sure and it does carry with it a whiff of disease-of-the-week melodrama, yet there is also transcendence in the tale; as bleak as the film is, it is not without hope.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Pam Grady
    Shannon makes the man's dilemma plain and moving, and that gives Take Shelter a resonance that last long after the final fade out.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Pam Grady
    A lawman seeking redemption can't seem to escape sin in Ed Gass-Donnelly's haunting, rural drama.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Pam Grady
    Sometimes hilarious, occasionally outrageous and terribly uneven.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Pam Grady
    Fails to completely satisfy, thanks to problems with the script that neither director nor stars can overcome.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Pam Grady
    Silly and not nearly scary enough, this does not rank as grade-A Romero, but the story unfolds efficiently and economically and it provides plenty of laughs.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Pam Grady
    Luke Wilson's terrific performance renders an uneasy hybrid of crime drama, comedy and ecommerce far more compelling than it otherwise would be.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Pam Grady
    The laughs are a little uneven and director Jeff Tremaine does not always take full advantage of the 3D technology, but the movie has enough going for it to satisfy Jackass' legions of fans and make some new ones.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Pam Grady
    This is a film of warmth, humor, suspense and surprising grace.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Pam Grady
    A throwback to classic movies like Charade and North by Northwest where beautiful, sophisticated people answer life-threatening danger with bon mots and ingenuity.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 60 Pam Grady
    To call this so-called family film dreadful is an understatement. Jaw-droppingly awful on almost every level, this is a movie to avoid.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Pam Grady
    Insidious could have been something special: a horror movie that actually horrifies without resorting to gore. Instead, thanks to too many cheap jokes and a bit of silly music, it falls short.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Pam Grady
    While the anthropomorphism Joubert employs to tell the lions' story may strike some as cloying, ultimately that doesn't distract from this tale of survival in an inhospitable environment.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Pam Grady
    An amiable endeavor, if something of a puff piece.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Pam Grady
    This elegant weepie offers plenty for fans of melodrama, character-driven stories and period pieces.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Pam Grady
    That Sarah's Key never quite descends into melodrama is a credit to the strength of Scott Thomas' performance, more than to the writing.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Pam Grady
    Writer/director Chris Ordal's debut feature is not a documentary nor is it precisely a biopic. Instead the drama captures the artist at a pivotal moment in time.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Pam Grady
    Good Neighbors' greatest strength is that even when the plot becomes too obvious and the thriller aspects fall apart, it can always wrestle a laugh out of you.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Pam Grady
    The doc has won a host of awards at film festivals and it is a policy wonk's dream of a movie, but it is dry, statistic-laden viewing that is unlikely to attract much attention beyond education circles.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Pam Grady
    By focusing on the human aspect of Al-Qaeda, The Oath does give the viewer something to think about, but the film is unsatisfying, raising questions and providing too few answers.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Pam Grady
    This story of a hit man who wants out after performing this one last job is so threadbare, trite and predictable that not the star's formidable charisma nor the considerable talent of director Anton Corbijn can come close to erasing its deficiencies.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Pam Grady
    Isn't very funny or much fun at all.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 50 Pam Grady
    This sci-fi thriller manages to blend genuine suspense with unintentional laughs.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Pam Grady
    The movie never strikes a balance between its comic and dramatic halves and that dooms it. It is an almost good film that flounders, because there is no treatment for tone deafness.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Pam Grady
    The positives have an edge over the negatives, but it probably doesn't matter either way. It is an Adam Sandler movie.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Pam Grady
    Waltz is the highlight of this glossy but plodding drama, a live wire in a movie that sorely needs a jolt.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Pam Grady
    The movie's true horror isn't the murderous extraterrestrials, but the lame script.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Pam Grady
    An historical drama so swamped by its soap opera crescendos, no resonant story can survive the wet.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Pam Grady
    Thompson's brutality and misogyny are on full display, but it is too slick, there is little suspense or energy, and the whole affair has a curiously embalmed quality.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 40 Pam Grady
    The problems begin with Shyamalan's script, which is an orgy of exposition. The characters explain and explain and explain some more, points driven home with the subtlety of a jackhammer.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Pam Grady
    A talented cast is game, but the lazy script utterly fails them.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Pam Grady
    A movie that ought to entice people to want to travel with Gulliver instead inveigles them to run from him.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Pam Grady
    The melodrama is tiresome, overwrought and clich├ęd.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Pam Grady
    A mess of a horror movie that spent several years sitting on a shelf and should have remained there living up to its fullest potential as a dust magnet.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Pam Grady
    Poor word of mouth should doom it for a quick ride to DVD oblivion.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 30 Pam Grady
    Unlike "The Lost Boys," there are no bloodsuckers in Twelve. Instead, it just sucks time: 98 minutes to be exact that you can never get back.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Pam Grady
    The dismal reality is that this romantic drama is a disaster, a dour "When Harry Meets Sally" that tries to jerk tears out of the story of a man and a woman who go from friends to lovers.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 20 Pam Grady
    Very small children may well take a shine to the big, goofy dog and his furry friends, but parents and older siblings will be left squirming in their seats at a bland, predictable blend of bad comedy and sentimentality.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 20 Pam Grady
    A pathetic thriller and lame social satire that suffers from abysmal writing, poor pacing and terrible acting, even from the normally reliable Sean Bean.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 20 Pam Grady
    The movie's simple-minded lesson that forests are good and development is bad is undercut the minute one pauses to think about how many natural resources were wasted on this sorry excuse for a motion picture.

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