R. Kurt Osenlund
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For 67 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

R. Kurt Osenlund's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 Dear White People
Lowest review score: 0 Jobs
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 67
  2. Negative: 19 out of 67
67 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 R. Kurt Osenlund
    Like the movie itself, every character is a beautiful swirl of contradictions.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 R. Kurt Osenlund
    The near-imperceptible finesse of Abby's characterization reflects writer-director Stacie Passon's effortless, interesting mix of richness and economy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 R. Kurt Osenlund
    Of Bennett Miller's many directorial feats, his canniest is his depiction of the precariousness of bonds, and how those bonds can shift, drastically yet almost imperceptibly.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 R. Kurt Osenlund
    Steven Spielberg's film may further the heroism so associated with its subject, and favor a liberal viewpoint that leers down at the Confederates, but it's no bleeding-heart glamorization.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 R. Kurt Osenlund
    Beautiful, poetic, and hard-hitting without the use of excessive force and deeply layered with evolving and regional nuances of feminine experience
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 R. Kurt Osenlund
    Both keenly calculated and flowing with offbeat, naturalistic detail, Hanif Kureishi's jewel of a script reflects his sensibilities as a playwright.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 R. Kurt Osenlund
    What this movie finally boils down to is a deceptively simple tale of two brothers, and of being one's brother's keeper, and of seeking justice on the crudest of fronts.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 R. Kurt Osenlund
    Succeeds as a satirical fantasy about writerly self-involvement, but it's worth celebrating as a testament to self-made greatness, particularly in regard to the efforts of writer/star Zoe Kazan.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 R. Kurt Osenlund
    In the film, Alexander Payne's overview of America is extraordinarily, multifariously profound.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 R. Kurt Osenlund
    Books themselves become the story's key symbol, representing the past and future, loss and possibility, of a place that's ground zero for some of history's darkest days.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 R. Kurt Osenlund
    In keeping his actors on his sober-yet-buoyant plane, Kenneth Branagh presents a convincing romance that doesn't stall the film's brisk clip.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 R. Kurt Osenlund
    Superhero movies aren't going anywhere, nor is their standard, on-to-the-next-fight structure, so it's heartening to see a gem that grandly and amusingly fills in the blanks.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 R. Kurt Osenlund
    The film boldly raises the unanswerable question of whether it's better for an artist to safely isolate his work or tweak it a bit so as to share it with the world.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 R. Kurt Osenlund
    On one hand, the film is surely a celebration of a land's distinct creatures and the people who live among them, but on the other, it's a culture's biting auto-critique.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 R. Kurt Osenlund
    The Hunger Games is more notable for the holes it doesn't fall into than the great heights it reaches.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 75 R. Kurt Osenlund
    Melissa McCarthy is riveting in simply-penned moments of remorse and confession, adding tearful depth to her ace timing and formidable physical comedy.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 63 R. Kurt Osenlund
    It pairs modern attitude with John Hughesian tropes, and it's odd enough, in spurts, to boast originality.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 R. Kurt Osenlund
    One of its strengths is a knowledge of when to unfurl information, particularly for the strongest emotional effect.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 R. Kurt Osenlund
    This PG-rated romp is, refreshingly, less notable for its happily-ever-afters than its oh-no-they-didn'ts.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 R. Kurt Osenlund
    Liberal Arts provides a peek into what makes Josh Radnor tick, and what he cares about outside his mainstream-targeted sitcom.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 R. Kurt Osenlund
    Characters are better employed; emotions are, for once, palpable; and the selfishness of Bella, author Stephenie Meyer's avatar, is finally somewhat squelched.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 R. Kurt Osenlund
    David Frankel crams his story with predictable developments, yet he matches his subject in spirit, pushing something into the spotlight that, however unlikely, elicits irresistible glee.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 63 R. Kurt Osenlund
    All told, there's an ageless warmth to The LEGO Movie akin to that of the LEGO brand itself.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 R. Kurt Osenlund
    As a film about social issues, and simply being yourself, it's commendably progressive, going so far as serving as a kind of coming-out story.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 R. Kurt Osenlund
    LUV
    As a film that largely works as a subdued twist on the familiar drama about crime and family, LUV needed more intimacy and focus.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 63 R. Kurt Osenlund
    There's tremendous dramatic value to the aching and sometimes devastating scenes that home in on these kids' private torments.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 R. Kurt Osenlund
    The film's chief misstep is taking its title too literally, and ultimately depicting Louie as an indestructible, and thus largely inhuman, superhero.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 R. Kurt Osenlund
    This may be the year's best superhero movie because, for a sufficient amount of time, it doesn't feel like a superhero movie at all.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 R. Kurt Osenlund
    The latest collaboration between director Jaume Collet-Serra and star Liam Neeson is made with far more care and visual detail than you might expect.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 R. Kurt Osenlund
    The film's empowering themes of feminine strengths and bonds eventually flourish in novel fashion.

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