For 112 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 33% higher than the average critic
  • 17% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rachel Saltz's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 90 Kite
Lowest review score: 20 Race 2
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 112
  2. Negative: 12 out of 112
112 movie reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Rachel Saltz
    The film needs an injection of Bollywood’s unembarrassed, anything-goes, bigger-than-life spirit, which embraces willy-nilly — as does Mr. Rushdie’s novel — the vulgar, the fanciful and the frankly unbelievable.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Rachel Saltz
    May not be fully satisfying as a documentary. But it has what any good movie needs: a star — the ever-game soprano Natalie Dessay.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Rachel Saltz
    The 1980s sequences, with their tears and epiphanies, are less vivid and less convincing. An inviting sense of mystery hangs over the events of 1947, Ms. Kurys’s origin story.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Rachel Saltz
    While the movie has its heart in the right place, the first-time writer-director Rehana Mirza doesn't yet have the skills to shape the narrative into something moving or revealing.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Rachel Saltz
    Ms. Rao gives the city an immediacy it doesn't usually have in films. But she has more feel for mood than for storytelling.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Rachel Saltz
    At one point the lions make a meal of a lovely young zebra they've just killed. That spelled the end for the little boy sitting next to me. "I'm too scared," he said, and he dragged his mom out of the theater. Sorry, kid, it's a jungle out there, even in Disneynature.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Rachel Saltz
    Intermittently absorbing, if deliberately stripped of drama.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Rachel Saltz
    Full of indie mannerisms - compulsive swearing, jokey violence, quirk-laden characters - Flypaper can't quite manage to find a style or a comic groove of its own.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Rachel Saltz
    The fine-boned, delicate-looking Ms. Casadesus, now 97, is a pleasure to watch. And the not-delicate-looking Mr. Depardieu does his usual excellent job. But their scenes together, if sweet enough, aren't particularly convincing or moving.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Rachel Saltz
    Mr. Sarmah's film is well intentioned, but it comes off as a kind of Cliffs Notes to enlightenment.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Rachel Saltz
    What should be rousing stuff - a republic is born! the chains of feudalism thrown off! - remains a kind of lavishly illustrated history lesson. Even the irrepressible Mr. Chan (this is his 100th film) seems subdued.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Rachel Saltz
    The movie plods along self-consciously, and when the big twist occurs (you'll most likely see it coming), it complicates the plot, but not Butch, who remains a paragon. That's the problem with Blackthorn: it goes all mushy when contemplating its grizzled, out-of-time hero.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Rachel Saltz
    Chalet Girl may not be particularly creative or genre busting or even a great example of a romantic comedy. But its premise might make you smile.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Rachel Saltz
    The movie goes mushy when it should be critical, and leaves you with questions that it's not prepared to answer.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Rachel Saltz
    Deliberately small-scale, Five Time Champion has tough-minded moments but too often veers toward the sweet and even the treacly. It's pleasant enough, but too careful to be very involving.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Rachel Saltz
    Occasionally funny, though its dirty riffs - most provided by Kevin Hart as the Happily Divorced Guy - are as formulaic as its earnest parts.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Rachel Saltz
    Ms. Rohrwacher combines a documentary impulse (effective in family scenes) with a more allegorical one. Her film gets clunky when allegory has the upper hand, and that means Corpo Celeste often stumbles, along with its 12-year-old heroine, Marta (Yle Vianello).
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Rachel Saltz
    Bel Borba Aqui gives us plenty to look at, but not much to think about.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Rachel Saltz
    Fast and mostly fun, the movie also seems compulsively too much, throwing everything it can think of at you, lest it fail to entertain.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 50 Rachel Saltz
    An unpleasant comedy about friendship, aims to be a female twist on the bromance. Crude and knockabout, it nonetheless has - like many a bromance - a sloppy, sentimental heart.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Rachel Saltz
    The reunion of Ms. Caplan and Mr. Starr, cast mates on Starz network's "Party Down," seemed intriguing. That series, though, with all the fizz and social comedy that this movie lacks, was a better showcase for them.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Rachel Saltz
    A mix of gently outraged populism and low-powered romantic comedy, Vishal Bhardwaj's Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola might have been better with a chunk lopped off its two-and-a-half-hour runtime.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Rachel Saltz
    “Re-emerging” can be pedestrian as filmmaking, though it remains interesting as long as it remains in Nigeria.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Rachel Saltz
    Mr. Marie, making his debut as a director, swathes their tale in a thick coat of style that teeters between cool and mannered.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Rachel Saltz
    “Dhoom 3” is very much the Aamir Khan show.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Rachel Saltz
    While Ms. Collette grounds Ellie and her emotions in a tough-minded plausibility, she can only hint at what the script fails to deliver: the complexities of a flawed woman’s midlife crisis.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Rachel Saltz
    The film mixes period footage with visually unappealing contemporary interviews. If you're expecting voluble, outsize personalities with colorful war stories, you'll be disappointed.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Rachel Saltz
    It's hard to completely dislike a movie in which Mr. James makes like Fay Wray, hitching a ride on the back of his gorilla pal, Bernie (voiced by Nick Nolte), as Bernie clambers up a bridge.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Rachel Saltz
    Undone by its very premise: that the two stories it tells can coexist in the same film.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Rachel Saltz
    Worse, you never root for Ms. Calderon's Luz, who goes from sullen to more sullen to a bit less sullen. She has discipline - to lift, she has to keep her weight down and train constantly - but not much compassion and no joy.