For 128 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 32% higher than the average critic
  • 21% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rachel Saltz's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 90 Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo
Lowest review score: 20 Humshakals
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 128
  2. Negative: 13 out of 128
128 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Rachel Saltz
    For a mockumentary to work, the writing has to be spot on. But the script by Alan Grossbard, who shows a fond familiarity with, if not great insight into, the racing milieu, has too many half-baked characters and goes soft just when it should get sharp.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Rachel Saltz
    Bel Borba Aqui gives us plenty to look at, but not much to think about.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Rachel Saltz
    Walkaway is a pleasant enough time-pass, as they say in India, but stays too near the surface to be memorable.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Rachel Saltz
    Mr. Sarmah's film is well intentioned, but it comes off as a kind of Cliffs Notes to enlightenment.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Rachel Saltz
    It hits its themes too squarely on the nose and hits them for about an hour too long.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Rachel Saltz
    When a small drama sputters to life at the end, it's too late. You've already been lulled into dreamland.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Rachel Saltz
    “Dhoom 3” is very much the Aamir Khan show.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Rachel Saltz
    “Re-emerging” can be pedestrian as filmmaking, though it remains interesting as long as it remains in Nigeria.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Rachel Saltz
    The most interesting thing to watch in I, Me aur Main, the directorial debut of Kapil Sharma (his father, Rakesh Sharma, was the first Indian in space), is the changing moral landscape.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Rachel Saltz
    The slick filmmaking - the movie has a glossy, Hollywood-ready feel that sometimes tips into the cutesy - works against its themes.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Rachel Saltz
    Through it all Mr. Allman, who played the skeevy Tommy on "True Blood," is a pleasant presence but blank. And Don's crisis of faith, which should be the movie's core and engine, is never really convincing. It's spelled out but dramatically inert, lost among the yuks of the Reed kookiness.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Rachel Saltz
    Somm, though an entree into a little-known world, rarely finds a second dimension.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Rachel Saltz
    The cinematographer Anil Mehta’s lovely, unfussy images ground the film and show us a good bit of India... Mr. Ali’s story, though, wanders too long and too far, sometimes coming off like a forced mash-up of “It Happened One Night” and “Patty Hearst.”
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Rachel Saltz
    Too often it calls to mind the much better “Delhi Belly,” which had a genuinely madcap script and sharper things to say about being young, urban and Indian.

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