For 129 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 31% higher than the average critic
  • 21% same as the average critic
  • 48% 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 I Killed My Mother
Lowest review score: 20 Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 129
  2. Negative: 13 out of 129
129 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Rachel Saltz
    This is a sympathetic, even sweet, account, but it’s too soft.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Rachel Saltz
    This movie, as the title suggests, is set up to be Piku’s story: How will she make a life? But the filmmakers let Mr. Bachchan overwhelm the story. Ms. Padukone, an always likable performer, remains in his shadow, just as Piku remains in Bhashkor’s, liberated but without real agency.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Rachel Saltz
    Mr. Liechti clearly finds value and even a measure of spiritual grace in this man's radical renunciation of life. You'll be pardoned for finding it numbing.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Rachel Saltz
    Unless your idea of a good joke is a golf ball thwacked into an unsuspecting crotch or the old frying-pan-in-the-kisser gag, you probably won't like this movie.
    • 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.

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