For 745 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Sheri Linden's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Virunga
Lowest review score: 0 Awakened
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 48 out of 745
745 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Sheri Linden
    Frame by Frame is a work of profound immediacy, in sync with the photographers’ commitment and hope.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Sheri Linden
    There’s a thrilling friction between the smoothly assembled pieces of Anthony’s narrative, and often sparks.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Sheri Linden
    An extraordinary vérité portrait of Manila’s Fabella Hospital.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Sheri Linden
    Not unlike her gutsy protagonist, Twomey moves through the charged landscape with extraordinary agility. Combining gripping suspense with a quote from the immortal Persian poet Rumi, she creates a stirring final sequence from the rising chords of terror and resilience.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Sheri Linden
    Urgent investigative report and unforgettable drama, Virunga is a work of heart-wrenching tenderness and heart-stopping suspense.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Sheri Linden
    Aatsinki is a work of cinéma vérité of the highest order: vivid, immersive and unflinching.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Sheri Linden
    Moodysson captures that moment — charged, goofy and transcendent — when personal style and wide-ranging outrage fuse in an all-encompassing manifesto.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Sheri Linden
    James Ponsoldt's magnificent The End of the Tour gives us two guys talking, and the effect is breathtaking.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Sheri Linden
    An exhilarating fish story in the perfectly cast comic adventure.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Sheri Linden
    A documentary whose visual magnificence is more than matched by unforgettable characters and political urgency.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Sheri Linden
    Putting the viewer into a men’s circle like no other, The Work is a remarkable piece of reportage.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Sheri Linden
    In its fusion of craft and narrative, My Friend Dahmer is exquisite. In its portrayal of Jeff's agonies, it can be excruciating.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Sheri Linden
    The aesthetic that Dominik has crafted is a pitch-perfect expression of Cave’s grappling with matters of time and space. It’s gorgeous and ghostly.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Sheri Linden
    It's an act of defiance that's also a sublime piece of cinema, and it ranks among the director's finest work.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Sheri Linden
    With his fine cast and his gracefully restrained screenplay, Shults makes horror recognizable.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Sheri Linden
    The incisive beauty of the documentary, and its power, is that it's not a thesis or an argument but a full-blooded, multifaceted real-life drama.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    As a decades-long, ground-level portrait of the country, [Alpert's] vibrant film is unprecedented.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    Loneliness, alienation, the ache of nostalgia and the everyday absurdity of life infuse every encounter in the unconventional road trip.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    Writer-director Michael Almereyda, whose "Hamlet" and "Cymbeline" boldly reimagined Shakespeare, takes a stylized visual approach in Experimenter, with bracing results.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    Provocative and often fascinating, The Prison in Twelve Landscapes is an unsentimental look at the ways prisons shape life outside their walls, in places as disparate as Appalachia and Midtown Manhattan.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    Whatever Rosefeldt intended, Manifesto doesn’t quite set forth a manifesto of its own. But it’s a blast of fresh air. And like many of the gauntlet throwers it cites, it risks looking foolish and, in the process, creates something gorgeously defiant.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    A crucial, profound strength of Newtown is its refusal to rush toward “closure” as necessary, or even to suggest that it’s possible. There’s a striking lack of the bromides that usually abound in such contexts.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    Uplifting without a drop of sap, the tale of a boy's obsession with a glittering swimming pool and how it changes four lives offers numerous pleasures and one of the most satisfying and resonant conclusions to be seen in recent cinema.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    The film’s bracing ground-level truths, by turns hopeful and despairing, challenge Beltway anxieties about the “porousness” of the border and shake up preconceived notions about Americans’ relationships with their southern neighbors.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    Each scene, beneath its surface calm, throbs with longing, dislocation and intricately woven layers of time.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    What tantalizes is the way the story moves between their private passion and their public shame, the way then and now become synchronous. Amalric navigates the shifts with a lapidary precision.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    Finlay unearths a fascinating biography filled with reversals, comebacks and false starts.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    Beneath its quiet surface, the Austin, Texas-set drama Barracuda thrums with menace and mystery from first moment to last.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    The word "community" has become a cliche, but this party, both backstage and before the crowd, illustrates a specific sense of cultural community and the singular bliss of standing on a city street in late-summer rain for a once-in-a-lifetime concert.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    A handsome and achingly sad period piece, a finely observed portrait of cast-aside dreams. The drama is quieter and more chaste than the similarly themed "Camille Claudel," but no less haunting.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    Zeroing in on the art of rehearsal, Becoming Traviata is an exquisitely observed look at performance and the creative process.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    Clear-eyed and urgent.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    Voices in Wartime is a stirring testament to the search for meaning.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    Filmmakers Martha Shane and Lana Wilson, whose profiles in courage are sympathetic but not adulatory, have crafted an absorbing, thoughtful report.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    Aferim! conjures a world in flux. From the ironic "Bravo!" of its title to its Chekhovian final moment after an episode of terrible brutality, Jude's film connects that world, unforgettably, to our own.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    Ahn’s erotically charged, quietly devastating drama suggests David might yet find a way to be true to himself, but it finds no easy answers for this good son.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    Beyond her tenacious and intimate reporting, director and cinematographer Polak has made a work of powerful images — heart-rending, elegiac, charged with hope.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    This exercise in beauty, derangement and memory can be contemplative or silly. Often it's both, in just the right proportions.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    With clinical dispassion and narrative elegance, Breillat has constructed what she calls "a thriller about denial."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    What sets Code Black apart is that the filmmaker is himself a physician. His extraordinary access to life-and-death moments and his illuminating perspective on the medical system make for a powerful viewing experience.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    The elegiac Spettacolo is in some ways a familiar story, revolving around the universal tug of war between time and tradition.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    Krisha Fairchild’s lead performance starts off as riveting and grows ever more compelling as the brilliantly off-center story unwinds.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    At once a powerful psychological thriller and a haunting allegory, The Return marks an auspicious feature debut for helmer Andrey Zvyagintsev.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    There's plenty of tawdry glamour, exploitation and grime on offer in this tale of awakening, and through it all, the sisters' bond is its own abracadabra.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    She's Beautiful When She's Angry, director Mary Dore's incisive portrait of so-called second-wave feminism of the late 1960s, is an exceptional chronicle, its mix of archival material and new interviews bristling with the energy and insight of one of the most important social movements of the 20th century.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    Layering soundtrack and visuals in an intricate collage of rich emotional texture, he (Jonathan Caouette) displays an exhilarating talent.
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    • 90 Sheri Linden
    Immersive in ways that not many movies can claim, Humpback Whales is a prime example of the power of large-format documentaries to educate, delight and inspire.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    A work of terrific imagination, visceral punch and gothic beauty.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    An exhilarating vérité work by first-timer Manuel von Stürler, the documentary follows this seasonal migration, or transhumance, with a sense of quiet awe and intimacy, capturing the feel of cold rain, deep snow and the comforting heat of a campfire.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    If this film portrait stirs deep emotions, they spring from a breathtakingly unsentimental embrace of life at its most challenging.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    Deep Sea 3D, along with the recent Imax films "Coral Reef Adventure" and "Volcanoes of the Deep Sea," is a glorious example of educational entertainment at its best.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    Less giddy and more cohesive than the original, the film doesn't waste time, plunging almost directly into a spectacular heist.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    Anderson has created a world as stylized and inventive as anything he's done... "Fox" is a visual delight.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    For all its S&M specificity — down to earth and sometimes comical — the movie holds its beveled mirrors up to the role-play, ritual and compromise in all love relationships.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    I Am Another You offers further evidence of this young director’s investigative energy and eye for cinematic poetry without the slightest preciousness.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    No stranger to found footage, Morgen (“The Kid Stays in the Picture”) has tapped into NatGeo’s treasure trove with a bracing immediacy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    David Harewood and Edwina Findley, the only trained actors in a compelling cast of non-pros, deliver harrowing performances as a self-styled healer and the desperate mother who seeks his help for her tormented son.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    Ira Sachs’ beautifully observed Little Men zeros in on teen-spirit qualities that might, by conventional standards, be considered less cinematic: creativity and innocence, a tender spark brought to life by terrific newcomers Theo Taplitz and Michael Barbieri.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    A documentary that doesn't force-feed its message of hope but genuinely earns it.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Offers solid, kid-friendly storytelling.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    As frank, discerning and eloquent as its subjects, The Woodmans is one of the most affecting art-themed documentaries.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    The film's dark beauty and the quiet intensity of the performances have a discomforting pull.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    John Trengove’s first feature takes real chances, delivering a troubling portrait of the collision between communal and personal identity.
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    • 80 Sheri Linden
    The film is as vibrant as it is personal and urgent.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    This is the straightforward story of a family facing adversity head-on and making inroads against a rare disease.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    There may be no fancy filmmaking steps in “Alive and Kicking,” but the jaw-dropping improvisations and physical intimacy of the dancers make it an action film par excellence — joy-fueled and gravity-defying.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    A well-told tale, and though its compact running time makes it a fine TV fit, its visual poetry is worth a big-screen look.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Aida’s Secrets movingly embodies the traumas that, at war’s end and long after, are inseparable from liberation.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Moving somewhat obviously toward denouement, the film hits a false note or two. But mainly it's exhilarating in its refusal to make smooth what's messy, inchoate and tenaciously alive.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    What will make the film compelling even for audiences who never heard of the miracle on ice is Kurt Russell's taut, nuanced portrait of Herb Brooks.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Messy and ungovernable at its strongest, Lafosse’s film is a story of heartbreak and real estate and, not least, money, viewed from within the still-smoldering ruins.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    It's a story of contained chaos, quietly observed — one that catches fire more in retrospect than in the viewing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Waiting for August" is an impressive, if muted, debut documentary.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Working from a snappy but never snarky screenplay by first-timer Shelby Farrell, helmer Freeland (Drunktown’s Finest) maintains a strain-free upbeat energy yet keeps the action rooted in a strong sense of place and class.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Without becoming a screed for victims' rights, the riveting film shows how in the face of terrible events a grieving parent is galvanized into activism.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    The proportions of the narrative strands sometimes feel off, but the movie pulses with the unpredictability of full-blooded characters.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Key to the strength of Big Sonia is its refusal to give in to easy bromides. Its use of animation to illustrate Sonia’s memories spins off her own artful drawings in a way that amps the sense of unspeakable horror rather than sugarcoating it.
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    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Peck celebrates Abargil as an impassioned and inspiring advocate while making clear the emotional complexities of her single-mindedness.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    The relatively laidback angle on all the murderous spree-ing gives Chris Hemsworth a chance to find the comic groove beneath the title character's beefcake godliness. He does it expertly, and the self-mocking humor is all the more welcome given Thor's essential blandness.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    The excellent film combines a wealth of archival material with the reminiscences of an unforgettable group of octogenarian women who were champion swimmers when Hitler annexed Austria in 1938.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    As it sheds light on these women’s experiences and the larger issue of homelessness among female vets, the film grows deeply engaging.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    In his first narrative feature, documentarian Nitzan Gilady demonstrates an assured grasp of visual storytelling, using a stunningly rugged desert setting that’s as much a character as the film’s perpetually sunny, intellectually challenged 24-year-old and her world-weary mother.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    A few bumpy patches notwithstanding, the new feature is an exquisitely designed, emotionally absorbing work of dark enchantment.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    A well-made and entertaining descent into a black-comic hell.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    With its focus on intimate detail, Off Label is not a conventional "issue film" reaching for conclusions. Palmieri and Mosher have taken on a huge and urgent topic, and their work's impact rests on their refusal to tell viewers how to feel.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    A vibrant, affecting piece of filmmaking that’s sure to widen Hesse's following.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    The result is a type of cinematic performance art, with all the self-consciousness that suggests — a sibling love story that's no less heartfelt for being in the form of a first-person poem.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Mam's camera work is exquisite in its immediacy and agility. One of the most striking aspects of her film is the intimacy it achieves without feeling intrusive or turning her subjects into fodder for a message.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Beneath the well-worn dysfunctional-family setup are bracing observations of the human coping mechanism. Startling expressions of longing and denial go off like detonations within the quietest of exchanges.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Nimbly avoiding the excesses of melodrama and the recessiveness of mumblecore, Chan and his likably low-key cast navigate hairpin turns from drama to comedy to outright farce with an impressive sense of proportion.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    The experiences and challenges of the rural poor might make it into the national conversation as an abstraction, but rarely with the specificity of this intimate portrait of a black community.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    The directors never lose sight of the struggles and the hard work that go along with his calling.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Katie Says Goodbye is a plaintive story of hard luck and fringe dwellers, one that might have felt clichéd in lesser hands. But first-time filmmaker Wayne Roberts conjures new, resonant chords in his taut, tender drama.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    The lovely, unpredictable comedy Duck Season marks the arrival of a fresh talent in writer-director Fernando Eimbcke. His script is vibrant with unforced humanist observations, the performances are natural and endearing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Accomplished and affecting art house fare.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    The film is essential viewing for anyone who cares about the fate of the mountain region and the legacy of the Dalai Lama.
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    • 80 Sheri Linden
    At once impressionistic and precise,The Tiniest Place (El Lugar más pequeño) is a beautifully rendered memory piece that insists on the necessity of memory.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus is just what the title indicates — and that turns out be an intimate and vivid report on a surprising connection between North and Central America.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    A documentary that's insightful, sweet and often hilarious.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    The thrilling premise of Morgan eventually gets muddled amid standard thriller-action, blunting the intended impact of a final sequence that should produce chills, but instead merely provides information. Still, those seeking smart, edgy genre fare will find plenty to savor in this well-cast drama.

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