For 711 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Sheri Linden's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The End of the Tour
Lowest review score: 0 Awakened
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 47 out of 711
711 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    In unexpected and wonderfully satisfying ways, A Taxi Driver taps into the symbiotic relationship between foreign correspondents and locals, particularly in times of crisis.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Set on a dairy farm in southwestern England, The Levelling is a modestly scaled, superbly crafted drama with a powerful sense of place.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Woody's back on solid ground with his first memorable pic of the new millennium.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    In its genial, low-key way, the film, premiering at Sundance, is a chilling account of cyberbullying, perpetrated on a disturbingly wide scale over many years.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Touch the Sound is at least as inspiring and in some ways more rewarding, thought-provoking and subtly visceral.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    The film is a bracingly romantic drama that's alive with a mature sense of passion and mystery.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    These are people at the frontline of idealism in action, working to alleviate suffering, one patient at a time, in some of the most devastated places on Earth.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    A work of powerful humanism.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Lisa Immordino Vreeland deftly choreographs the story in her vibrant documentary Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict, at once a capsule history of Modernism and a poignant personal portrait.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Grossman doesn't step back for a broader, contextualizing view of the Middle East; the film contains a single comment on the 1948 war's ramifications for displaced Palestinians. But as an oral history of the pilots' experiences, it's indispensable.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    The handsomely shot, expertly button-pushing scare-fest has the polish and the cast to draw older audiences who grew up on shockers built from performances rather than CGI.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Through interviews with Jonestown survivors and rare footage of Jones himself, this sober documentary presents an unforgettable historical portrait.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Word-of-mouth should make it one of the best-performing nonfiction films of the year.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Francisca Gavilán's lead performance burns with a dark radiance that's anything but self-congratulatory.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    You don’t have to be an animation buff to appreciate the chances this stirring saga takes.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    A Sinner in Mecca is a suitably messy mix of the gritty and the surreal, the wrenching and the transcendent, from the midst of the trek to Islam’s holiest site.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Schrader’s film gets into the nitty-gritty without losing sight of the alchemy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Other than the actors, their costumes, and a few props, everything in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is digital illusion, and the effects are often exhilarating.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Captures the excitement of the game as well as the intimate drama -- and comedy -- of the human conflict.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    The film is an impressive and affecting entry in the growing body of work addressing the effects of keeping wild animals in captivity.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    With an immediacy and intimacy that news reports can't provide, this deeply affecting documentary explores the pedophile crisis that has shaken the edifice of the Catholic Church.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Dance purists might dismiss Streb's work as circus gymnastics, but a bracing aesthetic is inseparable from the corporal shocks, as is an insistence on challenging accepted constraints. Through Gund's film, a wider audience stands to be not just amazed but provoked.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    The central trio of actors deliver engaging, pitch-perfect work.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Rather than connecting all the chronological dots, Brown has fashioned Van Zandt's balm-to-the-brokenhearted legacy into potent cinematic poetry.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    For wannabe, seasoned pro and curious observer alike, these tales from the creative front lines are, like good TV, as insightful as they are entertaining.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    You don’t have to be a follower of Eagles of Death Metal, or even glancingly familiar with their music, to appreciate the emotional power of Hanks’ deeply felt film.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    The movie’s shifts in tone and focus can occasionally be distracting, but through it all Jungermann maintains a suitably dark undercurrent with an impressively light touch.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Letting questions remain unanswered and silences go unfilled, Rohrwacher offers lovingly crafted glimpses of an enterprise we all engage in, regardless of whether we've ever been near a beehive: extracting sweetness from the materials at hand.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Wonderfully weird and wistful adventure-comedy about a fish-out-of-water oceanographer.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Thugs offers a damning summary of the FDA approval process as a closed loop in which one hand washes the other and crucial data can remain hidden.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    The film captures the intense emotion of the October 2014 performance that capped Whelan’s 30-year career. But more crucial is the way it shows her creating new challenges for herself, turning the terrifying prospect of irrelevance into a shot at reinvention.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    The actors, all strong, give the lyrical but never artificial dialogue the ring of life. Pearce is riveting as a go-getter who finds himself trapped between a murky past and a future defined by ambition.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Rachel Lang’s first feature isn’t about placing Ana on the road to her life’s purpose; it’s a serpentine trip through impetuous leaps forward and messy retreats.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    All elements click in "Sun," a shimmering, deeply felt film.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    That a ragtag group of intellectuals and misfits could so blindside the FBI and hold the media in its grip is an especially sobering aspect of this dynamically told story.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    The film is an important step toward repairing the broken links and resurrecting almost a century of music and the women who made it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    [An] incisive and absorbing documentary.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    A clear-eyed, compelling look at getting out the vote, grassroots-style.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    The film is, above all, a moving portrait of hurting souls, brought to life in compelling performances.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    The Stooges were postwar kids who took to the stage with fearless, demented exuberance, Iggy writhing half-naked. With Gimme Danger, Jarmusch doesn’t ask him to strip down further. He simply thanks him.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    The film is an exploration of art as a way through immense and complex emotions. It is unexpectedly a breathtaking reminder of life's joys — in nature, in friendship and, in a particularly buoyant scene, in the bark of a deceased friend's poodle.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Flirting with sitcommy high jinks, Clark instead gives us a bittersweet cocktail of soul-weary defeat and unassuming vigor.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Although it takes a while for Yu's thesis to jell, the film makes a lasting impression as it delves into an unfashionable territory: character as fate rather than a function of pharmaceuticals.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Wan’s expert deployment of genre jolts is no less in evidence this time around, but as he takes his time — perhaps even a bit too much of it — interweaving the Warrens’ story with that of the Hodgsons, in the London borough of Enfield, he crafts a deep dive into dread. The film builds to a symphonic climax of heaven-and-hell emotion.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Much like the father-son bond at its center, the comic drama is warmhearted but never cloying.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    At the film's heart is a fitful conversation that unfolds like a string of koans, epigrams, jokes and silences.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    The film charts no new territory but is terrifically cast and, like its source novel, long on atmosphere.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    With its long takes and deliberate pacing, Beyond the Hills is demanding but always engrossing, even during its repetitive middle section.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    But above all it's a portrait of stunned grief, of the devastation families endure, whether through violence, accidents, illness or incarceration.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Writer-director Amanda Kernell’s assured first feature has a classic sheen, but with its powerful sense of place and sensitive performances, it’s no fusty museum piece.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    In inverse proportion to typically long-winded, inscrutable terms of service, the film is concise, direct and thoroughly engaging.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    In a season of proliferating issue-oriented documentaries, Voices of Iraq stands out by the sheer nature of its provenance: Iraqis themselves filmed the footage during a six-month period this year.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    It’s the journo’s open gaze and natural inquisitiveness, his refusal to merely demonize his abusers, that give the film its discomforting power.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    A terrifically engaging picture of life beyond the headlines, My Perestroika lifts the veil of Cold War mystery.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    It is Weigert's performance that gives the film its mystery and charge. Playing seriously with identity, she draws the viewer ever closer. The way she never reveals everything is electrifying.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    The film boasts a terrific newcomer in the lead role, exquisite widescreen photography and a powerful sense of place.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    An Honest Liar isn't simply a career recap or a fond portrait; the movie takes exhilarating turns as directors Justin Weinstein and Tyler Measom follow present-day developments in Randi's personal life.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Soechtig puts mainstream clout to work to deliver a hard-hitting message. Her mix of archival material, punchy graphics and concise talking-head commentary traces a troubling modern history.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Kedi eloquently taps into the mutual attraction between the cats and their people, as well as the animals’ complexity and resilience.
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    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Part of the unpredictable pleasure of Bible Quiz is its unanswered questions.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    The spectacular combination of slapstick, love story and superhero antics doesn't entirely avoid awkwardness, but mostly it defies gravity, like many of the stunts.
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    • 80 Sheri Linden
    With the same clarity and fluency he brought to far sunnier material in “Casting By,” Donahue pinpoints the devastating intersection of personal trauma and institutional neglect in an age of perpetual war.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    A vibrant example of hybrid nonfiction filmmaking, using hand-drawn animation, live action, home movies and newsreels in a rich synthesis of personal and historical memory.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Fake Case assumes a certain familiarity with Ai and his work — explored more thoroughly in Alison Klayman's "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry." But as a follow-up and a companion piece to that 2012 documentary, Johnsen's new work is remarkably intimate and astute.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    It's an adrenaline rush of a film.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    The unhurried film is a beauty. Shooting digitally — a first for Jarmusch and a paradox for a movie that so ardently celebrates the artisanal — cinematographer Yorick Le Saux uses nocturnal lighting to eloquent effect. The titular lovers are beauties too, soulful and captivating. Swinton and Hiddleston make their love story one for the ages.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    With its assortment of mouthwatering ingredients and dishes, In Search of Israeli Cuisine is an unadulterated foodie delight. But much more than that, Roger Sherman’s documentary offers fascinating insights into a little-understood country, using the culinary prism to illuminate a complex, still-young culture.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    A dazzling introduction, both immersive and sweeping, to one of the planet’s oldest primates (who knew?).
    • 37 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    The movie is, by and large, smarter than the gross-out tactics that pass for hilarity in many mainstream adult comedies.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Keener's performance riveting.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    At its plainspoken best, the U.S.-and Thailand-shot film is an eye-opening history lesson more than an atmospheric thriller. It's nonetheless chilling as it exposes the machinations between countries with no official relationship.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Jillian Schlesinger’s first feature, made in collaboration with Dekker and composed largely of footage that the hardy adventurer shot herself, is both low-key and lyrical as it focuses on the mundane and the magnificent.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    A spirited comic drama, toplined by Moore's lovely performance.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    The film is faithful to the book's tone of dark ache and much of its detail and for the most part terrifically cast. But Towne can't overcome an essential challenge of the material: Arturo and Camilla are constructs and ciphers as much as they are vivid characters -- difficult roles, to be sure. Neither the screenplay nor the actors manage to get far under their skin.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Marques-Marcet, co-writer Clara Roquet and the actors are alert to something less obvious: the ways that they become self-conscious performers. Even though the characters aren't always likable, their pained awareness is poignant.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Thoughtful, deeply affectionate and concerned more with essence than chronology, it recounts the band’s 30 years in a way that should enlighten diehards as well as the uninitiated.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    In Chadwick Boseman, it has a galvanic core, a performance that transcends impersonation and reverberates long after the screen goes dark.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    At the helm for the first-time, and working from screenwriter Christina Hodson’s slick balancing act of aspirational romance and dark psychology, longtime producer Di Novi enlivens the generic mix with a tinge of camp and a sure grasp of mean-girl dynamics.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Fly Away is an affecting portrait of a single mother and her severely autistic daughter.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    With its grasp of suspense and character, it hits the mark as a portrait of openhearted determination that's devoid of desperation.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Inevitably cursory, it’s nonetheless a fascinating introduction to the ways that core components of Americana wouldn’t be eradicated. Or silenced.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    More a series of loose-limbed vignettes than a sculpted narrative, Chalk lacks a compelling dramatic drive. But the cast creates a fine, improvisatory interplay, captured with verite-style camerawork, and the unforced humor and insights go a long way.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Written by Amy Lowe Starbin and directed by Jen McGowan, both first-timers, the feature is alive with interactions that feel spontaneous.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    A compellingly unconventional, elliptical sports documentary that explores the mysterious realm of might-have-been.
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    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Combining guardedness and openheartedness in unpredictable ways, Kronerova and Novy deliver exceptional performances, turning the crystal-clear metaphor of ice swimming into a full-blooded emotional experience.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    From its pitch-perfect title through just about every detail, this sendup of sports-triumph movies maintains the right parodic pitch, if not always the highest mph on the laugh speedometer.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    A delightfully unforced comedy with a sure grasp of character and setting.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Audiences will find themselves face to face with their own prejudices, assumptions and, perhaps, squeamishness.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Strong performances by Scott Mechlowicz as Millman and Nick Nolte as the mysterious mechanic who changes his life ground the film in effective drama.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Hicks' unabashed love letter is, above all, a stirring picture of communion between artists.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    A true gift to fans of this important musician.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Whether as a constructor of large-scale enchantments or a notorious conceptualist, he emerges in this portrait as sincerely searching.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Built for action, like its title character, the movie packs a muscular, bloody punch, but mainly it’s a well-oiled diversion.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Although much of the plot defies credulity, Richard Donner directs the odd-couple action drama with a nimble facility that draws viewers in.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    It's a film with a cause, but it's also brimming with drama in the midst of jaw-dropping landscapes.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Marshall's predilection for romantic fairy tales is much in evidence, though the comedy registers in a lower key than it did in such hits as "Pretty Woman" and "Runaway Bride."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    A quietly celebratory film about music and human kindness.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    With a loose-limbed naturalness, she conveys naiveté, intellectual curiosity and romantic yearning, and shows the unassuming Ana’s newfound thrill at being seen, however complicated the man holding her in his admiring gaze. She’s open and vulnerable but no fool. Best of all, Johnson and her director embrace Ana’s paradox: She snickers at Christian’s predilections, but they also turn her on.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Though the film, which lapses at times into repetitiousness, could have been trimmer and sleeker, even non-aficionados will be swept up by its dynamic look at the creative process.

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