For 456 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Sheri Linden's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Finding Nemo
Lowest review score: 0 Awakened
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 31 out of 456
456 movie reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Director Matthew Vaughn strikes an energetic balance between cartoonish action and character-driven drama... The mix grows less seamless and the story loses oomph as it barrels toward its doomsday countdown, but the cast’s dash and humor never flag.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    At its best, the movie achieves a broody dazzle, even as the narrative proves less memorable than one would have hoped. But the fluency of Mann’s direction and the slow-burn chemistry between Chris Hemsworth and Tang Wei counterbalance the more ordinary, and not always involving, procedural elements.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Ambitious and intricately plotted — at times distractingly so — the bilingual feature is an uneven genre ride, but its appealing cast and multicultural twist on a familiar format help to smooth the rough spots and keep things engaging, if not entirely satisfying.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    The blurring of fact and fiction has been a part of the Amityville saga since it became public, but for Lutz there's no gray area in his memories, whose power is undiminished.
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    • 60 Sheri Linden
    Anyone seeking an empty-headed, derivative joy ride through crime-comedy conventions could do far worse than Silver Case, a brisk, good-looking and never dull B movie.
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    • 60 Sheri Linden
    Though his treatment of the subject is often superficial, Perlman makes a clear argument for the broader implications, especially for Western consumers.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    The movie, though uneven, benefits from a strong sense of place and an exceptionally well-cast lead.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    The movie could have made its points — war is bad; music is the universal language — in half the time. But the harmonies are sweet, the acoustic picking impressive.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    Instead of subversion, Mazer's first outing as a feature director offers only a tweak of genre conventions. He does achieve an above-average share of laugh-out-loud moments — welcome compensation in a romp that grows more forced with every turn.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    Concerned mainly with the mechanics of the undertaking, the movie is less an incisive chronicle than a galvanizing tool for parents who are, understandably, frustrated with the system.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    White's film is a love letter not just to Kelly and the Beatles, but also to postwar working-class Liverpool.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    The earnest mash-up of spoken-word performance, domestic drama and soapy romance in Things Never Said is unwieldy, to be sure, and would have sunk a less charismatic cast.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    Shelton's affection for her characters is evident but it's not enough.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    The feature spikes its lonesome mood with shots of dry humor, animated sequences and flashbacks — at times overplaying its hand, even as Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff wordlessly convey all that needs to be said.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    It's a plot that never takes hold, a mystery devoid of suspense... But the actors' unforced chemistry defies the artifice.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    Boilerplate shootouts and conflagrations get the better of the movie's second half, but for the most part, first-time director Park Hong-soo strikes the right balance between take-no-prisoners espionage and teenage angst.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    The central drama never fully engages, but the jolts that Banshee delivers are check-the-locks scary.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    Some stories drag while others have zing in this anthology; binding them is a compelling sense of cultural identity — the tension between tradition and free-market modernity.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    The movie has the taut efficiency of a well-constructed crime thriller, while its real-world underpinnings play out with a less convincing sense of urgency.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    It can feel repetitive and oversimplified. Aesthetically, though, it has an aching, dreamlike pull, constructing a panoramic view of history through the prism of collective and personal memory.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    In engaging but not always satisfying fashion, Jody Shapiro's film reveals the man behind the logo to be a taciturn, plain-living refugee from city life and an unlikely globe-trotting corporate spokesman.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    Director Maria Sole Tognazzi gently explores what it means to be unmarried, middle-aged and female. She illuminates a seldom-seen line of work, bathes her flawed characters in affection, and makes points both obvious and astute, soft-pedaling her insights with celebratory travelogue touches.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    [Gibney's] chronicle informs rather than inspires, but it's a solid introduction to a fascinating figure.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    Fascinating anecdotes unfold, illuminating the spontaneity and daring that went into producing the groundbreaking periodical.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    "Him" and "Her" are hardly groundbreaking cinema, but they are more rewarding than "Them."
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    The film can be intensely moving, yet there's a self-congratulatory tone to much of it, especially in the domestic drama.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    Droll, unforced humor and low-magnitude emotional tremors register persuasively thanks to the natural performances of the three leads.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    First-time actor Garrett is better at conveying Paganini's artistic sensitivity and self-indulgence than his innovative fire. When he picks up the fiddle, though, he speaks with eloquent authority.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    Nothing feels truly at stake, no matter how weighty the risks the characters face, but there are charming moments along the way.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    The wan drama is enlivened by bursts of black comedy, some bits more effective than others, and though it ultimately disappoints, there's promise in the understated creepiness of Riley Stearns' debut feature.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    Despite its clumsiness, the film conveys the melding of modern and ancient, sensuous and sacred.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    Though the story is drawn in broad strokes and overloaded with melodrama, director Mat Whitecross' exuberant feature understands the communal joy and personal necessity of rock 'n' roll.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    None of it is quite satisfying, especially when old-age makeup takes center stage. But striking moments develop along the way, jolts of weird joy and melancholy as menace gathers under the Mediterranean sun.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    Pleasant and atmospheric family romp, offering enough mildly chilling thrills to keep everyone entertained during its brief running time.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    A decidedly upbeat number, centered on a good-hearted character.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    Although it offers no new angles on the story engines of loyalty and revenge, the French film boasts an intriguing milieu and the off-center, hair-trigger intensity of Samy Naceri as a crime boss.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    Taking satiric aim at a familiar target, conformity, Australian playwright Tony McNamara's film debut is by turns incisive and broad.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    Boasts appealing leads and dazzling court play, but the film never rises above its by-the-numbers plot to generate emotional heat.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    Character eccentricities and off-kilter group dynamics play out with a comic vengeance.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    Offers proof that the Korean animation industry is poised for the big leagues.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    Familiar but never overly broad, this well-cast, crowd-pleasing comedy benefits from a low-key emphasis on character over high jinks.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    Well-meaning but implausible story.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    The decidedly irreverent nature of much of the proceedings will be a turnoff to some viewers, a tonic to others.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    A shiver of cosmic comedy runs through the film's tragic turns.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    Full of insights on love and sex -- which will have more resonance for lesbians but pack a universal punch.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    Causes don't get much worthier, and Smile is a labor of love, a portion of the film's proceeds earmarked for the humanitarian group.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    An affecting portrait of a young widow and her two teenage daughters.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    Doesn't depart from the inspirational coming-of-age formula. But it has got enough heart and disco-fever exuberance to connect with audiences.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    A choppily told tribute to the Apollo astronauts that makes striking use of never-before-seen archival images.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    Meredith has woven together a half-dozen portraits of contemporary lives-on-the-edge in this quietly searing drama.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    A handsome production but one that struggles to integrate its various elements -- cabaret-society glamour, intellectual fervor, family drama, impossible romance and droll humor.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    Neither as breezy nor as edgy as it pretends to be.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    Has the feel of a contemporary screwball romance, if not the crackling one-liners of classic screwball. But Lindsay Lohan and Chris Pine make a charming star-crossed couple, and tweens and teens will find enough plot reversals to keep them hooked.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    Offers more laughs than most comedies of recent vintage. But what was subversive on the tube feels muted at feature length.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    Although it is overloaded with backstory and often tries too hard, Aurora Borealis finds a reasonable balance between romance and family drama.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    A decidedly old-fashioned war film that reaches for epic sweep but is often bogged down in cliched drama and two-dimensional characters.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    Aiming for wacky and heartwarming, the film is, at its sporadic best, a mildly diverting coming-of-age story. At its worst, it feels forced.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    The film offers fascinating glimpses of a hardworking but unhurried way of life, though it doesn't have the powerful dramatic hook of "The Story of the Weeping Camel."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    Director George Hickenlooper captures the energy and ultra-irony of Warhol's scene, but his attempts to give the film a conventional biopic arc end up wallowing in dime-store psychology.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    The laugher about a meek middle manager who finds a life-changing fortune takes a while to hit its stride, but in its best stretches, it offers deliriously spirited farce.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    Amongst the cardboard-cutout supporting characters, Lauren Graham brings a welcome deadpan sensibility to the overeager proceedings.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    The good news is that Christopher Walken, resplendent in purple silk, isn't the film's sole redeeming element. The bad news is that even his arch-villain can't save Balls of Fury from losing bounce as the story proceeds.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    Despite effective moments, VanAlkemade's film is too diffuse. He gives us snippets of the group's spirited performances, but their effect on audiences remains unclear.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    Full of incident but nearly devoid of dramatic tension, The Children of Huang Shi is a based-on-fact saga that has lost much of its power on the long road to the screen.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    The simple but affecting film begins a weeklong award-qualifying run Friday before opening in stateside art houses Jan. 21, and is worth a look for its gutsy and commanding central performance.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    The picture's quiet performances and occasionally surprising moments take it just far enough off the beaten path to make it more than a transparently formulaic feel-good story.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    Fine performances and bristling language compel in this overlong, often off-putting but well-observed New York story.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    A thoughtful piece of advocacy journalism.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    Delivering visual drama and understated character study, sometimes in disappointingly formulaic fashion, the feature has its incisive moments but falls short as both epic and intimate portrait.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    Hubbell lays the groundwork for a nuts-and-bolts examination of changes over the decades in treatment and teaching techniques. In the present tense, however, the first-person aspect of his documentary can veer toward the cutesy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    Thomas’ direction, especially of the villainous roles, gives a lot of the action a self-conscious, not-quite-real quality. Some aspects of the movie’s intentional artifice work better than others.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    Frost is a likable lead and an easy rooting interest. But his affability isn’t enough to give this silly-sweet feature the edge and dimension that would make it a memorable contribution to the subgenre epitomized by The Full Monty — comedies in which middle-aged, unassuming Brits discover their inner showman.
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    • 60 Sheri Linden
    The English dubbing is far from picture-perfect, with uneven voice performances and choppy synchronization dulling some of the material’s spark.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    Elliptical storytelling is both a strength and a weakness in a visually striking mystery thriller.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    At once understated and slightly pulpy, the film comes down squarely on the side of compassion. It’s no polemic, but neither is it as character-driven as it aims to be.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    Though it’s strictly for the faithful, the tween-friendly mix of cute and earnest has a forthright sharpness and is never cloying.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    The immigration-themed messages of acceptance and encouragement are clearly spelled out, often in heavy-handed fashion, and an overriding blandness mutes the drama. But there’s also something apt in the straightforward telling of the against-the-odds adventure.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    More a middle-of-the-road rom-com than a teen-spirit sendup, the pic weaves its lighthearted mix of silly and serious with increasingly heavy-handed spiels on self-esteem.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    There’s no question that the feature is a leaner, meaner affair than its predecessor. That’s not enough, though, to counterbalance the often oppressive self-seriousness (though Miles Teller gives it a welcome shot) or to plaster over the holes in the premise.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    The two young female leads, exceptionally well cast, deliver strong performances, and the drama benefits from Weber’s interest in understanding rather than demonizing the bully.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Sheri Linden
    Moll's restraint gives way to a tastefully overwrought checklist of Gothic imagery. In the cloistered shadows and the harsh Castilian sun, the visuals are handsome, even as the movie threatens to tip into parody.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Sheri Linden
    A challenge to eco-orthodoxy, Pandora's Promise subscribes to its own dogma. The lack of opposing voices diminishes the film, even as Stone raises issues that shouldn't be discounted out of hand.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Sheri Linden
    Even given the character's extreme introspection and withdrawal, Tautou's performance is too often opaque.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Sheri Linden
    Director Anais Barbeau-Lavalette builds a persuasive sensory immediacy in Inch'Allah, even as her story grows increasingly contrived.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Sheri Linden
    Though it's built around a kernel of tender feeling, the comedy never transcends its basic contrivance.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Sheri Linden
    With its flat punch lines, formulaic action and undercooked mélange of messages — touching on everything from factory farming to genocide — the film waddles awkwardly.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Sheri Linden
    Billy and Buddy manages to maintain the kind of brisk giddiness that many animated films struggle to achieve. But as family fare with a few unsettling Gallic touches, the boy-and-his-dog escapade is an odd fit.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Sheri Linden
    Between the heavy-handed lines, director Adrian Popovici provides telling glimpses of a provincial, aggressively retrograde attitude toward women and the seedy nightclubs where they're preyed on. He elicits uneven performances from a cast working in several languages.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Sheri Linden
    Life Is Strange is unfocused yet intermittently effective as an illustrated oral history.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Sheri Linden
    A film rich in atmosphere but emotionally as blunt as its title.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Sheri Linden
    With its developers-versus-ranchers intrigue and touches of magic realism, the movie ends up playing like a mild-tempered oddity.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Sheri Linden
    The film owes whatever persuasiveness it has to the teen leads' sharp performances — their sisterly chemistry and their filial friction with an alcohol-addled mother, well played by Mira Sorvino.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Sheri Linden
    Richard Ray Perez's documentary concerns the myth more than the man.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Sheri Linden
    The setting abounds in beauty, and the storytelling abounds in obvious cues that mute the intended suspense, if not the horror.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Sheri Linden
    Dunne creates a full-blooded character. The film around him, unfortunately, takes low-key to the realm of tepid.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Sheri Linden
    Stars Aubrey Plaza and Dane DeHaan are game, as is the lineup of mostly wasted supporting actors. But what might have been a snappy short is interminable at feature length, the mayhem-in-suburbia conceit generating few laughs as it stomps along.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Sheri Linden
    The period details are so lovingly burnished in this uneven, if heartfelt, feature that for a while they threaten to overpower the story, which delves gently into a rarely explored aspect of the war.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Sheri Linden
    Ball tends to slice and dice action sequences in a way that drains them of energy, and his attempts to churn up emotion fall disconcertingly flat. But he does stage a couple of effective adrenaline-pumping chases through the maze's industrial wasteland.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Sheri Linden
    To penetrate beyond the camaraderie and capture the depth of the experience would require less conventional filmmaking.

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