For 680 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 Sherpa
Lowest review score: 0 Awakened
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 46 out of 680
680 movie reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    The comedy star's legions of fans will welcome the cheerfully crude proceedings as a return to silliness after several earnest, lower-key character turns. The melange of Middle East diplomacy, action absurdity, sexual healing and, when in doubt, hummus, wavers between muscular and middling. It's a surefire hit.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    It's the loosely connected encounters of the early sequences that are remarkable in their poignancy and humor.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Directors Menachem Daum and Oren Rudavsky may not solve Israeli-Palestinian animosities, but they find illuminating angles of exploration for one of the world’s most intractable conflicts.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Whether viewers accept the spiritual terms of the conversation or not, the unlikely allies shine a burning light on questions that go to the essence of who we are and what it means to value life.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Though the comic confection's clunky moments keep it from achieving soufflé delicacy, its bright zingers and seamless fantasy sequences amp the playfulness, and the mostly unforced performances complement the production's cartoonish exuberance.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    The faux press conferences and perverse inventions (SurvivaBall, anyone?) that are included here highlight corporate greed and governmental shortsightedness as shrewdly as ever.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Its sentimentality is tempered by the elegant restraint of the fine lead performances.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    This culture-clash romantic comedy, scripted by Elizabeth Hunter and Saladin K. Patterson, goes exactly where you'd expect, but helmer Lynn, a comedy vet, gets it there with such infectious energy that you don't much mind the story's predictability.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    An intensely realized, beautifully shot drama.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    None of it is earth-shattering, but Goodman gives it muscle and makes it work. And with their synapse-firing performances, Banderas and Rhys Meyers keep the viewer at arm’s length and guessing — through, and even past, fade-out.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    If this adulatory “American Masters” production elides certain chapters of Angelou’s biography, it nonetheless offers ample evidence of her commanding intensity and of her importance as an unwavering voice of the black experience.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    This tale of a lovable jerk who learns the meaning of sacrifice should capitalize on its star's sitcom popularity to hit one out of the park.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    There's no denying the beauty of the film's imagery, violent and tender, or the emotional power of the final moment in the boy-and-his-dog love story.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    The doc’s stunning slo-mo footage of midair locomotion emphasizes these messengers’ grace and mystery.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Jolts of humor and fantasy bring welcome texture to the romance-novel sleekness, as do the leads, who both have an uncommon, idiosyncratic allure.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    The low gore quotient and emphasis on young love might disappoint genre purists, but for those open to the idea of a gently goofy mash-up, the film is strong on atmosphere and offers likably low-key, if somewhat bland, charms.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Avoids easy shtick and saccharine conclusions, opting instead for character dynamics that the two leads deliver with consummate skill.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    There’s nothing particularly cinematic about the well-crafted film, but it’s a compelling piece of advocacy journalism, one that looks beyond the sloganeering on all sides of the debate.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    This Isn’t Funny is insightful and quick-witted, a romance that take chances while its lovers learn to do the same.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Actor-turned-helmer Bill Paxton has fashioned solid family entertainment in this well-cast feature.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Unfocused lapses aside, though, the film is intriguing and discomforting in equal measure, using its brief running time to frame thoughtful, boundary-pushing questions.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    As a depiction of youthful resilience, the film works, but Max's trials and tribulations might have had more dramatic impact with a trained actor in the role.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Adapting the novel by Zhivko Chingo, director Trajkov and his co-scripter, Vladimir Blazevski, have created a searing memory piece. Suki Medencevic's widescreen cinematography illuminates a shadow realm halfway between heaven and hell.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    A tender take on life after stardom.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Hoover doesn’t get into the nitty-gritty of the kids’ detox and rehabilitation, but Mokhnenko’s compassion is as evident as his self-regard, and inextricable from his sense of a moral imperative.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Solid family fare. Like its source material, the Missouri-shot Saving Shiloh is down-home country without condescending to hicks from the sticks.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    There’s no overarching life-story chronology; biographical details emerge in bits and pieces. The director doesn’t wring maudlin tears from her subject’s ordeal, in part because Jones never asks for pity.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Idiocracy, is often stingingly funny -- and an undeserving resident of the summer's-end movie dumping ground.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Documentarian Morgan Neville has fashioned a spirited riposte to the groundless cliche that Los Angeles is a cultural wasteland.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Among the willing cast, only Jacinda Barrett and topliners Josh Lucas, Kurt Russell and Richard Dreyfuss manage, just barely, to suggest a third dimension to the script's cursory character sketches. But that won't matter to audiences craving a disaster thrill ride.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    If its summary approach is less than penetrating, its underlying message of tolerance and open-mindedness is commendable.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Awash in nostalgia, "Lions" combines a gentle coming-of-age story with swashbuckling fantasy. While it lacks a necessary tension in its establishing scenes and might be too soft for those who prefer grittier fare.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Until the lean script by Baier and Laurent Guido takes some unconvincing turns in the late going, the film is a credible portrait of alienation.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Posing serious questions about violence and vigilantism while reveling in both, Captain America: Civil War is overlong but surprisingly light on its feet. It builds upon the plotlines of previous Avengers outings, bringing together known marquee quantities and introducing the Black Panther and a new Spidey in winning fashion.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Their personal story is no less fascinating than their experiences working on hundreds of movies, together and separately.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    The collision of adolescent hormones and parental folly, hardly new cinematic territory, gets a bracing absurdist slant in Youth in Revolt.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Madsen brings our collective sense of identity into sharp relief through the lens of what could be called a first date with mysterious beings.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Captures a reunion between them that speaks volumes about the intense connections, complicated and big-hearted, that have fueled an extraordinary musical collaboration.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    The spotlight illuminates a well-chosen quintet of subjects, all wholesomely passionate practitioners of a readily dissed form of entertainment and each at a different point in their career.
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    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Though the shifts can be abrupt, the film provides an overview of a huge topic with admirable concision.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    The actors wrestle passionately with compelling questions about attraction and love.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Like the young social activists at its center, the documentary Radicalized is propelled by a ragged energy, a fuel that's equal parts outrage and idealism.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    For all their layered complexity, the songs can slip into a musical and rhetorical sameness. But the concert's aesthetic power is undeniable. The swirl of sound and motion burns with a bright intensity, not unlike like the onstage Tesla coils that have been reconfigured as instruments.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Those not in the smackdown frame of mind will find an overabundance of head-butts, body slams and pounding aural effects -- this is a definite contender for loudest film of the year -- but also will discover instances of innovative, spectacular stuntwork and, though the comic interplay often falls flat, a story with heart.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Australian writer-director Kim Mordaunt doesn't always succeed at balancing the sentimental, the political and the ethnographic, but at its strongest the story is a seamless melding of history's dark undertow and a child's indefatigable optimism.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    To the unlikely role of a Bogart-esque reluctant hero, Leonardo DiCaprio brings an intensity that compels even when the script falters.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    An unsentimental portrait.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Though the film's second half could be tighter, the details and atmosphere ring true throughout, especially in the walking-wounded chemistry between Seimetz and Roberts' tentative dreamers.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Puts a human face on the failings of the American judicial system and the growing importance of DNA in legal proceedings.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Writer-director Peter Strickland...uses atmosphere as others would use plot, and knows how to provoke comic shudders. But he tends to repeat himself, and he doesn't quite find a satisfying denouement for the inventive premise.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Young director Marek Najbrt, commendably, is not interested in wringing easy tears from the European experience of World War II. In the handsome drama Protektor, he brings a cool, noirish slant to a story of Czech artists and intellectuals as they accommodate and to a lesser extent resist the German occupiers.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    However masterful, the first-rate stunt work, effects, action cinematography and cutting (by no less than three editors) lose impact through sheer repetition.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    A fascinating glimpse of kids' role in the evangelical movement's political agenda.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    There's enough dark sizzle between leads Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin to keep the audience involved through the underpowered middle stretches before the film regains its footing, delivering a disquieting shiver of a conclusion.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    The result is a character-driven mystery of considerable emotional power, often harrowing and always compelling.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    The script excels at character-driven laughs, cerebral yet goofy, without resorting to sitcom stereotypes or genitalia-focused stupidity.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    An appealingly low-rent, if not earth-shattering, 26th century "Star Wars" with faint glimmers of "Blade Runner," "Buckaroo Banzai" and "The Manchurian Candidate" for good measure.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    "The truth is malleable,” an onscreen title declares at the beginning of the film. It’s also somewhat elusive in this saga, which is less an investigation than a spirited tribute. But the combination of humor and grit is always intriguing.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Johnny Depp makes a riveting antihero in a dark and bawdy period drama.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Terrific performances by Anthony LaPaglia, Eric Stoltz and Caroleen Feeney infuse this well-written comic drama with a realistic ease.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Crossing the life-death divide, Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo are a winning pair in this smart and tender comedy.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Circumstances that might have been static in less skilled hands are given tantalizing life by Young, the actors and the deft camerawork of cinematographer Ryan Balas.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Bahrani sometimes pushes too hard as he reaches for big drama. But when the story works, it has a dark power that draws shrewdly upon his two leads' screen charisma.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Though the engaging documentary treads through unavoidably familiar territory — the loneliness of the road, the anguish of bombing — its chorus of testifiers often find sharp new angles of approach.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Sharp, vivacious comedy.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    It’s a solid genre outing with unsettling topical resonance.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Like his previous feature, "Jealousy," the film is shot in sumptuous black-and-white and revolves around artistic Parisians. But in its elegant almost threadbare simplicity, it's a more effective story, anchored by three persuasive performances and a sly sense of irony.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    The documentary Stolen Seas is not just a high-energy chronicle of a ship's hijacking; Thymaya Payne's bold debut feature steps back for a view of Somali piracy that's both broader and more incisive than most mainstream news coverage.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Long deemed unfilmable, the 18th century novel finds the perfect interpreters in director Michael Winterbottom and actor Steve Coogan.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Cameron Crowe's feature documentary is among his most effective and deeply felt work.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Despite confusing information about the role of diet and lifestyle, The Widowmaker is a lucid and important work of advocacy journalism. It illuminates yet another way that mainstream medicine thrives on crisis rather than health.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Though the story’s midsection, with its shifting alliances and reversals, feels distended, the movie offers well-defined characters and an inventive sense of earthbound fun, as well as poignant moments.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    The grim economic realities behind such trafficking are glancingly acknowledged. There’s real impact, though, in the anger and grief of law enforcement officials and conservationists when their tracking leads them to elephant carcasses.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Writer-director Simon Aboud doesn’t push the quirk factor; even when the narrative is at its most playful, he keeps it rooted to a lived-in reality. Mining familiar territory with an earnest clarity, he shapes a mild yet winning fantasy about hearts opening and friendships blooming.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    The fine, spirited work of Taraji P. Henson, Spencer and Janelle Monae as irresistible rooting interests, as well as Kevin Costner’s winningly lived-in turn as the head of Langley’s Space Task Group, deepen a film that’s propelled by sitcommy beats and expository dialogue.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Lynch's film is a work of steady chronological progression. Without straining for big-picture significance, it provides a composed look into the revolutionary spirit.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Meryl Streep narrates a heartwarming documentary for an up close look at Arctic wildlife.
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    • 70 Sheri Linden
    What Kaufman's blunt inquiry lacks in technical refinement, it makes up for in details — in interviewees' recollections and, most harrowing, in the box full of letters that sparked the project.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    As a portrait of children who are wanted and loved, it's intimate and often delightful.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Bears a wealth of imaginative riches and a signature mix of outre personalities and gadgets.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    From bus stations to jazz concerts, Bradley finds epiphanies in public spaces, expressed visually, musically and, in the way the practical entwines with the philosophical, in dialogue spoken by friends and strangers alike.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Policy wonk Robert Reich’s analysis of today’s parallels to the Great Depression is both statistics-driven and impassioned.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Though it's not entirely satisfying, the loose-limbed feature exerts a genial pull in its offhand exuberance.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Its restraint is its strength. The focus on a woman's passionate hard work without need of marital-status back story is refreshing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Sokurov's open-ended Eurocentric meditation is, above all, a stunning visual achievement. The fluency with which he combines the pixels, ghosts and artifacts is extraordinary, and his deft use of drone footage is a lesson to many gadget-happy filmmakers.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    The drama's moments of cinematic power more than compensate for the slow-moving stretches that don't connect, and its characters will stay with viewers long after the lights go up.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    The carefully laid foundation of suspense and dread, with its symmetries and crisp dialogue, is squandered in a clumsy pileup of credulity-stretching cataclysmic events.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    The screenplay by Amy Fox is mechanical, the plot more contrived than charged under Meera Menon’s lackluster direction. But as a study of endurance and self-preservation in the face of persistent double standards, the movie clicks.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Where Band Aid excels is in its mix of blisteringly understated comedy with a compassionate view of the ways we can let our lives drift away from us. There’s something bracingly fresh in the way Lister-Jones and Pally combine blind spots and vulnerabilities with a particularly secular-Jewish self-consciousness.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    In its hard-hitting depiction of a legacy of unspeakable brutality, this film shows that the ghosts of Leopold are alive and well.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    The story feels a bit more episodic as it proceeds, but for most of the two-hour running time it flows at an earthbound tempo, thanks to Trojan's assured, unobtrusive direction.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    The result is a composite portrait of girlhood, refracted — not especially rich in groundbreaking insight, but often shimmering with feeling.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    As with all comics-based extravaganzas, brevity is anathema to the Patty Jenkins-directed Wonder Woman, and it doesn’t quite transcend the traits of franchise product as it checks off the list of action-fantasy requisites.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Has a rollicking time reaching its foreseeable conclusion.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Blank City may not be groundbreaking, but it's vibrant and well researched.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Sadwith, whose TV credits include the miniseries “Sinatra,” conjures a few memorable moments in his big-screen debut. But the most stirring moment belongs to Cooper, who turns a barely audible, exasperated sigh into a complicated life story.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    The cast acquits itself well, with the Rock evincing a quiet balance between humor and brawn.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Baya Medhaffar inhabits the role of Farah with a blazing exuberance that’s matched by a dynamic sense of place. Director Leyla Bouzid may struggle to shape her narrative in the final reels, but through most of its running time her first feature pulses with in-the-moment vitality.

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