For 452 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 0.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Sheri Linden's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys
Lowest review score: 0 Awakened
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 30 out of 452
452 movie reviews
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Sheri Linden
    Urgent investigative report and unforgettable drama, Virunga is a work of heart-wrenching tenderness and heart-stopping suspense.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    A terrifically engaging picture of life beyond the headlines, My Perestroika lifts the veil of Cold War mystery.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Sheri Linden
    An exhilarating fish story in the perfectly cast comic adventure.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    Layering soundtrack and visuals in an intricate collage of rich emotional texture, he (Jonathan Caouette) displays an exhilarating talent.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    Anderson has created a world as stylized and inventive as anything he's done... "Fox" is a visual delight.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Long deemed unfilmable, the 18th century novel finds the perfect interpreters in director Michael Winterbottom and actor Steve Coogan.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Through interviews with Jonestown survivors and rare footage of Jones himself, this sober documentary presents an unforgettable historical portrait.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    The film boasts a terrific newcomer in the lead role, exquisite widescreen photography and a powerful sense of place.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Accomplished and affecting art house fare.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    With clinical dispassion and narrative elegance, Breillat has constructed what she calls "a thriller about denial."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    [An] incisive and absorbing documentary.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Hicks' unabashed love letter is, above all, a stirring picture of communion between artists.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    The result is a character-driven mystery of considerable emotional power, often harrowing and always compelling.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Sheri Linden
    Aatsinki is a work of cinéma vérité of the highest order: vivid, immersive and unflinching.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Waiting for August" is an impressive, if muted, debut documentary.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Touch the Sound is at least as inspiring and in some ways more rewarding, thought-provoking and subtly visceral.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    A work of powerful humanism.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    A well-made and entertaining descent into a black-comic hell.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    A documentary that doesn't force-feed its message of hope but genuinely earns it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    The film's dark beauty and the quiet intensity of the performances have a discomforting pull.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Word-of-mouth should make it one of the best-performing nonfiction films of the year.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    A documentary that's insightful, sweet and often hilarious.
    • 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
    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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    A tender take on life after stardom.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    A clear-eyed, compelling look at getting out the vote, grassroots-style.
    • 72 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    In his feature debut, writer-director Eric Byler demonstrates a refreshing trust in his material and his audience, crafting a compact, intriguing drama from understated performances and a subtle visual sensibility.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Mehta explores matters more complex and unsettling than movie-tidy, against-the-odds heroism. In Tailang's fine performance, the enormity of Mahendra's mission registers in all its devastating weight.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    A choppily told tribute to the Apollo astronauts that makes striking use of never-before-seen archival images.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    In the charming comedy-parable Ushpizin, religious orthodoxy inspires not unbending dogma but humble, sometimes baffled spiritual striving by its embraceable, flawed characters.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Blank City may not be groundbreaking, but it's vibrant and well researched.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    A compellingly unconventional, elliptical sports documentary that explores the mysterious realm of might-have-been.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Captures the excitement of the game as well as the intimate drama -- and comedy -- of the human conflict.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Barbara Sukowa's performance in the title role is the kind that reverberates long after the screen goes black.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    The central trio of actors deliver engaging, pitch-perfect work.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    A true gift to fans of this important musician.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    In inverse proportion to typically long-winded, inscrutable terms of service, the film is concise, direct and thoroughly engaging.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Documentarian Morgan Neville has fashioned a spirited riposte to the groundless cliche that Los Angeles is a cultural wasteland.

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