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 0.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Sheri Linden's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 It Comes at Night
Lowest review score: 0 Awakened
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 47 out of 711
711 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Sheri Linden
    A documentary whose visual magnificence is more than matched by unforgettable characters and political urgency.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Sheri Linden
    Putting the viewer into a men’s circle like no other, The Work is a remarkable piece of reportage.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    Each scene, beneath its surface calm, throbs with longing, dislocation and intricately woven layers of time.
    • 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
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    Krisha Fairchild’s lead performance starts off as riveting and grows ever more compelling as the brilliantly off-center story unwinds.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    Finlay unearths a fascinating biography filled with reversals, comebacks and false starts.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Sheri Linden
    Frame by Frame is a work of profound immediacy, in sync with the photographers’ commitment and hope.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Sheri Linden
    An extraordinary vérité portrait of Manila’s Fabella Hospital.
    • 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
    This exercise in beauty, derangement and memory can be contemplative or silly. Often it's both, in just the right proportions.
    • 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
    • 100 Sheri Linden
    James Ponsoldt's magnificent The End of the Tour gives us two guys talking, and the effect is breathtaking.
    • 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
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    Writer-director Michael Almereyda, whose "Hamlet" and "Cymbeline" boldly reimagined Shakespeare, takes a stylized visual approach in Experimenter, with bracing results.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Filmmakers Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis were among those on the front lines of the protests against police violence and their on-the-ground, from-the-heart documentary Whose Streets? communicates that urgency from the inside out — not as news story or social theory, but as communal experience and awakening.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    If this film portrait stirs deep emotions, they spring from a breathtakingly unsentimental embrace of life at its most challenging.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    The film boasts a terrific newcomer in the lead role, exquisite widescreen photography and a powerful sense of place.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Sheri Linden
    With his fine cast and his gracefully restrained screenplay, Shults makes horror recognizable.
    • 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
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    With its focus on domestic interiors (and interior lives), the movie doesn't simply recall Akerman's past efforts; it reveals their roots.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Accomplished and affecting art house fare.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    Clear-eyed and urgent.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Hicks' unabashed love letter is, above all, a stirring picture of communion between artists.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Seamlessly melding Marvel mythology with Western mythology, James Mangold has crafted an affectingly stripped-down stand-alone feature, one that draws its strength from Hugh Jackman’s nuanced turn as a reluctant, all but dissipated hero.
    • 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
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    The doc’s stunning slo-mo footage of midair locomotion emphasizes these messengers’ grace 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    With artistic flourishes, N.C. Heikin’s documentary portrait fits the exceptional life story into a biographical boilerplate that covers the general trajectory and turning points.
    • 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
    Much like the father-son bond at its center, the comic drama is warmhearted but never cloying.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    A work of powerful humanism.
    • 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
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    A well-made and entertaining descent into a black-comic hell.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Their personal story is no less fascinating than their experiences working on hundreds of movies, together and separately.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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 directors never lose sight of the struggles and the hard work that go along with his calling.
    • 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.

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