For 349 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Simon Abrams' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 Baahubali 2: The Conclusion
Lowest review score: 0 The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence)
Score distribution:
349 movie reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Simon Abrams
    This Changes Everything isn't a game-changer, but it is jarring enough to be scary.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Simon Abrams
    As a filmmaker, Drasnin should not have relied so singularly on Rittenberg's testimony.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Simon Abrams
    The Curse of Downers Grove coasts on pulpy fumes thanks to its creators' effective emphasis on circumstantial peril over character-driven drama.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Simon Abrams
    Nothing in Moonwalkers matches Perlman's performance, but he frequently elevates desperate-to-please gags to stoner-comedy greatness.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Simon Abrams
    Assassination is a blast whenever the director doesn't take his melodramatic plot too seriously.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Simon Abrams
    Infini doesn't go anywhere that superior science fiction films haven't already, but for a while, it's exciting enough to feel brand-new.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Simon Abrams
    While it doesn't cohere into anything more substantial than a collection of self-loathing anxieties, Japanese teledrama Penance is effectively unnerving on a scene-for-scene basis thanks to writer/director Kiyoshi Kurosawa's preference for ambience over character-driven drama.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Simon Abrams
    Redeemer may not be as good as its star, but it does give Zaror enough room to shine.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Simon Abrams
    [Shirai] indulges his subjects' lack of introspection and focuses on the ephemeral beauty of the brewery's centuries-old sake-making method.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Simon Abrams
    Despite its title, Drew: The Man Behind the Poster is not a documentary about movie poster artist Drew Struzan. Instead, Struzan's poster art is the film's real subject.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 58 Simon Abrams
    Post Tenebras Lux is certainly unique, but Reygadas is often intensely more interested in provoking his audience than actually fleshing out his heady ideas.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Simon Abrams
    How badly do you want to see rabid computer-generated zombie-monkeys die violently? Because there's not much else worth recommending in [Rec] 4: Apocalypse.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Simon Abrams
    James Murphy never says that his music will sound different after LCD Soundsystem disbands, so why fearfully anticipate a change that we don't even know is coming?
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Simon Abrams
    Never feels as momentous or as angsty as a good story about moody teenagers should, and that's mostly because the film lacks a menacing parental adversary.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Simon Abrams
    You know you're in trouble with a film when you're so bored by it that you wind up asking why things seem so implausible.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Simon Abrams
    The film patly confirms what "The Lion King" already taught '90s kids: we should take comfort in knowing that everything in life is natural when seen as part of the "circle of life," as surprisingly effective voiceover narrator John Krasinski reminds us.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Simon Abrams
    Informative but tedious talking-head doc Our Man in Tehran is for anyone who watched Argo and then wished to hear a ditzy, history-obsessed uncle ramble about the real-life political stakes of the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Simon Abrams
    At some point, queasy horror-comedy Another Evil stops being about one man's comically vain attempts at exorcising his home, and starts being a weird character study about a laughably desperate wannabe exorcist.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Simon Abrams
    Lacks sufficient inspiration and follow-through to be truly exciting.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Simon Abrams
    Arthouse horror flick The Eyes of My Mother actively alienates viewers by presenting episodes in a woman's life from a post-human, God-like perspective. Sometimes. Usually. Probably?
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Simon Abrams
    Wiig really shines in the film, proving that her finely honed comic timing can make a character work even when the film ultimately doesn't.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Simon Abrams
    The brutality of Tyrannosaur isn't so over the top as to make director Paddy Considine's sympathy for his flawed characters look like a sham. But it does frequently bring his film's seesawing exploration of blue-collar existence to the brink of collapse.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Simon Abrams
    Paley's segment proves that The Prophet is more of a missed opportunity than an ambitious folly.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Simon Abrams
    Neophyte writer/director Christopher Papakaliatis eventually shows an affinity for filming two people in love, but his actors often lack the chemistry to make us believe that their bond transcends all socioeconomic boundaries.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Simon Abrams
    It's for-horror-nuts-only, but if you can see it with a rowdy crowd, Dead Snow 2 will appreciate exponentially.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Simon Abrams
    Unfortunately, Lau just isn't charming enough to carry the utterly forgettable The Adventurers, a tepid remake of John Woo's already lame heist flick "Once a Thief."
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Simon Abrams
    Sinister 2 may be ambitious, but its best ideas are, as they're expressed, dumb, unmoving, and repetitive.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Simon Abrams
    Kampai! feels like a manic ensemble drama that should have been a tight three-man show.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 50 Simon Abrams
    It's refreshing to see Shark Night 3D director David R. Ellis try to pull off a semi-sincere second-generation "Jaws" rip-off, even if he doesn't quite succeed.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Simon Abrams
    You can fully enjoy Belladonna of Sadness if you either overlook or participate in the objectification of a gorgeous victim.

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