For 320 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Simon Abrams' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 100 Evolution
Lowest review score: 0 Doctor Bello
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 99 out of 320
320 movie reviews
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Simon Abrams
    Come for Ku's joyful choreography, stay for Yen's most memorable post-comeback performance.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Simon Abrams
    The Taking of Tiger Mountain may not always be as grand as it should be, but its thrills compensate for its shortcomings.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Simon Abrams
    Chashme Baddoor's modest charms dissipate quickly, but they're certainly real.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Simon Abrams
    Piers McGrail's nuanced, moody cinematography brings out the best in writer-director Ivan Kavanagh's over-mannered but effectively creepy ghost story.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Simon Abrams
    Superior found-footage horror film Creep tellingly loses steam after it stops being a rote but tense game of chicken between a normcore derangoid (he likes hikes, hugs, and pancakes) and his wary victim.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Simon Abrams
    Wu and Lin have great chemistry, but only because Chow was smart enough to reimagine Journey to the West as a rare character-driven big-budget action-adventure — the kind of thing Americans might love if they knew it existed.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Simon Abrams
    Barely Lethal's combination of bawdy humor and earnest affection for its high-school-aged protagonists is surprisingly well-balanced.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Simon Abrams
    Dany's mystery may ultimately go one twist too far. But until then, viewers can easily lose themselves while daydreaming about a French dame in distress with bad luck and an alluring look.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Simon Abrams
    Skiptrace proves that nothing can stop Jackie Chan, not even poor judgment.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Simon Abrams
    Boss is that rare Bollywood action film whose stars are worthy of the pedestal they're put on.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 70 Simon Abrams
    First-time director Stiles White's effective use of long takes and director of photography David Emmerichs's wide-angle digital cinematography make an otherwise generic teen ghost story unexpectedly atmospheric.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Simon Abrams
    Documentary character study Kung Fu Elliot starts off as a cringe-humor portrait of a delusional would-be action star, but gradually transforms into a thoughtful examination of its title character's naïveté.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Simon Abrams
    Instead of over-glorifying their shared past, Ericsson pays loving tribute to what remains of his subjects' relationship.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Simon Abrams
    What's most arresting is the way Mizgirev's vision of 1860s Russia shines through in the perspiration on Champagne goblets, the flicker of candlelight on faces, and the sheen of polished-steel dueling pistols.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Simon Abrams
    Thank You for Playing transforms a father's confession into a revealing work of art.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Simon Abrams
    Yakusho's breathless, riveting performance grounds The World of Kanako even as it threatens to devolve into an unbearable series of nihilistic plot twists and gory set pieces.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Simon Abrams
    I want to recommend Nelson's film in spite of how misconceived it is simply because it asks interesting questions, albeit in some of the most banal ways imaginable.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 63 Simon Abrams
    Novel enough to be worth the price of admission, but you'll think twice before getting back in line for a second visit.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Simon Abrams
    Thor: The Dark World's characters are often very charming, but they're only so much fun when they're stuck going through the motions.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Simon Abrams
    You have to take the bad with the good here: Green Room may be too schematic to fully capture the essence of its characters' groddy milieu, but it's also economically paced, and gorgeous.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Simon Abrams
    Hardcore Henry is like a good roller-coaster in that it does not require a complex reason to be: it's there, it's fun, you ride it, and that's about it.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 63 Simon Abrams
    The good news barely outweighs the bad in Dracula Untold, a lightweight war-adventure that is ultimately stranger and more enticing when it remembers it's also a horror film.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Simon Abrams
    I've never participated in Blackout, but based on The Blackout Experiments, I can tell you that it's an intense, aggressively confrontational and deeply disturbing recreational experience.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 63 Simon Abrams
    Visually splendid, but generically flat-footed, Song of the Sea is an animated fantasy that comes close to greatness, but is rarely as clever as it is comforting.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 63 Simon Abrams
    Extraterrestrial never settles into a groove, and therefore never becomes more than a collection of effectively icky scenes.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Simon Abrams
    Once Haunter's story snaps into focus, and its creators pull you towards its inevitable conclusion, the film's flaws become that much more apparent.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 63 Simon Abrams
    Ultimately, Beneath is better than your average Roger Corman clone because it is more serious than trivial.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 63 Simon Abrams
    There is, in other words, nothing new in Hellions that you can't get already in earlier, more ambitious horror films. But McDonald delivers an effective thrice-told tale, and he does it with enough avant garde flair to show viewers that temper their expectations a good time.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 63 Simon Abrams
    Smart and scary horror films about faith, and loneliness are rare, and for the most part, "I Will Follow You Into the Dark" is pretty exciting.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Simon Abrams
    While some of the film's wide emotional turns—from over-caffeinated road movie to magically-realistic melodrama and back again—are not handled with care, the film is more than the sum of its unequal parts.

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