For 366 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 41% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 53% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Simon Abrams' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 Dragon Inn (1967)
Lowest review score: 0 The Asian Connection
Score distribution:
366 movie reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Simon Abrams
    Kuso may often feel unproductively loud, and monotonous, but it is a head-scratcher worth contending with.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 63 Simon Abrams
    While I can't exactly recommend seeing Jigsaw, I can tell you that it's fun to watch. I just don't think it's the kind of fun the filmmakers' planned.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Simon Abrams
    Until her plight becomes emotionally engaging during the film's creepy finale 20-30 minutes, watching Most Beautiful Island is an unproductively unpleasant experience.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Simon Abrams
    As a filmmaker, Drasnin should not have relied so singularly on Rittenberg's testimony.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Simon Abrams
    Redeemer may not be as good as its star, but it does give Zaror enough room to shine.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Simon Abrams
    Assassination is a blast whenever the director doesn't take his melodramatic plot too seriously.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Simon Abrams
    This Changes Everything isn't a game-changer, but it is jarring enough to be scary.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Simon Abrams
    Nothing in Moonwalkers matches Perlman's performance, but he frequently elevates desperate-to-please gags to stoner-comedy greatness.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Simon Abrams
    The film is superficially tense throughout, but director Pandey doesn't know what to emphasize when.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Simon Abrams
    Deepsea Challenge has too little interest in anything that's not Cameron's personal experience.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Simon Abrams
    Chinese comedian Huang Bo justifies his status as a record-breaking mega-star in Breakup Buddies, a tone-deaf buddy comedy that's like 10 by way of Due Date.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Simon Abrams
    Immoral Tales works best when its creator is focused on surprising viewers with his perverse imagination, and not his misguided cynicism.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Simon Abrams
    Flawed but genuinely creepy ghost story The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death is disappointing, but only because it comes close to greatness.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Simon Abrams
    Corfixen celebrates her husband for being open in his work, but never shows us how his real-life concerns translate into commendable creative risk-taking.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Simon Abrams
    The Face of an Angel may not be like any other whodunit you've seen, but it's also only superficially smarter than the genre it defines itself against.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Simon Abrams
    The best that can be said about teen sex comedy Staten Island Summer is that it goes down easy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Simon Abrams
    Paley's segment proves that The Prophet is more of a missed opportunity than an ambitious folly.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Simon Abrams
    Infectious horror-comedy Cooties is an energizing juggernaut until its seemingly inexhaustible ensemble cast members are outpaced by their respective characters' quirks.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Simon Abrams
    Kwek's refreshing focus on his terrorized protagonists' pre-abduction lives keeps Unlucky Plaza afloat once it invests in generic ticking-clock thrills.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Simon Abrams
    Neville briefly showcases individual musicians but never sticks with them long enough to highlight their skills.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Simon Abrams
    Too bad writer-director Leena Yadav only infrequently uses innuendo-driven sex talk to break up a monotonous series of confrontations between misogynistic alpha males and their unhappy wives.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Simon Abrams
    Kampai! feels like a manic ensemble drama that should have been a tight three-man show.

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