Stanley Kauffmann
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For 456 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 39% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 58% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Stanley Kauffmann's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Titanic
Lowest review score: 0 Hulk
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 44 out of 456
456 movie reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Stanley Kauffmann
    The cast could not -- one could almost say need not -- be improved.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 90 Stanley Kauffmann
    The very considerable impact of the picture is mainly the work of two men, the author and the star.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Stanley Kauffmann
    Nothing about this film sounds, as described, novel. Yet it grips, because it has been made with plentiful feeling and vigor. [June 26, 1989]
    • The New Republic
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Stanley Kauffmann
    An unusually fine screenplay, then, yet LaBute's accomplishment goes further. He has envisioned a cinematic style for his film that harmonizes exactly with its theme and mood. [Sept 1, 1997]
    • The New Republic
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Stanley Kauffmann
    Happiness very quickly displays finesse and control, colored by a nearly exultant glee. [9 Nov 1998]
    • The New Republic
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Stanley Kauffmann
    Washington Heights, under De Villa's guidance, bubbles. Once more, as in comparable films, it creates a foreign nexus in a domestic setting -- a group of people who live in two cultures.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Stanley Kauffmann
    It is Fellini's face that is peculiarly welcome, the face that -- in a probably fantasizing but pertinent way -- endorses his films.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Stanley Kauffmann
    It is Akinshina's presence and performance that make the pedestrian story heart-wrenching. She is pretty, responsive, reflective. Without the slightest strain, she convinces us of the beauty and pathos and hope within Lilya.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Stanley Kauffmann
    The essence of the film is that French gambit which Leconte has called "the magic of the unlikely encounter.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Stanley Kauffmann
    Spider is not a pulse-quickening experience, but Fiennes's art makes it engrossing.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Stanley Kauffmann
    Coppola handles her film with very pleasant economy, with a kind of warm precision. Her father, who was one of this picture's producers, can be as proud of her as we are grateful.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Stanley Kauffmann
    "You'll have to be patient." Philibert said, "That's the point." This is the film's success: its patience, which in a way mirrors the teacher's.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 90 Stanley Kauffmann
    Christine Jeffs has directed it with discretion and intimacy, almost a paradoxical privacy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Stanley Kauffmann
    It is Theron who transmutes and sustains this journey through the lower depths.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Stanley Kauffmann
    Son Frère is a real achievement, delicate, perceptive, somewhat muted but nonetheless strong.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Stanley Kauffmann
    The film's authority rests first and finally on the two actors in the leading roles. They are utterly reassuring. [4 August 1997, p. 26]
    • The New Republic
    • 55 Metascore
    • 90 Stanley Kauffmann
    Ozpetek is an enriching director. More than a presentation of its contents, every scene seems also to be a distillation of the matters that led to it. He can take a somewhat worn device--moving the camera around his people as they talk--and make it savory.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Stanley Kauffmann
    Crudup is whole. He creates the man who has pride in what he does, who is suddenly stripped of the work and the pride; and who makes his way, somewhat painfully, to another sort of pride. His story is a small but acute poignancy in the history of the theater, and Crudup realizes it completely.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Stanley Kauffmann
    A comedy that surfs from beginning to end on a wave of high spirits. The tone is young but not juvenile, sexy but not cynical, optimistic but not stupid. [22 April 1996, p.28]
    • The New Republic
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Stanley Kauffmann
    Sembène's love of his people and his commitment to the richness that underlies the poverty of their condition have always made his films gems of truth, as they do once again here.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Stanley Kauffmann
    It's dazzling and serious, with flurries of impulse playing around a persistent core of madness. [6 May 1996, p. 24]
    • The New Republic
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Stanley Kauffmann
    The result, except for the stock action climax, is sharp, fast, bitter. [19 September 1994, p. 38]
    • The New Republic
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Stanley Kauffmann
    The insinuating quality of 3-Iron is irresistible.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Stanley Kauffmann
    It seems quite possible that Me and You marks the arrival of an artist who may affect--disturbingly yet helpfully--films and audiences to come.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Stanley Kauffmann
    García wanted to paint a canvas of nine elements, rather than one large element; and, though only a few of the vignettes are related, the film leaves us with a sense of wholeness, not of stunt.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Stanley Kauffmann
    It contains little that will be new to any informed viewer; yet it fascinates for all of its 140 minutes.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Stanley Kauffmann
    Sheridan and colleagues understood their chief problem: how to sustain interest in a story that was well-known in advance, not a large historical subject with its own prestige but a news story now dated. So they concentrated on character and on acid irony. [03 Jan 1994 Pg. 28]
    • The New Republic
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Stanley Kauffmann
    The brothers have given us another treasure. Once again they have made a drama of redemption, and once again they convince us that it is possible.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 90 Stanley Kauffmann
    One particular bit of luck for this reissue is the fact that Melville's cinematographer, Pierre Lhomme, was on hand to help with the restoration of this thirty-five-year-old film. The result is a paradoxical beauty. Very many of the scenes are in sunlight--Melville avoided such facile stuff as shadows for suspense--yet they are chilly. The seasons vary, but the general effect is of a bright winter day that is freezing.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Stanley Kauffmann
    A good Listless Film carries a double melancholy for all: it makes us sad for its characters and sad for the world that has thus affected them. Old Joy is such a film.