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 4.3 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
    • 89 Metascore
    • 50 Stanley Kauffmann
    Scorsese's style, fierce as it is, doesn't accomplish what he clearly expected of it. Often, in many arts, fresh treatment can redeem familiar subjects, but it doesn't happen here. [Oct 22, 1990]
    • The New Republic
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Stanley Kauffmann
    Meyer's screenplay has been called unsuccessful, and I agree; but, without glossing some bumps that are his doing, I'd say that in this case the trouble with the screen adaptation is the novel.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 50 Stanley Kauffmann
    Jordan would like us to believe that the three films are stages in a metamorphosis, but the stitching shows… Part Two, explored and expanded, might have made a good film, especially since Davidson gives a quiet, knowledgeable, perfectly poised performance. [14 Dec 1992]
    • The New Republic
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Stanley Kauffmann
    Leaves the viewer with the sense of a writing-directing talent concocting complexities. Everything he touches is well-turned, but he now feels compelled to put the pieces together in something other than a lucid design.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Stanley Kauffmann
    Yet the McCarthy/Murrow conflict in the picture is not pressing enough--these days, anyway--to justify the considerable skill expended on it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Stanley Kauffmann
    The net effect of the incessant dazzle is depressing.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Stanley Kauffmann
    The picture is too long. It repeats and repeats. Thirty minutes, instead of its eighty-six, could have told us all we need to know about the danger and tedium of these lives.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Stanley Kauffmann
    Only the onstage performing has moments of lift, particularly Keillor's diabolically homespun monologues and the cowboys with their risqué jokes that are reminders of such outhouse reading as Captain Billy's Whiz Bang.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Stanley Kauffmann
    [Douglas McGrath's] adaptation of the novel is as complete as two hours would allow. What it lacks texturally is what no adaptation could adequately supply: the gleam of the Austen prose. [19 Aug 1996, Pg.38]
    • The New Republic
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Stanley Kauffmann
    Pappas's talking heads can't exactly solve the problem, but they help to keep us from forgetting it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Stanley Kauffmann
    Malick continues to float along the edge of the American film world as an unusually intelligent personage who occasionally delivers the fruit of his meditations. But his role as adjunct philosophe is better than the films he eventually gives us.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Stanley Kauffmann
    A new voyeurism has arisen in the last two decades or so, and Trainspotting caters to it--an addiction to addiction-watching. [August 19, 1996]
    • The New Republic
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Stanley Kauffmann
    What the role needs, and what Macy cannot quite provide, is the sense not of a robot but of a potent man who has been imprisoned by rote. Remember Jack Nicholson in "About Schmidt."
    • 87 Metascore
    • 50 Stanley Kauffmann
    The English Patient is excitingly promising. Then the screenplay goes rotten, like an overripe melon. [Dec. 9, 1996]
    • The New Republic
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Stanley Kauffmann
    The writer of Very Bad Things has done poorly by the director. This is particularly painful because they are the same person, Peter Berg. Director Berg shows lively talent, focused and controlled. Writer Berg shows some talent, too, but he is wobbly in design and purpose. [14 December 1998, p.26]
    • The New Republic
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Stanley Kauffmann
    It's sad to see two talented actresses, Rebecca de Mornay and Jennifer Jason Leigh, wasted in puppet parts. [17 June 1991, p.28]
    • The New Republic
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Stanley Kauffmann
    Lynn Redgrave is nearly incomprehensible as the housekeeper with some sort of housekeeperly accent. [Dec. 14, 1998]
    • The New Republic
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Stanley Kauffmann
    Two cheery notes: Nicolas Cage, as the erring brother, shows surprising signs of life, and Cher, as the erring fiancee, confounds those who swore she was a remote-control robot. [8 Feb 1988]
    • The New Republic
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Stanley Kauffmann
    In short, this squad is an ill-trained, slovenly bunch of soldiers. That such behavior exists, or can exist, in any army is surely commonplace, but that Israeli producers should want to make a film about the matter at this time is puzzling.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Stanley Kauffmann
    What helps Pfeiffer most is the fact that though she is exceptionally pretty, she patently doesn't rely on her prettiness: she wants to act. But, with her Ellen, though we know what she means from moment to moment, we simply don't feel it... Winona Ryder is disastrously miscast. [18 Oct 1993, p.30]
    • The New Republic
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Stanley Kauffmann
    We are meant to think about a society that revels in this moral pit. But all that puzzled me was why an audience would need a film to immerse it in wanton, speciously motivated death when the television news provides so much of it every day.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Stanley Kauffmann
    But it is precisely with these contrapuntal strands of huge, timeless nature, of the complexity of every human mind, that Malick bloats his film into banality. [Jan. 25, 1999]
    • The New Republic
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Stanley Kauffmann
    The screenplay is schizoid. The first half is figuratively brassy, but then the violins begin to soar.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Stanley Kauffmann
    Winslet is an actress, Diaz is not. The screenplay by Nancy Meyers, who directed, has dialogue that is not near the snap level of, say, Nicole Holofcener's comparable "Friends With Money."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Stanley Kauffmann
    A moderately engaging satire, some of it amusing and some of it strained, but in considerable measure it reflects a strange circumstance in all our lives.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Stanley Kauffmann
    The best way to watch this film is while sipping coffee in a café. Nicotine optional.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Stanley Kauffmann
    Cruise is becoming a real star, confident and gleaming. But neither he nor Hoffman nor the cleverness of the director, Barry Levinson, can prevail against a screenplay that has a beginning at the Ohio home, a finish in L.A., and nothing much in between. [9 Jan 1989]
    • The New Republic
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Stanley Kauffmann
    The director, Michael Mann, remembers the best of film noir pretty well, but it doesn't protect his film against its ultimate Movieland silliness.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Stanley Kauffmann
    Its very existence as a film sets up expectations that wouldn't exist within a book -- another reason I'd bet that there would be more pleasure in reading the screenplay. I can't remember ever thinking that previously about a film. (1998 May 23, p. 26)
    • The New Republic
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Stanley Kauffmann
    Still, it never quite realizes the oneiric quality because, paradoxically, of its best achievement--the performances of the two boys. They are vital, insistent. Their beings contradict the dreaminess and make us ask the questions mentioned above.

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