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 Before Sunset
Lowest review score: 0 Miller's Crossing
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 44 out of 456
456 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Stanley Kauffmann
    Aesop endowed animals with human traits to teach us lessons. Seabiscuit almost does the reverse. By means of Ross's adroit shooting and editing, we ourselves pound bravely along the track.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Stanley Kauffmann
    This French pastry, directed by Danièle Thompson, who wrote it with her son Christopher, is a meet-cute comedy in excelsis. Or very near excelsis.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Stanley Kauffmann
    The film's ultimate flaw is in its futility. It cannot really prod us to any effect. What can we do about such situations? Many, many documentaries and fictional films expose injustices or inequities that can be addressed.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Stanley Kauffmann
    Fiennes has imagined and created from within. His Luther is not the thunderer we might expect, but he is, wondrously, the incarnation of a man passionate for God and angry with mundane intercessions.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Stanley Kauffmann
    The contrast between Holm's pearly speech and the dark things that he tells us and that we see almost outlines twentieth-century civilization, elevation and brutality at opposite ends of the spectrum.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Stanley Kauffmann
    The most enchanting point about cinematographer Eduardo Serra work here is that he hasn't put Vermeer's painting into the film; he has put the film into Vermeer.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Stanley Kauffmann
    The plot that follows, including the wretched young woman who lost the house, is of interest only insofar as Kingsley supports the structure with a powerful man.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Stanley Kauffmann
    Whatever the news-linked reasons for its revival, Pontecorvo's film is wonderfully worth seeing, or re-seeing, for its own sake.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Stanley Kauffmann
    Australian "Westerns" occur. An exceptional one is The Tracker, which has the shape of an offbeat American Western and seems at first a sort of Down Under copy. But it develops characters and relationships that are indigenous.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Stanley Kauffmann
    The film, directed almost with fierceness by Kevin Macdonald, is a wondrous recreation of that physical adventure. The most profound element, the moral crux, is skimped, but I kept wondering, not so much about the actors who were playing Simpson and Yates, as about the cameramen who were photographing them on that icy face, possibly suspended while they were doing it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Stanley Kauffmann
    Folke and Isak have nowhere near the dimensions of the pair in "Waiting for Godot" or in "Endgame," but on his level, Hamer follows Beckett's belief that, especially in an odd situation, two can make a multitude.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Stanley Kauffmann
    Murray, more often than not, is pretty unbearable; but here, playing a man who is unbearable, Murray begins convincingly, amusingly, and gets even more amusing as he metamorphoses. [15 Mar 1993, p.24]
    • The New Republic
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Stanley Kauffmann
    It is his best and most courageous work to date. [13 Nov 1989, p. 22]
    • The New Republic
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Stanley Kauffmann
    The film is remarkable for something besides its visual immersion in gold. The director, Gabriele Salvatores, has added his name to the roster of film-makers who have drawn remarkable acting from children.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Stanley Kauffmann
    The film leaves the viewer with an increased sense of Shepard's exceptional being and talent--a prime playwright of his time who, if he had so chosen, could also have been one of its leading film stars.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Stanley Kauffmann
    Welcome to Yoji Yamada. After decades of comedies, he arrives--in this country, at least--with a uniquely touching samurai film. At the age of seventy-three, he starts a new career.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Stanley Kauffmann
    No element in the story, or collection of stories, has much novelty: yet the picture grips, because we sense that the director clearly knows he is treating familiar material and forges ahead out of passion.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Stanley Kauffmann
    This film holds and convinces, even evokes empathy, because of Anne Reid, an actress long experienced in British television and film. She gives May intelligence and spirit and a somewhat genteel wonder at the resurging of desire.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Stanley Kauffmann
    Twister is full of marvelous special effects. The story exists only to provide some respite between those marvels, like dialogue in an opera full of terrific arias. [10 June 1996, p.24]
    • The New Republic
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Stanley Kauffmann
    Its rich movie-ness is heightened by the talents involved. John Mortimer knows how to shape scenes with dialogue, much as painters know how to turn shapes with color. Zeffirelli, in his long career as designer and director of opera, theater, and film, has not been noted for restraint; yet here his directing is generally taciturn and implicative. [7 June 1999, p. 32]
    • The New Republic
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Stanley Kauffmann
    Two aspects stand out. Clint Eastwood is not the first person we might think of to direct a film of leisurely pace, concerned with ghosts and a transvestite...Then there's Kevin Spacey, who grows before our eyes. [29 December 1997, p. 28]
    • The New Republic
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Stanley Kauffmann
    His performance here made me suspect that Schreiber is, in a sense, another Kenneth Branagh--an extraordinary actor who is simply not a film star.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Stanley Kauffmann
    The film was directed by John Curran who here does fine, close, and intimate "chamber" work. The cinematography by Maryse Alberti is of the most desirable kind: it creates mood and drama without ever being ostentatious about it. But it is the acting that truly realizes the film.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Stanley Kauffmann
    Nothing like a full picture of Che--nor of Granado and his eventual scientific career in Cuba, for that matter. But it exhilarates with the spirit of these young men in Act One of their lives.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Stanley Kauffmann
    Payne's directing is alert, warm, patient. He knows that the surface must keep us interested until we go below it, and his confidence holds us.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Stanley Kauffmann
    Weitz's dialogue has sparkle and snap.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Stanley Kauffmann
    The film holds us principally because of its Napoleon. Philippe Torreton doesn't perform the role: he exists.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Stanley Kauffmann
    The overall effect is of a young director treating some old problems with the cinematic lexicon of his time. So he is able to create warmth without slush.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Stanley Kauffmann
    There is not much progress in the film: actions are repeated and repeated...Yet the film is sustained--and, for the most part, well sustained--by the children.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Stanley Kauffmann
    It's agreeable to see a picture that holds us without perspiring to do so. We are treated not as an audience but as café chums to whom a story is being told