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 Schindler's List
Lowest review score: 0 Miller's Crossing
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 44 out of 456
456 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    The result is a picture that, moving through political and social chaos, is stubbornly amusing.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    When a spectacular film rests on at least a minimal armature of character and cogent action, as Troy does, we can just sink back and enjoy. What we enjoy is the sovereignty over time and place and the force of gravity that film has given to the world.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    Téchiné has a reputation in France as an especially empathic director of women--Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche among them--and he has understood this Odile very well.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    The result can be--sometimes is--tedium; but, whether or not the work succeeds as Sokurov intended, it is an adventurous director's probe of cinema possibilities.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    Once we learn the story's terrain, we have a pretty good idea of the paths it will follow. Still, because the picture is tidily directed and acted--in one case, better than that--it has the comforts of well-made old things.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    But for those who can summon up the talismanic "what if," The American President provides chuckles and tingles, even a few sobs. [18 Dec 1995, p.28]
    • The New Republic
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    The most pleasant aspect of the picture is its relish of the moment in which it is set. Deville doesn't omit mention of the anti-Semitism in postwar France; still, this little tailoring shop is a good place to have reached after the preceding years.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    The performance that comes closest to capturing the Waugh elixir is Fenella Woolgar's as madcapping Miss Runcible, who ultimately commandeers a racing car.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    The tension with which the picture starts soon dissipates, the contrast between Eliska's background and her present place is lost, and the film plods into a tale of village life, spiced only occasionally with a hint of German threat.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    Tsai's film is not free of longueurs, but like much modern work in almost every field, these stretches are deliberate assaults on conventional expectation.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    Caouette has opened up a case history vividly, but he has left us without any conclusions, not even with much enlightening empathy. Something more than truth--dare one say "mere truth"?--is needed.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    Leigh's directing is lean and tight. In Imelda Staunton as Vera, he has an actress who can make her only two emotions interesting.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    It is echt Maugham, in its somehow flattering cynicism, its character crinkles, its perceptions that sting even though they don't go very deep.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    As the picture winds on, the feeling grows that Saleem, who clearly knows these people, wants to show that their mode of life in this stark setting has, in a gentle way, a touch of the ridiculous.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    It opens fissures through which we can glimpse oddities and strains in film directing and acting.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    That climax stretches credibility, but the whole point of the piece is that the Joe of the opening has become someone else.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    Ardant is marvelously genuine: fiery, petty, exalted.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    Throughout the film a question tugs at the viewer. Kinsey's work was inarguably important, but his life is not especially interesting.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    Mathilde's story is well enough handled by Jeunet to be endurable, and the rest of the film is a reward.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    The finish is so asymmetrical that it, too, seems a comment on the kind of film this might once have been.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    The result is almost like a film we have seen before but don't mind seeing again. The dialogue is generally fresh, the relationships ring true.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    Sympathy for a pedophile is difficult, but surely comprehension may be possible, and Bacon evokes it.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    What Radford has retained of the original, he treats warmly and intelligently, and with a few welcome surprises in the acting. But he has produced a different work, moderately successful in itself, out of materials provided by Shakespeare.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    Burns with sincerity and serious intent.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    Softley worries a bit, quite unnecessarily, about keeping our interest; so he lays in a number of overhead shots and considerable zooming at the start of sequences. But his work with his cast is sure, except for the miscast Elliott, and he generates the right internal heat between the lovers.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    At the last, My Mother's Smile conveys that, if Bellocchio is just doggedly hanging on to a career, he is still able to make us feel nostalgia for those high Italian days.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    All political thrillers, good or less good, have moral implications...Walk on Water, one of the better ones, has grave moral implications and does not ignore them or merely utilize them.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    Overall Nina's Tragedies is another instance of a subject discussed here lately--a foreign film that is seen one way at home and another way abroad.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    Jaoui directs with flow and affection, and she plays Sylvia sensitively. Bacri has the right middle-aged assortment of humors.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    The most important aspect of the stories about all five characters is the way they are told. Attal and his editor Jennifer Augé have found an attractive playful style: they never let the stories rest, almost juggling them, and keep them gamboling before us.

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