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 Miller's Crossing
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 44 out of 456
456 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    As with much art of our time--music, painting, sculpture, theater--Caché in a certain way affronts us. Its deliberate contravention of our expectations, and not necessarily stodgy expectations, is part of its intent.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    Jarecki says that his film doesn't precisely answer the question in his title. He is mistaken.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    Sophie Scholl is not as devastatingly moving as "The White Rose," but it, too, evokes awe in lesser beings.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    The cast is so good that a kind of counterpoint arises between the riskily lachrymose story and the firm verity of the acting.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    It has long been clear that Shepard is a rare double talent. He has flourished, rightly, as a playwright, and he is also a compelling film actor. His face does more for the reality of this picture than anything he wrote in the script.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    Harron's work here is unclear in its theme or purpose. Was she showing how a woman managed to find a woman's way to success in a man's world? Was Harron interested in Page's delusion about what she was doing? Or did she want to scoff implicitly at the customers who made Page's career possible? We are left wondering.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    Ford would probably have grumbled about some things in this picture--some moments of confusion about who is who--but he might have been pleased to see that his influence, so marked in many countries' films, had reached China and Tibet.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    Whatever the plot, it is soothing to be in the company of Fanny Ardant, who plays Catherine and whose twenty-five-year career is dotted with small treasures.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    So much of this adaptation is engrossing that the script's additions are jarring.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    Stone has concentrated on one of the catastrophe's stories and has fashioned it well--with almost palpable physical detail, and with performances that never sink to exploitation.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    Embedded here in a culture of formalities, with some of the arcs and gestures of that culture, it almost becomes an opera of its own.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    McGrath says that he considers his film to be lighter in tone than TC 1, which is baffling. The reverse seems the case.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    Admittedly, the setting does heighten interest, but this film is much more than an ideational travelogue.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    This film is a valuable signet of Wilson's carefully articulated independence.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    At the last, despite the modern touches in Bennett's screenplay, The History Boys fills the traditional bill. Wellington would probably not be too upset by it. Eventually it tells us that Waterloo is still in pretty good hands.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    Melancholy but enjoyable.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    The dialogue is bright, historically styled yet lithe; the characterizations are graphic even with minor people.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    Entertaining though The Hoax is, the film that I imagined before I saw it was better.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    The chief pleasure in the picture (set in Los Angeles) is in watching Hopkins spin off another of his nutty self-possessed intellectual criminals--this time it's Hannibal Lecter lite.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    Tornatore has learned much from Fellini--especially in the long shots where someone suddenly appears close up. Let's hope he moves on to his own style. Meanwhile, he has given us a nice bask in Sicilian warmth. [Feb. 19, 1990]
    • The New Republic
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    A binding strength of the film is the performance of Choi Min-Sik as Ohwon: far from any fake-Barrymore antics, he makes us feel that we are intruding on the heat and genius of a man for whom life -- existence as is possible in the world -- is insufficient.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    The screenplay, by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, based on a French film, has enough sharp gags and plot twists to sustain it, with an ending that manages to be nice.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    Nolte and Coburn are so powerful that they distort what, we are told, is the story's theme. [Feb. 1, 1999]
    • The New Republic
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    Still, flaws and all, we have to be grateful to Nunez for persisting in his independence.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    Beatty himself is high wattage, revved up, sharp in his comic timing, gleaming with eagerness to put his film across. As director, he carries on from where he left off in “Reds;” he is sure and fluent, and occasionally he tips his hat to the past. [June 8, 1998]
    • The New Republic
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    Like many other Iranian films, Blackboards counters the generally broadcast ideas about this part of the world. It is a testament of quiet endurance, of common concern, of reconciled survival.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    It has almost no story: its claim on our interest is in the texture of family life, which is what really fills the screen.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    The story of the film is a quiet local tale; the directing is sophisticated.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    The son has served the father well, though he faced an odd difficulty: the architect's life was so unusual that his son's understandable absorption with it steals a bit of time from his treatment of the work.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    The latest Chabrol is a bit bland, but by now a new film of his is almost like meeting a previously unencountered family member.