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 Secrets & Lies
Lowest review score: 0 Hulk
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 44 out of 456
456 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    A story that is still healthfully discomfiting to remember.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    Menachem Daum and Oren Rudavsky succeed. Their documentary Hiding and Seeking: Faith and Tolerance After the Holocaust is, of all things, timely. It is also courageous.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    This multiplicity--of people, stories, settings--is both the weakness and strength of the film. It is not easy to follow all the various threads, to get the pith of every scene. Still, this very abundance gives the whole picture a sense of authority.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    It opens fissures through which we can glimpse oddities and strains in film directing and acting.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    There's a great deal in black America that has yet to reach the screen, and Lee is a prime candidate, in gift and gall, to help fill the gap. [July 3, 1989]
    • The New Republic
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    The dialogue is bright, historically styled yet lithe; the characterizations are graphic even with minor people.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    And Jesus Ochoa, the veteran actor who plays Diego, makes us jealous of Mexico. How easily powerful he is, how complex without pretense.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    No one is expected to believe Pretty Woman . We're just supposed to enjoy it... Pretty Woman wants only to engage us for two hours, and it does. [16 Apr 1990, p.26]
    • The New Republic
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    This is a fictional film, but it is based on a novel by Stefanie Zweig that is autobiographical. The adaptation was done by the director Caroline Link, whose screenplay is serviceable and whose directing is generally sure.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    Burns with sincerity and serious intent.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    This film is a valuable signet of Wilson's carefully articulated independence.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    It's relatively easy to convey the claustral in interior scenes, but [designer] Furst and the director Tim Burton do it even when the setting is a great flight of steps before the municipal building or the huge square where Batman and the joker confront each other. [31 July 1989, p.24]
    • The New Republic
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    The result is not a quilt, just a succession of story snippets that keep interrupting one another.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    Flies into the improbable at its big moments. [17 Mar 1997, p. 28]
    • The New Republic
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    The gem in this rag pile is Cameron Diaz as Mary: quick, witty, pretty, warm. There is something about Mary. [17 Aug 1998]
    • The New Republic
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    The story is multiplex and unclear.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    Though there is plenty of action, particularly at the start and at the end with two blasting sea battles, much of the film is not sufficiently interesting.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    More amusing than exciting. [19 June 1989, p.28]
    • The New Republic
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    Little more than the distended first half of a twisty, dark "Law & Order" script.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    Many sequences, many moments, are turned skillfully, and the look of the film is much of the time breathtaking. Yet, for its entire two hours and fifteen minutes, we merely watch it. It is there. We are here, regrettably objective.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    Mondovino is repetitious. The version that is being shown here runs 131 minutes and would be more effective with about twenty minutes of condensation.

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