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 Turtles Can Fly
Lowest review score: 0 Hulk
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 44 out of 456
456 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    Whatever the outcome of all this hugger-mugger, as yet unresolved, Stolen gives us hints about a special sort of muscle.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    To see the flight captain and co-pilot checking the plane before takeoff, to watch the varied passengers settling into their seats, is more agonizing than watching passengers board the ship in all those "Titanic" films. With United 93 we see these people unknowingly stepping into a history that is still in terrible process. But as a work in (let's call it) the Akhmatova mode, it does not and could not succeed.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    If only Cantet and Robin Campillo (who based their screenplay on stories by Dany Lafèrriere) had balanced the sexual and political elements more acutely, the result could have been searing.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    Especially in the moving moments, this film prods us into a kind of reproof. Kushner is now fifty, a prime writing age, and we want more.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    Burman is particularly good at the tiny details that become recognition points in daily patterns.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    Melancholy but enjoyable.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    It is the two leading performances that make the film seem almost to reach down and embrace us.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    The dialogue is bright, historically styled yet lithe; the characterizations are graphic even with minor people.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    The picture tries hard for addictive mystery, but it is full of scenes that promise insight and don't deliver.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Stanley Kauffmann
    A story that is still healthfully discomfiting to remember.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    Eastwood has never seemed less the persona he has built through the decades, the calm yet commanding center of a storm.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    The result is not a quilt, just a succession of story snippets that keep interrupting one another.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    More amusing than exciting. [19 June 1989, p.28]
    • The New Republic
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    The Hughes brothers' directing compensates a good bit for the story's predictability. [5 July 1993, p.26]
    • The New Republic
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    Bonham Carter is like an undergraduate in a university production who seems rather good considering that her performance is only an intelligent diversion while she prepares herself for a career in another field. [24 Mar 1986]
    • The New Republic
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    The film is merely a succession of odd events. But those events are interesting, and the texture of the village's life is full-fashioned.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    The results make poor old King Kong look like something from a Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. Such is progress. [12 July 1993, p.26]
    • The New Republic

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