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 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Lowest review score: 0 Hulk
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 44 out of 456
456 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    Maggie Cheung, who was in Assayas's Irma Vep, plays Emily with a semi-detached feeling--observing the role as much as portraying it. The chief pleasure in the picture is Nick Nolte's performance as the boy's paternal grandfather.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    None of the actors completely satisfies.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    I cannot remember a moment in this new film that compares, simply in directorial originality, to the work in "Schindler's List."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    I hazard the guess that quite small children--pre-science fiction, pre-heroics--will enjoy its fairy-tale quality.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    Well-photographed and adequately directed and acted, Iron Island is (painless) propaganda, informing us about domestic peace and goodwill. And this film, too, leaves us with a question: why does the currently aggressive Iran want the world, especially our chunk of it, to see what it is "really" like?
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    The film's trouble is in what happens in each section: not enough. Once the atmosphere of each period is established, the story is too weak to interest--and the characterizations are too thin to compensate.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    What keeps us watching? Chiefly it is Edward Norton's performance as Harlan. It is hard to doubt his belief in everything he says, no matter how silly or dangerous it sounds.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    Throughout we keep waiting for the real Almodóvar film, and it never arrives.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    We are left finally with a double response: it is hard to know exactly why the film was made, what its emotional and thematic point is, yet we are glad it happened because of Harris's performance.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    It is kept listenable--and watchable--because Bourdieu uses his knowledge of these people with winning ease. The story's conclusion verges on the grim, and it underscores Bourdieu's presumable theme: student life and talk are the last real vacations in many lives.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    The real pleasure is in having a film that is like a box of assorted chocolates: you have the power to approve or not as you move through the variety, even though the bits are picked for you.
    • 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
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    May Ozon and Rampling do more at the level of this film's first hour. Or maybe they could amputate the last part of Swimming Pool and finish the film as it deserves.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    The pace is fairly hectic, which it needs to be. (Mustn't linger on bubbles.) The performances are warm, especially the tender Judith Godrèche as the doctor's wife.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    Eloy de la Iglesia, who directed Bulgarian Lovers, has a light and witty touch, reminiscent of his countryman Pedro Almodóvar...But he needed a better screenplay.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    To Van Sant's credit, let's note that he has evoked more lightness and variety from Kidman, more scrimshaw gesture and inflection than I thought she could muster. [23 Oct 1995]
    • 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
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    A pretty good thriller for the first forty minutes or so. [25 Aug 1997, p. 24]
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    Mamet's understanding of the essentials here and his skill in supplying them are not major achievements for him, but it would be wasteful not to recognize them. Spartan is another feather, though a small one, in his cap.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    The result is not a quilt, just a succession of story snippets that keep interrupting one another.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    All the actors caught me up so warmly that I stopped feeling guilty about liking this corny picture. [28 April 1997, p.30]
    • The New Republic
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    At least we have the chance to see Sharif again, with our memory of the sun behind him, even though this film is not much more than a sweetmeat--Turkish delight.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    What matters much more than the story or the Spicy Stuff is the dancing, the show-biz dancing. It's electric. Exciting. And there's lots of it. [23 Oct 1995]
    • The New Republic
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    The film might be called a moral travelogue. Instead of showing us mosques and tourist spots in beguiling old Istanbul, it follows a couple of ordinary Turkish men in drab surroundings and affirms that they breathe the same doubt-laden air as much of the rest of the world.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    The overall effect of the film is melancholy: it seems desperate for the past.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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