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 Miller's Crossing
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 44 out of 456
456 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    The picture is so suavely made that we don't feel disappointed until it is over: what chiefly holds us is the quality of the acting.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    Sternfeld not only deals empathically with his cast, he seems to know that his screenplay is not very novel or stirring; nonetheless, he wants to present these human beings in their skins, so to speak.
    • 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?
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    None of the actors completely satisfies.
    • 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
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    The two leading actors in The Upside of Anger are so good that their performances, even more than the story they are in, keep us interested.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    I hazard the guess that quite small children--pre-science fiction, pre-heroics--will enjoy its fairy-tale quality.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    This same film, shot for shot, line for line, could have been much more solid and engrossing, much farther up the Parnassian slope, with a better actor as Hughes.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    A pretty good thriller for the first forty minutes or so. [25 Aug 1997, p. 24]
    • The New Republic
    • 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
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    The overall effect of the film is melancholy: it seems desperate for the past.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    Holofcener, who studied film at Columbia and has directed shorts, gets some sprightliness into her writing but not much difference in characterization between the two women. [12 Aug 1996, Pg.26]
    • The New Republic
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    Haggis has made a safe picture. It is familiar enough that it slips easily into our film-watching faculty without any fuss, yet his handling of it--his muscular belief in what he is doing--makes us hope that his next screenplay will be a bit less safe.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    Throughout we keep waiting for the real Almodóvar film, and it never arrives.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    The film's title ought to be When We Were King's Pawns. Don King maximized the media circus aspects from the start, as the razzle-dazzle directing of Leon Gast, helped in the editing by Taylor Hackford and others, makes electrically clear.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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."
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    Why, then, is the picture chilling? Because it is a calm reminder of an inevitability. The sight of long lines of young women doing tiny bits of attachment work or packing hour after hour, day after day, is saddening.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    If we can watch this picture at all, it is because this universally admired person (Eastwood) is in it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Stanley Kauffmann
    The flaw that separates Scorsese's film into its components is its lack of a crystallized theme.
    • 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.

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