Steve Macfarlane

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For 83 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 31% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 66% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Steve Macfarlane's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Level Five
Lowest review score: 0 Third Person
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 83
  2. Negative: 25 out of 83
83 movie reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Macfarlane
    Essentially a live-action anime, it sweats rivulets of Tarantino-era digital anxiety from all pores--every kick, punch, pan, and zoom exaggerated for maximum impact.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Macfarlane
    The chop-socky wire-fu scenes are beautifully choreographed, but pretty crudely edited; despite its gourmet neo-grindhouse trappings, the film won't bring the heat like you've never seen before.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Macfarlane
    It foists its own retelling of Angela Davis's story over any contemplation of her politics, effectively neutering their power as it could apply to today in the hands of a proper film essayist.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Macfarlane
    The film's visual construction is spare, drawing power from its locations and quietly matted miniatures, though ultimately it succumbs to powering a series of cheap thrills.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Macfarlane
    It will come as a surprise to none that Grudge Match is so wantonly clich├ęd that to watch it is to explore the outer perimeters of one's own tolerance for a specific type of feel-good sports film.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Macfarlane
    The perverse thrill of seeing less-than-popular considerations of Nazism on screen fades hurriedly to the old ache of seeing any kind of questions about Nazism answered noxiously.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Macfarlane
    The film's clearest winner is Pat Healy, whose depiction of a man willing to corrode his entire life to provide for his wife and kid feels true despite the script's silliest moments.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Macfarlane
    Viewers' tolerance for Errol Morris's apparent sheepishness will hinge on their prior appreciation of the filmmaker's investigative acumen.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Macfarlane
    The film is too standard-issue in its making to probe beyond the rough outlines of a success story.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Macfarlane
    Down to its too-crisp rubber Nixon masks, Daniel Schechter's film revels in obnoxiously self-aware period detail.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Macfarlane
    For American viewers who don't know, the doc will be a worthy footnote to a long bout of deliberate cultural amnesia, but it's too telling that the Vietnamese remain in the background.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Macfarlane
    The film places its characters in a reflexive historical continuum that dooms them to be mere demonstrative types from start to finish.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Macfarlane
    The filmmakers delve into a fantasyland of luxe coastal casinos and neon-lit bathhouses--as shrug-worthy a stab at picturing the contemporary black market as could be requested.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Macfarlane
    Jurassic World can't tell whether it wants to be junk food or not, lovingly poking fun at some Hollywood tropes while shamelessly indulging others.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Macfarlane
    The screenwriter's signature verbal-diarrhetic dialogue allows for a nonstop blaring of actorly chops that, like the movie at large, is nothing if not committed.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Steve Macfarlane
    Like Jay Roach's Game Change and Recount, the film's patina of relative apoliticism masks (or enables) its blandness of inquiry.

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