Susan Wloszczyna
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For 351 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Susan Wloszczyna's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Donnie Brasco
Lowest review score: 25 Superstar
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 60 out of 351
351 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 100 Susan Wloszczyna
    These gun-crazy, lust-loopy kids on the run are irresistible in the best crime rush since “GoodFellas.” [10 Sept 1993]
    • USA Today
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Susan Wloszczyna
    This is entertainment worth thumping your chest over. [18 June 1999, Life, p.2E]
    • USA Today
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Susan Wloszczyna
    What's most amazing is the finely nuanced performances these bits and bytes deliver.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Susan Wloszczyna
    A movie with this kind of haunting power comes along only once every decade or so. [20 February 1991, Life, p.11D]
    • USA Today
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Susan Wloszczyna
    Pacino cans the showboating bluster and gives a gently nuanced portrait of a simple man in decline.
    • USA Today
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Susan Wloszczyna
    A riotous and wee bit PG-racy computer-animated family fable, is the most thoroughly enjoyable cartoon feature since "Toy Story" burst out of its box.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Susan Wloszczyna
    The snappy sci-fi hoot Men in Black...is a kind of "Independence Day" for smart people.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Susan Wloszczyna
    Director Gillian Armstrong takes the delicate snow globe that is Little Women and gives it a bold new shake. [21 Dec 1994]
    • USA Today
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Susan Wloszczyna
    There is that feeling you get inside when a movie suddenly starts to push your every button, creating an emotional connection that goes beyond pure reason and mere emotion. It elevates your mood to such a point that you wish you could hug the screen out of sheer joy and recognition. That is what Gloria did to me.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Susan Wloszczyna
    Everything in The Lego Movie is, indeed, awesome.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Susan Wloszczyna
    Its deadpan wit, ingenious fairy-tale premise and superbly accomplished cast will leave you feeling positively oxygenated.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Susan Wloszczyna
    Still a one-of-a-kind mind-blower.
    • USA Today
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Susan Wloszczyna
    Epic in nearly every way, The Hurricane has the power to blow you away.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Susan Wloszczyna
    You'd be hard-pressed to find a purer expression of rapture in a film this year than the one that opens Billy Elliot.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Susan Wloszczyna
    Just be glad that Hanks and Zemeckis toiled mightily to pull off at least two-thirds of a remarkable achievement.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Susan Wloszczyna
    Chances are, the more you love classic cinema, the more you will find Gods is your cup of tea.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Susan Wloszczyna
    Such pure, naked joy is utterly contagious.
    • USA Today
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Susan Wloszczyna
    A gut-busting blast of tasteless tomfoolery.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Susan Wloszczyna
    When it comes to eloquently telling it like it is, Election puts the nation's political pundits to shame.
    • USA Today
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Susan Wloszczyna
    Retains the power to turn heads -- and stomachs.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Susan Wloszczyna
    The nonstop amusing mockumentary Waiting for Guffman does to small-town acting troupes what "This Is Spinal Tap did to heavy-metal bands."
    • USA Today
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Susan Wloszczyna
    A little slapstick, a little action, rich characters and a whopping serving of wit. All baked to near-perfection.
    • USA Today
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Susan Wloszczyna
    The suspense becomes so unbearable that it's easy to overlook questions about whether anyone in such circumstances would continue filming.
    • USA Today
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Susan Wloszczyna
    Babe, a live-action fable about a valiant pig who conquers prejudice like a barnyard Jackie Robinson, is in a league of its own when it comes to enchantment.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Susan Wloszczyna
    What remains is a great Vangelis score, astonishing production design, Hauer's career role -- and a movie that deserves its cult reputation despite an unloving heart. [11 Sept 1992]
    • USA Today
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Susan Wloszczyna
    It's a clever, multitiered affair built around the title rituals, frosted with delicious characterizations and tasty repartee. [11 March 1994, Life, p.4D]
    • USA Today
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Susan Wloszczyna
    Sheer power, moral and otherwise. It possesses a massively majestic hero. [10 Dec 1997, p.D1]
    • USA Today
    • 49 Metascore
    • 88 Susan Wloszczyna
    Director Stephen Herek does an admirable balancing job, though the movie slows whenever the animals solo onscreen. [27 Nov 1996 Pg.01.D]
    • USA Today
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Susan Wloszczyna
    Instead of ladling on the Scorsese sauce, Robert De Niro's Bronx accent is on semisweet nostalgia. He presents a domestic drama spiced with humor about a boy torn between his working-stiff dad (De Niro in fine regular-fella mode) and Chazz Palminteri's easy-money ways. De Niro doesn't let arty camera angles sub for good storytelling. And he draws memorable performances from two amazing young, new actors. [01 Oct 1993, p. 8D]
    • USA Today
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Susan Wloszczyna
    Star Trek was never about gizmos, but about relationships - both among its crew members and with its audience. Star Trek VI more than upholds the tradition, making it a satisfying send-off for a mighty ship of foils. [6 Dec. 1991, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Susan Wloszczyna
    Wisely, Kornbluth strives to put a human face on the situation, focusing on several families who represent hard-working citizens who are barely making ends meet with their shrinking paychecks—let alone building up any savings.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 88 Susan Wloszczyna
    A somber, meditative, almost poetic film that delivers the horrors of bondage stripped down and head-on.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Susan Wloszczyna
    Most of its pleasures come from the way it confounds expectations.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Susan Wloszczyna
    When Michell is on his game, as he definitely is with Le Week-End, he unearths small, invaluable and even profound truths about the human condition that are often as inspiring as they are devastating.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Susan Wloszczyna
    The bloody fingerprints of Quentin Tarantino and the Coen brothers — among other violence-prone auteurs — are smeared all over his tidy and tautly-told Blue Ruin.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Susan Wloszczyna
    If anyone is concerned about the way women are presented on the big screen these days, just look at how an evolved male like Hiccup respectfully treats his girlfriend Astrid (America Ferrera) and the portrayal of Blanchett’s Valka.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Susan Wloszczyna
    The Book of Life bedazzles your eyes and buoys your spirits as it treads upon themes most commonly associated with the macabre universe of Tim Burton.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    Most novel is Rounders' message that the real sin isn't giving into vice but denying your God-given talents and not risking it all.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    There's one reason to see Tim Burton's flawed, somewhat declawed but often amusing do-over of Planet of the Apes. The apes. What else?
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    His (Myers) affection for the era and its gaudy, bawdy movies inject this bit of fluff with giddy energy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    A coming-of-age tale that truly floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee.
    • USA Today
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    There's also a nice cheekiness to the material written by Robert Towne ("Chinatown"), and the usual cool high-tech toys are deployed.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    Dramatically moving and good-naturedly humorous, it transmits a sharp picture of humanity that inspires both awe and laughter.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    Where the highly likable actress (Zellweger) proves most valuable is in making us adore this insecure, clumsy, contradictory creature.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    As entertainment, such dark material can only stretch so far, and Series 7 comes awfully close to being as numbing as the genre it mocks. But its power can't be denied.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    Yummy yet empty.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    Yearning for an old-fashioned movie with a well-told, uplifting message? Music of the Heart is playing your song.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    Has the refined taste to crib from classics like "Double Indemnity."
    • USA Today
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    Feast upon a career-peak Willem Dafoe performance as a bat-eared fiend who is foul, funny, ferocious, forlorn and unforgettable.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    (Craven) and his Scream dream team have done a frightfully good job of killing off and wrapping up the popular horror series.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
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    This dark comedy comes off more giddy than gritty.
    • USA Today
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    Artful it's not. But it's awfully affable. [26 March 1999, Life, p.9E]
    • USA Today
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    The kind of quirky, character-driven comedy they don't make much anymore.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    Engagingly offbeat. [4 December 1998, Life, p.13E]
    • USA Today
    • 27 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    As shallow as a shot glass.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    A family movie with a heart and a brain. And if you aren't moved to tears, you might need an organ transplant.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    We are happy to report there is intelligent life in feature animation beyond planet Disney and the gaseous ball of foul language known as South Park.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, in an atypically high-minded and low-budget frame of mind, manages to breeze through most of the gridiron genre's obstacles with his admirable, crowd-pleasing Titans.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    Blast feels positively timely if not downright positive about the human race's ability to endure. Forget radiation. Fraser and folks actually survive three decades-plus of Perry Como music. [12 February 1999, Life, p.8E]
    • USA Today
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    Visual pyrotechnics and dark humor aside, Three Kings rules because it dares to dig for such truths, whether banal or significant.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    With near-Swiss precision, director/producer Jay Roach and his writers make sure familiarity breeds hilarity.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    Atypical teen drama about opposites attracting that often (and happily) confounds expectations.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    Guilty of inciting a near-laugh riot thanks to an irresistible leading lady whose comic instincts are as impeccable as her manicure.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    The goofiest, giddiest and, yes, grooviest animated trip since Aladdin unbottled its genie.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    Let the killjoys squawk. Lucas has proved he has the Naboos to pull it off again. And again. And again.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    With the astonishingly assured newcomer Jason Schwartzman to bounce off of, Murray has his best comic foil since those feisty rodents in Groundhog Day and Caddyshack. [5 February 1999, Life, p.11E]
    • USA Today
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    All about macho my-weapon-is-bigger-than-your-weapon posturing and far-fetched coincidences that slam together in an entertaining rush.
    • USA Today
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    Arnie is Arnie. He has all the cute lines ("No problemo," "Hasta la vista, baby''). And he does more with a squint than anyone since Popeye. [3 July 1991, Life, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    Isn't always perfect. But it fills an empty spot in the hearts of girls of all ages who have been pining all summer for a movie like this.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    There's much mumbo-jumbo about past lives and symbolic tattoos, but who cares when you can gaze at a sight as lovely as a dirigible floating in the night sky?
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    The first all computer-animated feature, which brings a bedroom of playthings to bouncy life, is yummy eye candy spiked with 3-D-style tactile treats.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    The film bobs along like a designer balloon, pumped with wry observations on Marky Mark and Mentos ads. But none of the other cartoonish characters command like twinkly Silverstone.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    Think "Animal Farm" redone as Ant Farm. [2 October 1998, p. 11E]
    • USA Today
    • 31 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    Far from redundant. That's because (Kirk) Wong deftly balances the outrageous stunts. [24 April 1998, p. 6E]
    • USA Today
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    This twisted romance possesses the soul and edgy atmosphere of an independent film but not quite the conviction.
    • USA Today
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    Flawed but not fatally, this ambitious epic's strength lies not just with its haunting melodies, pretty pictures, star voices and kid-friendly sidekicks - the usual shtick that makes Disney tick. [14 Nov 1997, p.D6]
    • USA Today
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    When we first see Meryl Streep's happy homemaker in One True Thing, she's a domestic dinosaur circa late '80s, a regular mommy monster. [18 September 1998, p.3E]
    • USA Today
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    DreamWorks' story of Moses raises the bar on the art of cartooning to the top of Mount Sinai and beyond.
    • USA Today
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    The best romantic comedies intoxicate like vintage champagne. Picture Perfect, on the other hand, is like a wine spritzer. Insubstantial and oversweet, it still refreshes as a midsummer brain cooler. [1 August 1997, p. 3D]
    • USA Today
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    Clumsier hands could have planted this load of pungent sap and come up with sticky fingers. But the creators of this based-on-truth fable carefully cultivate the material so it comes off fresher than it sounds.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    A film that wins on 'Courage' of its convictions. {12 July 1996, p. D1]
    • USA Today
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    Light as a feather. [8 March 1996, p.D1]
    • USA Today
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    Costner and Russo show they're up to par. [16 August 1996, p.D1]
    • USA Today
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    Carrey's jolly green mug carries Mask. [29 July 1994, p. D1]
    • USA Today
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    The pitch of the script, written by director Mark Herman, isn't perfect. But these earthy blokes are an engaging lot, the soot of the earth, with an admirably wry view of their bleak situations. [23May1997 Pg 03.D]
    • USA Today
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    The Sting-like ending with its crosses and double-crosses could have been better handled, but there are plenty of other payoffs in Hoodlum. [27Aug1995 Pg02.D]
    • USA Today
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    It's as disturbing a movie as you are likely to witness this year. [21Feb1997 Pg.04.D]
    • USA Today
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    Nothing too fancy or ambitious. Instead, writer-director George Tillman Jr. serves up down-home fare that enriches the heart and leaves you satisfied if stuffed. [26Sep1997 Pg.06.D]
    • USA Today
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    Note this in your Starlog: Tacky toupees are out. Chrome domes are in. And not only is the future in safe hands, so is the "Star Trek" franchise. [22 Nov 1996 Pg.05.D]
    • USA Today
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    Keaton doesn't stoop to bitter-spinster blather. Instead, the luminous vulnerability that served her well in such dramas as "Shoot the Moon" lights up this depressing, gallows-humored heart-tugger. [18 Dec 1996, Pg.01.D]
    • USA Today
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    Back to the Future Part III wraps up the film series with a big high-tech lasso and ropes in one heck of a good time. [25 May 1990, p.01D]
    • USA Today
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    The special effects are pretty special for the most part, and the movie seems only about 10 minutes too long. [23 June 1989, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    The special effects are scream-worthy, the gore is minimal and the humor has a folksy zing to it. [19 Jan 1990, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    A good Woody Allen flick is a thing of joy these days and, at times, Blue Jasmine is even a great one, close to being an equal to 2005's "Match Point."
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    Needless to say, the shapely Aniston pulls it off without a hitch — even if she never actually appears without a stitch. If this gutsy performance leads to better opportunities—a remake of Demi Moore's ill-conceived "Striptease," perhaps — I might sleep better at night.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    The director was smart enough to take a trait that often caused an actor to be be typecast as a menacing figure and turn it into a strength.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    It's one of the most emotionally draining climaxes of the year.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    With each on-screen chapter, the poor girl from District 12 continues to fulfill her destiny as an inspiration and a rebel fighter. She is but one female, but she's the perfect antidote to the surplus of male superheroes out there.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    An intoxicating kiddie cocktail for young-at-heart adults, inspired by a Disney fairy tale based on fact: the making of "Mary Poppins."
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Susan Wloszczyna
    If the boozy epic confrontations of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" or "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" are your definition of a good time, then this is the place to be.

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