For 77 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ted Shen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Lilo & Stitch
Lowest review score: 30 Borstal Boy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 77
  2. Negative: 3 out of 77
77 movie reviews
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Ted Shen
    One of the film's most poignant moments comes when he and his father discuss his compulsive attraction to young boys.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Ted Shen
    The idea of transposing the story to the macho, greedy world of big-time sports is promising, but director Jesse Vaughan delivers only flat dialogue and predictable situations.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Ted Shen
    Huston's performance is spellbinding. And the naturally lit digital cinematography (by Rose and Ron Forsythe) is both poetic and harrowingly intimate in depicting Ivan's impending death.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ted Shen
    Timely and informative.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 90 Ted Shen
    A cunning and hilarious update of the giant-insect movies of the 1950s.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Ted Shen
    All this could've collapsed into empty shocks if not for Inoue's gripping performance as an exasperated single woman who senses her happiness slipping away with each vengeful blow.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Ted Shen
    Goldfinger touch on many grand issues (theater rivalry, anti-Semitism, child labor, the generation gap, Israelis' hostility toward the Yiddish tongue) but stop short of exploring them, focusing instead on a family that personifies a dying tradition.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Ted Shen
    A treat for balletomanes, this 2001 feature may be too precious for others.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Ted Shen
    Finkiel (a French director who apprenticed with Godard, Tavernier, and Kieslowski) plants clues throughout the film suggesting that the women might be long-lost relatives but declines to wrap things up neatly. The very uncertainty--and the fading possibility of an end to their search--is what makes the film so eerie and poignant.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ted Shen
    Its poignance and urgency are undeniable.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Ted Shen
    Compensates with a sharp sense of rhythm, using hip-hop and turntablist sounds by Zoel to fuel Anthony Hardwick and Tony Wolberg's aggressive cinematography.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Ted Shen
    Enchanting, multilayered fable.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Ted Shen
    The real drama is the city itself, steeped in history yet undergoing a Western face-lift.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ted Shen
    Despite its mawkish tendencies, the film is remarkable for the naturalistic acting of its cast, particularly the simple, tenderly expressive performances of the two leads.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Ted Shen
    It's as slick as anything you might find on the Discovery Channel, and the snippets of 3-D computer animation are too cool for words.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Ted Shen
    Shiva's voice-over narration and the commentary from academics (all in English) are spiked with gender-studies jargon but illuminate the history of this peculiar underclass, over 1.3 million strong, which is beginning to gather political power.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Ted Shen
    Despite the familiar story, both kids are three-dimensional characters, and first-time director Patel embraces their generational dilemmas with feeling and wit.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Ted Shen
    Rowlands and Unger deliver sensitive performances, Shields is surprisingly good.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Ted Shen
    Shamelessly derivative and politically expedient.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ted Shen
    The film is unsparingly gritty, but with a woman's tenderness it also grants the characters an occasional moment of grace.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Ted Shen
    In the manner of a southern gothic, they never fail to fascinate.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Ted Shen
    In this uproarious and often scathing debut feature, writer-director Frank Novak charts the dissolution of a working-class marriage.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Ted Shen
    Despite its farcical moments, Late Marriage leaves an aftertaste as sobering as other recent films that critique cultural conservatives in the Middle East.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ted Shen
    Honigmann assembles a mosaic of the postcolonial diaspora that populates the crowded ethnic enclaves of Paris, and the emotional, lovingly captured songs seem to turn the City of Light into a bazaar of world music.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Ted Shen
    Screenwriters Paul Attanasio and Daniel Pyne stick to Clancy's sure-fire formula -- building tension from the political infighting behind a worsening crisis.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Ted Shen
    Some of the film's situations and motivations seem convenient or underdeveloped, but Ascaride and Darroussin are riveting, and Guediguian's frankness and empathy illuminate this kaleidoscope of lonely lives.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Ted Shen
    Rides high on its old-fashioned sentiments and the precocious charms of its teenage star, who can be both obnoxious and endearing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Ted Shen
    Coming-of-age drama is pretty familiar stuff.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Ted Shen
    The color-coded cinematography is nice but the jokes are obvious and the dialogue drags whenever metaphysics gets brought up.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Ted Shen
    The film flits from one relationship to another, dispensing some well-acted bedroom scenes and a fair amount of angst and philosophical dialogue in a neighborhood bar.

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