For 76 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ted Shen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Ivansxtc
Lowest review score: 30 Borstal Boy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 76
  2. Negative: 3 out of 76
76 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Ted Shen
    Smart, poignant, and utterly beguiling.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 90 Ted Shen
    A cunning and hilarious update of the giant-insect movies of the 1950s.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Ted Shen
    Enchanting and impressively crafted.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Ted Shen
    The most astounding cinematic testament to flock mentality since Hitchcock's "The Birds."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Ted Shen
    Arcand's fondness for the good old 60s can be cloying, but despite an uneven cast, he finds a tonal balance between sentimental and cynical that keeps the conversations real and heart wrenching.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ted Shen
    Timely and informative.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Ted Shen
    A treat for balletomanes, this 2001 feature may be too precious for others.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Ted Shen
    Enchanting, multilayered fable.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Ted Shen
    A wry, nonjudgmental look at the blind faith and materialistic ambitions permeating the superstitious Indian subculture, though the tone becomes more caustic as the hypocrisy and corruption of colonial politics strip Ganesh of his moral authority. The cast is uniformly excellent.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Ted Shen
    Wicked little black comedy.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Ted Shen
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    Director Rob Cohen supplies plenty of gore, attitude, loud music, and extreme-sports action -- in particular, a thrilling aerial drop that's followed by a crushing avalanche.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Ted Shen
    Erkel's folk-flavored music sounds a lot like middle-period Verdi, but many of the melodies are ravishing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Ted Shen
    A wily and dogged inquisitor, Broomfield cajoles and confronts a variety of witnesses, charting a web of intrigue that also involved the LAPD, the FBI, and assorted gangbangers and rogue cops.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Ted Shen
    Exuberant music and precision choreography furnish the thrills in this thoroughly enjoyable saga.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Ted Shen
    The film is full of finely observed details.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ted Shen
    Blitz shows us these kids in all their quirkiness and dorkiness, letting them do much of the talking as he records them and their families at home.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Ted Shen
    Franky G.'s performance as the protective yet combustible older brother is as real as it gets.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Ted Shen
    The premise provides a fine showcase for the two appealing actresses, who appropriate each other's vocal and physical mannerisms with dead-on accuracy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ted Shen
    Behind the camera Belvaux builds suspense with an austere tone and clever false alarms; in front of it he plays Bruno as chivalrous yet ruthless.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Ted Shen
    So perversely enjoyable it gives the lie to her (Breillat's) image as a serious, politically incorrect purveyor of pornographic instincts.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Ted Shen
    The film tends to groan under the weight of his obsessions -- and his sister's fixation on circumcising her son -- yet for much of the 95-minute running time the chemistry between Attal's vulnerable husband and Gainsbourg's sweet, beguiling wife is irresistible. The terrific score is by jazz pianist Brad Mehldau.
    • 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.