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 Lilo & Stitch
Lowest review score: 30 Borstal Boy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 76
  2. Negative: 3 out of 76
76 movie reviews
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Ted Shen
    Enchanting and impressively crafted.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Ted Shen
    The most astounding cinematic testament to flock mentality since Hitchcock's "The Birds."
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ted Shen
    Timely and informative.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Ted Shen
    Pacino is typically excitable but also strangely sad, as if the case could take all he's got; Williams, on the other hand, tries playing against type but still goes over the top.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Ted Shen
    Poignant if familiar story of a young person suspended between two cultures.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Ted Shen
    Smart, poignant, and utterly beguiling.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Ted Shen
    Only August's assured direction and the leads' solid performances elevate this above a TV "disease of the week" movie.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Ted Shen
    The screenplay becomes annoyingly vague--Byler tries to conjure heavy weather out of Charlotte's mysterious past, but the details are confusing and the ending bewilderingly abrupt.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Ted Shen
    Franky G.'s performance as the protective yet combustible older brother is as real as it gets.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Ted Shen
    The sets are like islands floating in a void, juxtaposed with sepia shots of Rome and extraneous video clips of the singers and orchestra in a recording studio; the technique purposely draws attention to the movie's artifice, but the performances pull us into the story's elemental emotions.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Ted Shen
    Coming-of-age drama is pretty familiar stuff.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ted Shen
    Only the epilogue, a happy ending tacked on to counter the cascading disappointments, seems contrived.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ted Shen
    Its poignance and urgency are undeniable.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Ted Shen
    Director Jay Russell (My Dog Skip) paces everything so slowly, and the story is so devoid of genuine conflict, that this seems to go on for an eternity.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Ted Shen
    The Pang brothers rely heavily on visual razzle-dazzle (courtesy of cinematographer Decha Srimantra) and startling sound effects to work up the scares.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Ted Shen
    Some of the verbal jousts are hot, and a Laurel and Hardy routine involving a stolen ATM is fitfully hilarious, but this reminds me of a pilot for a cable sitcom.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Ted Shen
    The film is full of finely observed details.
    • 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.