Tirdad Derakhshani

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For 178 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 77% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 20% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tirdad Derakhshani's Scores

  • Movies
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Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Song of the Sea
Lowest review score: 12 Gimme Shelter
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 23 out of 178
178 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A transcendent work from Ireland's Cartoon Saloon studio that's almost wasted on kids.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The photography is lush, the dialogue uproarious, and the crazy action sequences unforgettable.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Gripping, hair-raising documentary.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A transcendent political poem as intellectually rigorous as it is beautiful.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The Salt of the Earth, has the power to draw you into its world, transfix, and perhaps eventually transform you.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Its historical influence aside, Dragon Inn delivers pure cinematic pleasure. I'm not sure it can be overpraised.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A somber piece of film poetry about men so invested in a rigid notion of honor and revenge they become trapped in an endless loop of violence.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Lindholm's mastery of film form is matched by his willingness to engage with some of the most intractable moral quandaries that haunt contemporary life.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A delightful, sharp dramedy that skewers the topic from every angle imaginable.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Wiener-Dog has a satirical edge as sharp as any Solondz has fashioned, but it is also filled with disarming moments of absurdist humor.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A superbly researched and edited documentary about the women's movement in the 1960s.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The animated French family film April and the Extraordinary World will have your imagination doing somersaults and cartwheels.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    It can feel inchoate, dropping the viewer in the middle of events without much context, and it exacts an emotional toll. But its raw quality also makes it compelling viewing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    It's easy to mistake the simplicity of plot and theme here for simple-mindedness - this isn't Pynchon or Proust. Kung Fu Panda 3 has the economy of a Zen koan, not to mention its inner harmony and wisdom.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Very few of us would like to think about the physical and emotional toll that life in captivity takes on these magnificent creatures. Gabriela Cowperthwaite's powerful, heartbreaking, and beautifully crafted documentary, Blackfish, forces us to do just that.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Ai Weiwei comes off as a man on a singular mission: to record the life around him before it is erased or distorted by a repressive government terrified by the smallest sign of nonconformity. His primary weapons: video cameras and Twitter.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Adapted from the devilishly clever 1955 novel by master crime author Georges Simenon, The Blue Room is a dazzling deconstruction of the mystery genre that turns its conventions on their heads.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The filmmakers don't bother hammering home a backstory or explaining why David is crazy. They just throw us in the deep end and dazzle us with a series of violent encounters that ends with a deadly chase in a surreal fun house maze of mirrors.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    While it hits some of the usual sci-fi tropes, Creative Control's center of gravity isn't tech itself, but the relationships of those who use it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The Confirmation is a powerful directorial debut from 59-year-old writer Bob Nelson, who received an Oscar nomination for his first screenplay, Nebraska.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Hong, who makes his feature debut here, has a masterful command of rhythm, beautifully weaving each strand of the narrative around that momentous opening scene.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Exceptionally graceful and accomplished, Ozon's film challenges our received notions of normalcy, intimacy, and love.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Giannoli's riotously funny and heartbreaking film follows Marguerite's attempt to stage a solo recital in a grand theater in Paris.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Swinton is delightful in a twisted turn as Wilford's enforcer, a Margaret Thatcherian dragon lady who adores watching her men torture miscreants who have defied the train's No. 1 rule: Know your place.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Their film would be even more compelling if it followed up with further reports, perhaps a few years apart, charting the three boys' fates.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Always, murmuring just beneath the surface, there's a political undercurrent to Farhadi's films, a gentle whisper of a critique aimed at the weight of Iran's combined cultural and political intransigence.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Wetlands is one of the most daring, visually arresting, innovative, and imaginative examples of filmmaking to come out of Europe in recent memory.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A breathtaking, disturbing look at urban angst and the emptiness of youth culture.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A dazzling documentary.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Drug War is a deeply intelligent, exhilarating and eminently satisfying adult crime story, one of the best thrillers you're likely to see this year.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    "You have to be like a poet," Jodorowsky says at one point. "Your movie must be just as you think of it. . . . The movie has to be just like I dream it." What an extraordinary dream it could have been.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    One of this year's true surprises, the superior animated sequel not only is infused with the same independent spirit and off-kilter aesthetic that enriched the original, it also deepens the first film's major themes.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    You'll need a strong stomach for some of the scenes in A Girl Like Her, one of the most moving and intelligent of the recent glut of films and TV specials about teenage bullying.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A remarkable, thoroughly disturbing creepshow that burrows deep under your skin and refuses to let go.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Funny, wry, tragic, and deeply moving.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Paddington is perfect for today's audiences, so long overfed on comic-book fodder. The bear's impeccable manners, perfect diction, and earnestness make him the ultimate anti-Bart Simpson.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    We can't but enjoy the movie and its oddball characters - which makes us somehow complicit in their crimes.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Wake in Fright is essential viewing for anyone interested in the roots of male violence.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Dense, richly textured, and emotionally fraught - uplifting and devastating in equal parts - Shane Carruth's masterful sophomore effort is an abstract, elusive, but emotionally engaging love story that's more tone poem than drama.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A fascinating, suspenseful story about obsessive love, money, the Mafia, and murder.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    It's not a critique but a rather graceful, witty, and stylish film that offers possible solutions to the problems Moore believes plague the United States.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A truly refreshing break from the Hollywood humdrum, the film is a perfect vehicle for Rock's range of talents, giving him plenty of breathing space to launch into his trademark stand-up riffs while grounding him in a story as moving as it is funny.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    We know how the story ends: Nordling persuades Choltitz to back down. Yet, the film somehow maintains a razor-sharp sense of suspense throughout. And it ends with a delicious plot twist that makes one rethink Nordling's moral superiority.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Emotionally engaging and unhampered by dialogue, Boy & the World will appeal to children with its deceptively simple story and its visual splendor.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The Green Prince is an extraordinary achievement. It has all the suspense of a great espionage yarn, but it's also a powerful moral document that calls into question the tactics of terrorism.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A taut, understated minimalist masterwork.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    It's fun, exciting, freakish filmmaking.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A crafty, suspenseful, violent horror film that touches on the inner lives of sexual predators, the question of guilt and remorse in the human soul, and the practice of torture.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    When it comes to sheer comic-book fun, few summer movies deliver a more consistent, satisfying, thoroughly enjoyable shot of cinematic jouissance than the delightfully adventurous actress Scarlett Johansson's latest bit of strange, Lucy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A quiet, modest chamber piece more like "Moon" than "Star Wars."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    While its rather formulaic second half relies on clichés about underdogs' triumphing against the odds, The Idol opens with a terrific look at Assaf's childhood that has the feel of "Stand By Me."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Deadpool is, on the whole, a big bowl of fun filled with great stunts, gory fight scenes, and sexy poses.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Americans seem uncommonly uncomfortable discussing our own class struggles. But, boy, do we love to watch the Brits do it. I think that's one reason the inspiring and joyful Dark Horse is such an appealing film.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A complicated, multi-segmented narrative that's much longer, more elaborate, more dramatic, and more packed with chilling moments and hair-raising visuals than one could anticipate, even from Wan.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The weight of the picture's moral and political message rests on Ice Cube's Calvin. A decent, honest man with a well-developed sense of responsibility and a passion for social justice, he's an iconic American type - the reluctant hero. He'd rather tend to his own garden, but when called to duty, he's all in.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Amid all the horror and the black ooze, there emerges a deeply touching story about the power of love.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Wolf Totem has some of the most exciting, mind-blowing scenes of nature I've ever seen.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Pulp fiction doesn't come much better than Cold in July, a gritty, grisly - and perversely giddy - crime yarn directed by Pottstown-born indie-film provocateur Jim Mickle.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The film delivers what it promises - an education and a thrill.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The 85-year-old Chilean-born auteur returns this week with his latest directorial attempt, The Dance of Reality, an intensely personal, deeply felt, if at times solipsistic autobiographical work about his childhood in Tocopilla, a seaside town at the edge of the Chilean desert.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Alvarez triumphs because he made one crucial decision: Avoid digital animation and use only practical in-camera special effects. He uses every trick from classic Hollywood and invents a few of his own.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    It hobbles its otherwise fascinating premise by descending into hagiography. Webb's story is a tragedy, to be sure, but portraying him as a saint and martyr does little to advance the truth.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A cross between François Truffaut's sometimes-harrowing dramas about childhood and a Steven Spielberg fantasy, Gondry's film abounds with sentiment - without falling prey to sentimentality.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    An inspiring, educational, highly enjoyable documentary.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A thrilling, gorgeous actioner about a massive tsunami that wipes a tourist town off the map.
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    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A small, intimate micro-budget effort, Altered Minds boasts terrific production values, pitch-perfect performances, and an eerie soundscape of found noises that evoke the feel of a surreal nightmare.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A clever, fun, and affecting romantic dramedy about love and rock-and-roll.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Unexpectedly fresh, alive, and vibrant - and wonderfully traumatizing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Iglesia's riotous film is crammed with comedic chaos.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A bleak, despairing testament to the cruelty of war, and how it mangles and defaces everyone it touches.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    At turns horribly funny and simply horrific, Piven's film suggests our therapeutic age has reduced us all to psychic cripples who resort to emotional exhibitionism in lieu of honest self-examination and self-expression.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    For all its frank sexual language, Kelly & Cal is hardly revolutionary or shocking. It drags in the second act and has an ending so obvious, you can smell it from the opening scene.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Partridge portrays David with immaculate timing and meticulous attention to detail. We feel for the character's pain, but never quite trust him.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Crazy funny.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    While it flirts with the ridiculous, the film manages to maintain a certain gravitas as its many stories unfold.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Breaking a Monster is a revealing window into the industry. But it lacks a certain human component.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A well-shot, gore-free psychological thriller about our elemental fear of darkness, Lights Out has a good deal in common with "The Babadook." While it can't touch Jennifer Kent's masterpiece, it does mark the arrival of a major new talent.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    While it descends too often into the melodramatic, it's a solid, smart picture and a welcome addition to the genre.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Williams does a terrific job portraying Nolan's ambivalence, the mix of fear, guilt, and excitement that grips him and the gradual change he undergoes in the ensuing weeks.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Eloquent, moving, and deeply troubling, Little Accidents is a true contemporary tragedy.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    At times, Spare Parts sails perilously close to the saccharine. But the film is a fine example of a message movie that does justice both to its important subject matter and to its characters' inner lives.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    "The Silence of the Lambs" gave us an articulate, Euro-suave gourmand cannibal, but served up pretty much the same stew.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    One of the most insightful films about the War on Terror since 9/11.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Yet, despite a mesmerizing performance by Gyllenhaal - he's as transfixing as a cobra in a snake charmer's dance - and a terrific turn by Riz Ahmed as an unskilled homeless kid Louis hires as his assistant, Nightcrawler doesn't quite have the satirical smarts that made "Network" a classic.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A triumphant, feel-good, laugh-out-loud, sports biopic.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Those who give into its spell will find this a gentle, moving, and deeply intelligent portrait of the awkward, fumbling steps teens make into adulthood, and the promise of first love that draws them on.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A sly, richly modulated, emotionally engaging, and brutally honest film.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Our Kind of Traitor strains credulity: The world it attempts to depict - international organized crime - is too large, too unmanageable and too easily caricatured.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Featuring an awe-inspiring, stellar performance by Parks and Recreation's (and Wilmington's) Aubrey Plaza as Beth, the film opens with the high school girl's short-lived death.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Mixing elements from documentaries, biopics, war flicks, and Hallmark romances, Ross' film is a living history tour, but with gory special effects and a smoldering smattering of sex appeal.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    It's as exhilarating and moving a film opening as you're likely to experience. Sadly, the rest of Follow Me doesn't live up to this overture.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A stylish, painterly picture that evokes classic horror films from the 1930s.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Road Hard, partly funded through crowd-sourcing, is an enjoyable picture. It's sure to appeal to Man Show fans, though it withers when compared to another recent film about a has-been comic directed by its star, Chris Rock's remarkable Top Five.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Despite its terrific performances and its great use of locations, Shelter doesn't have enough substance to hold your attention or linger in the mind for long.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    It's grown-up, deadly serious, and free of the ham-handed romantic subplots that mire so many films from the region in ick stew.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Despite its formulaic structure, The Abandoned has a lot going for it. It eschews cheap scares, bloodletting, and gore. Instead, it works the audience with good, old-fashioned suspense. And it has heart.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Song One burns with genuine sentiment, charismatic actors, and good music. One wishes it were held together by something more than a series of moods.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Central Intelligence is actually funny.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Well-written, gorgeously shot, and expertly edited, the film is also an exasperating exercise in good intentions gone wrong. For all its strengths, Genius often trades in tiresome clichés.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    No one should be expected to endure 115 minutes of this nonsense.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Araki's films have never been known for their subtlety. Think Douglas-Sirk-meets-Johnny-Rotten. He tries to rein in his tendency for the baroque in White Bird in a Blizzard, but he pushes the story too far in the direction of the grotesque.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Tai Chi Zero, the first film in a planned trilogy, will leave hard-core fight enthusiasts wanting. But it's a droll, pleasant diversion all the same.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    It touches on serious - and ridiculously complex - ideas but always cuts them down to manageable, middle-brow morsels.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Well-intentioned if cloying, Miracles from Heaven has an appealing cast and an accessible take on spirituality.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A silly, if fun, futuristic sci-fi romance.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    It's refreshing to see a film set amid the daily life of an impoverished, rural immigrant community. It's a shame the only aspect of the social world that is explored is the sexual exploits of a few teens.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    It leaves behind a nagging feeling, a suggestion there's more to the story than its story.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    If you're looking for quality prepackaged, predigested Hollywood family fun this summer, you could do a lot worse than Despicable Me 2.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Iceland is beautiful. Really, really, really - really - beautiful. That pretty much sums up the new feature film Land Ho! That message is the film's alpha and omega. Its raison d'être. Its soul and its being.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Velásquez is a remarkable individual, and her message should not go unheeded.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    5 Flights Up is a sweet film with a few nicely turned lines, some good jokes, and some very lovely dialogue. But it's not much more than fluff and air.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Charming, emotionally resonant, yet nowhere as fresh and dramatic as its predecessor.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The movie is well-edited and lean, a fast-paced, action-filled bit of froth that manages to be diverting and surprisingly fun.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    If Mark Wahlberg's new pic, The Gambler, feels like a stale rehash of existential tropes, that's because it is.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The intention is clear: Garneau wants to make his points as persuasive and accessible as possible. Yet, the truths That Sugar Film contains were already obvious decades ago. It's sad that we need reminding.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Isn't a cheap knock-off but an equally effective, deliciously disturbing movie. It's bound to delight genre fans (and dismay critics, who attacked the first as heavy-handed and sloppy).
    • 39 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    An ambitious, if wildly uneven, character study that relies on a taut script, snappy dialogue, and a few well-placed plot twists, The Barber boasts a fine turn by Scott Glenn as an aging serial killer.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Despite its visual beauty and Rahim's extraordinary, and silent, performance, the film never quite manages to connect on an emotional level.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Winterbottom's films never bore. They do sometimes frustrate, provoke - even anger. That's the case with his entry in the true-story genre, The Face of an Angel.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    While its message is a little simplistic, Knock Knock is shot through with a brilliant, gleefully anarchic dark humor that's equally fun and disturbing.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    It seems another member of Clint Eastwood's brood is ready for stardom. Francesca Eastwood, 22, his daughter with actor Frances Fisher, is one of the bright lights in writer-director JT Mollner's otherwise uneven feature debut.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The chemistry between Smulders and Bean is simply terrific. Their performances almost save the film from its earnest, if bumbling, attempts to make a statement about the social, economic, and racial differences that divide the two characters.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    While it has considerable charms, Hippocrates is just too predictable.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Profane, randy, oversexed, and wonderfully juvenile.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A stunning examination of teenage cruelty, exploitation, and crime that refuses to give us the satisfaction of identifying with the characters.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The characters' high-minded, if unsophisticated, patter clashes with the film's ironic-chic style, and it never manages to move beyond the late-night palaver of earnest, if naive, college freshmen.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Some viewers will dismiss Autumn Blood as a pretentious Euro-art iteration of Straw Dogs. For those willing to be open to its experimentation and more charitable about its many faults, the film can provide a powerful experience and serve as an fascinating testament to the tenuous nature of the social contract.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The Purge: Election Year tries to show that what counts isn't firepower but compassion, not egoism but community. But frankly, it can't help but shoot itself in the foot: The violence is too tantalizing, too stylized, too fetishistic - the film features killers dressed in fanciful Halloween costumes who dance and sing as they dismember people.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    This story truly is inspirational and a lesson about civic responsibility. However, it makes for little more than a TV movie or a straight-to-video snack.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    For all its grand promises, Ip Man 3 teeters uneasily among B-movie clichés.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The Possession has none of the suspense that made Bornedal's morgue thriller "Deathwatch" such shuddering good fun. And despite the absurdly overwrought Bernard Herrmann-esque score, it has very few genuine shocks.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    One of the most uncinematic pieces crafted by an otherwise fine stylist, Cymbeline befuddles with its ineffective blocking and lack of art direction.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    On many levels, Kingsman has the makings of a sure-fire hit. Yet, this is one spy story even the most dedicated addicts of the genre would do well to miss.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Like other entries of its pulpish ilk, the picture packs lots of violence, a fair bit of gore, and plenty of cheap scares.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A deeply disturbing, intimate, and not unsuccessful look at 10 years in the life of a young boy, Harlon, who grows up to become a Columbine-style killer.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    It falls short of the mark, even as it hits every one of the genre's conventions.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Sadly, director Lee Toland Krieger's offering, a weak wanna-be Jean Cocteau-esque fable with magical realist pretensions, does great disservice to Lively and her remarkably accomplished costars.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Phase II has some nice comic touches, but it's a forgettable B-movie.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Firth is brilliant as a preternaturally patient man - every day he has to tell her the same exact story. But he has a creepy way about him. Is it love that drives him, or something darker?
    • 26 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    While it misses the mark most of the time, director Hilary Brougher's film has a promising story, an impressive cast, and occasional moments of grace.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Not a great film. Or particularly good. In fact, it's fairly bad as B-movies go.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    It's refreshing to see an actor tell his own story with some real honesty. Overall, however, Tab Hunter Confidential is too much like every other Hollywood True Story out there.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    An uneven, mildly amusing, and highly derivative flick featuring a wonderful, quirky cast as a crew of art thieves who run a complex scam on the art world, and on each other.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A tediously faithful remake of French filmmaker Luc Besson's terrific 2004 international hit "District 13," the Besson-produced Brick Mansions might have been mildly interesting had it been made a decade ago.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Two Night Stand, is a clever, if uneven, romcom about Generation Y's conflicted, paradoxical views of sex and love. Featuring strong dialogue and terrific performances, the film has moments of near-brilliance, but falls apart with a lame, conventional ending.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The film is a ponderous, overwrought meditation on grief, loss, guilt, and memory that prods and probes its characters more like lab rats than living, breathing creations.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Not one of Sparks' best flicks (The Notebook is quite good) Safe Haven is marred by film cliches. It has an alarming number of throwaway montage sequences.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    But there's not much here: The characters are paper-thin, and the action is slow, at times agonizingly so.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A horror pic with a new gimmick that likely will spawn an entire subgenre of more substandard rubbish.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Love conquers all. Sadly, Yoo's film does not.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The writer-director has the talent to dig deep and lay bare the assumptions behind our idea of justice and our notions of right and wrong. In The Devil's Knot, he settles for an encyclopedic, if skin-deep, presentation.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A weak "Toy Story"-esque animated film for preschool kids made with little imagination, little art, and even less soul.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Don't get me wrong. Angry Birds doesn't depict any on-camera violence against person, bird, or pig. But there's a darkness at the heart of this movie that's hard to reconcile.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    It's hard to know whom to blame for this futile exercise: Morris or Rumsfeld.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Mildly enjoyable despite its basic mediocrity.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Just because you can come up with names such as Azeroth, Durotan, Orgrim, and Grommash Hellscream doesn't mean you're J.R.R. Tolkien, people.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Slapdash, with dialogue and plot points that were cliches in Dickens' era, the pic sends up, then reaffirms, all the values the media sell us each holiday: compassion, forgiveness, tolerance.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Unsullied was made by a director with real promise. It's a shame Rice picked this turkey to shoot as his first
    • 26 Metascore
    • 38 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Aloupis is not untalented as writer or helmer. But his first outing is an unsurprising, paint-by-the-numbers picture.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The Best of Me is neither worse than his other films nor particularly better. At 118 minutes, it is, however, one of the longest. Interminably long, dragging out its molasses heart through what seem like three different endings.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Predictable, tired, formulaic, it makes up for its lack of originality with a bigger budget, louder jokes, louder costumes, and louder music.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Just call this movie "The Hangover: AARP Strikes Back."
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Overall, the effect is closer to a Monty Python skit or a Village People music vid than a serious film about civil rights.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Identity theft and credit-card fraud never looked as exciting or sexy as in Plastic, a frothy little heist movie from Britain that starts off with great promise, only to devolve midway into an empty derivative shell of a film.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The Man on Her Mind, a mirthless, stagy romantic comedy about a pair of New York loners, isn't so much a story as a threadbare concept - a one-liner, really. An old, used-up one at that.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Hollywood's latest entry in that tried-and-true genre, the disaster movie, is . . . well, it's like . . . a totally gnarly roller-coaster ride!
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Tirdad Derakhshani
    It would better to call it Two Actors in Search of a Story.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Sadly, Annabelle, a cheap, sleazy, low-budget prequel meant to explain the origins of that particular doll, is as undistinguished, uninteresting, and unscary as the worst of the Chucky films.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Never again let it be said that an action movie is just like a video game. Hardcore Henry, a frenetic, dizzying, and ultraviolent actioner from Russian rocker-turned-director Ilya Naishuller is one - a first-person shooter writ large for the big screen.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A dull, formulaic theme-park ride whose only purpose is to make more pots of money.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Messy and confused, the film is a mishmash of tropes from Shakespeare, heist movies, family melodrama, and romance novels hastily thrown together.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Four film sequels and 14 years later, the best I can say of Ice Age: Collision Course is that it has nice coloring and good picture contrast.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A schmaltzy, deeply sentimentalized drama about American slavery and the rise of the Underground Railroad.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Tirdad Derakhshani
    An ineffective, derivative, and awkwardly executed mash-up of ghost flicks and voodoo movies.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A subpar 3D action comedy featuring four giant motion-capture animated turtles and a raft of human costars, including the dreamy-eyed Fox, wide-shouldered Perry, a remarkably slender Will Arnett, and Laura Linney, who looks tired and uncomfortable throughout the proceedings.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Tirdad Derakhshani
    There are a few nice scares in The Colony, and the female lead, Rookie Blue's Charlotte Sullivan, looks really, really cute in blond dreadlocks. But she can't save the movie, nor can her impressive costars, Bill Paxton, Kevin Zegers, and Laurence Fishburne.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Filled with embarrassing gosh-golly moments about non-Western cultures, it's a staggering, and insulting, example of cultural myopia.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 12 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A happy-smiley Christian fairy tale disguised as a hard-hitting shard of social realism.

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