Vincent Canby
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For 166 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 53% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Vincent Canby's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Piano
Lowest review score: 10 Harry and the Hendersons
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 84 out of 166
  2. Negative: 27 out of 166
166 movie reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 30 Vincent Canby
    The dialogue reports funny things instead of showing them. The movie remains in a limbo halfway between the informed anarchy of Monty Python comedy stripped of all social and political satire, and the comparatively genteel comedy of "The Lavender Hill Mob." [15 July 1988, p.C8]
    • The New York Times
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Vincent Canby
    Weightless. It is also, unfortunately, without much point at all... A movie of random effects and little accumulative impact.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Vincent Canby
    Meant to be funny, but it only swells the sinus passages. It is a painfully inept comedy.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Vincent Canby
    Conan the Barbarian is an extremely long, frequently incoherent, ineptly staged adventure-fantasy set in a prehistoric past.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 30 Vincent Canby
    Though the body count is high, all of the people killed are faceless or only minor characters, until the end. It's as if the movie were saying that lethal violence is acceptable (and fun) as long as the victims - like the victims of guided missiles and high-altitude bombing - remain anonymous. Any comedy that allows the mind to ponder high-altitude bombing is in deep trouble.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Vincent Canby
    The film tries to cover too much ground, even though Calder Willingham's script eliminates or telescopes events and characters from the Berger novel.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Vincent Canby
    The Dead Pool, possesses a couple of good jokes, but nothing can disguise the fact that it's a mini-movie in the company of a mythic figure.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Vincent Canby
    In Twins, which is supposed to be funny, the former Mr. Universe and pint-sized Danny DeVito play twins, the result of a genetic experiment that went awry. To the extent that Twins is carried by anybody, it is carried by Mr. DeVito. Mr. Schwarzenegger is dead weight. [9 Dec 1988, p.C18]
    • The New York Times
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Vincent Canby
    The film, which opens today at the Sutton and other theaters, is composed of a prologue, written for the movie, plus four separate stories, each of them either based directly on a script from the television series or suggested by one. A lot of money and several lives might have been saved if the producers had just rereleased the original programs.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Vincent Canby
    A Chorus Line is less a movie than an expensive souvenir program.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Vincent Canby
    The screenplay is priceless (funny) and it's Mr. Reeve who sets the film's tone. Unfortunately, his unshadowed good looks, granite profile, bright naivete and eagerness to please - the qualities that made him such an ideal Superman - look absurd here.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Vincent Canby
    Kafka is opaque without ever being mysterious, frightening or suggestive of anything but movie making. Its chases through dark narrow streets don't create suspense, since nothing is at stake.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Vincent Canby
    It's full of film knowledge and is amazingly elaborate for a low-budget movie. The only problem is that it's not funny. One smiles at the inspiration of the jokes, though not at their execution.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Vincent Canby
    It's another example of the ever-widening gap between the real world and the fantasies of a kind of artistic temperament more concerned with random self expression than with the expression of coherent feelings or ideas about love, alienation, outrage, politics or even of movie-making. It shrivels the imagination instead of enriching it. [7 Oct. 1981]
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Vincent Canby
    Nothing that Mr. Clayton does with the actors or with the camera comes close to catching the spirit of Fitzgerald's impatient brilliance. The film transforms "Gatsby" into a period love story that seems to take itself as solemnly as "Romeo and Juliet."
    • 18 Metascore
    • 30 Vincent Canby
    It's meant as a tiny bit of praise to say that the movie, which was made in southern California, looks as if it had been shot in Spain or Yugoslavia. It looks both big and cheap.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 20 Vincent Canby
    Return of the Jedi oesn't really end the trilogy as much as it brings it to a dead stop. The film...is by far the dimmest adventure of the lot.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 Vincent Canby
    It is spectacularly out of touch, a laughably earnest attempt to impose heroic attitudes on some nice, small characters purloined from a ''young-adult'' novel by S.E. Hinton, the woman who wrote the novel on which ''Tex'' was based.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 20 Vincent Canby
    Cocktail, which opens today at the Cinema 2 and other theaters, is ''Saturday Night Fever'' without John Travolta, the Bee-Gees and dancing. It is an inane romantic drama that only a very young, very naive bartender could love. How it got that way is difficult to understand.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 20 Vincent Canby
    Harlem Nights is not the disaster some people might have been expecting. Mr. Murphy has appeared in far worse films written and directed by people much more experienced.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 20 Vincent Canby
    The movie makes no sense as either melodrama or metaphysics, so that its expensive special effects go up in smoke. Literally.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 20 Vincent Canby
    For a film that's so innocuous, Teen Wolf is aggressively boring.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 10 Vincent Canby
    It's not the worst movie ever made; it just seems to be. Its 134 minutes induce a state of simulated brain death, an effect as easily attained in half the time by staring at the blinking lights on a Christmas tree.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 10 Vincent Canby
    Pee-Wee's Big Adventure is the most barren comedy I've seen in years, maybe ever.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 10 Vincent Canby
    The Neverending Story is a graceless, humorless fantasy for children, combining live actors and animated creatures in mostly imaginary settings.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 10 Vincent Canby
    Attention must be paid when a movie is as aggressively awful as Harry and the Hendersons, though it's so pin-headed that it could be the last of its inbred line. It's not likely to spawn.