Vincent Canby
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For 169 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 52% 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 Hannah and Her Sisters
Lowest review score: 10 The NeverEnding Story
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 87 out of 169
  2. Negative: 27 out of 169
169 movie reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Vincent Canby
    Though big of budget, A League of Their Own is one of the year's most cheerful, most relaxed, most easily enjoyable comedies. It's a serious film that's lighter than air, a very funny movie that manages to score a few points for feminism in passing.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Vincent Canby
    The Big Red One, for all its uncompromising brutality, is viscerally, angrily alive. Fuller was lucky to survive the war. It is our good fortune that this film, a tribute to his luck (and to those who did not share it), has come back to life.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Vincent Canby
    Mr. Beresford and Mr. Uhry, working in concert, see to it that the essential spirit of Driving Miss Daisy shines through the sometimes deadening effects of literalism.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Vincent Canby
    Mr. Brooks's screenplay overstates matters both at the beginning of the film and at the end, with a prologue that strains to be cute and an epilogue that is just unnecessary. In between, however, the movie is a sarcastic and carefully detailed picture of a world Mr. Brooks finds fascinating and also a little scary.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Vincent Canby
    Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris is a beautiful, courageous, foolish, romantic, and reckless film.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Vincent Canby
    Line by line, the dialogue isn't all that quotable, but there is consistently funny life on the screen. The film's comic timing is nearly flawless.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Vincent Canby
    Acting of this sort is rare in films. It is a display of talent, which one gets in the theater, as well as a demonstration of behavior, which is what movies usually offer. Were Mr. De Niro less an actor, the character would be a sideshow freak. (Review of Original Release)
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Vincent Canby
    A rollicking musical memoir, as much a recollection of the show as of the period, a film that has the charm of a fable and the slickness of Broadway show biz at its breathless best.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Vincent Canby
    Naked is as corrosive and sometimes as funny as anything Mr. Leigh has done to date. It's loaded with wild flights of absurd rhetoric and encounters with characters so eccentric that they seem to have come directly from life. Nobody would dare imagine them.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Vincent Canby
    Alien 3 belongs to that branch of fantasy comics, best exemplified by the "Road Warrior" movies, in which the iron and space ages meet for dizzy results.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Vincent Canby
    Everyone treats his material with the proper combination of solemnity and good humor that avoids condescension. One of Mr. Lucas's particular achievements is the manner in which he is able to recall the tackiness of the old comic strips and serials he loves without making a movie that is, itself, tacky.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Vincent Canby
    Unforgiven... never quite fulfills the expectations it so carefully sets up. It doesn't exactly deny them, but the bloody confrontations that end the film appear to be purposely muted, more effective theoretically than dramatically.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Vincent Canby
    It's not really awful, but it's not much fun. It's pretty to look at and it contains a number of good performances, but there is something exhausting about its neat balancing of opposing manners and values.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Vincent Canby
    Dracula has the nervy enthusiasm of the work of a precocious film student who has magically acquired a master's command of his craft. It's surprising, entertaining and always just a little too much.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Vincent Canby
    Hoffa is an original work of fiction, based on fact, conceived with imagination and a consistent point of view.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Vincent Canby
    Silkwood is a very moving work about the raising of the consciousness of one woman of independence, guts and sensitivity.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Vincent Canby
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    The movie, which looks as if it had been made on an A-picture budget, has a lot of the zest one associates with special-effects-filled B-pictures.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Vincent Canby
    Mr. Polanski and Mr. Towne attempted nothing so witty and entertaining, being content instead to make a competently stylish, more or less thirites-ish movie that continually made me wish I were back seeing "The Maltese Falcon" or "The Big Sleep." Others may not be as finicky. [21 June 1974]
    • The New York Times
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Vincent Canby
    Mr. Coppola, the writer as well as the director, has nearly succeeded in making a great film but has, instead, made one that is merely very good.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Vincent Canby
    Wall Street isn't a movie to make one think. It simply confirms what we all know we should think, while giving us a tantalizing, Sidney Sheldon-like peek into the boardrooms and bedrooms of the rich and powerful.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Vincent Canby
    Superman is good, clean, simple-minded fun, though it's a movie whose limited appeal is built in.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Vincent Canby
    A comedy that can't quite support its tragic conclusion, which is too schematic to be honestly moving, but it is acted with such a sense of life that one responds to its demonstration of humanity if not to its programmed metaphors.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Vincent Canby
    Though Coming to America is a romantic comedy the director steers the film more often toward quick, in-and-out comic situations and gags that are only mildly funny. In part this is due to the fact that Mr. Murphy plays the prince with cheerful, low-keyed innocence that is completely legitimate, but is not supported by the short attention span of the screenplay. The romance is tepid.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Vincent Canby
    A Nightmare on Elm Street puts more emphasis on bizarre special effects, which aren't at all bad.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Vincent Canby
    The members of Mr. Linklater's cast, most of whom are non-professionals, are so amazingly effective that it's hard to believe they didn't make up their own lunacies.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Vincent Canby
    The over-all production is very handsome, and the performances fine, especially Newman, Redford, and Miss Ross, who must be broadly funny and straight, almost simultaneously.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Vincent Canby
    With the exception of Nicholson, its good things are familiar things - the rock score, the lovely, sometimes impressionistic photography by Laszlo Kovacs, the faces of small-town America.
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    • 60 Vincent Canby
    Stuffed with plummy English accents and the most inauthentic classroom scenes since those of "Billy Madison," Life, Translated has a childlike innocence that seems targeted toward a preteenage audience.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Vincent Canby
    Red Heat is a topically entertaining variation on the sort of action-adventure nonsense that plays best on television. Mr. Hill's touch is heavy when he takes himself seriously. However, he has a real gift for instantly disposable fantasy.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Vincent Canby
    Miss Duvall is superb - genteely ladylike one minute, a woman of volcanic passions the next.

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