Vincent Canby

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For 186 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 4.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Vincent Canby's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Piano
Lowest review score: 10 Harry and the Hendersons
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 186
186 movie reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Vincent Canby
    Class Action won't put you to sleep. Yet it vanishes from the memory as fast as anything dreamed in the conventional manner.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Vincent Canby
    A comedy so lazily hip and so laid back that it often seems to be asleep.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Vincent Canby
    JFK
    The movie, which is simultaneously arrogant and timorous, has been unable to separate the important material from the merely colorful.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Vincent Canby
    Unfortunately the plot thickens so rapidly and so lumpily that one very soon loses interest in spite of the quite stunning and gory special effects.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 50 Vincent Canby
    The Double Life of Veronique doesn't end. About three-quarters of the way through, it starts to dissolve, like mist, so that by the time it is actually over the screen seems to have been blank for some time.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Vincent Canby
    It all goes decisively wrong when Jerry Schatzberg, the director, and Garry Michael White, who wrote the screenplay, decide to saddle the pair with a poetic vision that suddenly makes everything needlessly phony.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Vincent Canby
    It's also very well written by Jerry Juhl and Jack Burns and directed by James Frawley ("Kid Blue," "The Big Bus") with a comic touch that never becomes facetious.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Vincent Canby
    Like "Blood Simple," it's full of technical expertise but has no life of its own... The direction is without decisive style. [11 Mar 1987, p.C24]
    • The New York Times
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Vincent Canby
    In 9 1/2 Weeks, he has created a work that might well qualify as a truly nouveau film. Here is a movie in which actors impersonating characters are blended into the decor so completely that they take on the properties of animated products, no more or less important than exquisitely photographed strawberries.[21 Feb 1986, p.C17]
    • The New York Times
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Vincent Canby
    Mr. Mann may well become a very good theatrical film maker but, among other things, he's going to have to learn how to edit himself, to resist the temptation to allow dialogue that is colorful to turn, all of a sudden, into deep, abiding purple. Time after time scenes start off well and slip into unintentionally comic excess.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Vincent Canby
    The movie is extremely long (two hours and 34 minutes) and so slow that by the end you feel as if you've been standing up even if you've been sitting down.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Vincent Canby
    The Empire Strikes Back is not a truly terrible movie. It's a nice movie. It's not, by any means, as nice as "Star Wars." It's not as fresh and funny and surprising and witty, but it is nice and inoffensive and, in a way that no one associated with it need be ashamed of, it's also silly.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Vincent Canby
    Stir Crazy is an energetic but spiritless shambles.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Vincent Canby
    Sometimes funny and, in the way of small-screen entertainment, so perfectly predictable that one could mail in the laughs.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Vincent Canby
    Like many album covers, Purple Rain, though sometimes arresting to look at, is a cardboard come-on to the record it contains.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Vincent Canby
    Watching Star Trek — the Motion Picture...is like attending your high-school class's 10th reunion at Caesar's Palace. Most of the faces are familiar, but the décor has little relationship to anything you've ever seen before.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Vincent Canby
    The screenplay, by Daniel Petrie Jr. and Jack Baran, has a number of funny lines and situations, but the end result looks fiddled with by people attempting to ''fix'' things.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 Vincent Canby
    Blue doesn't seduce the viewer into its very complex, musically formal arrangements. The narrative is too precious and absurd. The interpretation it demands seems dilettantish.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Vincent Canby
    Scrooged works in fits and starts. The mundane demands of the sentimental story keep interrupting what are, essentially, revue sketches, a few of which are hilarious.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Vincent Canby
    It's neither funny nor solemn. It has the personality not of a particular movie but of a product, of something arrived at by corporate decision.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Vincent Canby
    It is funny, unpretentious and fast-paced. It has a kind of comicbook appreciation for direct action and no time whatsoever for mysticism or for scenery for its own sake, though most of it was shot in Morocco and is fun to look at.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Vincent Canby
    In spite of its authentic scenery (it was filmed in Belize), this Mosquito Coast is utterly flat.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Vincent Canby
    Something Wild is often "Something Wrong."
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Vincent Canby
    Cute is the operative word for the movie, which stars some good actors doing material that is not super.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Vincent Canby
    Truly, Madly, Deeply should be enchanting, but it isn't. Everyone pushes too hard, especially Mr. Minghella, the writer and director. There are a few amusing lines and a lot of terrible ones, including Nina's overwrought response, early in the film, when her sister wants to borrow Jamie's cello: "It's like asking me to give you his body!"
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Vincent Canby
    The movie finally is never very convincing. Even the special effects aren't great. Mr. Connery, however, wears the movie as if it were a favorite old hat. He makes it look good.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Vincent Canby
    Except for Mr. Lloyd, the film is so sweet-natured and bland that it is almost instantly forgettable.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Vincent Canby
    Mr. Blake's screenplay and Mr. Costner's direction of it are, with the exception of three memorable sequences, commonplace. The film is painstakingly composed of small details of frontier and tribal life that should be riveting. Most of the time they aren't.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Vincent Canby
    The movie plows through one outrageous sequence to the next with the momentum of a freight train.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Vincent Canby
    Tremors wants to be funny, but it spends too much time winking at the audience. More than anything else, it looks like the sort of movie that might have been put together so that tourists visiting Universal Studios could see a movie being made.

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