Vincent Canby

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For 189 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4 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 189
189 movie reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Vincent Canby
    Scarface is the most stylish and provocative - and maybe the most vicious - serious film about the American underworld since Francis Ford Coppola's "Godfather."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Vincent Canby
    The real thing. It's a sneakily rude, truly zany farce that treats its lunatic characters with a solemnity that perfectly matches the way in which they see themselves.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Vincent Canby
    It looks to be clean and pure and without artifice, even though it is possibly as sophisticated as any commercial American movie ever made.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Vincent Canby
    Life Is Sweet, a title that should not be taken as irony, demands that the audience accept its meandering manner without expectations of the big dramatic event or the boffo laugh. It is very funny, but without splitting the sides.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Vincent Canby
    As Lucy Honeychurch, Miss Bonham Carter gives a remarkably complex performance of a young woman who is simultaneously reasonable and romantic, generous and selfish, and timid right up to the point where she takes a heedless plunge into the unknown.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Vincent Canby
    A big, awkward, crazily ambitious, sometimes breathtaking motion picture that comes as close to being a popular epic as any movie about this country since "The Godfather."
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Vincent Canby
    No other performer (Jack Nicholson) in an Antonioni film, except Jeanne Moreau in "La Notte," has so gracefully submitted to Mr. Antonioni and survived intact. (Review of Original Release)
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Vincent Canby
    It goes beyond the impartiality of journalism. It has the manner of an official report on the spiritual state of a civilization for which there is no hope.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Vincent Canby
    The Big Chill represents the best of mainstream American film making. It's a reminder that the same people who turn out our megabuck fantasies are often capable of working even more effectively on the small, intimate scale of The Big Chill.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 90 Vincent Canby
    Falling Down is the most interesting, all-out commercial American film of the year to date, and one that will function much like a Rorschach test to expose the secrets of those who watch it.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Vincent Canby
    GREASE is not really the 1950's teen-age movie musical it thinks it is, but a contemporary fantasy about a 1950's teen-age musical—a larger, funnier, wittier and more imaginative-than-Hollywood movie with a life that is all its own. It uses the Eisenhower era — the characters, costumes, gestures and particularly, the music—to create a time and place that have less to do with any real 50's than with a kind of show business that is both timeless and old-fashioned, both sentimental and wise. The movie is also terrific fun.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Vincent Canby
    Network can be faulted both for going too far and not far enough, but it's also something that very few commercial films are these days. It's alive. This, I suspect, is the Lumet drive. It's also the wit of performers like Mr. Finch, Mr. Holden, and Miss Dunaway.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Vincent Canby
    Nothing Miss Close has done on the screen before approaches the richness and comic delicacy of her work as the Marquise. [21 Dec 1988, p.C22]
    • The New York Times
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Vincent Canby
    So entertaining, so flip and so genially irreverent that it seems to announce the return of the great gregarious film maker whose "Nashville" remains one of the classics of the 1970's.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Vincent Canby
    Mr. and Mrs. Bridge is wise and funny and just a little bit scary. Though it's an adaptation, it has the manner of a true original.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Vincent Canby
    A huge, initially ambivalent but finally adoring, Pop portrait of one of the most brilliant and outrageous American military figures of the last one hundred years.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Vincent Canby
    It seems to me that by describing horror with such elegance and beauty, Kubrick has created a very disorienting but human comedy, not warm and lovable, but a terrible sum- up of where the world is at... Because it refuses to use the emotions conventionally, demanding instead that we keep a constant, intellectual grip on things, it's a most unusual--and disorienting--movie experience.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Vincent Canby
    Though small in physical scope, Reservoir Dogs is immensely complicated in its structure, which for the most part works with breathtaking effect. [23 Oct 1992]
    • The New York Times
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Vincent Canby
    This ravishing and witty spectacle invades the mind through eyes that are dazzled without ever being anesthetized
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Vincent Canby
    Steven Spielberg's giant, spectacular Close Encounters of the Third Kind...is the best—the most elaborate—1950's science fiction movie ever made, a work that borrows its narrative shape and its concerns from those earlier films, but enhances them with what looks like the latest developments in movie and space technology.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 90 Vincent Canby
    The movie is perfectly cast, from Trintignant and on down, including Pierre Clementi, who appears briefly as the wicked young man who makes a play for the young Marcello. The Conformist is flawed, perhaps, but those very flaws may make it Bertolucci's first commercially popular film. (Review of Original Release)
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Vincent Canby
    "E.T." is as contemporary as laser-beam technology, but it's full of the timeless longings expressed in children's literature of all eras.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Vincent Canby
    How each frees the other is the stuff of Free Willy, which is as engaging as such films can be without offering rude surprises.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Vincent Canby
    Even the special effects are more to the point of the comedy than they were in the first film. For some reason, this appears to leave more room for the sort of random funny business that Mr. Murray and his friends do best, or to which they react with most aplomb.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Vincent Canby
    A Brief History of Time is a kind of adventure that seldom reaches the screen, and it's a tonic.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 Vincent Canby
    The Distinguished Gentleman is an easy, breezy romp of a movie, a low comedy of highly entertaining order.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Vincent Canby
    Basically decent, intelligent and sweet. It's a fanciful romantic comedy whose wildest and craziest notion is that Los Angeles, for all of its eccentricities, is a great place to live.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Vincent Canby
    Postcards From the Edge seems to have been a terrifically genial collaboration between the writer and the director, Miss Fisher's tale of odd-ball woe being perfect material for Mr. Nichols's particular ability to discover the humane sensibility within the absurd.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Vincent Canby
    The dancing itself, especially the dirty dancing, choreographed by Kenny Ortega, looks very contemporary, or, at least, as contemporary as "Saturday Night Fever," but it has a drive and a pulse that give the filim real excitement. [21 Aug 1987, p.C3]
    • The New York Times
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Vincent Canby
    Poltergeist often sounds as if it had been dictated by an exuberant twelve-year-old, someone who's sitting by a summer campfire and determined to spin a tale that will keep everyone else on the edges of their knapsacks far into the night.

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