Vincent Canby

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For 171 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 4.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Vincent Canby's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Marquise of O
Lowest review score: 10 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 89 out of 171
  2. Negative: 27 out of 171
171 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Vincent Canby
    Mr. Branagh has made a fine, rousing new English film adaptation of Shakespeare's ''Henry V,'' a movie that need not apologize to Laurence Olivier's 1944 classic.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Vincent Canby
    With their remarkable contributions, ''Baron Munchausen'' is full of moments that dazzle, just for the fun of seeing the impossible come to life on the screen. What the Folies-Bergere once was for the foot-weary tourist, ''Baron Munchausen'' is for the television-exhausted child. Nothing much happens, but you can't easily tear your eyes away from it.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Vincent Canby
    In its stripped-down, cannily cinematic way, it's one of the most imaginative Australian films yet released in this country. It has no pretensions to do anything except entertain in the primitive, occasionally jolting fashion of the first nickelodeon movies, whose audiences flinched as streetcars lumbered silently toward the camera.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Vincent Canby
    Hoffa is an original work of fiction, based on fact, conceived with imagination and a consistent point of view.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Vincent Canby
    F/X
    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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 70 Vincent Canby
    Mr. Wallace clearly has a fondness for the cliches he is parodying and he does it with style.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Vincent Canby
    Mr. De Niro and Mr. Grodin are lunatic delights, which is somewhat more than can be said for the movie, whose mechanics keep getting in the way of the performances. [20 July 1988, p.C15]
    • The New York Times

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