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 Badlands
Lowest review score: 10 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 186
186 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Vincent Canby
    Crichton the director seems to have had more fun with the film than Crichton the writer, whose screenplay can offer us no better explanation for the sudden, bloody robot rebellion than an epidemic of "central mechanism psychosis."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Vincent Canby
    Bopha! is so firmly grounded in physical reality (it was shot in Zimbabwe), in the looks and passions of its characters, even in its music, that its deliberate progress from one obligatory scene to the next still carries surprising emotional weight.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Vincent Canby
    I must say that I found it interesting (even when it approached the ludicrous) because of its place in relation to other Siegel films and because I have nothing but appreciation for the performers.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Vincent Canby
    Lethal Weapon 3 isn't that much worse than the two earlier films.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Vincent Canby
    The biggest, longest, most expensive Leone Western to date, and, in many ways, the most absurd... Granting the fact that it is quite bad, Once Upon the Time in the West is almost always interesting, wobbling, as it does, between being an epic lampoon and a serious hommage to the men who created the dreams of Leone's childhood. (Review of Original Release)
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Vincent Canby
    Peter Weir’s The Year of Living Dangerously is a good, romantic melodrama that suffers more than most good, romantic melodramas in not being much better than it is.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Vincent Canby
    Within the limits and cliches of utterly predictable material, Mr. Coppola is still finally able to make this one from the heart.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Vincent Canby
    Last Action Hero is something of a mess, but a frequently enjoyable one. It tries to be too many things to too many different kinds of audiences, the result being that it will probably confuse, and perhaps even alienate, the hard-core action fans.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Vincent Canby
    Although its aspirations are high, the film works only fitfully when Mr. Singleton exercises his gift for vernacular speech, for finding the comic undertow in otherwise tragic situations, and even for parody.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Vincent Canby
    Mr. Almodovar's comic invention runs out too soon, leaving the audience to giggle weakly in anticipation of the big laughs and disorienting shocks that never arrive.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Vincent Canby
    More problematical is the tone of the film, which attempts to be both compassionate and goofy, though the events are funny only if they are seen as farcical.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Vincent Canby
    In much the way that Raymond stays detached, the performance seems to exist outside the film but, instead of illuminating Rain Man, it upstages the work of everyone else involved. [16 Dec 1988, p.C12]
    • The New York Times
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Vincent Canby
    Watching it is like spending a day at an amusement park, which is probably what Mr. Spielberg and his associates intended. It moves tirelessly from one ride or attraction to the next, only occasionally taking a minute out for a hot dog, and then going right on to the next unspeakable experience.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Vincent Canby
    Though Mr. Billingsley, Mr. Gavin, Miss Dillon and the actress who plays Ralphie's school teacher are all very able, they are less funny than actors in a television situation comedy that one has chosen to watch with the sound turned off.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Vincent Canby
    The movie is sorrowful, funny and beautiful. It is also, finally, very unsatisfactory.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Vincent Canby
    It's big, colorful, slightly vulgar, occasionally boring and full of talent not always used to its limits.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Vincent Canby
    The film recreates Toby and Caroline's aimlessness, but without appearing to understand it enough to make it as moving and important as it ought to be.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 60 Vincent Canby
    After Hours is not, ultimately, a satisfying film, but it's often vigorously unsettling.
    • 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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