Vincent Canby
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For 167 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 53% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Vincent Canby's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Sleepless in Seattle
Lowest review score: 10 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 85 out of 167
  2. Negative: 27 out of 167
167 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Vincent Canby
    The movie is sorrowful, funny and beautiful. It is also, finally, very unsatisfactory.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Vincent Canby
    However, like many album covers, Purple Rain, though sometimes arresting to look at, is a cardboard come-on to the record it contains.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Vincent Canby
    Lethal Weapon 3 isn't that much worse than the two earlier films.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Vincent Canby
    A comedy so lazily hip and so laid back that it often seems to be asleep.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Vincent Canby
    Miss Duvall is superb - genteely ladylike one minute, a woman of volcanic passions the next.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Vincent Canby
    It's big, colorful, slightly vulgar, occasionally boring and full of talent not always used to its limits.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 60 Vincent Canby
    After Hours is not, ultimately, a satisfying film, but it's often vigorously unsettling.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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