Vincent Canby
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For 169 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 4.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Vincent Canby's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Born on the Fourth of July
Lowest review score: 10 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 87 out of 169
  2. Negative: 27 out of 169
169 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 40 Vincent Canby
    It's a big, expensive, time-consuming, essentially mechanical operation.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Vincent Canby
    Hook is overwhelmed by a screenplay heavy with complicated exposition, by what are, in effect, big busy nonsinging, nondancing production numbers and some contemporary cant about rearing children and the high price paid for success.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Vincent Canby
    This time, though, Mr. Lynch's conceits are less often pleasurably disorienting than out of focus.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Vincent Canby
    It's more cheerful than funny, and so insistently ungrudging about Americans and Japanese alike that its satire cuts like a wet sponge.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Vincent Canby
    A surprisingly cheesy horror film to come from Mr. Carpenter (''Halloween,'' ''Escape From New York,'' among others), a director whose work is usually far more efficient and inventive.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Vincent Canby
    White Nights is only tolerable when Mr. Baryshnikov is on screen, especially when he is dancing alone or with Mr. Hines, with whom he does a couple of ballet-tap numbers that are of an order of excellence that has nothing to do with the rest of the movie.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Vincent Canby
    The movie has the fuzzy focus of someone who has stared too long at a light bulb. Narrative points aren't made and the wrong points are emphasized. It could also be that too much footage was shot so that, when the time came for editing, a lot of essential material had to be cut out.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 40 Vincent Canby
    The Last Emperor is like an elegant travel brochure. It piques the curiosity. One wants to go. Ultimately it's a let-down.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 40 Vincent Canby
    The only remarkable thing about Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather, Part II is the insistent manner in which it recalls how much better his original film was...Even if Part II were a lot more cohesive, revealing, and exciting than it is, it probably would have run the risk of appearing to be the self-parody it now seems.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Vincent Canby
    In Twins, which is supposed to be funny, the former Mr. Universe and pint-sized Danny DeVito play twins, the result of a genetic experiment that went awry. To the extent that Twins is carried by anybody, it is carried by Mr. DeVito. Mr. Schwarzenegger is dead weight. [9 Dec 1988, p.C18]
    • The New York Times
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Vincent Canby
    The screenplay is priceless (funny) and it's Mr. Reeve who sets the film's tone. Unfortunately, his unshadowed good looks, granite profile, bright naivete and eagerness to please - the qualities that made him such an ideal Superman - look absurd here.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Vincent Canby
    Student Bodies just slowly topples over as you watch it, like a stand-up comedian in the act of failing.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Vincent Canby
    The film, which opens today at the Sutton and other theaters, is composed of a prologue, written for the movie, plus four separate stories, each of them either based directly on a script from the television series or suggested by one. A lot of money and several lives might have been saved if the producers had just rereleased the original programs.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Vincent Canby
    It's another example of the ever-widening gap between the real world and the fantasies of a kind of artistic temperament more concerned with random self expression than with the expression of coherent feelings or ideas about love, alienation, outrage, politics or even of movie-making. It shrivels the imagination instead of enriching it. [7 Oct. 1981]
    • 18 Metascore
    • 30 Vincent Canby
    It's meant as a tiny bit of praise to say that the movie, which was made in southern California, looks as if it had been shot in Spain or Yugoslavia. It looks both big and cheap.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Vincent Canby
    The film tries to cover too much ground, even though Calder Willingham's script eliminates or telescopes events and characters from the Berger novel.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Vincent Canby
    Nothing that Mr. Clayton does with the actors or with the camera comes close to catching the spirit of Fitzgerald's impatient brilliance. The film transforms "Gatsby" into a period love story that seems to take itself as solemnly as "Romeo and Juliet."

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