Vincent Canby

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For 177 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 4.3 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. Positive: 94 out of 177
  2. Negative: 27 out of 177
177 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Vincent Canby
    Like many album covers, Purple Rain, though sometimes arresting to look at, is a cardboard come-on to the record it contains.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 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.
    • 80 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.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Vincent Canby
    1941 is less comic than cumbersome, as much fun as a 40-pound wrist-watch.

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