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 The Godfather
Lowest review score: 10 Pee-wee's Big Adventure
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 85 out of 167
  2. Negative: 27 out of 167
167 movie reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Vincent Canby
    This time, though, Mr. Lynch's conceits are less often pleasurably disorienting than out of focus.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 40 Vincent Canby
    It's a big, expensive, time-consuming, essentially mechanical operation.
    • 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.
    • 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!"
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Vincent Canby
    Something Wild is often "Something Wrong."
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Vincent Canby
    In spite of its authentic scenery (it was filmed in Belize), this Mosquito Coast is utterly flat.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Vincent Canby
    Cute is the operative word for the movie, which stars some good actors doing material that is not super.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Vincent Canby
    Except for Mr. Lloyd, the film is so sweet-natured and bland that it is almost instantly forgettable.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Vincent Canby
    The movie plows through one outrageous sequence to the next with the momentum of a freight train.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Vincent Canby
    Weightless. It is also, unfortunately, without much point at all... A movie of random effects and little accumulative impact.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 30 Vincent Canby
    The dialogue reports funny things instead of showing them. The movie remains in a limbo halfway between the informed anarchy of Monty Python comedy stripped of all social and political satire, and the comparatively genteel comedy of "The Lavender Hill Mob." [15 July 1988, p.C8]
    • The New York Times
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Vincent Canby
    Meant to be funny, but it only swells the sinus passages. It is a painfully inept comedy.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Vincent Canby
    Conan the Barbarian is an extremely long, frequently incoherent, ineptly staged adventure-fantasy set in a prehistoric past.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 30 Vincent Canby
    Though the body count is high, all of the people killed are faceless or only minor characters, until the end. It's as if the movie were saying that lethal violence is acceptable (and fun) as long as the victims - like the victims of guided missiles and high-altitude bombing - remain anonymous. Any comedy that allows the mind to ponder high-altitude bombing is in deep trouble.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Vincent Canby
    The Dead Pool, possesses a couple of good jokes, but nothing can disguise the fact that it's a mini-movie in the company of a mythic figure.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Vincent Canby
    A Chorus Line is less a movie than an expensive souvenir program.

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