Mr. Showbiz's Scores

  • Movies
For 721 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Dinner Rush
Lowest review score: 0 Dude, Where's My Car?
Score distribution:
721 movie reviews
  1. A smirky black comedy that, like its John Lurie score, is jazzy, dry, and light on its feet.
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  2. The wrap-up's pretty charming, as are the performances, but the film's too heavy for its soufflé-ready ingredients.
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  3. It's all well-acted and eerily compelling, but the shocker ending is patently implausible.
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  4. Given a decent script, they might make a fun summer movie. Given the script for Shanghai Noon, they've come up with a middling Old West oater that falls flat at least as often as it finds the funny bone.
  5. Wacky, vividly conceived but mundanely executed cartoon fantasy.
  6. A detective story without a solution and a coming-of-ager without discernable characters.
  7. Aviva Kempner's utterly conventional documentary plays like a lost chapter from Ken Burns' "Baseball."
  8. For all its wit and sharp casting, State and Main is way too pleased with itself to be funny or endearing.
  9. Pure, irrational, claustrophobic, gritty, unpretentious.
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  10. Strains our patience with overacting and photography so sumptuous you can't help but ponder why so much bloodshed and mayhem is being so expertly prettified.
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  11. Arresting, visually accomplished documentary.
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  12. As fascinating as the case is as history, however, Scottsboro: An American Tragedy is a TV show, not a movie.
  13. Plays like "The Honeymooners" might have if Ralph Kramden were from Pakistan, but with less laughs and more ignorant spite.
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  14. Shower isn't a bad movie -- just a baneful sign of things to come.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This is, recognizably, an indie film, in the best sense of the term.
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  15. The cast is largely nonprofessional, and the story has the simplicity of myth.
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  16. Mild as satire and completely unconvincing as tragicomedy.
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  17. Far from creating a pungent portrait of a society gone mad with blood and greed, Schroeder's movie strives for political points while it's whiffing on simplicities like character, motivation, and believability.
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  18. The real reason to see it is Brian Cox, best known for being filmdom's other Hannibal Lecter (he played the role in Michael Mann's "Manhunter").
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  19. All of the filmmaker's fine work and good intentions cannot make this repetitive and finally tiresome saga fly.
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  20. If you're looking for refuge from summer movie bombast, it's frequently intoxicating.
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Until he (Smith) learns the difference between what has meaning and what's meandering, what feels real and what feels contrived, he'd be better off sticking to the funny stuff.
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  21. It's amiable enough, but the only real opportunity here is to see Walken step out of the shadows.
  22. As a portrait of a man barely qualifying for a cinematic portrait, Benjamin Smoke is a trifle, but when Sillen and Cohen turn their cameras on the weedy, workaday, hellhole America that Benjamin calls home, the movie comes alive.
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  23. It's Norton's movie, really, and he shines both as cocky Jack and as cerebral-palsied Brian.
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  24. Eventually succumbs to fatal overlength.
  25. A cute, clichéd, coming-of-age comedy.
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  26. A modest project with an agreeably modest point of view, but it cries out for a sharp, believable naturalism Kusama simply doesn't supply.
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  27. Like "Pollock," Nora is a convincing portrait of the intersection between creative genius and crazy, all-consuming love.
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  28. Only Elaine May shines, in a weird and wonderful turn. Her loopy character has such a struck-by-lightning demeanor that she's always delightfully off in her own comic orbit even in the tritest of scenes.

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