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 3.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Big Night
Lowest review score: 0 Dude, Where's My Car?
Score distribution:
721 movie reviews
  1. Fans starving for some song and dance celluloid may be satiated, but this movie version really shows the material's age.
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  2. 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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  3. Covers some bases, but it feels like the Cliffs Notes version of a grander epic.
  4. Considerably less fun than a marathon of Star Search episodes.
  5. It's amiable enough, but the only real opportunity here is to see Walken step out of the shadows.
  6. For many, the enticement of seeing two old pros smartly step through their pressurized pas de deux might be reason enough to buy a ticket.
  7. A seven-course melodrama.
  8. For all its wit and sharp casting, State and Main is way too pleased with itself to be funny or endearing.
  9. A detective story without a solution and a coming-of-ager without discernable characters.
  10. An audacious but underconceived blend of fiction and documentary that questions the idea of race and identity in America.
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  11. Aviva Kempner's utterly conventional documentary plays like a lost chapter from Ken Burns' "Baseball."
  12. A pale imitation of the original Winnie the Pooh Disney shorts of the '60s, but a vast improvement on the current Pooh TV series and straight-to-tape specials.
  13. Feels repetitive and impacted.
  14. There's nothing remotely bizarre about this boy meets girl meets boy tale.
  15. It's a polished, beautifully made movie with a rotten heart.
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  16. Writer-director Harmony Korine seems more interested in churning your stomach than in warming your heart.
  17. On the whole, this documentary is best-suited to hardcore fans.
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  18. The film has a standard trajectory, but the details are unpredictable: Kitano fluctuates between goofy pratfalls. . . and elliptical pathos.
  19. As classic romantic comedy goes, it ain't no "Tootsie."
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. If you're expecting an experience approximately as dumb, badly acted, and childish as a pro wrestling match, you'll be pleasantly surprised.
  23. Badly photographed, clumsily edited, and lacking any discernable cinematic style.
  24. This avenging cat gets no action whatsoever. Neither does the movie, despite a terrific cast and a heap of street style.
  25. Whenever Voight steps to the forefront, A Dog of Flanders is poochy-keen; alas, the rest of the time it's doggedly dull.
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  26. Might be structured like a soggy house of cards, but it's shot beautifully and acted expertly.
  27. It's a lock to pile up the honors during Hollywood's annual awards season next spring (at the Golden Raspberries and the MTV Movie Awards).
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  28. Showing the sex seems to be the film's raison d'etre, which gets you only so far.
  29. At best a vaguely Semitic episode of "The Wonder Years."
  30. Likable, but frustratingly lazy, Ghost Dog has coolness running all through it, but little substance.
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