Slant Magazine's Scores

For 2,392 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 32% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 66% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 9.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 52
Highest review score: 100 Under the Skin
Lowest review score: 0 The Moment
Score distribution:
2,392 movie reviews
  1. Thanks to Melanie Lynskey's performance, the movie feels like a believably worked-out, sympathetically presented study in thirtysomething uncertainty.
  2. If the film covers well-tread territory (a morally bankrupt player trying to prolong his own influence), it does so with pinpoint control of mood and theme.
  3. What keeps the documentary from lapsing entirely into a generic human-interest story superficially peppered with local color is, oddly enough, the slowness with which Parker's goals are achieved.
  4. Paul Lacoste's almost purely observational approach allows him to come about as close to documenting the process of creation as anyone ever has.
  5. There's no coddling the audience in Vibeke Løkkeberg's verité heave of disgust as the full consequences on the Palestinian people of Operation Cast Lead are made sickeningly clear.
  6. The images and interviews Robert H. Lieberman and his crew have managed to capture are eye-opening enough to justify the dangerous effort.
  7. The story places a premium on delivering its disreputable sex-and-violence goods with a minimum of fuss or pretension.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This "Buddhist film noir," as writer-director Pen-ek Ratanaruang calls it, is surprisingly slow-moving and soulful for a film full of double-crosses and cold-blooded killing.
  8. Michel Ocelot's recent cartoons cleverly advance Lotte Reiniger's prototypical stop-motion technique into the digital age.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Documents emotionally charged interactions between patients and hospital staff without any signs that the subjects are being made to feel self-conscious or that they're behavior is being affected.
  9. The second act shifts the film from a lazy and comfy litany of introductions to a riveting fantasia of pure cinema, wherein Lee paints an oft-wordless picture of nature's harshness and grace, the perfect arena for Pi to have a Christ-like coming of age.
  10. In whittling down Emily Brontë's romance to its most earthly aspects, Andrea Arnold stylizes herself into an unavoidable corner.
  11. The mixture of different techniques and varied views results in a rich, multi-faceted look at one of America's most misguided policy initiatives.
  12. Ursula Meier's film is sustained by a sturdy emotional engine and some intrepidly thoughtful characterization.
  13. By favoring the repetition of gestures over plot or graphics, Don Hertzfeldt argues that animation is, at its essence, a kinetic rather than simply visual form of expression.
  14. The stillness and silence with which we look upon Jake Williams ranges from curious to unnerving to fascinating.
  15. Throughout, it becomes clear that both the film and its subject are defined by the necessity of multitasking.
  16. The film is at its best when it lingers on intimacy and the characters' incompetency to manage it.
  17. In a cinema landscape where the representation of the black female experience is most visibly explored through the modes of outlandish comedy, unironic melodrama, or not at all, Ava DuVernay's take is a decidedly refreshing one.
  18. It's the rare film to sell sex as something truly tender and life-affirming, and Helen Hunt, in particular, is lovely and poignant.
  19. The hilarity of the film creeps up slowly and from every angle, not through the facile immediacy of short-lived laughter.
  20. Scott Thurman captures not only the fear and anti-intellectual resentment and insecurity that govern the dictations of the far right, but also the rampant unchecked egotism.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Citadel is stripped down and no-nonsense, fixating on Tommy's emotional and psychological struggles with an intensity that's harrowing.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The earthiest of Japanese New Wave directors, Shohei Imamura goes fascinatingly meta in this 1967 hybrid of investigative tract and ruminative experiment.
  21. Jay Bulger's seemingly erratic documentary formally channels Ginger Baker's almost defiant refusal to lead a life that adheres to a linear narrative.
  22. Whereas the later "Saw" films were hampered by bloated backstory, various ostentatious agendas, and self-satisfied sadism, The Collection feels utterly unburdened by anything but its lean, fleet-footed plot.
  23. Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims refuse to use their subjects as test cases for any sort of larger thesis.
  24. The overall experience is entirely immersive, thanks not only to the filmmakers' handheld camera, but also to the illusory nature of the staging.
  25. The film, still only clearing its throat, hints at a wellspring of emotional riches to come.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Doubtless, Kathryn Bigelow's greatest strengths emerge when she can more freely flex her muscles as an action filmmaker.

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