Slant Magazine's Scores

For 4,091 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 33% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 64% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 8.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 House of Pleasures
Lowest review score: 0 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
Score distribution:
4091 movie reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    While it may not pack the rollicking drama of his first feature, Street Fight, Marshall Curry's timely If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front likewise chronicles the personal tale behind political headlines.
  1. The film seems more interested in its art design then in fully developing the story's underlying sexual ethics.
  2. The film finally seems conspicuously at odds with itself, neither funny nor impassioned enough to pass as an accomplished vision of transnational welfare.
  3. The surest sign that a filmmaker recognizes the insularity of his or her project is the presence of perfunctory attempts to hint at a wider political context.
  4. When the appeal of the film's whimsy wears off, the fogginess of its historical perspectives comes to the fore.
  5. All told, there's an ageless warmth to The LEGO Movie akin to that of the LEGO brand itself.
  6. The film's expected rehash of recent pop-culture totems is accompanied by a novel attention to millennial-centric debates about entitlement and identity politics.
  7. People matter in Matthew Lillard's film; genre not so much.
  8. Sunao Katabuchi displays a vivid, shattering awareness of how domestic routines can spiritually ground one during a time of demoralizing chaos.
  9. The allure of the road not taken and Saoirse Ronan's performance exert a powerful pull.
  10. Asthma inevitably becomes another film about a man airing out his traumas and hitting all the requisite marks on his path to healing.
  11. Intentionally or otherwise, Yusry Abd Halim allows the film, in all its candy-colored visuals and slow-mo-laden action scenes, to revel in its inherent campiness.
  12. This is an often beautiful film, unmistakably the work of a great director but also a clearly compromised one.
  13. Its improbable story gives breath to the burden of fate on those living with a past unreconciled.
  14. Preserves much of the novel's intricacy and human drama, perhaps due to Salman Rushdie's involvement as co-screenwriter, even if it remains singularly unremarkable from a cinematic perspective.
  15. Save for its loving, plaintive, and thorough tour of the seldom-filmed East L.A., A Better Life is, top to bottom, derivative-of Polanski in its direction and of "Bicycle Thieves" in its plot (even Alexandre Desplat's gussy score suggests Angelo Badalamenti playing Mariachi Night).
  16. The film attains a chilly existential quality as Matt Johnson's character discerns the weight of his actions.
  17. A strange and intoxicating indie constructed as a series of vignettes that capture two children grappling with the overlap of trauma and nostalgia.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    This is a film which takes classic source material and imbues it on screen with a sense of wonder commensurate to its prior form, perhaps offering an even more visceral impression of the possibilities inherent to this beautiful, tragic world.
  18. Guillermo del Toro doesn't rise above the obligations of staging a film of this sort as a multi-level video game, a stylish but programmatic ride toward an inevitable final boss battle.
  19. Thomas Allen Harris's documentary consistently takes agency away from the art itself with a litany of talking heads.
  20. Its strength lies in taking a thematic approach to Lumet's work, which prevents a chronological rattling off of one title after another.
  21. The whole isn't greater than the sum of its parts, but the various detours coalesce into an amusing wannabe-cult curio.
  22. As Zac Efront's Cole tiptoes away from his past, the film keenly observes a character who doesn't know how to secure his future, or his identity.
  23. Its dedication to the transgressive power of frivolity remains the franchise's greatest weapon.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    When its third act erupts into full-blown theatrical maximalism, Tyler Perry's Temptation practically turns into Brian De Palma's Temptation.
  24. Expressionistic rather than analytical, Passione, John Turturro's cinematic ode to the music of Naples, Italy, unfolds as a compendium of tuneful performances bracketed with the barest of contextualization.
  25. The busy-ness of its conceit grounds Werner Herzog in a documentary procedural form that's surprisingly conventional by his standards.
  26. Superbly acted and sporadically intriguing thriller, yet it has a difficult time locating more stringent meaning and significance beyond its outward narrative of duplicitous actions and veiled motivations.
  27. The Resident Evil films are so unconcerned with traditional character and narrative that they suggest either abstract art or the fevered brainstorming of a child at play.

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