Slant Magazine's Scores

For 2,394 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 Stray Dogs
Lowest review score: 0 Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's
Score distribution:
2,394 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Kirby Dick's spartan use of graphics and statistics conveys arguments with little grandstanding.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Nathan Adloff's Nate & Margaret is an endearing, hopeful, and quietly radical film.
  1. The layered, character-driven drama may subvert expectations of a sunny Venetian noir, but observes its five principal characters with a probing, egalitarian eye.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    As great and intimate as Live at Massey Hall 1971 may be, it's not as transportive as this filming of a Neil Young performance at the venue 30 years later.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The film remains buoyed by the same open heart that makes Tyler Perry's best work so endearing.
  2. A modestly charming bit of whimsy that hopes to speak to anyone who experienced a sense of emotional injustice during their formative years.
  3. One can see the difference between the two traumatized main female characters right in their faces.
  4. The doc is a sly, interesting achievement: It opens as an entertaining sports story and closes as a metaphor for government corruption.
  5. Julia Ivanova, a Canadian filmmaker, doesn't judge Olga; she refuses to see her through the eyes of a presumably better-off first-world citizen.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Lauren Greenfield's film evolves from an ode to entitled obliviousness to a more evenhanded character study, tracing the fault lines that develop within the Siegel family.
  6. Christopher Nolan's capper of his Batman trilogy is a summer blockbuster of grand inclinations in both form and content.
  7. It thrills in seeing dumb people getting their due in hyper-stylized displays of violence, and yet it never feels contemptuous of them.
  8. The director's clear-minded approach allows her subject's more challenging aesthetic-political mix to shine through, even if it's at the inevitable expense of her own filmmaking proclivities.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It works--quite successfully, in places--as a warming tonic against this emotional nippiness of the cinema of Canadian coldness.
  9. Even with the heaviness of some of its subject matter, the documentary remains limpid and unsentimental until the very end, in keeping with its subject.
  10. Succeeds as a satirical fantasy about writerly self-involvement, but it's worth celebrating as a testament to self-made greatness, particularly in regard to the efforts of writer/star Zoe Kazan.
  11. An honest and breezily melancholic film, thoroughly clear-sighted in its intentions and ideas and bravely committed to the emotional rigors of its central relationship.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Most of what transpires between the two girls feels as internal as something you only keep to yourself.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A fable about the damage done when a young couple is forced to part, Chicken with Plums is deeply melancholic, yet so full of humor and humanity that it pulses with life even while tracing the trajectory of a slow suicide.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It keeps the entrances, exits, and misunderstandings rolling while rooting the action in emotions and character traits that are only slightly exaggerated for comic effect.
  12. The seamless juxtaposition of faith and pain, innocence and guilt, allows the film to transcend Spike Lee's occasional bombastic moments and become a strong examination of internal suffering.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It plays out like a series wet-dream scenarios, performed by a cast of vintage action figures battered and broken from overuse, bleached and slightly molted from sitting in the sun too long.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Ron Fricke's film is a brightly hued bauble, fit for rapturous contemplation.
  13. Proves how invigorating genre filmmaking can be in the hands of a savvy, perpetually inventive director.
  14. Lawless may be full of half-hearted overtures toward depth and emotional complexity, but the film's prestige sheen is mostly a sham; the real focus here is the irrepressible lure of bad behavior.
  15. Tsui Hark's film is the veteran director's chance to let his imagination run riot in the context of a high-budget, 3D IMAX production.
  16. It's a prevailing sense of decency that explains why The Bullet Vanishes is such an effective tonic for summer-movie fatigue.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Illustrates the problem of class mobility with a dark, troubling premise that holds a harsh light up to our own assumptions and expectations.
  17. More than just a relationship drama of striking specificity, this is a naked confession about addiction.
  18. JirĂ­ Barta's film is a disturbing through-the-looking-glass reflection of traditional fairy tales.

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