Slant Magazine's Scores

For 2,282 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 9.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 52
Highest review score: 100 Wake in Fright (1971)
Lowest review score: 0 Cold Fish
Score distribution:
2,282 movie reviews
  1. It thrills in seeing dumb people getting their due in hyper-stylized displays of violence, and yet it never feels contemptuous of them.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Proves how invigorating genre filmmaking can be in the hands of a savvy, perpetually inventive director.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. More than just a relationship drama of striking specificity, this is a naked confession about addiction.
  12. Jirí Barta's film is a disturbing through-the-looking-glass reflection of traditional fairy tales.
  13. This nearly pitch-black comedy is better than its tiresome use of '90s pop references, no matter how much they illuminate what the gals bonded over back in the day.
  14. Thanks to Melanie Lynskey's performance, the movie feels like a believably worked-out, sympathetically presented study in thirtysomething uncertainty.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Paul Lacoste's almost purely observational approach allows him to come about as close to documenting the process of creation as anyone ever has.
  18. 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.
  19. The images and interviews Robert H. Lieberman and his crew have managed to capture are eye-opening enough to justify the dangerous effort.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.

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