Slant Magazine's Scores

For 3,953 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 33% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 65% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 8.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Scarecrow
Lowest review score: 0 The Cup
Score distribution:
3953 movie reviews
  1. The film's beguiling visual poetry and smatterings of sociological subtext function less than coherently as transitional markers between cinematic epochs, or even as the nascent burblings of any imminent DIY revolution; instead, they're redolent of a modernist apotheosis.
  2. The courtroom's cramped, near-featureless air of bureaucratic stagnation becomes oppressive even for the audience, making it easy to identify with Viviane's growing hunger for freedom.
  3. It routinely alternating between episodes that contrast exhilaration with exploitation and damnation.
  4. Spotting and processing the countless differences between the parts offers pleasures on various levels.
  5. Presents a cast of characters who must continue fighting, for what's at stake is the very real, very imminent threat of their own deaths.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    In Holy Grail, they put their talents to work on a larger scale, mixing wonderful satires on the Medieval legend and lifestyle with tremendous comic timing and blatant dirty jokes.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A marvelously elastic storyteller, a dry wit, and a Rivettean anti-determinist, the Chilean auteur Raúl Ruiz is fascinated by narratives that dilate from within, images seemingly full of secret passageways, and fabulists who collect tales like toys.
  6. An astute summation of Mike Leigh's glum view of humanity, but also a challenge to this disposition and his own pessimistic perspective.
  7. Decolonization in Black Girl isn't only a myth, but also a myth that actually strengthens the consumerist caste systems.
  8. A wide-ranging piece of literary criticism brought to vivid cinematic life, bursting with ideas and inspired visual translations of them.
  9. The film has an atmosphere of endless experimentation, which compliments the constant revision the subjects apply to their lives in the wake of their economic insecurity.
  10. The film enables us to feel the emotional weight of a posthumous letter precisely because we can only imagine its contents.
  11. Elena is a film deeply concerned with class resentment, but the filmmakers' attitude toward their titular character is disconcerting and even shocking.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Bi Gan's film is a soulful depiction of China's increasingly rapid pace of cultural and economic transformation.
  12. The conclusion is a testament to the fact that authentic justice is probably only attainable by accident.
  13. Evan Glodell's debut has the sweetness of a lullaby reverie and the blazing ferocity of a monster-car nightmare, a first-comes-elation, then-comes-madness structure that resembles that of "Blue Valentine," another tale focused on the commencement, and then collapse, of an affair.
  14. Roberto Minervini's documentary is as quintessentially American a text as one could hope for in today's divided union.
  15. The film creates a deeply rooted sense of realism that contrasts the austere, surreal illustrations.
  16. A film for those who, whether here or in Israel, believe the law is the beginning, and not the end, of rights discourse.
  17. Marc H. Simon's documentary has the thrust of a great American noir or black comedy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It’s a testament to Assayas’s empathy that he is able to build the entirety of his drama in the distance between his principals’ forgivable self-interest and their quiet kindness.
  18. Michael Mann's camera elegantly collapses the spaces between bodies and objects without sacrificing spatial coherence.
  19. After a few turns in the modest narrative, an unlikely sense of structural resilience begins to emerge.
  20. The film renders visible a very complicated, and awfully repressed, truth not only about gay desire, but desire in general.
  21. The filmmakers are more interested in questioning what brings people to commit senseless and merciless acts than they are preoccupied with the historical record.
  22. Laura Poitras teaches by example, providing a privileged insight into Edward Snowden's personality and motivation while keeping the focus on government spying.
  23. Laurie Anderson condenses contemporary, human experience to the point where exterior and interior are made indistinguishable from one another.
  24. Aquarius is a critique of a daydream that has the imaginative daring to live that very dream anyway.
  25. By de-emphasizing politics in favor of humanitarianism, Danielle Gardner's work also suggests how Americans might yet unify even as the world around them threatens to tear itself apart.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If the research that Cronenberg and Wagner engaged in for Maps to the Stars oftentimes appears more entomological than sociological, there's nonetheless a plaintive chord of melancholy that plays throughout the film.

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