Slant Magazine's Scores

For 1,978 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 32% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 65% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 9.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 52
Highest review score: 100 Laurence Anyways
Lowest review score: 0 A Warrior's Heart
Score distribution:
1,978 movie reviews
  1. Sweetgrass achieves a borderline abstract splendor that's furthered by the directors' avoidance of delving deeply into its human subjects, whose backstories and general circumstances are only alluded to through fly-on-wall scraps.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    By taking a disturbing and sometimes conflicted look at the prejudices that led to the West Memphis Three's imprisonment, it asks murky questions about how people could get something so wrong for so long.
  2. Gastón Solnicki's mapping out of his family's narrative from within never feels exploitative or self-absorbed.
  3. Asif Kapadia's documentary is ultimately less affecting and insightful on a universal thematic scale than on an individual, personal one.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's Cristian Mungiu's staging and compositional skill that lends the material its true sense of dawning dread.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's the rare film to sell sex as something truly tender and life-affirming, and Helen Hunt, in particular, is lovely and poignant.
  4. It's important to talk at length about Pariah's aesthetic because of how it distracts from the emotional truthfulness of the sometimes heartbreaking, by and large gorgeously performed story.
  5. An exposé of how the financial structures that make businesses possible in America seem to conspire against genuine good will and non-self-serving ambition.
  6. Ross McElwee is less anxious of death itself than of finally comprehending the vast faultiness of the life he's lived.
  7. Though his film's feel is pure Iraq and Afghanistan, Fiennes doesn't push those parallels unduly, and his central performances prove clear, nuanced, and incisive.
  8. Though relentlessly and admirably logical, the movie constantly glosses over the buried human element.
  9. The title of Susan Froemke's documentary is both an expression of aspiration and a statement of achievement.
  10. It compellingly captures a family wrestling mightily with the riddles and contradictions of a culture that promotes achievement at all costs with little thought as to what that actually means.
  11. Enough can't be said about how the late James Gandolfini comes so close to saving writer-director Nicole Holofcener's latest articulation of white suburban anxieties.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The stillness and silence with which we look upon Jake Williams ranges from curious to unnerving to fascinating.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    It never bothers to attempt the one thing we'd expect and hope from a documentary about Ricky Jay: It doesn't try to bamboozle us.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Lake Bell holds the thing together through sheer charisma, and in fact the foibles of the movie only start to show when she absents herself for extended stretches of time.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Renate Costa's doc gradually simplifies into an elaborate seesaw between general, journalistic scoopery and unabashedly personal confrontation.
  12. More than just a relationship drama of striking specificity, this is a naked confession about addiction.
  13. The film unfolds in unhurried dramatic terms that come to take on an almost fatalistic force.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Despite crafting a consistently engaging film, the director doesn't present the full scope of Sixto Rodriguez's life.
  14. A film for those who, whether here or in Israel, believe the law is the beginning, and not the end, of rights discourse.
  15. It's occasionally too icily removed, but it compensates through its perpetual concern with understanding its characters and their untenable situations.
  16. The filmmakers spend vastly more time chronicling bigoted remarks from Romanians about gypsy life than they do actual gypsy life, so a minor crisis of perspective hangs over Our School.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A lot of critics will talk about how the movie is a stripped-down, "pure" genre piece, and there's a lot of truth to that. What may not get as much press is the way stripped-down-ness is an affectation, and always has been.
  17. Hong Sang-soo once again corroborates auteurist theory at the same time that he reveals the potential shortcomings of its practice.
  18. Throughout, what truly matters to director Jonathan Glazer is articulating through visual and aural enticement the unconscious power of our death drive.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Claude Lanzmann's film doesn't so much strive to elucidate the Shoah as to draw us into its infinite moral complexities.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Jay Bulger's seemingly erratic documentary formally channels Ginger Baker's almost defiant refusal to lead a life that adheres to a linear narrative.

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