Slant Magazine's Scores

For 3,034 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: 53
Highest review score: 100 The World's End
Lowest review score: 0 Struck by Lightning
Score distribution:
3,034 movie reviews
  1. All told, there's an ageless warmth to The LEGO Movie akin to that of the LEGO brand itself.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    With its compelling and original approach to its romance narrative, coupled with Paulina García's nuanced and intuitive performance, the film delicately balances an entire octave of emotions.
  2. The geometry of human relationships is the main theme of Hong Sang-soo's The Day He Arrives.
  3. The ear for language is paired with an eye for the landscape, and the film finds beauty even in such a seemingly dreary, economically depressed community.
  4. What first feels like a neurotic avoidance of Sol LeWitt the man instead becomes a kind of mirage of his life, as though he managed to evaporate into his body of work.
  5. Ethan Hawke's concentration on Seymour Bernstein isn't a betrayal of his own ego massaging, but rather an attempt to have a genuine soul-bearing conversation.
  6. The series is both a testimonial to the vagaries of chance and an endlessly cyclical study into the implications of being studied.
  7. Funny, moving, honest, and occasionally inspiring, but as a portrait of a talent emerging from the shadow of a more public talent, the scale of the shadow is curiously omitted.
  8. Gabe Polsky's quiet yet welcome achievement is to allow us to see the individual amid the politics, clearly and sympathetically.
  9. Accusation is the rhetoric of outrage, and Arnon Goldfinger can't bring himself to experience even conservative anger, regardless of its appropriateness.
  10. Unfortunately, the film's occasionally thrilling visual sleight-of-hand comes at the ultimate service of a boilerplate early-mid-life-crisis drama.
  11. Though visionary, David Robert Mitchell's film abounds in undigested ideas and dubious sexual politics.
  12. Chaitanya Tamhane's grand canvas is Indian society as represented by its legal system, and what it reveals is none too flattering.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    While the film is seemingly accessible as a portrait of an artist who seems particularly attuned to his own creative process, and particularly adept at describing this attunement, it's unlikely that many who aren't already whole-hog Bad Seeds fans would be able to stomach much of Cave's self-styled pomposity.
  13. The documentary is committed not to some pseudo-factual documentary tradition, but to a more engaging realist poesis.
  14. There's great potential for the kind of issues that are taken on, but nothing is resolved, and the biggest questions, of guilt and shame, the gulf of understanding between the first world and the third, remain unengaged.
  15. The filmmakers use a wide range of cinematic techniques to convey the tenuous environment in which their subjects find themselves.
  16. Character relations are hinted at and even primed for confrontation, but without payoff or meaningful conclusion.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    In essentially offering up The Twelfth Night as a hazy Shakespearean mash-up, Viola isn't so much deeply disrespecting notions of ownership, authorship, etc., as charitably redefining them.
  17. Its director's romantic sensibilities wed to Terrence Rattigan's 60-year-old play, this period drama is buoyed by Rachel Weisz's poignant embodiment of a bourgeois wife seeking erotic autonomy.
  18. It does well in using dialogue to shape its escalating tête-à-tête, but the filmmaking is too fuzzy to expand on those ideas.
  19. Shirley Clarke's portraiture eschews cohesive biography and often spirals off into lyrical dissonance.
  20. El Velador doesn't pass judgment or manipulate emotionally, instead choosing simply to consider the arduousness of survival in a land wracked by slaughter.
  21. There's tremendous dramatic value to the aching and sometimes devastating scenes that home in on these kids' private torments.
  22. Tsai Ming-liang's debut makes one yearn for an alternative reality where it, not Pulp Fiction, became the beacon of '90s independent filmmaking.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Noah Baumbach's film feels like too perfect a portrait of quarter-life malady, down to the rushed redemptive endnotes and Greta Gerwig's idealized heroine.
  23. An acutely felt, altogether devastating family drama as intimate and affecting as it is sprawling and untamed.
  24. The endless scenes of burning buildings and macho posturing merely provide an action-driven context for the filmmakers to deal with more personal topics like loneliness and resiliency.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Tobias Lindholm's hostage-negotiation drama that wields its verité style for maximum tension.
  25. Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon's shtick - a relentless verbal sparring comprised of dueling impressions, poetry recitations, absurdist riffing, and comic one-upmanship - works best in small doses.

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