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 In the Mood for Love
Lowest review score: 0 Day of the Falcon
Score distribution:
1,978 movie reviews
  1. A boldly conceived assemblage of diverse and seemingly random fictional materials, Athina Rachel Tsangari's Attenberg is concerned with nothing less than those hardy perennials: sex, death, and modernity. And coming of age a little too late.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The clash of styles in Damsels in Distress is bewildering and then disarming.
  2. Marc H. Simon's documentary has the thrust of a great American noir or black comedy.
  3. The geometry of human relationships is the main theme of Hong Sang-soo's The Day He Arrives.
  4. Filmmakers Laura Amelia Guzmán and Israel Cárdenas have crafted a beautiful tale of alienation, solitude, and existential anxiety.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A wide-ranging piece of literary criticism brought to vivid cinematic life, bursting with ideas and inspired visual translations of them.
  5. The conclusion is a testament to the fact that authentic justice is probably only attainable by accident.
  6. After a few turns in the modest narrative, an unlikely sense of structural resilience begins to emerge.
  7. Cristián Jiménez's film knows how entangled the will to know is with the will to make love.
  8. Something like a trippy grindhouse homage whose familiar images are refracted through a prism of blacklight posters, Jodorowsky films, and even Rob Zombie's grungy psychotropic sensibility.
  9. Elena is a film deeply concerned with class resentment, but the filmmakers' attitude toward their titular character is disconcerting and even shocking.
  10. Although the film remains continually fanciful, it always reminds us of the stakes in which precocious childhood rubs up against the possibility of a childhood denied altogether.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The evocation of things ending suffuses the film with melancholy, as Anders increasingly becomes an observant rather than a participant in his own life.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The exquisite live-action Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog may be the family film of the year.
  11. El Velador doesn't pass judgment or manipulate emotionally, instead choosing simply to consider the arduousness of survival in a land wracked by slaughter.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    In almost every respect, Extraterrestrial is an exceptional and traditional romantic comedy. It just happens to be set during an alien invasion.
  12. Benh Zeitlin's lived-in, almost abstract sense of social realism is partly what makes the film so refreshing and uniquely affecting.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Both a companion piece to and in many ways a reversal of "Dogtooth," it builds on that film's surreally terse style and notions of communication and identity without diluting its singularity or concentration.
  13. Control is the operative element in Benoît Jacquot's work, with the main caveat being that when someone has it, someone else does not.
  14. Few recent studies of commercialized sex have been character profiles, so Rob Schröder and Gabrielle Provaas's documentary is an unusual and welcome polemic.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Diamond-hard and dazzlingly brilliant, David Cronenberg's film plays like a deeply perverse, darkly comic successor to Videodrome.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Neil Berkeley's documentary is as puckish as its subject, so steeped in artist Wayne White's creative juices that it makes you want to go straight home and start making things.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The documentary makes you wonder about every beautiful woman who's ever stared out from a publication, poster, or billboard, looking sophisticated and self-assured.
  15. This lovely film is ultimately an articulation of something at once simple and universal: the discontent of traveling through life with sad resignation.
  16. At this point in the franchise, Anderson is content to alight the saga on a perpetual rewind loop, ever-ending, ever-rebooting, all subsidized by his nonpareil compositional sense.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    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.
  17. The film captures Vreeland's perhaps unwitting philosophical integrity just as much as it drowns us in the exuberance of her work.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    As in the very best Anthony Mann and John Ford westerns, Looper at once understands the visual power of violence and is deeply critical of it.
  18. Ross McElwee is less anxious of death itself than of finally comprehending the vast faultiness of the life he's lived.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    While Jonathan Lisecki is well in tune with his film's niche market, his knack for comedy, both visual and verbal, is universally hilarious.

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