Slant Magazine's Scores

For 2,340 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 The Lords of Salem
Lowest review score: 0 Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's
Score distribution:
2,340 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Slowly, the powerful message of heart and soul winning out over an impaired body and over-thinking mind develops into the core drama of this otherwise modest doc.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    More "Bloody Kids" than "Super 8," more "Assault on Precinct 13" than "Jumanji," and, in the end, more "Be Kind Rewind" than "Adventures in Babysitting."
  1. The doc is a sly, interesting achievement: It opens as an entertaining sports story and closes as a metaphor for government corruption.
  2. Driven by a no-nonsense ethos, the film avoids sentimentality the same way its main character avoids sentiment.
  3. Though occasionally aesthetically alluring and evocative, feels like an introductory chapter to a more substantive, sprawling study of the actor.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    A surprisingly shapeless true-crime farce which never creates a convincing context for the odd relationship between a pious East Texas mortician and his sugar mama.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    If you need it, the documentary offers a devastating, and often beautifully shot, reality check.
  4. Ralph Fiennes's film feels not so much rooted in the past as it is mired in conventions about how to portray that past.
  5. The beloved gang's sweet reunion will melt nostalgic adults into laughter and tears, and maybe kids won't mind drippy new Muppet Walter so much.
  6. As entertaining as the documentary is, it never really measures up to the fascination and sheer force of personality of its subject.
  7. Hark's new film is a consummately bizarre crowd-pleaser that throws everything at the viewer from makeshift plastic surgery by acupuncture to death by spontaneous combustion.
  8. It gives a true sense of how the forces of a hypocritically religious country has burdened countless young women with a lifetime of misplaced guilt.
  9. Like Michael Cera's two recent films with Sebastian Silva, Night Moves reveals the dark core contained within an actor's nice-guy neuroticism.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Kirby Dick's spartan use of graphics and statistics conveys arguments with little grandstanding.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Francis Lawrence imbues the source material with visceral pleasure in well-wrought scenes vacillating between elaborate spectacle, breathtaking terror, and--occasionally--surprising beauty.
  10. Whatever your foreknowledge of low-budget Brooklyn dramedies, it's impossible that Gillian Robespierre's film won't lob you at least a few curveballs.
  11. Martin Scorsese's keyed-up, irreverent tone frequently fails to distinguish itself from the grunting arias sung by the oily paragons of commerce his film evidently intended to deflate.
  12. Rich Hill is poverty porn, examining lower-class spaces with pity as its operative mode and engendering little more than a means for viewers to leave the film acknowledging its sadness.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The documentary enables its viewers to confront poverty on a human level by presenting its subjects, for the most part, like anyone else, living lives, despite their socioeconomic difference, relatable to our own.
  13. A dazzling heist film that can't help but come off as duly influenced by Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's trilogy, South Korea's number one box-office champ of all time is never less than clever.
  14. The film's plot isn't unusual, but director Ron Morales strips it down to its primal essence.
  15. Like Magic Mike, Side Effects is enlivened by Soderbergh's jazzy style and laidback moralism, bringing to mind the work of another connoisseur of genre, Robert Altman.
  16. Fred CavayƩ shoots his action with both vigorous propulsion and visual lucidity. Unfortunately, however, his story's revelations, all of which are related to a recent corporate bigwig's assassination, arrive at least two-to-three scenes after they've already become obvious.
  17. This is less a portrait of an artist as a young woman than a psychological evaluation of a slippery subject.
  18. Even in comparatively conventional mode, Bill Morrison's work still benefits from the poetic potential of nature's repossession of its own elements.
  19. What Omar best portrays are the limitations that result from having an occupation, and the fight to overthrow it, dominate a person's entire life.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Inescapably and poignantly colored by the revolutionary events that would take place in Egypt in the years since its making, Scheherazade brims with faith in storytelling as art's great way of lifting society's veils.
  20. Despite its flaws, the film is at least a consistent vision, attesting through both its story and animation to the rabbi's right to be different while also striving for human solidarity.
  21. Julia Murat shows a fine grasp of form, letting her technique reflect the elements and moods of her story.
  22. A slick, entertaining offering, playing at times like a tarted up "E! True Hollywood Story."

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