Slant Magazine's Scores

For 2,637 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 9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 Computer Chess
Lowest review score: 0 10 Rules for Sleeping Around
Score distribution:
2,637 movie reviews
  1. Sincerely angry about the crisis in polypharmacy, this narrative suffers from a documentarian form of A.D.D.
  2. Director Brian Lilla alternates between talking heads and animated graphics to elucidate first how dams work and, obligatorily, to put a human face on those who would be affected.
  3. An amorphous melange of ill-fitting reference points and misappropriated aesthetics, a lumbering family blockbuster both tiresome and wholly indistinct.
  4. Joyful Noise certainly has its demographics covered.
  5. All the whiny point-scoring is such an explicit appeal for audience sympathy that the dialogue feels derived from a malnourished stand-up routine.
  6. Like far too many modern horror films, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane flaunts its knowledge of classic genre fundamentals but fails to do anything very clever or surprising with them.
  7. Its views on organized religion are so halfhearted and perfunctory as to make Kevin Smith's Dogma seem like a veritable master's class in theistic studies.
  8. Avoids funny one-liners like the plague, choosing in their place to deliver only squishy faux-outrageousness that, like Sudeikis's one-note stud, exudes an unwelcome air of self-satisfaction.
  9. Bruno Barreto's insistence that this pass for a product that Hollywood might have spawned smoothens a journey built on sharp edges.
  10. Makinov's film expertly crafts a sense of dawning madness that hinges on its villains' unspoken fury at their elders.
  11. Oh, the hilarious awkwardness of placing privileged white kids in a place where they don't belong.
  12. The breadth of Vince Vaughn's gregarious persona has never been given free reign by any director and this certainly isn't the game-changer.
  13. A coming-of-age tale that, with every landscape cutaway and twinkling note from its xylophone-heavy score, begs to be taken as a dreamy slice of countryside profundity.
  14. If the film is meant only as a pulpy genre exercise, Matt Shakman's competence in various modes actually works to strip it of any sense of coherent vision.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    There are many instances of questionable logic in Into the Storm, but the most persistent is the film's unexplained assumption that tornado-hunting is a growth industry.
  15. While full of welcome gore and blood spatter, it's bankrupt of any creative spark.
  16. Though the cast partially eschews the family-friendly timidity that the film defers to in the end, this would-be wild thing remains little more than a rowdy endorsement of the status quo.
  17. If The Hangover was a boorish blackout fantasy for our binge-drinking age, The Hangover Part II is something like the contents of a fraternity house's toilet the morning after an insane kegger-namely, regurgitated elements of a more entertaining prior adventure.
  18. Doug Langway's film is often too cheesy to, well, bear.
  19. Sadly, Douglas Tirola's documentary doesn't follow its subjects' advice regarding the refinement of technique.
  20. It comes as no surprise that writer-director Vincent Grashaw wrote the first draft of this movie soon after graduating high school.
  21. There are cheap shocks in the film, but there are also terrifying moments that poetically command our empathy.
  22. Daniel Stamm's film is solidly helmed, if expectedly over-reliant on unnecessarily grisly comeuppances that leave nothing to the imagination.
  23. And the jury's still very much out over whether Shawn Levy is an inept comedy director masquerading as an opportunistically dramatic one, or vice versa.
  24. Unlike AMC's Breaking Bad, meth here doesn't reflect current, perilous economic realties; rather, it's just a low-rent drug used by degenerates whose lives say nothing about anything.
  25. Due to the one-minded construction of the documentary, there's little to parse beyond impassioned harrumphs.
  26. Chockablock with instances of characters not shooting, running, attacking, or sneaking away when they can or should, this thriller comes off like the world's most rigged game.
  27. Steered by a lead actor and director, Joshua Michael Stern, who are both way out of their respective leagues, Jobs is excruciating, failing to entertain and all but pissing on its subject's grave.
  28. L!fe Happens wants us to believe its message is one of female independence and empowerment.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    This insipidly inspirational biopic of the two-term Brazilian president is a safe, bourgeois vision of proletarian struggle.

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