Slant Magazine's Scores

For 2,485 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 9.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 52
Highest review score: 100 Laurence Anyways
Lowest review score: 0 Act of Valor
Score distribution:
2,485 movie reviews
  1. Shana Betz's too-insistent refusal to commit to the melodramatic or to the suspenseful only makes the film seem like empty dramatization.
  2. What's missing, in the end, is any provocative or poignant insights into the "truth" about Emanuel; all we get are vague hints.
  3. Sal
    It functions under the delusion that subtext will magically appear if you linger on a character long enough, and the significance of most of its scenes is nothing if not inscrutable.
  4. The film is a collection of consciously quirky indie tropes in place of any meaningful narrative, and you can practically see the notebook the filmmakers may have written in during a brainstorming session in a college screenwriting seminar.
  5. Jim Caviezel commits only to the level of God-like omniscience that Mel Gibson whipped into him a decade ago, and as such his character often seems less a teacher than an appropriately shadowy figurehead of authority.
  6. A film of precious, romanticized misery and squalor.
  7. Despite being a nasty and skillful action film, The Day goes off the rails in the final stretch.
  8. Purports to tell the true story of the titular imprisoned, controversially outspoken death-penalty opponent, but eventually degenerates into an orgy of congratulation.
  9. It isn't entirely clear what Stephen Gyllenhaal sees in the material apart from some lukewarm raging against the machine.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Danny Buday's film is not so much skeptical of astrology as confused about it.
  10. There's no sense of visual artifice to match the ludicrous pitch of the script, and subsequently, the film comes off as awkward and uncertain.
  11. It's hard to tell if the film is hampered or helped by the performances of its three stars, because it's so amateurishly written and directed that their participation beggars belief.
  12. Raze leaves the background particulars about this competition oblique, partly because it adds a layer of ominous mystery, but primarily because it doesn't matter; witnessing women-on-women violence is the thing here, regardless of any narrative context.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Had director Catheryne Czubek focused on just one or two of the several interesting or lesser-explored topics under the umbrella of her debut film's subject matter, A Girl and a Gun might have amounted to a sharper, more interesting documentary.
  13. Not even when the doomed Juliet reaches for Romeo's dagger do you feel a single vicarious pain in your gut.
  14. If the stock concessions made to genre cliché by The Woman in Black can be charitably viewed as deliberate tips of the hat to the heyday of Hammer Films, then John Pogue's period-set exorcism yarn The Quiet Ones more interestingly upends those tropes.
  15. A lost-dog drama so insufferable it makes one wish its human characters would also run off and never return.
  16. Despite the intensity of its scope and research, American Meat is a decidedly soft-hitting display of an overweening good faith that, frankly, just can't jibe with the times.
  17. The Girl from the Naked Eye has heart, which is more than can be said of some other recent genre throwbacks, but it ultimately makes barely a splash.
  18. The characters never sound like they're actually talking to one another, but rather delivering Jeff Lipsky's echo-chamber monologues.
  19. Ruben Fleischer's film is a perfect example of Hollywood hypocrisy, something to be ignored diligently.
  20. A sexily chaotic parody of entitlement becomes just another tale of a white dude learning that there are worse things in life than essentially having no problems.
  21. Having the far from goody-goody Kathleen Turner play a holier-than-thou mother bent on winning a devout church title is an inherently hilarious premise.
  22. Paranormal Activity 4 sadly continues the series' downslide, most drearily with a mid-film twist that enables the filmmakers to go about essentially remaking the second entry.
  23. Because it actively defies and outright ridicules all notions of aesthetic intent, proper form, and moral propriety, this lazy Z-film pastiche is essentially impervious to standard critical evaluation.
  24. A movie whose cinematic ineptitude is matched only by its ideological rottenness, Act of Valor features a cast of real-life active-duty Navy SEALS in order to grant the project's us-versus-them geopolitical worldview a sham moral authority.
  25. If your answer to the question "When are rape jokes funny?" is anything aside from "never," the good news is that you may still find a lot to hoot over throughout the film.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Jeremy Snead's doc comes off more as a commercial for a grand, overarching product that isn't finished being developed.
  26. As a comedy, the film aims low and manages to miss the mark entirely.
  27. Aside from being another rote addition to the revenge-film canon, John Stockwell's In The Blood is also a supreme waste of Gina Carano's talent.

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