Slant Magazine's Scores

For 2,151 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 9.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 52
Highest review score: 100 The Wind Rises
Lowest review score: 0 Nothing Bad Can Happen
Score distribution:
2,151 movie reviews
  1. Worry and sadness are palpable, but so is wry humor and irony as Song ponders age and mortality with a sensitive eye for emotions and a strong sense of composition.
  2. The Guard is John Michael McDonagh's caustically funny riff on cop and crime films.
  3. George Washington this isn't, but there's enough heft here that the comparison can be tastefully made.
  4. Documentarian and subject, past and present blur together like bleeding watercolors in Raymond De Felitta's gripping memoir.
  5. The film is nothing without the physicality of the performers, as Joss Whedon's script handles the transition of Shakespeare's language to modern day indifferently.
  6. The third and final film in Ulrich Seidl's "Paradise" trilogy navigates a narrow space between tenderness and cruelty.
  7. Director Mahmoud Kaabour is Fatima's grandson, and she instantly seizes on--lightly, in her way--the guilt and panic that's inspired him to make this film.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Although we never really get to know He or Miao, despite following them around vérité-style, director Yung Chang expertly captures the rays of Western culture bouncing off them.
  8. Director David Gelb details, among other things, the painstaking process that goes into creating mouthwatering pieces of sushi.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    To Wong, love isn't something you can talk about; words are inadequate, empty, inevitably reductive. Love is something you see, sense, feel, and Chungking Express is one of Wong's purest evocations of its excitement and heartbreak.
  9. Beautiful, poetic, and hard-hitting without the use of excessive force and deeply layered with evolving and regional nuances of feminine experience
  10. Not only sets up the writer's life as representative of the transitions of early modern Jewish life, but posits his oeuvre as an ongoing chronicle of the shift from a vibrant, unified Yiddish culture to a fractured world-in-exile.
  11. This lovely film is ultimately an articulation of something at once simple and universal: the discontent of traveling through life with sad resignation.
  12. A delicate documentary about a way of life that's slowly disappearing, yet gives way to nothing new.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    The images, while beautiful, are sentimental, as if Kleber Mendonça Filho is trying to negotiate too much.
  13. The film thrives on ambiguity, keeping all things blurry outside its main character's focused perspective, its myopia sustained by Luminița Gheorghiu's tough, quietly intense performance.
  14. By reducing its principals to stock figures in an extended chess game, it ends up providing steady, neatly staged thrills, but little else of substance.
  15. The film shrewdly opts not to proffer its own hypothesis about the true reasons behind the Gibson family buying Frédéric Bourdin's story.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    As is so often the case in Jim Jarmusch's films, simply spending time in the company of his creations proves engrossing.
  16. Deceptively modest on nearly all accounts, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani's Caesar Must Die employs seemingly minor directorial contrivances to ruminate on a unique quarrel.
  17. As depicted by Jia Zhang-ke, the balance between the spoils and moral rot of murder are far preferable to the debasing rigors of tradition and hollow nationalism.
  18. The film's inquiry into the artistic method remains somewhat at the superficial level, but the directors do a fine job of emphasizing both the circumstances that lead to the music's creation and the satisfying result of the irrepressible sounds.
  19. The end results are mixed but nevertheless scintillating and provocative enough to be worth taking seriously.
    • 77 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.
  20. The film is made impetuously watchable and disarmingly emotional by the filmmakers' strong command of docudrama and nonfiction narrative style.
  21. The mixture of different techniques and varied views results in a rich, multi-faceted look at one of America's most misguided policy initiatives.
  22. For every scene that soars into the dizzying heights of the pop sublime, there's another that crashes back down into the mundane troughs of studio-mandated formula.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    It pays to consider even the small details of society's greatest investment in the future: our future generations.
  23. The filmmakers are more interested in questioning what brings people to commit senseless and merciless acts than they are preoccupied with the historical record.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Plays out as a city-mouse rejoinder to the rustic, open-air daydream of Certified Copy, a snarl of thorny free jazz to that film's graceful aria.

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