For 52 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 28% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 65% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 12.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Abby Garnett's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 90 Violette
Lowest review score: 30 The Better Angels
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 52
  2. Negative: 11 out of 52
52 movie reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Abby Garnett
    The film's success depends upon the tension between Frank and Lola, and even this cast can't overcome what feels like an essential disconnect in the central relationship.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Abby Garnett
    37
    For all its postures of humanism, the film is remarkably cold toward the victim herself, who appears only briefly.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Abby Garnett
    It’s a potent psychodrama, pitting Marianne’s reality against the one Fassaert is documenting
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Abby Garnett
    Despite the gravity and breadth of the subject matter, Lopez herself is a frequent subject of the camera.... These awkward inclusions can’t diminish the horror and injustice she catalogs, but they will make Equal Means Equal a difficult sell to anyone outside its intended audience of socially progressive, politically empowered women.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Abby Garnett
    Director Pedro Morelli's neon-and-grime aesthetic and a solid cast of mostly Canadian character actors (including a campy, animated Don McKellar and a creepy Michael Eklund) are the grounding factors.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Abby Garnett
    Much of the humor depends on Redleaf and Farsad coaxing relatable, Apatow-ian comedy out of their relationship; unfortunately, they're so bland that there's little to relate to.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Abby Garnett
    The buildup stretches longer than it should, but the payoff comes with a satisfying bang.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Abby Garnett
    Toby's eventual comeuppance feels as preordained and empty as the preppie/townie dichotomy regurgitated here from so many outdated teen-media artifacts.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Abby Garnett
    Barrett faces the daunting task of trying to contain Collette's tumultuous performance, and he struggles to make Reynor's more restrained turn work in the same space. The film trudges along in Collette's wake, fumbling for something to focus on apart from the bleeding wound just offscreen.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Abby Garnett
    Writer-director Cameron Labine seems to want to prove the obsolescence of the lovable-slacker stereotype even as he flogs it for entertainment value.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Abby Garnett
    Like the ravings of a keyed-up screenwriter, there's conviction, if not logic, in its madness, and that makes it fun and fascinating.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Abby Garnett
    There's not much to be said about Sonny Mallhi's languid psychological drama — moonlighting as a possession-centered horror film — that hasn't already been said by the title.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Abby Garnett
    The film relies heavily on the coltish charms of its young leads, and Powley's effervescent, well-timed performance as the younger princess (she calls herself "P2") is skillful enough to bring out the screwball latencies in an otherwise bland screenplay.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Abby Garnett
    Over the course of the film, Koenig, a sallow, heavy-lidded youth who looks like he could be aged anywhere between 19 and 36, is revealed to be both an unspiring artist and an odious protagonist.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Abby Garnett
    Pulled in too many directions, the film's subtle mood-building starts to feel intentionally oblique, the force of its characters and symbols lessened by a frustrating circuitousness.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Abby Garnett
    Though mildly engaging, this Reversion doesn't delve deep enough to distinguish itself.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Abby Garnett
    There's simply too much going on to establish characters.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Abby Garnett
    A puzzling film that despite being saturated with feeling leaves only a vague impression.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Abby Garnett
    The crime-spree-driven final third feels more like a sordid movie of the week than the sprightly comedy that preceded it.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Abby Garnett
    Reisberg assumes we'll believe that in "real life" (as in, when he's not deceiving anyone about his whereabouts) Craig isn't this selfish, but watching him lie, cheat on his girlfriend, and enthusiastically provide beer to teenagers says otherwise.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Abby Garnett
    New York onscreen is often a fantasy of hustlers, hardened cops, and the spoiled urban yuppies of the Baumbach and Dunham universes. In that sense, writer-director Keith Miller's modest drama Five Star is the kind of depiction the city sorely needs.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Abby Garnett
    It's ultra-serious, confined almost entirely indoors, and, with its Facebook pages and Google Maps walk-throughs, inextricably tied to the way we live right now. It's also well crafted and strikingly intimate.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Abby Garnett
    Lawson's wishy-washiness about tone doesn't prevent the actors from nailing the comic exchanges.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Abby Garnett
    While the polish of good-looking Hollywood types shot in clean, well-lit spaces doesn’t quite connect with Bujalski’s writing style, the film's tone is honestly unorthodox, a quality missing from most mid-budget comedies.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Abby Garnett
    [Depicts] the end of life not as an isolated horror (as in Michael Haneke's Amour) or as the contested site of legal and political factions, but as a complex social phase, its wobbly moral scale hinging on empathy.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Abby Garnett
    However you view the western in American filmmaking — as a moth-eaten relic or an eternal form to be resurrected every few years — there's something stale about Kane Senes's tepid historical drama Echoes of War, which utilizes the genre's symbols without delivering on its potential for moral or narrative satisfaction.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Abby Garnett
    Though its imagery is tame by LaBruce's standards, Gerontophilia follows his fascination with taboo sexual behavior.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Abby Garnett
    Cognet's work is more devoted to thought about aesthetics than aesthetics themselves. His modest film represents a break from the rigorous historical work typically associated with documentaries about the Holocaust, and its open-ended nature is a fitting analogue to ongoing questions about testimony and healing.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Abby Garnett
    This retelling is more concerned with black-and-white morality, which drains it of suspense.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Abby Garnett
    Analeine Cal y Mayor's bland, faux-quirky dramedy's most distinguishing set piece is a kitschy historic house museum dedicated to an erstwhile Mexican crooner named Guillermo Garibai.

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