Alex Saveliev

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For 310 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 10% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alex Saveliev's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Lowest review score: 20 She's Just a Shadow
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 19 out of 310
310 movie reviews
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    • 40 Alex Saveliev
    It Snows All the Time resembles a prolonged PSA with all the production values and depth of an infomercial.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Alex Saveliev
    We Are Living Things unravels gradually, methodically. It could’ve used a bit more tension and slightly higher stakes, for the silences in-between its words aren’t as weighty as the filmmakers seem to have intended. Yet it’s refreshing to see a love story rooted in reality, despite the sci-fi undertones.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Alex Saveliev
    At 90 or so minutes, Prey is a lean, mean machine without an ounce of fat on its muscular body. It’s a reminder that this land was populated long before we, the original predators, overtook it, a subtle treatise of “man as predator,” but mostly, a vicious, wildly entertaining flick that’s bound to become the new classic in the series.
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    • 40 Alex Saveliev
    Everything is immersed in murky browns and washed-out grays; the film is so devoid of color that it’s almost black-and-white. The by-the-numbers script by Matthew Rogers careens along, every so-called twist and turn predictable. No flair or creativity seems to have been applied to any of it.
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    • 70 Alex Saveliev
    So suspend your disbelief, get a little intoxicated if you’re of age (if that’s your thing), and you’ll most certainly enjoy this wildly entertaining piece of trash.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Alex Saveliev
    Resembling a gradual immersion into a fever dream, the film slyly pays tribute to surrealist greats like Alejandro Jodorowsky and Dario Argento (“presented by” the latter director, it wears the tag proudly), yet also introduces a unique new talent with a fresh, distinct vision.
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    • 50 Alex Saveliev
    American Carnage has its eye on the right target; it just misses the bull’s eye.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Alex Saveliev
    An inkling of an inventive concept lurks somewhere deep within the murk. Unfortunately, you'll be hard-pressed to spot it amidst all the meandering diversions, prepubescent humor, imbecilic dialogue, and curious casting choices.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Alex Saveliev
    Louis C.K. should’ve applied sandpaper to the movie’s rougher edges; he should’ve adopted the jazzy, purposefully meandering, “anything goes” vibe of his previous outings. The comedic drama starts off like that, then collapses in its last third in a heap of sentimental mush.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Alex Saveliev
    Sometimes whimsical, at others quaint, flirting with darkness but brimming with childlike naivety, the plot provides a hell of a tonal whiplash, never finding its rhythm.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Alex Saveliev
    Lost Illusions is certainly nothing we haven’t seen before, at least narratively. But it’s done very well. Sometimes, you just feel like having a good ol’ soufflé.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Alex Saveliev
    Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko explores what it’s like to be in the shadow of your parent, the lessons imparted by our elders, the value of a support system among women, the power of literature, the appreciation of food (frequently referred to as “yummy”), and the importance of staying true to yourself. Eat that, Pixar.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Alex Saveliev
    The filmmaker confidently guides us to a conclusion that really isn’t a conclusion at all but a new beginning. These men may not be all that wild, but Daneskov’s film is just loopy and daring enough to qualify as such in the best way possible.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Alex Saveliev
    The filmmaker’s careful modulation of tone and rhythm, how gradually he reveals mysteries, and the mere fact that this is a dialogue/character-driven horror tale make it hard to believe that this is O’Brien’s feature-length debut.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 70 Alex Saveliev
    Preposterous but entertaining, Jurassic World: Dominion not only finds new ways to inspire the awe and wonder sorely lacking from previous installments, but it also recaptures some of that Spielberg magic.
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    • 60 Alex Saveliev
    The Hensman brothers’ The Prey: Legend of Karnoctus is really not that different from Crawl, whose CGI crocs were just a smidge more realistic than the concealed-in-shadows puppet here. Now I’d love to put my “critic hat” back on and review a movie by the same filmmakers that doesn’t contain an oversized rat.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 20 Alex Saveliev
    Alas, instead of a scathing critique of racial injustice, a revamping of the “man seeks revenge after his family is murdered/kidnapped” trope, the director delivers gratuitously violent, vulgar, clichéd, jaw-droppingly sexist, and racist cinematic bile.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Alex Saveliev
    Men
    Garland is a master at ratcheting tension to an almost unbearable degree, and he flexes that muscle hard in Men. The way he gradually presses the acceleration pedal, allowing the narrative to gather momentum until it almost implodes in its final third, is really quite remarkable.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 70 Alex Saveliev
    The film teeters on a fine line between soulful triumph and B-movie cheese.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Alex Saveliev
    Yes, it’s that kind of movie: ludicrous but seemingly unaware of its own pretensions, never quite so-bad-it’s-good, but rarely good enough to rise above bad. The filmmaker seems confident that he’s assembled an “elevated horror,” minimalist masterpiece. Unfortunately, the result is just minimal.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Alex Saveliev
    A bit too somber and detached for its own good, Human Factors nevertheless marks another strong entry from a filmmaker who – after several shorts, a documentary, and one other feature – is just getting started.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Alex Saveliev
    I Love America doesn’t delve too deeply, or at all, into things like the American dream, the implications of aging in contemporary society, cultural/generational differences, or the lasting marks one’s parents leave on their offspring. As it stands, the film is a cute little love letter to the City of Angels, bound to evaporate from your mind sooner than a meal at the In-N-Out.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Alex Saveliev
    A warm heart beats subliminally throughout the narrative, a tinge of hope that may be gasping for air but remains vibrant, especially when juxtaposed against the disheveled, rotten backdrop.
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    • 60 Alex Saveliev
    Viewed as an epic fantasy, Imakake’s basked-in-golden-hues fever dream of a film is inspired and highly artistic, if overly complex and at times kind of ridiculous. Viewed as an endorsement of a cult, The Laws of the Universe: The Age of Elohim is more than a little creepy and didactic. Any way you view it, it’s pretty damn fascinating.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Alex Saveliev
    Does it lose focus from time to time? Sure, and its cumulative effect suffers because of it, but Drljača nails the little moments that matter.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Alex Saveliev
    "To elevate, to celebrate, to inspire,” another character states about the function of art. Rana and Warin’s film may not be perfect, but it does all three of those things rather effectively.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Alex Saveliev
    Islands is as effective, familiar, and quiet as a microwave.
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    • 50 Alex Saveliev
    Its ambition cannot be faulted, but I’ll Find You gets lost in its own nostalgia, ultimately drowning in mush.
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    • 80 Alex Saveliev
    Luckily, the story of Waterman is so riveting and the hero so charming that it’s hard not to grow nostalgic along with the filmmaker.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Alex Saveliev
    Nightride promises to take you on a ride, which it does; a bumpy one, filled with detours and ennui-inducing stretches.

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