Alex Saveliev

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For 139 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 12% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alex Saveliev's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 A Hidden Life
Lowest review score: 20 Purge of Kingdoms: The Unauthorized Game of Thrones Parody
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 72 out of 139
  2. Negative: 8 out of 139
139 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Alex Saveliev
    The film is buoyed by Charlize Theron’s fierceness and a few shining moments of true inspiration. Roll with the inherent silliness of it all, and you may just have a good time.
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    • 70 Alex Saveliev
    Perhaps most compellingly, it’s a reminder to open our eyes, to notice the bigger world around us for what it is, to see who we really are. Toussi never preaches, gently luring you into an utterly tranquil state, wherein you may just find yourself booking a ticket to Colombia.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Alex Saveliev
    On all accounts, filmmaker John Swab’s gratuitous and grave Run with the Hunted fails to live up to the promise of its premise. Instead, it comes off as a lunkheaded exercise in self-aggrandizing mental masturbation.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Alex Saveliev
    A commendable subject matter does not a good movie make. Tape is inherently misguided, a queasily voyeuristic project, rendered nearly-unwatchable by its pseudo-artistic tendencies and patronizing tone.
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    • 60 Alex Saveliev
    In its attempts to mirror the abbreviated sentiments of the current social media culture, the doc becomes an abridged version of a statement.
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    • 70 Alex Saveliev
    Seahorse’s presentation, while intimate and well-pieced-together, comes off a bit flat, considering how truly lyrical and groundbreaking it could have been.
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    • 70 Alex Saveliev
    Visceral, visually assured, and thematically sound, Tainted functions as a great calling card for its skilled filmmaker. If you’re in the mood for yet another treatise on our penchant for savagery, delve right in.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Alex Saveliev
    Marona’s Fantastic Tale gently and poetically deals with heavy themes like mortality, solitude, and loss, but manages to be suitable viewing for the entire family. It reiterates that the love our dogs have for us is unconditional and that we shouldn’t regard them as accessories or temporary means of respite. It’s also a phantasmagoric feast for the eyes. Seek it out.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Alex Saveliev
    Aviva is a palindrome, reflecting the film’s ouroboros-like narrative. It’s also a Hebrew name, which translates as “spring-like” or “fresh”–both adjectives applicable to the sensual and passionate Aviva. Love it or hate it, it’s… well, it’s art. I loved it, warts and all. Perhaps Yakin has finally discovered his style.
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    • 40 Alex Saveliev
    The filmmaker’s sophomore feature fails to generate any semblance of momentum or suspense. It’s filled with laughable lines of dialogue and jarringly poor editing. Mario Van Peebles single-handedly imbues it with enough gravitas to make it somewhat watchable.
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    • 50 Alex Saveliev
    A twangy soundtrack, a dying protagonist, spelled-out themes of family reconciliation and facing death… Look, if that’s your thing, you may as well add a point or two to my review and enjoy the hell out of Here Awhile.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Alex Saveliev
    Erotic, sensual, and nostalgic, Tommaso showcases the sweetest side of Hollywood’s enfant terrible. As far his collaborations with Dafoe go, this marks the creative peak of their symbiosis.
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    • 50 Alex Saveliev
    While it’s abundantly clear that Farr and his star Dreya Weber, who produced the movie and is an actual aerialist, know that physics-defying world inside-out, they could use a lesson or two in defying a predictable, sentimental story arc.
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    • 80 Alex Saveliev
    Buoyed by the palpable mutual respect between filmmaker and subject, this study of Powell’s life manages the feat of being as candid as Powell’s photography of gritty city streets and major pop culture icons like the Beastie Boys.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Alex Saveliev
    Sometimes we need to bask in each other’s demons, to exorcise them and achieve a semblance of redemption. Ree traces such a relationship; like an evocative painting, The Painter and the Thief will remain engraved in your memory.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Alex Saveliev
    While Castle in the Ground may not quite hold together from a narrative perspective, it’s so atmospheric, so acute in the small, tender moments it captures and is propelled by performances of such power, that it hardly matters.
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    • 80 Alex Saveliev
    As it stands, Lorelei is perfectly imperfect. It demonstrates a filmmaker willing to go for broke, examine the dark recesses of our minds that others are too timid to touch.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Alex Saveliev
    Diaz wears his heart on his sleeve and elicits affecting performances from his cast, but his portrait of a country in turmoil feels incomplete.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 70 Alex Saveliev
    It may not quite reach the heights of Fargo, but if you enjoyed Cold Pursuit or the inferior-but-similar Daughter of the Wolf, then Blood and Money will be right up your dirt road.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Alex Saveliev
    He and Côté write an ode to human resilience; they compose a soliloquy about lost identities; they paint a portrait of people seeking meaning, guidance, warmth. The result is a soulful cinematic treatise on the gradual, painful loss of a city’s soul.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Alex Saveliev
    The female-centric, lo-fi South Mountain is an excellent example of how little a budget matters when all the other puzzle pieces are in place. We need more cinema like this.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Alex Saveliev
    Once attuned, you’ll be rewarded with a sharply funny and oddly heartbreaking, albeit clumsily structured, indictment of our government... Armstrong’s razor-sharp trademark one-liners go a long way in saving this Day.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Alex Saveliev
    The Flood nearly sinks under the weight of its contrivances, but is barely kept afloat by its two central performances.
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    • 60 Alex Saveliev
    A by-the-numbers underdog story, bolstered by an infectiously joyous spirit and admirable energy. Those with fond memories of 1990’s bands like Soundgarden and Pixies will especially respond to the nostalgic vibes.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Alex Saveliev
    An insightful character study, and an absolute must-watch for Saint-Laurent fans – or anyone with a remote interest in the fashion industry.
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    • 90 Alex Saveliev
    Unlike its male protagonist, who seems to remain immune to the town’s charms, you will surely not want to leave International Falls.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Alex Saveliev
    Were it not for a few missteps, coupled with an abrupt resolution that doesn’t do justice to the preceding depth, Doyle would have had a little gem on his hands. As it stands, I almost love Almost Love.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Alex Saveliev
    A languorous and poetic study of faith, grief, love, death and regret, set against the disheveled, but gorgeously framed, backdrop of Lisbon’s ghetto.
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    • 70 Alex Saveliev
    Filled with non-sequiturs, abrupt cuts, and nightmarish interludes, The Carnivores is not without its moments of humor.
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    • 70 Alex Saveliev
    Manifesting and examining every parent’s worst fear, and bound to spark debate, this M.O.M. packs some acid with your lunch.

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