For 39 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 10% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alissa Simon's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Rocks in My Pockets
Lowest review score: 40 [REC]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
39 movie reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Alissa Simon
    While Krstić is especially good at providing noir atmosphere (jazzy, smoke-filled dives, ominous shadows, and references to Mike Hammer films), he positively excels at high-octane action.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Alissa Simon
    [A] gripping, realist drama.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Alissa Simon
    [A] touching, albeit occasionally heavy-handed, drama.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Alissa Simon
    [A] delightful, droll, and intelligent comedy, which captures the absurdity and tragedy of a complicated political situation with a consistently light touch.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Alissa Simon
    Mila’s film honors Srbijanka’s legacy of activism and brings her spirit of honor and responsibility to a new generation and a wider audience.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Alissa Simon
    "People” represents a big step up from Haq’s more modestly scaled debut, but it’s a move she handles with assurance and aplomb. She develops the father-daughter relationship visually as well as verbally, showing the action from both their perspectives.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Alissa Simon
    Gorgeously shot for the big screen by multihyphenate Gilles de Maistre, it thoughtfully explores what makes the globe-trotting chef-businessman tick.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Alissa Simon
    An exciting, intelligent mix of romance, Nordic noir, social realism, and supernatural horror that defies and subverts genre conventions.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Alissa Simon
    Ramen Heads may be a tad lacking in visual excitement, but it succeeds in imparting the ineffable appeal of Japan’s national dish.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Alissa Simon
    The gripping period drama offers a fresh, intelligent cinematic approach to a difficult topic.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Alissa Simon
    What makes this spiky dramedy so compelling are the Palestinian-Israeli protagonists, whose split lives have rarely been depicted on screen.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Alissa Simon
    Mexican-Salvadorean helmer Tatiana Huezo superimposes her subjects’ recollections over lyrical images that complement the emotions conveyed by their voices.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Alissa Simon
    Director-writer-animator Ann Marie Fleming creates an entertaining, educational, and poignant tale about identify and imagination that is filled with stories and poetry.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Alissa Simon
    Although dealing with weighty matters, Jarchovsky’s script (which is based on a real-life incident he experienced during primary school) is leavened with welcome humor and irony.... As usual, Hrebejk’s direction is smooth and the ensemble performances top-notch.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Alissa Simon
    Each shimmering frame is composed of multiple layers of diverse drawing and painting techniques and washes of color combined with 2D computer animation.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Alissa Simon
    A Man of Integrity is a tense, enraging drama about corruption and injustice, set in a small village.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Alissa Simon
    For the first time, older characters are at the heart of a Sláma film, and Kronerová and Nový repay the helmer-writer with warm, dignified turns that require both soul- and flesh-baring.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Alissa Simon
    All This Panic is more remarkable for the way it looks than the actual, somewhat banal, girl-talk content.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Alissa Simon
    Offering solid, middle-brow entertainment that borrows from Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata,” the film shows the relationships and tensions between different groups within Orthodox Judaism in Jerusalem, and provides a cautionary (and universally understandable) tale about religious fundamentalism.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Alissa Simon
    Providing certain vivid detail but rather lacking in vitality, Ekvtimishvili’s screenplay is stronger on sociology than drama.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Alissa Simon
    In addition to the highly relatable situations shot in a style of heightened naturalism and the Robert Altman-like overlapping dialogue, the drama gains further conviction from setting the action in the actual apartment lived in by the director and his wife, who, along with their real-life son, play the host family.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Alissa Simon
    Unfolding with the disjointed logic of a bad dream, the pic never catches emotional fire — though not for lack of trying by fast-rising young star Lea Seydoux, who shows her range in a defiantly unglamorous performance.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Alissa Simon
    The screenplay by Matthiessen and co-writers Martin Pieter Zandvliet and Anders Frithiof August is compelling up until the melodramatic, credulity-straining final act, although the characters, apart from Emma, feel underdeveloped.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Alissa Simon
    This is the sort of quiet, well-observed comedy that is characteristic of Burman’s oeuvre, and it’s in ample supply here.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Alissa Simon
    More compelling on a visual level than a narrative one.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Alissa Simon
    Fast-paced, entertaining and informative.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Alissa Simon
    As Hakonarson’s beautifully modulated film progresses, recurring images contrast and poignantly resonate with meaning.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Alissa Simon
    The actors, some of whom have worked with Lafleur before, are entirely in tune with his intentions and display a beguiling chemistry.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Alissa Simon
    Although it sports a few fresh moments, the tonally all-over-the-place drama is hampered by script and assembly problems.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Alissa Simon
    The screenplay by Sher-Niyaz, Bakytbek Turdubaev and Kyrgyz culture minister Sultan Raev takes an “important moments” approach to Kurmanjan’s life, requiring the casting of four different actresses. Unfortunately, the result plays like an illustration of her Wikipedia entry rather than providing any psychological insight into her feelings.

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