Alonso Duralde

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For 428 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alonso Duralde's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Boyhood
Lowest review score: 0 The Emoji Movie
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 87 out of 428
428 movie reviews
    • 24 Metascore
    • 5 Alonso Duralde
    Coroners of comic failure will find much to uncover in the corpse of Holmes & Watson, a thoroughly tedious and never-amusing spoof of Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary detective.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Alonso Duralde
    Reynolds has this drily ironic fourth-wall business down pat, and Savage makes for an entertaining foil.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Alonso Duralde
    There’s probably no real reason for Mary Poppins Returns to exist at all, but now that it’s here, it does at least find some moments of delight even as it travels a familiar path.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Alonso Duralde
    Bathtubs Over Broadway is pure pleasure, both in its exploration of a hidden and uniquely American corner of show business and its portrait of the charmingly nerdy Young and his singular path toward rescuing this sub-sub-sub-genre while many of its executors are still alive to tell their stories.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 85 Alonso Duralde
    If you’re willing to overlook a little scruffiness at the edges, it’s a Christmas miracle that the Scottish import “Anna and the Apocalypse” works so well as both a horror movie and a musical.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 59 Alonso Duralde
    There are, to be sure, some worthwhile upgrades this time around — including one sequence that’s an instant classic — but it’s hard not to feel like you’ve already played this game once before.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 72 Alonso Duralde
    Purists may balk about revisiting this tale, but The Grinch earns its laughter and its sentiment, both of which are plentiful. It’s a full-throated Fah-Who-Foraze.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 28 Alonso Duralde
    Given that this is the auteur’s 20th theatrical feature film, there’s no longer any excuse for the pacing issues, the scenes that don’t end and the general flaccidness of his direction.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Alonso Duralde
    Maybe it was the massive reshoots — directorial credit is shared by Lasse Hallstrom, who shot the first go-round, and Joe Johnston — or perhaps the script by first-timer Ashleigh Powell was always muddled and convoluted, but the results are singularly dispiriting.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 87 Alonso Duralde
    It gives Steve Coogan one of his finest screen roles to date and for Reilly, it’s another triumph right on the heels of “The Sisters Brothers.” Whether you adore Laurel and Hardy or have never seen them in action, this film celebrates both the artist and the tenacity it takes to remain one.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 61 Alonso Duralde
    As an inducement to dig into the Queen back catalog, Bohemian Rhapsody is an unqualified success. But when it tries to be a genuine biopic of a groundbreaking band and its singular lead singer, it’s more like a little silhouette-o of a man.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Alonso Duralde
    The act of recreating the voice of others, albeit illegally, ultimately empowered Israel to write the well-received memoir on which this film was based. And the act of playing Lee Israel will, with any luck, empower more filmmakers to think of Melissa McCarthy as an actress whose gifts range beyond broad comedy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 92 Alonso Duralde
    It’s powerful, provocative and devastating, blending the incisive power of dramatic emotion with the immediacy of the evening news.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 15 Alonso Duralde
    It exists as a waste of time (although, one hopes, a sizable payday) for some very talented actors, and it’s proof that even Marvel doesn’t always get it right.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 65 Alonso Duralde
    It’s always apparent what Assassination Nation is going for, and it more often than not fulfills its ambitions, and the hits more than make up for the misses.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 55 Alonso Duralde
    Smallfoot provides more complex food for thought than most mainstream animation, but the overall results are still disappointingly bland.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 95 Alonso Duralde
    The Sisters Brothers gallops on screen with a lot of ambitions, and it fulfills them all. It’s a sprawling Western that’s also an intimate character piece; it has moments of wit but also devastating tragedy; it delves into larger themes like the impact of fathers upon sons, and how greed and industrialization lead to environmental devastation, and yet it offers the hope of redemption.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 35 Alonso Duralde
    So what does Guadagnino’s version convey? Boredom, mostly, with confusion and a dollop of disappointment and irritation.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Alonso Duralde
    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs will be, at best, a charming footnote in the Coens’ career, a project they enjoyed doing, and possibly even more enjoyed turning into a film so they can keep their résumé free of episodic television.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Alonso Duralde
    Cooper and Lady Gaga are dynamite together; this is a story that lives and dies by the central relationship and the instant chemistry that must blossom between them, and these two have it in spades.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Alonso Duralde
    As with “Summer Hours,” Non-Fiction traffics in ideas and concerns without handing out leaflets; first and foremost, this is an empathetic and charming character piece, featuring top-notch actors (Binoche revels in a rare opportunity to be funny) enjoying richly clever dialogue.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Alonso Duralde
    Watching these three fiercely intelligent women, played by a trio of powerhouse actresses, is endlessly fascinating, as the goalposts constantly shift and their true selves become more apparent.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 92 Alonso Duralde
    Alfonso Cuarón has created a heartfelt masterpiece of mood and nostalgia, one that reminds us that his gifts as a storyteller and an interpreter of the human experience are not dictated by scale of production.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Alonso Duralde
    Overall, it’s an impressively mounted film, from the seamless visual effects to the score by Justin Hurwitz, which is flexible enough to accentuate both the film’s tension and its earthbound humanity, to the always exquisite editing by Tom Cross (“Whiplash”), which plays a key role in establishing the characters, the stakes and even the passage of time.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Alonso Duralde
    Hers is a lot of life to try to capture in one movie, but Jane Fonda in Five Acts certainly covers her emotional arc with thoroughness and compassion.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Alonso Duralde
    While the movie is simultaneously a day-in-the-life farce, a cri de couer for working-class women and a testament to the strengths (and the limitations) of created families, it is more than anything an opportunity for the great Regina Hall to shine in an all-too-rare leading role.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 45 Alonso Duralde
    The one-joke nature of this adults-only spoof wears out the film’s welcome, even if director Brian Henson and his talented crew never let us see the strings.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 55 Alonso Duralde
    Audiences in the mood to be scared will certainly send their popcorn flying during a few tense moments of The Meg. But they’ll also wish the movie had bothered to find an equivalent to Robert Shaw’s USS Indianapolis speech in “Jaws.” When the human characters are reduced to chum, it’s hard to care about them getting eaten.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 52 Alonso Duralde
    It’s a slow, sluggish and whimsy-deficient movie that seems designed to entertain neither children nor adults, and the film’s script opens a Pandora’s Box of a plot twist.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Alonso Duralde
    Even those who object to Bowers’ revelations may find themselves unexpectedly empathetic to his life story, and that’s thanks to Tyrnauer’s compassion. There’s plenty of gossip to be found here, but there’s also no shortage of humanity.

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