Andrew Schenker

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For 196 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 21% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 75% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 11.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Andrew Schenker's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 50
Highest review score: 100 Stray Dogs
Lowest review score: 0 Act of Valor
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 72 out of 196
  2. Negative: 62 out of 196
196 movie reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Andrew Schenker
    In Joshua Oppenheimer's extraordinary The Act of Killing, film becomes the medium for a bold historical reckoning--and in more ways than one.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Schenker
    Undeniably rousing, but deeply irresponsible, Argo fans the flames surrounding historical events likely to still remain raw in the memory of many viewers.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Andrew Schenker
    Order may be restored to the Circus, the "bad" elements weeded out, but in the jaundiced world the film has spent the last two hours so effectively delineating, the barriers between good and evil have been shown to be essentially meaningless.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Andrew Schenker
    Although the film remains continually fanciful, it always reminds us of the stakes in which precocious childhood rubs up against the possibility of a childhood denied altogether.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Andrew Schenker
    Tsai isn't making a social-problem film here, and his critique of patriarchal control is secondary to his portrait of unbearable psychic conditions.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Schenker
    To drive home the pathos of Nim's mistreatment, James Marsh frequently makes questionable use of the creature's apparent similarity to human beings, trading complex analysis for easy sentiment.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Schenker
    Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon's shtick - a relentless verbal sparring comprised of dueling impressions, poetry recitations, absurdist riffing, and comic one-upmanship - works best in small doses.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 63 Andrew Schenker
    Given the film's early promise, it's unfortunate how it turns into a largely reductive Freudian character piece in which the main character has to come to terms with his old man.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Schenker
    Joseph Cedar's Footnote is a sour, rather unpleasant affair that hinges on acts of Jews behaving badly.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 38 Andrew Schenker
    Nuri Bilge Ceylan has to be the least kinetic of working filmmakers - and not simply in the sense of static camerawork or lack of narrative momentum.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Andrew Schenker
    Frederick Wiseman's At Berkeley isn't only a study of the contemporary American university, but, like all of the filmmaker's best documentaries, a wide-ranging inquiry into the larger institutions and contradictions that define life in the United States.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Andrew Schenker
    The director's clear-minded approach allows her subject's more challenging aesthetic-political mix to shine through, even if it's at the inevitable expense of her own filmmaking proclivities.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 Andrew Schenker
    An enormously effective piece of filmmaking, Incdendies unfolds as a series of eye-opening disclosures which Villeneuve plays as much for (admittedly enthralling) sensation as for any kind of wider-ranging inquiry, a questionable approach given the thorny nature of the material.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Andrew Schenker
    Béla Tarr is the cinema's greatest crafter of total environments and in The Turin Horse, working in his most restricted physical setting since 1984's Almanac of Fall, he (along with co-director Ágnes Hranitzky) dials up one of his most vividly immersive milieus.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Andrew Schenker
    The title of Susan Froemke's documentary is both an expression of aspiration and a statement of achievement.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Andrew Schenker
    The film unfolds in unhurried dramatic terms that come to take on an almost fatalistic force.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Andrew Schenker
    It's occasionally too icily removed, but it compensates through its perpetual concern with understanding its characters and their untenable situations.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Andrew Schenker
    Not only sets up the writer's life as representative of the transitions of early modern Jewish life, but posits his oeuvre as an ongoing chronicle of the shift from a vibrant, unified Yiddish culture to a fractured world-in-exile.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Andrew Schenker
    What emerges is a portrait of a fully committed band that could never quite make it and of the rock n' roll project as something between a (very serious) hobby and a full-time career.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Andrew Schenker
    The film's inquiry into the artistic method remains somewhat at the superficial level, but the directors do a fine job of emphasizing both the circumstances that lead to the music's creation and the satisfying result of the irrepressible sounds.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Andrew Schenker
    The mixture of different techniques and varied views results in a rich, multi-faceted look at one of America's most misguided policy initiatives.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Andrew Schenker
    Even as an "18 months later" epilogue ensures us that everything's hunky dory, this is one surprisingly grim celebration of a group Rapaport obviously loves.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 38 Andrew Schenker
    Life lessons abound in Buck, most of them tied to endlessly reiterated comparisons between man and horse.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Andrew Schenker
    A study of the this former mining region in both its de-industralized present and its past state as an active coalfield, The Miners' Hymns arranges its two parts as a set of binary oppositions.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Andrew Schenker
    Much of the film's final act is given to alienated walking, which too often plays as an abstract study of triangular arrangements in which non-speaking figures move across a barren terrain.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Schenker
    Ralph Fiennes's film feels not so much rooted in the past as it is mired in conventions about how to portray that past.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Andrew Schenker
    It gives a true sense of how the forces of a hypocritically religious country has burdened countless young women with a lifetime of misplaced guilt.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Andrew Schenker
    A slick, entertaining offering, playing at times like a tarted up "E! True Hollywood Story."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Andrew Schenker
    Rather than bringing out the symbolic inner lives of the characters, these sequences seem like the intrusion of an aggressive authorial personality on a film whose subject-as well as the fact of Har'el's outsider status-demands that the filmmaker simply sit back and observe.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Andrew Schenker
    Alejandro Landes's Porfirio is an ugly movie to watch, but it's not without purpose.