Carlos Aguilar

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For 279 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Carlos Aguilar's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 One Cut of the Dead
Lowest review score: 10 Overcomer
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 25 out of 279
279 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Carlos Aguilar
    On the Count of Three is a rousing tragicomedy that straddles a line between incredibly calibrated gallows humor and a devastating discourse on the burden of existence.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Carlos Aguilar
    While the events that transpire are minimal, the poignancy of “Montana Story” resides in watching these two strangers, once inseparable, reconnect now as different people but with the same scars.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Carlos Aguilar
    Oren Gerner’s emotional and narrative aptness to direct his father in such an effectively subdued performance gives one reason to not dwell on the film’s anticlimactic resolution, as it lacks a substantial evolution for the character.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Carlos Aguilar
    Schoenbrun, a native speaker of the language of the internet, has uploaded into the cinematic landscape one of the most thoughtful depictions of self-discovery in the digital age. Through Casey’s plight of suburban isolation, the artist reaches out to us from a corner of the web’s endless abyss with an unmissable invitation, quite literally demonstrating the transcendental prowess of storytelling.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Carlos Aguilar
    Unassumingly electrifying and amusingly elusive, this modern-day fable focuses on the marks we leave behind in others when paths diverge and physical distance grows.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 45 Carlos Aguilar
    Anyone who’s sat through enough of those Christian films and watched them with a critical eye (and not for the mere indoctrination) can easily tell that the basic craftsmanship of Father Stu is on a different level. That doesn’t necessarily make this an admirable production, but at least it’s a proficient one.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Carlos Aguilar
    A staggering feat of visceral filmmaking, The Northman, like Eggers’ previous films, warrants profound analysis while still delivering a high-octane action odyssey. Some of the flourishes the director opted for, as well as the film’s overall demeanor (neither entirely self-serious nor fully whimsical), may receive mixed reactions. Still what Eggers has ambitiously crafted lands as an invigorating beacon for an industry in need of studio fare with substantial ideas and artistry.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 55 Carlos Aguilar
    Although some of its components spark with cleverness, it lacks overall narrative sophistication as a work of storytelling art, even if considering the vintage-cinema tone it seeks to replicate.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 61 Carlos Aguilar
    The screenplay reflects actual effort, and Jim Carrey gets to be unfettered in his performance, leading a surprisingly satisfying follow-up.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Carlos Aguilar
    No one else could have elicited these responses from the songstress other than her own daughter, and for that this is a worthy, if historically vague, effort.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Carlos Aguilar
    Bay’s latest reeks of falsehood veiled as righteousness.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Carlos Aguilar
    True to its title, Baena’s latest takes us through more than a few tonal twists and plot turns, even if they don’t always land smoothly or humorously, in its exploration of how fooling oneself into believing a fantastical fiction can provide dangerous respite from a bland, ordinary reality.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Carlos Aguilar
    It Is in Us All, a hyper-visceral portrayal of manhood in its purest unrestrained form, is anchored by the force-of-nature turn from its superlative star Cosmo Jarvis. Intoxicating to the senses, this film boasts an indomitable vitality, a zest for life so uncontainable it brims with mortal danger.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Carlos Aguilar
    Throughout, we share in Farah’s frustration, as Ahmed’s behavior suffocates the film, exponentially raising the necessity for a narrative catharsis. And in that regard, the director’s intent is effective, given that she waits until the very end to provide this release.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Carlos Aguilar
    Song for Cesar manifests as the scrappy but meaningful results of people coming together to document a chapter of America’s recent past still not as visible as it should be.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Carlos Aguilar
    Strawberry Mansion is one of the most unique American independent films to open its doors in recent memory. Only time will tell if it can attain the cult status that its charming idiosyncrasy most definitely merits.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Carlos Aguilar
    Fashioned out of fresh faces unable to lie to the camera, “Playground” is a study in human behavior wrapped in equal parts fear and curiosity.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Carlos Aguilar
    Subtlety has never been one of Jeunet’s tools, and the comedy in Bigbug is enjoyably over-the-top, occasionally a bit too mannered, and often laugh-out-loud funny.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Carlos Aguilar
    It’s better than nothing to mark the cheesy holiday, but the lack of effort shows.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Carlos Aguilar
    The Worst Person in the World, Trier’s stirringly sophisticated masterpiece, unrolls in piecemeal manner, but once fully extended is a tapestry of unfeigned experiences sowed with the thread of truth, in all its painful ambivalence.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Carlos Aguilar
    For all the grief that the leads undergo in Chung’s most recent work, the result yields a life-affirming reminder to look across the room and see the other.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Carlos Aguilar
    Davis’ story seems ripe for a sensational, multi-episode streaming event à la "Tiger King," but in Bahrani’s thorough and tactful hands, it yields a fascinating, infuriating but eventually touching piece of non-fiction storytelling.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Carlos Aguilar
    For all its otherworldly beauty, “Utama” could benefit from slightly more robust dramatic beats to complement the hyper-sensorial experience that imbues in the spectator, especially in addressing the displacement of Indigenous communities across the Americas and beyond.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Carlos Aguilar
    For all the commendable directorial moves Benaim makes, it’s the miraculous casting of first-time actor De Casta that propels Plaza Catedral into exceptional territory.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 67 Carlos Aguilar
    Something in the Dirt functions as a disturbing and acerbically comedic riddle of a movie where finding the answers is a secondary, mostly unfruitful goal. What we are after is understanding the personal voids that push some of us to look for them in the first place.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Carlos Aguilar
    Avoiding the sophomore slump, Raiff’s delightfully sigh-worthy Cha Char Real Smooth is the type of sincere enterprise that could easily be spoiled with hackneyed platitudes or simplistically rose-colored plot points, yet here it sings with a wondrous candor and an unforced dramatic rhythm that turns it mightily irresistible.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Carlos Aguilar
    The Krafft’s globetrotting love story exists at its most ardent in proximity of their mutual passion.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Carlos Aguilar
    Walker-Silverman exhibits the sensibilities of a master storyteller, capable of making his splendid writing seem effortless in its construction and then molding it into warm magic via the cast’s remarkable talent. He’s an absolute revelation among emerging voices.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Carlos Aguilar
    All in all, this electrifying and thought-provoking ride works as it chooses the searing over the subtle, a tough call when approaching a subject that warrants in-your-face urgency.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Carlos Aguilar
    Opening the doors to a land and people most Westerners know little about, the director crafts a crowd-pleaser in stunning, mostly unseen locations whose charms weather even its most idealistically patriotic and overly saccharine notes.

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