For 105 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 40% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 58% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Carson Lund's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Forbidden Room
Lowest review score: 12 Old Fashioned
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 65 out of 105
  2. Negative: 19 out of 105
105 movie reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Carson Lund
    The film is a curiously anodyne affair that proposes the distinctly unenlightening idea that the medicine against despair is just a little R&R.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Carson Lund
    For all its emotional restraint, Rick Alverson’s film builds to a point of remarkable pathos.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 Carson Lund
    The experience of watching Dominga Sotomayor’s film is not unlike entering a stranger’s dream without an anchor.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Carson Lund
    Its stylistic fluctuations are a sign of a filmmaker really wrestling with how she became the woman and artist she is today.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Carson Lund
    This is a rigorous film concerned with questions of cultural appropriation, learned behavior, and the very texture of life in our content-saturated present (a feeling not exclusive to urban centers), but one with the good humor and wisdom to disguise itself as something far more familiar.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Carson Lund
    In its balance of a wispy narrative and long, quiet episodes of textual close reading, the film feels incomplete in a productive way.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Carson Lund
    The Juniper Tree’s peculiar pedigree as an American indie fueled by European arthouse tropes and constructed with a flair for the avant-garde and the handmade marks it as a welcome rediscovery.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Carson Lund
    That the film adheres, upon close scrutiny, to the rough shape of a classical romantic tragedy—a seemingly intuitively understandable genre—only confirms the extreme degree to which Schanalec’s idiosyncratic manner of storytelling skirts and frustrates expectations.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Carson Lund
    The film finally ends up souring its perspective on responsibility with a hardened take on the limits of the American dream.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Carson Lund
    Ray & Liz generates pathos through its detailed attention to its characters' attempts to find permanence and meaning in a fundamentally unstable reality.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Carson Lund
    The film celebrates the unrecognized willpower and perseverance that undergirds low-wage service work in this country.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 63 Carson Lund
    Joel Potrykus's droll world is defined by feats of man-child pettiness, by lazy guys who turn the banalities of daily life into meaningless trials of integrity.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Carson Lund
    It's true that the disorientation produced in the collision of Igorrr's frenetic style-mashing and Dumont's unadorned long-take aesthetic ensures that the film feels remarkably distinct from prior cinematic adaptations of Joan of Arc's life, but it's also hard not to wonder how this particular story might have played without the farfetched musical conceit grafted atop it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Carson Lund
    In every scene, the film's cutting is dictated by the turbulent pace of the characters' inner lives.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Carson Lund
    In directly requesting the audience's trust, Travis Wilkerson initiates a not-particularly-inviting proposition for the viewer, and specifically the white American viewer.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Carson Lund
    Movement and progress are the organizing principles throughout Abbas Kiarostami's final, posthumously released film.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Carson Lund
    Its tension between ethnographic ensemble study and thesis-oriented docu-essay is irreconcilable.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Carson Lund
    The final optimism of the film's worldview lands with a conviction that's rare in contemporary Hollywood cinema—a resilience that's strong enough for Liam Neeson to ride out on.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Carson Lund
    Happy End reveals itself as something vacuous and cold, a bizarrely seductive pseudo-thriller lacking a thoroughly worked-out payoff.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Carson Lund
    For what it's worth, Jared Moshe seems genuinely interested in the role of unflagging decency in a sullied world.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Carson Lund
    It’s as exhilaratingly honest and unshackled a work as many have come to expect from this auteur of cringe comedy, one that foresees, absorbs, and responds to all possible bile that might be directed its way, knowing full well of the muck it dredges up.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Carson Lund
    It grapples with emotional enigma of infatuation, and the question of how such a mighty force can also be so fleeting.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Carson Lund
    Stephen Cone's Princess Cyd is distinguished by a dramatic complexity that would seem to run counter to its remarkably even-tempered tone.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Carson Lund
    While Ruben Östlund’s mastery of visually amplifying social unease is still very much intact, he’s partially undone here by his own thematic ambition, which, in scene after exquisitely staged scene, threatens to put too fine a point on otherwise thrillingly indeterminate situational comedy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Carson Lund
    Shot in 4:3 with sliver-thin depth of field and a lush palette of swampy greens, Amman Abbasi's film is largely predicated on the idea of imparting a hyperreal sensuality to a region not often depicted on the big screen.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Carson Lund
    The whole affair suggests dramatic Tetris, and it leeches the artist and his process of any mystery.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Carson Lund
    Fiona Tan’s comprehensive project discriminates against no particular era or pedigree of imagery.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Carson Lund
    It may be Piñeiro’s most inspired and thrilling work to date, exhaustive in its means of keeping the viewer off balance and yet rich in its emotional implications.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Carson Lund
    It suffers by resembling arty, didactic bloat when it most begs for a more sophisticated dramatic touch.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Carson Lund
    This is a sports tale in which the character building has almost nothing to do with the sport.

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