For 128 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Carson Lund's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Forbidden Room
Lowest review score: 12 Old Fashioned
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 86 out of 128
  2. Negative: 19 out of 128
128 movie reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Carson Lund
    The film navigates a tricky space between pathos and absurdity and often turns on a dime from one to the other.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 88 Carson Lund
    The film’s tonal and situational shapeshifting doesn’t go to the surrealist lengths of Luis Buñuel’s The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, but James Vaughan similarly indulges in burlesquing upper-middle-class complacency.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Carson Lund
    Rather than eliciting surprise and wonder, Roy Andersson channels his full stylistic arsenal in search of something far more delicate: a recognition of the sublime in the prosaic.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Carson Lund
    The film’s real subject is a young woman awakening to her oppression, rendered poignant in all its awkwardness by Noée Abita.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 88 Carson Lund
    This intimate found-footage memoir is driven by a frantic internal monologue that will feel painfully familiar to many cinephiles in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 63 Carson Lund
    The film’s reminder of the fragility of agrarian traditions in the face of a merciless profit motive is delivered with tact and subtlety.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Carson Lund
    Sean Durkin’s sweated-over filmmaking tediously lifts a familiar tale of domestic dysfunction to the level of myth.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Carson Lund
    It’s in certain characters’ trajectories that the Ross brothers locate the tragic soul of the bar.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Carson Lund
    Dan Sallitt recognizes that even the sturdiest of friendships are inevitably tested by time and the evolution of personal responsibility.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Carson Lund
    There’s a moving study within the film of a man in emotional paralysis learning to redirect his love from the past to the present, but it’s too often obscured by a muted revenge yarn that’s no less banal because it’s tastefully directed.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Carson Lund
    Thomas Heise’s documentary seeks to excavate real human thought and feeling beneath the haze of larger political structures.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Carson Lund
    The film is greater in its confrontational force than the sum of a dozen festival breakthroughs lauded for their fearlessness.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Carson Lund
    Only in focusing so thoroughly on the normal does Paul Harrill’s film stumble upon the paranormal.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Carson Lund
    What’s so fascinating about the world of On Cinema is the way each creative outgrowth expands and deepens the lore, and Mister America’s universe-specific innovations renders the film indispensable in context.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 63 Carson Lund
    In My Room often exhibits an interest only in the accruing of incidents, giving it a this-happens-then-this-happens quality that defiantly eschews psychological shading.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Carson Lund
    In a future where the plagues of civilization have only evolved into new shapes and sizes, it asks, in a roundabout way, if there’s anything worthier of exploration than our own relationships.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Carson Lund
    Angela Schanalec’s film configures itself most potently in hindsight as a punch to the gut.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Carson Lund
    Though betraying the markings of its original form in its small revolving ensemble, single location, and frequent tableau staging, Liberté conjures a sustained ambiance and eroticism that’s unique to the language of cinema.
    • 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.
    • 91 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.
    • 75 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.
    • 68 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.

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