For 112 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Caryn James' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
Lowest review score: 0 The Garbage Pail Kids Movie
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 112
  2. Negative: 26 out of 112
112 movie reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Caryn James
    Fayyad and his cinematographers and editors wield the cameras and shape the scenes in the documentary so beautifully that The Cave is both intensely real and a carefully wrought work of cinema. A kind of counterpart to Last Men, the new film is perhaps more wrenching and even more ambitious in its visuals.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Caryn James
    Shaped by a near-constant monologue from a golden retriever named Enzo, The Art of Racing in the Rain is watchable but flat, with only occasional flashes of wit and feeling.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Caryn James
    This misadventure of a project is a blip on the actresses’ résumés.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Caryn James
    The documentary rarely presses its larger points. But it calmly reveals how much journalism has changed since Ivins started out in the late 1960s, yet how relevant her observations about the blight of corporate money in politics and threats to the First Amendment remain today.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Caryn James
    Full of eye-opening musical performances, the film also sparkles with tongue-in-cheek humor, and features contemporary interviews that are often far from what they seem. You have to go back to After Hours to find a Scorsese film with a similarly mischievous wit.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Caryn James
    As talented as Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton are individually, they don’t have much chemistry.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 10 Caryn James
    The idea is cartoonish in its essence but the pic is shot and played with such straight-faced realism that Swallow becomes utterly ridiculous.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Caryn James
    A drama with dazzling visuals, subtle performances and deft nods to classics like Days of Heaven and Bonnie and Clyde. ... While Dreamland doesn’t entirely overcome its familiar trajectory, the film is so stunning in every other way that its narrative shortcoming hardly matters.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Caryn James
    Cinematically modest but full of social and political urgency.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Caryn James
    While it lacks the ambition to turn its obvious plot into a film that feels new, it also avoids the pitfalls of moral smugness and stereotyping. It flows along easily, bolstered by Taraji P. Henson’s and Sam Rockwell’s vibrant performances.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Caryn James
    The didactic screenplay sinks the film. Instead of exploring characters, or having them spout witty lines, Ting has them explain everything to each other, out loud, almost all the time. ... It’s great to see more films with Asian and Asian-American actors and stories, especially one written and directed by a woman. But while Ting’s movie may be heartfelt, it offers viewers more fluff than heart.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Caryn James
    There is nothing radical or especially distinctive about the style of this mildly entertaining documentary.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Caryn James
    The film becomes more exhausting than tense. In the end, all that manipulation backfires. Unlike the best of its genre, the rote Five Feet Apart isn’t wrenching enough to jerk a single tear.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Caryn James
    Batra turns a story that sounds tired and goofy into a lovely film with a tone of tender sadness.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Caryn James
    Mixing archival material and fresh interviews with Edwards and her crewmembers, Holmes creates an engaging, suspenseful story with layers of social resonance. Maiden is gripping and effective even if — maybe especially if — you have absolutely no interest in sailing.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Caryn James
    Miller Costanzo’s debut is more than promising. It should stand as a wonderfully accomplished launch to a bright career.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Caryn James
    Egg
    After a creaky start, Egg comes through with terrific performances from Reiner and especially Hendricks, and with some scenes of piercing honesty.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Caryn James
    Director Anne Fletcher has made better rom-coms, like The Proposal, but they had better scripts. Written by producer Kristin Hahn, Dumplin’ clings timidly to its YA roots, which are firmly on the unsophisticated side of the spectrum.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Caryn James
    Only the comic parts soar, and they fit uneasily with the pallid romance and half-hearted family drama.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Caryn James
    The sequel has better and at times galvanizing special effects, a darker tone and a high-stakes battle between good and evil. Best of all, its characters are more vibrantly drawn, and tangled in relationships that range from delightful to lethal.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Caryn James
    [A] solid, straightforward history of abortion rights in America.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Caryn James
    Would have been better if it had been sleeker and shorter. After all, this film isn't aiming for high-toned drama, just high-energy entertainment, which is what it delivers.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Caryn James
    In this film, suspense and psychological horror have given way to superhuman strength and resilience...The one effectively handled scene is the last, which promises a sequel with a feminist twist.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Caryn James
    Darkman sustains mild interest throughout, but it never takes off, partly because a real-estate scam, gangland shootouts, city corruption and a love story clutter up the sad story of Westlake's strange mutation.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Caryn James
    Captain Kirk and his crew go where too many film makers have too often gone before.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Caryn James
    [A] delicate, lovingly photographed, strongly acted coming-of-age story.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Caryn James
    Stargate is a clever adventure that should find its audience.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 10 Caryn James
    As directed by the actor Dennis Dugan, everyone seems to be yelling their lines and making huge hand gestures instead of acting.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 90 Caryn James
    Hoop Dreams affirms the role of film as a medium for exploring social issues. And like any important documentary, this one raises crucial questions beyond what is on screen.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Caryn James
    It is a dark, lurid revenge fantasy and not the breakthrough, star-making movie some people have claimed. But it is a genre film of a high order, stylish and smooth.

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