Courtney Howard

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For 82 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Courtney Howard's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Marcel the Shell with Shoes On
Lowest review score: 10 Polar
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 82
  2. Negative: 10 out of 82
82 movie reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 42 Courtney Howard
    Howard’s film winds up as a rote retread, transitioning from headline news to big-screen snooze.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Courtney Howard
    Despite these modern constraints, Cracknell’s adaptation crackles with life. Especially with an effervescent actress and hunky actor delivering compelling performances—in Johnson’s case, sometimes directly to the camera—this funny, poignant and enrapturing film gives ingenious new power to some of the Jane Austen’s greatest hits.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Courtney Howard
    Even though this Netflix original doesn’t condescend to its targeted teen audience, it fails to surmount basic issues dealing with narrative credulity and the outcome’s predictability.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Courtney Howard
    Greg Björkman’s directorial debut has a catchy hook and atmospheric pull — yet the material leaves far too much underdeveloped, unrealized and incohesive to connect with viewers’ heads and hearts.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Courtney Howard
    Ultimately, Marcel’s clever creators reward our willingness to believe he and his world are real, while offering an opportunity to look at our own world from a different perspective.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 Courtney Howard
    With nimble performances, slick polish, dark-pitched wit, razor sharp sentiments, and a Yacht Rock-infused soundtrack, the film proves a seductive high.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Courtney Howard
    While not a total slam dunk, Hustle plays admirably with a lot of passion, artistry, and intelligence.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Courtney Howard
    Hart and her team have carefully and craftily built the ultimate sequel. The narrative advances the perky protagonist’s internal and external objectives with a gentle yet profound arc; technical contributions complement her journey, both visually and sonically. The film never betrays its lead character in any fashion.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Courtney Howard
    A Perfect Pairing may lack a unique complexity and leave some sediment behind, but its finish is pleasing nonetheless.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 42 Courtney Howard
    Rather than major fits of laughter, chuckles of acknowledgement pepper the audience’s viewing experience, at least for folks over the age of 25.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 42 Courtney Howard
    Painfully simplistic in its execution, which frequently undervalues its clever set-up, and featuring unlikeable, poorly drawn characters, the movie works overtime to make the audience actively dislike it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Courtney Howard
    Heartening sentiments about gaining confidence, the passionate pull of artistic expression and the ingenious meta context of the narrative’s underpinnings help buff away the scuff marks, making for a surprisingly satisfying reboot of a tired but timeless classic.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 42 Courtney Howard
    It’s a dud, yet one made semi-palatable thanks to a decent performance from leading lady Lena Headey, and of all things, a soulful ballad written by Diane Warren.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Courtney Howard
    In a film that sings the praises of heavy metal music and reveres those who create it, Metal Lords stumbles in its ability to truly rock.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Courtney Howard
    Funny, vibrant, yet schmaltzy to a fault, this Disney Plus family film can carry a tune, but falters in crafting a runaway hit.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Courtney Howard
    Even moderately seasoned viewers will find few surprises in its twists and turns, and little to excite them on a purely visceral level. That leaves Pine and Foster as the constant—and a reliable one—in this emerging cinematic universe of theirs, but even they might not be enough in this to earn another installment this time around.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Courtney Howard
    This new adaptation’s noteworthy commentary on poignant, timely issues is often eclipsed by predictability, superficial character development and inconsistent pacing.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Courtney Howard
    Despite some pacing issues and predictable plotlines, the film keeps us wholeheartedly engaged with well-drawn, well-performed characters, grounded shenanigans and sweet, sentimental commentary on heartache.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Courtney Howard
    While there are certain shots that provoke an emotional pull, whether that be fear, sadness or wonderment, there’s a synthetic quality to them. It leaves us yearning for a full immersion into this world of make-believe. Environments lack depth and dimension, coming across flat and uninteresting.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Courtney Howard
    Takes expected genre trappings and infuses them with unexpected delights, creating an enlightened, enchanting and entertaining feature.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Courtney Howard
    Despite its smattering of shortcomings, A Castle For Christmas is gently disarming, heartening, holiday-themed escapism that’s as satisfying as a cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter’s night.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Courtney Howard
    It establishes its own identity, occasionally improving upon its cinematic predecessor enough to make it a worthwhile watch.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Courtney Howard
    Spinning a winning, delicate love story would be almost impossible if not for the performances of the leads. Ali and Harris have impeccable chemistry, making us feel the profundity and stakes of their romantic relationship.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Courtney Howard
    With its prevailing sentiments on dating in the digital age feeling more than a decade old, and themes centered on honesty and shallowness ringing hollow, this feature is fairly forgettable.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Courtney Howard
    Jason Reitman’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife hits the reboot button once more, this time carrying a familial cinematic legacy. Yet with all the nostalgia packed into the picture, its own refurbished identity is slightly compromised, functioning as a mimeograph of what came before it.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Courtney Howard
    The filmmakers raise some interesting points, but it becomes an exercise in frustration to interpret the calculated connection between disordered eating, the metaphysical, and religious, medieval martyrdom. With nary any tangible scares, or much to truly unnerve or unsettle except from an empathetic humanistic standpoint, this feature-length directorial debut is assured, but far too ambiguous for its own good.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Courtney Howard
    For all the innovative, intelligent decisions made, there are an overwhelming number of frustrating creative choices. The movie’s pacing is inconsistent, especially when it comes to character development, which can feel at once underdeveloped and overstuffed.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Courtney Howard
    While it’s possible to make the formulaic and familiar resound fantastically, that concept has evaded these filmmakers here. Neither bland regurgitation nor innovative retelling, the remake falls somewhere in between, suffering greatly by not establishing a more distinctive identity.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Courtney Howard
    Any crass consumerism is eclipsed by disarming, demonstrable themes and meaningful sentiments woven throughout the film’s textured fabric.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Courtney Howard
    Though the high-concept relationship movie frequently trips over its own well-meaning sentiments, the sweet, earnest performances and sharp technical craftsmanship deliver a blissful feeling when the material comes up short.

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