Darren Franich

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For 48 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Darren Franich's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Lowest review score: 0 Hillbilly Elegy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 48
  2. Negative: 4 out of 48
48 movie reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Darren Franich
    Have tissues ready, and thank Vivo for teaching the little ones a valuable lesson: Do not go into a swamp alone, or you will meet a tree-size python who sounds just like Michael Rooker.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 Darren Franich
    F9 sure sounds like a lot of fun. Why is it only a little fun?
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Darren Franich
    Army of the Dead grills its cheese to a crisp, but Bautista adds some healthy flavor. His headshots never miss your heart.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Darren Franich
    Nobody could play well for anyone desperate to visit a recently reopened theater, but this is a rather chilly festival of carnage, too rigid to ever really spark to life. It's wickless.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 42 Darren Franich
    Yet even compared to the glacial Marvel-Netflix Dramas, Zack Snyder's Justice League is a chore. At the end of the rainbow, viewers are left with the promise that the actual cool things will happen next time. This cut is no worse than the theatrical edition, but it sure is longer. "So begins the end," Steppenwolf declares. When he says that, there is one hour left.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Darren Franich
    The film loses steam when the plot drifts the women apart, but Clark's fearsome performance anchors the surreal final act. Her body is a stage for Saint Maud's demonic dance.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 0 Darren Franich
    Hillbilly Elegy is two movies, one laughably bad and one boringly bad.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 Darren Franich
    There are actors who can pull off dual roles, and now we know Seth Rogen isn’t one of them.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 83 Darren Franich
    The Hunt stuffs a satire grenade down America’s pants, hoping the shrapnel spreads from sea to shining sea. The explosion is messy, but it sure is an explosion, with a brisk hour-and-half runtime full of violent twists and cackling turns.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Darren Franich
    We need a new franchise designation for this stumbling, bloodless conglomeration of What Once Was. Rise of the Skywalker isn’t an ending, a sequel, a reboot, or a remix. It’s a zombie.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Darren Franich
    A Hidden Life’s cinematographer is Jörg Widmer, Malick’s longtime camera operator. His work is handsome and a tad too dutiful. There are so many gorgeous shots of Franz scything through farmland, and I kept wishing someone had scythed a half-hour off the running time.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Darren Franich
    A vibrantly madcap dark comedy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Darren Franich
    Violent and sexy, balanced between hope and despair, definably too-much and unapologetically mythic. The road is bumpy, but what a trip.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 67 Darren Franich
    This new Charlie’s Angels gets very crush-y between silly excess and striving ambition, but even the sugar is flammable.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Darren Franich
    Doctor Sleep is a mess. It’s way too long, clashing somber sobriety with loony cheap thrills. The Shining homages turn shameless and cheap. The jumpscares are more funny than scary.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Darren Franich
    At least Dark Fate is frequently bad in a funny way, without the dutiful dullness of the last couple sequels.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Darren Franich
    What’s lacking in this entertaining pulp quest, I think, is some essential surprise.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Darren Franich
    Far From Home succeeds with an unusual, troubling virtue: The best parts are the most fake.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Darren Franich
    Fairy tales edge toward strangeness, and the sanded edges of Yesterday ultimately feel more like a flashy commercial — one of those recent music documentaries commissioned by the people on screen, propaganda with feels. The music’s good, duh, and it’ll be just as good when your local high school performs Yesterday. Which lucky kid gets to play Ed Sheeran?
    • 53 Metascore
    • 58 Darren Franich
    Annabelle Comes Home is only a little scary, and too religiously dedicated to its own ongoing cash-printing megafranchise for big laughs. But the best moments in this low-key domestic horror film have a tossed-off quality, like the whole production cycle was a fun weekend for everybody.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Darren Franich
    Toy Story 4 doesn’t hit the emotional highs of the previous films. There are good jokes that work and heist setpieces that don’t. The ending is moving, though now you distrust any finality with this saga. It does feel a bit cheap, somehow.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 42 Darren Franich
    International is better than Men in Black II and worse than Men in Black III, and they’re all bad, so erase this sentence from your memory.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Darren Franich
    The best thing I can say is: This is a mess that makes no sense, so it’s a cure for the common overly architected superhero film.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Darren Franich
    Captain Marvel only figures itself out toward the end, when a couple twists I won’t spoil sharpen the spanning saga into a motley-crew errand of mercy.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Darren Franich
    This manga adaptation is a tired science-fiction odyssey, with bland digital effects piled onto a sappy non-story that feels like a two-hour elevator pitch for a 70-film franchise.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 67 Darren Franich
    For a film that invites so much self-aware chortling over franchise in-jokery, you feel Spider-Verse has missed something essential from its own screen history.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Darren Franich
    The rare quiet moments in Nutcracker suggest Foy might be a real movie star. Let’s give her a real movie and find out.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 58 Darren Franich
    Ant-Man and the Wasp is working too hard to look unconvincingly relaxed.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Darren Franich
    Day of the Soldado is our generation’s Rambo: First Blood, Part 2, a half-mad sequel transforming a traumatized political parable into a fantasy of all-American murder gods.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Darren Franich
    Bird’s made the weirdest Pixar movie ever, revolutionary and retro, an anti-authoritarian ode to good parenting.

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