Diego Semerene

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For 253 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 37% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 61% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Diego Semerene's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Miss Kiet's Children
Lowest review score: 0 The Roads Not Taken
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 93 out of 253
253 movie reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    François Ozon’s paean to nostalgia wraps tragedy and obsession in a whimsical bow.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    The film’s tendency to over-explain, over-intellectualize, and over-script events leaves little room for spontaneity and doubt.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    When the distance between uncle and niece shortens, Uncle Frank ceases to be a tender portrait of outsider kinship and transforms into a histrionic road movie with screwball intentions.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    Christophe Honoré deposits all his chips on the comedic premise at the expense of character study and gravitas.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    With Earth, Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s visual strategy is to wow us with tangibility and data, though he doesn’t give up aesthetic experimentation altogether in this survey of Anthropocene calamities.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    Only rarely does Karim Aïnouz allow for loopholes to refreshingly emerge from the film’s stylistic deadlock.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    Hari Sama never quite manages to seamlessly sync the film’s anti-bourgeois political commitments to its soap-operatic register.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    Director and co-writer Milad Alami's film feels like several fused-together trial drafts of the same narrative.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    Despite the exuberance of the works featured, which are promptly flattened by the film's commitment to a traditional documentary blueprint, Yayoi Kusama's resilience still commands our attention.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    Lost, or at least merely glossed over, throughout this hagiographic documentary portrait is the miraculous story of an effeminate Brazilian boy who was actually allowed to blossom through dance and who, because of such permission, has managed to survive his queer childhood a little more unscathed.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    There's a Tarkovskian layer of social despair in the web of corruption joining the child and the adult, the bedroom and the nation.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    When compared to the high-stakes dramas at the center of Paris Is Burning, where sex workers dreamed of becoming supermodels, Kiki feels rather tame.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    From the overtly vibrant colors to the caricaturesque dimensions of the performances, the film's aesthetic promises a great allegorical message that never arrives.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    It's an entertaining and unapologetic tale of female risk-taking, filled with clever camerawork, but the characters remain shallow.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    The filmmakers aren't really interested in the space between what these women say and what they mean.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    It botches itself out of its own epic ambitions, an aesthetic slickness that seems to contradict, if not betray, its subject matter, and a maddeningly subdued critical spirit.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    The film's educational impetus is to announce to the world that even picture-perfect Norwegians continue to pay a heavy price for the horrors of WWII.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    The film never explores the depths and nuances that could actually place Jobriath in conversation with figures who came after him, however reductively.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    Shana Betz's too-insistent refusal to commit to the melodramatic or to the suspenseful only makes the film seem like empty dramatization.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    In Joe Swanberg's disaffected little film, the drama is never explicit, or even fully conscious.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    Juliette Binoche's face, as we know, can tell a million stories in a simple and brief rearrangement of her facial muscles.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    Instead of looking for depth or verisimilar romance, director Michael Mayer turns his characters into mere cogs in a pseudo-suspenseful thriller.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    The film only feels interesting when it focuses on looking at what the characters aren't doing and listening to what they aren't saying.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    It would have been nice if the film had surrendered to its lunacy more blatantly, more carelessly.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    The film's moral lesson is too contradictory to be taken seriously.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    It's as though the director, like his subjects, was too comfortable in the safe familiarity of the surface to find the place where it betrays us.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    Without a consistent stylistic playfulness to match the histrionic scenarios, the action often feels just plain silly.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    Sassy Pants has a slightly ludic atmosphere akin to another tale of teen alienation, Dear Lemon Lima, but it unfolds like a fable in which only Bethany doesn't feel like a canned caricature.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye tries so hard to keep up with the quirkiness and theatricality of its subjects that it ends up canceling them out.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Diego Semerene
    The tension between the amateurish interviewer and the star interviewees gives the documentary a layer of authenticity that its otherwise formulaic structure and storytelling fail to find.

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