Elise Nakhnikian

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For 99 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 33% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 64% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Elise Nakhnikian's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 88 An Oversimplification of Her Beauty
Lowest review score: 12 Staten Island Summer
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 99
  2. Negative: 25 out of 99
99 movie reviews
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Elise Nakhnikian
    The film is a hokily melodramatic rise-fall-redemption story with a mostly unearned patina of greater significance.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Elise Nakhnikian
    The film’s visceral pleasures often work at cross purposes with the cerebral message of the manifestos.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Elise Nakhnikian
    There's plenty of life in this honest, impressionistic portrait of a cohort of 21st-century American girls.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Elise Nakhnikian
    The obstacles and opportunities that Patti encounters are often rote, but her struggles and triumphs are detailed with a gravity that honors and elucidates her feelings.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Elise Nakhnikian
    Nearly everything in Taylor Hackford's tin-eared comedy is as ersatz as the Robert De Diro character's rage is real.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Elise Nakhnikian
    Finding the drama and humor in everyday situations like these isn't easy, but Avedisian makes it look as natural as swinging on a vine.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Elise Nakhnikian
    The film is a debater with some interesting points to make but no overall argument to contain them.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Elise Nakhnikian
    The central characters' dogged refusal to cede their places on a team that keeps trying to reject them is a moving display of heroism.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 38 Elise Nakhnikian
    Michael Keaton's powerful performance in The Founder is marooned in a wishy-washy story.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 38 Elise Nakhnikian
    Warren Beatty's portrayal of Howard Hughes has the overly polished feel of an anecdote that's been told too often.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Elise Nakhnikian
    The film reveals the erudition and shrewd self-awareness that Jim Osterberg drew on to become Iggy Pop.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Elise Nakhnikian
    It condenses everyday interactions, memories, and dreams into a potent mix of all the major ingredients of a well-lived life.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Elise Nakhnikian
    Jared Hess's film turns out to be a succession of failed jokes punctuated by a few cathartic laughs.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Elise Nakhnikian
    The frequent contemptuousness the film displays toward its characters keeps the audience at arm's length.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Elise Nakhnikian
    The film's ruefully honest tone is periodically drowned out by the blare of stagey coincidences.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Elise Nakhnikian
    The Panamanian-born Roberto Duran's story has all the makings of a fascinating film, but Hands of Stone isn't it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Elise Nakhnikian
    The film champions coddling people like Florence Foster Jenkins and treats critical thinking as the enemy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Elise Nakhnikian
    Like the work it illuminates, the doc feels formally impeccable yet utterly unstaged, a vivid distillation of a distinct and precious life.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 25 Elise Nakhnikian
    Relevant facts about each character are dutifully punched out, in earnest speeches or actions that are often wildly overdrawn.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 25 Elise Nakhnikian
    Its clunky incidents of exposition leave us with no real understanding of what anyone is thinking or feeling.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Elise Nakhnikian
    Throughout, director Penny Lane strings together telling incidents and anecdotes with a light touch.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Elise Nakhnikian
    It implies that not even the concentrated self-scrutiny required to make art like Ida Applebroog's is enough to make sense of ourselves to ourselves.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Elise Nakhnikian
    Most of the film's characters are unconvincing, flattened out by Charlie's self-focused lens.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 38 Elise Nakhnikian
    Writer-director Lorene Scafaria's film is an unconvincing character study that plays like a painfully unfunny sitcom.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Elise Nakhnikian
    There's real texture and emotional heft to the central relationship between the siblings, but that's thanks more to the actors than the script.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Elise Nakhnikian
    Despite the occasional cliché, this film mostly feels as messy as life, and as movingly complicated.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Elise Nakhnikian
    The film's horror is spookily and movingly expressive of the tenuous position of women in 1980s Iran.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Elise Nakhnikian
    The premise is undermined by the film's occasionally dubious ethics and its tendency to soft-pedal the dangerous situations it sets up.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Elise Nakhnikian
    Situations and people are sketched out too lightly to leave an emotional trace.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Elise Nakhnikian
    The film doesn't do much to satirize the spy genre, instead using its flimsy plot mostly as a scaffolding for a barrage of jokes.

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