Frank S. Nugent

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For 11 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 81% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 19% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 23.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Frank S. Nugent's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 87
Highest review score: 100 The Grapes of Wrath
Lowest review score: 30 Bringing Up Baby
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
11 movie reviews
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Frank S. Nugent
    It is a classic, as important cinematicaly as "The Birth of a Nation" or the birth of Mickey Mouse. Nothing quite like it has been done before; and already we have grown impolite enough to clamor for an encore. Another helping, please!
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Frank S. Nugent
    The original beauty. Not as glittery as Garland-Mason but in some ways even more golden.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Frank S. Nugent
    It still is the best thing Mr. Disney has done and therefore the best cartoon ever made.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Frank S. Nugent
    When you add it all up, Only Angels Have Wings comes to an overly familiar total. It's a fairly good melodrama, nothing more.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Frank S. Nugent
    Here, in a sentence, is a movie of the grand old school, a genuine rib-thumper and a beautiful sight to see.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 30 Frank S. Nugent
    After the first five minutes of the Music Hall's new show - we needed those five to orient ourselves - we were content to play the game called "the cliche expert goes to the movies" and we are not at all proud to report that we scored 100 per cent against Dudley Nichols, Hagar Wilde and Howard Hawks, who wrote and produced the quiz. Of course, if you've never been to the movies, Bringing Up Baby will be all new to you - a zany-idden product of the goofy farce school. But who hasn't been to the movies?
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Frank S. Nugent
    In the vast library where the celluloid literature of the screen is stored there is one small, uncrowded shelf devoted to the cinema's masterworks, to those films which by dignity of theme and excellence of treatment seem to be of enduring artistry, seem destined to be recalled not merely at the end of their particular year but whenever great motion pictures are mentioned. To that shelf of screen classics Twentieth Century-Fox yesterday added its version of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Frank S. Nugent
    Is it the greatest motion picture ever made? Probably not, although it is the greatest motion mural we have seen and the most ambitious film-making venture in Hollywood's spectacular history.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Frank S. Nugent
    [Capra] has paced it beautifully and held it in perfect balance, weaving his romance lightly through the political phases of his comedy, flicking a sardonic eye over the Washington scene, racing out to the hinterland to watch public opinion being made and returning miraculously in time to tie all the story threads together into a serious and meaningful dramatic pattern.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Frank S. Nugent
    Intermezzo is not exactly a dramatic thunderbolt, nothing the glamour-conscious will be inflamed about. But we found it a mature, an eloquent and sensitive film and we recommend it to you.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Frank S. Nugent
    Not merely a natural and straightforward biography, but a film which indisputably has the right to be called Americana. Henry Fonda's characterization is one of those once-in-a-blue-moon things: a crossroads meeting of nature, art, and a smart casting director.

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