Godfrey Cheshire

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For 158 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 30% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Godfrey Cheshire's Scores

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  • TV
Average review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 A Monster with a Thousand Heads
Lowest review score: 12 Zoom
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 158
158 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Godfrey Cheshire
    The pleasures of watching There Is No Evil—a title that grows more piercingly ironic as the film progresses—are considerable.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Godfrey Cheshire
    To be sure, cancer may not sound like an inviting cinematic subject, especially to families and individuals who—like this writer—have been faced with its sometimes-overwhelming trials. Yet the effect of Hope is anything but depressing; it’s reassuring proof of art’s ability to comfort as it clarifies.
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    • 63 Godfrey Cheshire
    [A] well-intentioned but only partly satisfying film.
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    • 100 Godfrey Cheshire
    A brave, revelatory, and beautifully realized film, it is easily one of the year’s best and most important documentaries.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Godfrey Cheshire
    Beyond the political implications, this is a terrifically dramatic and very emotional film; understandably, some of the interviewees struggle to maintain composure when recalling their past trials.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Godfrey Cheshire
    That they (the Dardennes) are able to discern this Christian concept even in the tale of a desperate fanatic of another faith is what makes Young Ahmed one of their most extraordinary masterpieces.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Godfrey Cheshire
    The satisfactions of José as a whole offers are considerable, and they begin with the human element. Like the Italian neorealist classics from which it descends, the film has a keen appreciation for the lives of people who maintain a stubborn dignity and resolve under the challenges of poverty and other hardships.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Godfrey Cheshire
    A tremendously absorbing film, a documentary that plays like a first-rate thriller hinging on key issues of the Cold War and African decolonization.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Godfrey Cheshire
    What gives Socrates its special distinction are the precision and excellence exhibited in all major areas of its making, from direction, writing, editing and cinematography to the two standout performances by young actors that anchor its drama.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Godfrey Cheshire
    While the documentary does conjure up the whole sex-drugs-rock ’n’ roll ethos of that fabled time with great flair and pungency, it also movingly probes the hazards and costs of the overindulgence and self-deceptions the era’s lures often entailed. In essence, it serves up the myth and a necessary corrective to it simultaneously.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Godfrey Cheshire
    The screenwriters’ way of describing this world’s fall from grace due to the lures of money and luxury has the power and inevitability of classic tragedy. It could be Greek or Shakespearean, though it is palpably modern and Colombian.
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    • 88 Godfrey Cheshire
    Pig
    It is also something decidedly novel: a wildly original art-house comedy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Godfrey Cheshire
    A sharply crafted drama that has elements of noirish suspense, the Danish-Swedish coproduction, which is distinguished by exceptionally fine performances by its three leading actors, offers an incisive, penetrating look at the psychological disorientation and dilemmas of people caught between cultures.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Godfrey Cheshire
    The new film combines the filmmaker’s distinctive stylistic verve and droll wit with the talents and charisma of Mexico’s leading international movie star, Gael Garcia Bernal.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Godfrey Cheshire
    As in Farhadi’s films, the success of this kind of drama depends not on its thematic depth but on its surface execution. And every aspect of the execution on display here posits Jalilvand as among Iran’s most assured directors to have emerged in this decade.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Godfrey Cheshire
    One of the film’s advantages over the book is that it brings in the testimonies of many other people — from friends and fellow ex-hustlers to Hollywood historians and insiders — all of whom support Scotty’s veracity while adding additional perspectives of their own.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Godfrey Cheshire
    Shock and Awe reminds us all of this, and of the American media’s shameful complicity in fomenting an unjustified and vastly destructive war.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Godfrey Cheshire
    Watching it, the film’s intelligent, well-crafted story and beautifully drawn characters seem to suggest literary roots.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Godfrey Cheshire
    The whole thing is handled with sly wit as well as unfailing stylistic smarts, which makes for a very satisfying package.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Godfrey Cheshire
    Alexandre Moors’ film is also so lacking in anything new or compelling to say — either emotional or political — about its subject that it ends up a rather dispiriting slog of a movie.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Godfrey Cheshire
    While Westwood is certainly a remarkable personal and cultural figure in many senses, it’s too bad she’s not more willing to discuss the genesis of punk, since it’s likely to remain the primary thing she’s known for.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Godfrey Cheshire
    A stunning, enrapturing film, a crowning work by one of the American cinema’s most essential artists.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Godfrey Cheshire
    For “Full Metal Jacket” there are revealing, entertaining recollections by Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey and others, but there’s no Jack Nicholson for “The Shining” or Tom Cruise or Nicole Kidman for “Eyes Wide Shut.”
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Godfrey Cheshire
    Handsomely mounted and well-acted by a stellar cast, but it’s one of those theatrical adaptations that has no reason to exist for any viewer who can recall a superior stage version of the same work.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Godfrey Cheshire
    With a road movie story that aims toward simplistic and rather formulaic romantic wish-fulfillment, it offers some interesting scenery, but its main attraction is another estimable performance by the talented Garcia.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Godfrey Cheshire
    Thankfully, the film does get better in its second half. Not a lot better, but enough to justify one’s continuing attention.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Godfrey Cheshire
    An account of rodeo riders on a South Dakota reservation, it is so fact-based that it almost qualifies as a documentary. Yet the film’s style, its sense of light and landscape and mood, simultaneously give it the mesmerizing force of the most confident cinematic poetry.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Godfrey Cheshire
    One can’t watch this film and not think of events in the world today. How did the German nation get so caught up in the Nazi mythology that it plunged willingly toward its own destruction? Obviously being seduced away from a clear comprehension of reality into self-regarding mass fantasy was a big part of it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Godfrey Cheshire
    For myself, I couldn’t avoid the irony that, in finding it ultimately rather superficial and self-satisfied in that particular Parisian way, I was echoing Antoine’s criticism of Olivia’s writing.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Godfrey Cheshire
    A documentary that offers some fascinating if glancing insights into a rich and timely subject but ends up being more frustrating than enlightening.

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