Godfrey Cheshire

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For 145 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Godfrey Cheshire's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Wild Tales
Lowest review score: 12 Churchill
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 145
145 movie reviews
    • 87 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.
    • 45 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.
    • 76 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.
    • 77 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.
    • 76 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Godfrey Cheshire
    Dibbs does a fine job bringing a nuanced, realistic visual style to this venerable tale of war’s cruel and colossal wastes, and his actors are all first-rate, with Bettany a special stand-out.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 38 Godfrey Cheshire
    There is a real seed of dramatic possibility in Hannah, but Pallaoro smothers it beneath the lacquer of the film’s fastidiously mannered minimalism.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Godfrey Cheshire
    Using skillful, involving storytelling and beautifully executed rotoscoped photography, director Ali Soozandeh creates a world of intersecting urban miseries and challenges.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Godfrey Cheshire
    The film does a good job conveying the excitement generated by that band as a live act, especially in San Francisco and Los Angeles. But though it produced some remarkable music, Cream’s success was short-lived.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Godfrey Cheshire
    As delightful as it is surprising. The surprises begin with the fact that the Iranian master’s last work is, of all things, essentially an animated film.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Godfrey Cheshire
    While the issues it engages are timely and important, the film’s claim to fame really comes from its terrific accomplishments on every front, from writing and directing to acting and cinematography.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Godfrey Cheshire
    It’s interesting to witness the encounter and hear the thoughts of young people from such a bitterly divided land.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Godfrey Cheshire
    The film has a lot going for it. Besides the gorgeous, burnished look supplied by cinematographer Masanobu Takayanagi, Cooper gets a range of fine performances from a topnotch cast.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Godfrey Cheshire
    “A good movie is never too long, and a bad movie can never be too short.” That famous quote from Roger Ebert helps me explain why the Canadian indie comedy Sundowners, though it runs only 97 minutes, felt to me like it lasted 14 hours. Longer than “Lawrence of Arabia.” Longer than “Shoah.”
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Godfrey Cheshire
    One thing that’s fascinating in the story’s second half is the amount of expertise and effort that’s expended on searching for Alyosha.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Godfrey Cheshire
    I’ve been trying to think when there was a historical drama I found as electrifying as Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour. It may have been Steven Spielberg’s “Munich,” which topped my 10-best list a dozen years ago.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Godfrey Cheshire
    A Gray State captures much of this in one real-life tale that’s as unsettling as it is precisely of-the-moment.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Godfrey Cheshire
    LBJ
    LBJ captures a tumultuous political era and one of its most profanely colorful leaders with a good deal of insight and emotional torque.

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