For 11 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 36% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 64% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Helen Shaw's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 90 Shiva Baby
Lowest review score: 40 Six Minutes to Midnight
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
11 movie reviews
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Helen Shaw
    That magnetic, musical pull toward Evan is at work in Chbosky’s movie version. But now the pull is coupled with a powerful push — in other words, repulsion — that keeps us from being seduced.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Helen Shaw
    False Positive fails to cohere. Glazer and Lee’s script scatters its thematic attention in the last third, which ruptures the movie’s attempt to build dread, and director Lee creates a thin, under-realized world.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Helen Shaw
    Despite — or because of — its candor, the film is careful not to traffic in titillation. Everyone is beautiful, everyone is young, but this movie is made for the people in it, rather than appealing to some creepy, objectifying gaze.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Helen Shaw
    The first half is handsome but coy, the second is messier but stronger and fiercer too.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Helen Shaw
    A perfectly engineered and performed piece of comic cringe.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Helen Shaw
    The movie is dogged by wobbly reasoning and dramaturgical lassitude, but at least one actor tries to spice it up. There are certainly other performers who emerge unembarrassed — Dench does a lovely turn from foolishness into new wisdom, for instance. But D’Arcy is as silly as the film itself and the only one who knows what movie he’s in.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Helen Shaw
    Any good documentary teaches you how to pay attention to something, which is why this one feels like such an overwhelming experience: It teaches you to pay attention to the world, all of it all at once.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Helen Shaw
    I Care a Lot wants to race along like a caper movie; it wants to sting like a satire. But it often winds up fighting itself, paralyzed by its own toxin.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Helen Shaw
    Lana Condor’s comic timing should be getting its own paragraph, dammit, not my shrill complaints about our dysfunctional messaging around higher education. But the film’s own attention to the way romantic comedies operate teaches us to watch it with our guard up.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Helen Shaw
    Sadly, DelGaudio’s showmanship doesn’t always translate to its new medium — now you feel it, now you don’t. But DelGaudio’s oddly yearning text still has power on TV. He hides thorns among the card tricks, prickly questions about identity that don’t disappear with the next shuffle.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Helen Shaw
    Whenever Cooke sings, whether at a microphone or crooning privately to himself, the movie swoons.

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