John Anderson

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For 290 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

John Anderson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Hard Eight
Lowest review score: 0 Bio-Dome
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 32 out of 290
290 movie reviews
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 John Anderson
    Directed by Ernest Dickerson, the film looks fine, as one might expect, but isn't particularly funny and often makes no sense.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 John Anderson
    The emotional aspects of the story are treated with such a heavy hand, the supernatural aspects are so vague and uninvolving, and the group dynamic is so unconvincing that one can't quite imagine why anybody bothered.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 John Anderson
    The source of all this information was a real-life KGB agent, Vladimir Vetrov, code named Farewell, and with the usual adjustments for drama his story gets a respectable retelling in this nervy French production.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 John Anderson
    An urban nightmare with a surfeit of soul, Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire is like a diamond -- clear, bright, but oh so hard.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 John Anderson
    So refreshing and funny and, in its way, sophisticated.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 John Anderson
    A movie that commits sins of excess, except regarding Thornton. There's not nearly enough of him.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 20 John Anderson
    It's an awfully confusing journey, unless you're of pro-Digi-ous intelligence. Or a digimaniac. Or just 6.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 John Anderson
    It's a trip into a primordial world and primeval sensibilities, and if you're looking to shake off the mall-movie blahs, there are few better places to look.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 John Anderson
    The assumption among many when the movie was postponed was that Paramount Classics felt New Yorkers weren't emotionally equipped for something bright or frothy or vivacious. They needn't have been concerned.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 John Anderson
    Hyams the director ("Sudden Death," "Timecop," "The Star Chamber") operates at too much of a fevered pitch for things not to eventually get out of hand -- accelerating violence and horror eventually hit maximum velocity and warp into nonsense, no matter how erudite the script.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 30 John Anderson
    Redline isn't exactly a car wreck, mainly because it's far less exciting, and you can, in fact, look away. Perhaps at your shoes.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 John Anderson
    The movie thus moves from truly creepy to truly inane, which is, unfortunately, all too common in films of this ilk.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 0 John Anderson
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 John Anderson
    Subtle it is not. Well-intentioned it certainly is. No one but the youngest in the family will care very much about it, though. And they may well be filled with wonderment trying to figure out what this big Babe person is all about.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 John Anderson
    Go see it. But you'll feel cheap in the morning.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 John Anderson
    Stay Alive spends a lot of time inside the video game system, and what will terrify the audience very early on is the realization that there's better acting in the video game than on the big screen.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 John Anderson
    The go-for-broke plot twists are daring, but because there's no sense of background to the characters, one gets the sense it's all being made up as Baigelman goes along.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 John Anderson
    Director Les Mayfield ("Miracle on 34th Street") has his moments, of course, but what ultimately was needed in the case of Flubber was a movie with more bounce and less talk.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 John Anderson
    The most profound thing the remarkably dread-filled drama Day Night Day Night tells us is what it doesn't tell us.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 John Anderson
    While Amma's teachings of love, inner peace and Karma, or action, resonate in the film -- obviously, Amma is a woman called to God -- her background remains pretty much a mystery. Less National Geographic and more personal history would have added a dimension to "Darshan."
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 John Anderson
    Does for industrialists, politicians, pro-football owners and lawyers what Christopher Guest's "Best in Show' did for dog owners -- but without the skewer.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 John Anderson
    So mild, so benign, its humiliation-to-vindication are so predictable and its old-folks jokes so feeble.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 John Anderson
    Follows a leadenly predictable path that will be more than familiar to anyone who's seen a recent sports movie, or any Sandler movie.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 John Anderson
    Likké should be applauded for tackling a subject that's bristling with sociopolitical thorns and that raises some provocative questions, particularly about what we find attractive in other people and why.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 10 John Anderson
    If nothing else, Gummo does challenge perceptions and presumptions: Is the perspective of youth in this country really so devoid of significance, and their existence so septic? These are good questions, although "Gummo" provides neither answer nor solution, nor even thematic cohesion.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 John Anderson
    A trashy little movie about drinking, football and drinking, is also one of those films that pretends to moralize about the very behavior it milks for every giggle it can get.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 John Anderson
    A sad farewell to the promising Project Greenlight concept, this Feast leaves viewers with nothing satisfying to tuck into.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 John Anderson
    In addition to its terrifically bratty performance by the epically bratty Posey, House of Yes contains some of the smarter (and smarter-assed) writing of the year.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 John Anderson
    The cast is really fine, but the script requires a lot of hard swallowing. The story moves along briskly and colorfully but gets further and further from the intimate atmosphere that initially makes it so appealing. [25 Apr 1997]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 John Anderson
    "Wolverine" is full of angst, and yet has had virtually all the soul wrung out of it in an effort to create a live-action cartoon. But cartoons are rarely so unwieldy, or force a director -- in this case, the largely unsung Gavin Hood -- to juggle so much impossible plotline.

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