For 23 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 82% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 18% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Josh Modell's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 91 Quest
Lowest review score: 42 11/8/16
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
23 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Josh Modell
    As a documentary, Ask Dr. Ruth has it kind of easy: It’s got an enchanting subject eager to tell a fascinating story.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Josh Modell
    The documentary follows — and frequently lionizes — three Obama officials throughout 2016, and frequently feels like it was intended as a well-deserved victory lap.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Josh Modell
    There’s enough material in these years to make for half a dozen more focused documentaries, but none could hope to be as heartbreaking and redemptive as this panoramic longview.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Josh Modell
    At its heart, No Stone Unturned is a simple story shrouded in sad facts of the bigger one that surrounds it.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 42 Josh Modell
    Perhaps when history has had its way with this era, it will be enlightening to re-experience U.S. presidential election night, 2016. But all 11/8/16 does from this near distance is confirm a recent memory and reinforce some safe assumptions.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 67 Josh Modell
    The film does little to explain the history behind the dynamic between their men and women, which is based, it seems, at least partly on a blinding fear of lust.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Josh Modell
    Five Foot Two does a nice job getting way behind the scenes of a non-stop, sometimes grotesquely glamorous life.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Josh Modell
    Maybe it won’t exist in Ireland much longer either, so it’s a good thing that School Life manages to capture its weird, wonderful world.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 58 Josh Modell
    It’s a biopic that ends before its subject’s life-changing work even really begins, so those without the knowledge to fill in the gaps will almost certainly leave wondering why they should care.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Josh Modell
    Amanda Knox serves as a corrective—a simple, brutal look at the dangers of hype, hysteria, and rushed prosecution.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Josh Modell
    A bunch of Fields’ war stories are rendered with simple animations, and while those aren’t as effective as the dozens of great photographs that dot the film, they do break up what might otherwise be an overly talky doc.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Josh Modell
    There’s a lot of “this was really important,” and “this changed us,” but very little in the way of specifics. Maybe they couldn’t put their fingers on it, and that’s fine, but there’s no sense that they even considered digging deeper. Still, several live performances and some powerful fly-on-the-wall moments make it tough to dismiss Reflektor Tapes entirely.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Josh Modell
    If it doesn’t lead people to believe that Cobain was murdered, it might achieve its secondary goals — to at least nudge them toward the possibility, and to get the authorities to consider re-opening the case. It’s intended as a call to action, not just a salacious re-hash.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Josh Modell
    What’s perhaps most telling about the artist himself is a later-in-life project he builds in his cluttered backyard, a sort of funhouse ride through his own psyche.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Josh Modell
    To a person, these comedians are looking for a connection, some attention, and appreciation — which makes them, as Penn Jillette points out toward the end, just like everybody else, only they have microphones and spotlights.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Josh Modell
    As a documentary, Champs feels a bit punch-drunk — weaving from one idea to the next while never quite zoning in on any particular target for too long.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 58 Josh Modell
    A largely forgettable lark, notable more for its slight diversions from action-movie norms than anything else.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Josh Modell
    The documentary Harmontown falls over itself to balance his dark and light sides, with talking heads testifying both to his rare comedic voice and his impossible-to-deal-with irascibility.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Josh Modell
    As a portrait of a life lived strangely — and if you asked its subject, perfectly, with no regrets — The Dog is charming.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Josh Modell
    Sweet, lighthearted, occasionally hilarious.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Josh Modell
    Much of the first half of Interiors feels like a stage play, though one in which characters walk in and out of frame. That, along with the overly symbolic breaking of a vase, have earned Interiors some criticism for being too on the nose, which isn’t entirely unfair. But the rest of the movie is so starkly bold that it renders those problems insignificant. It’s beautiful, affecting, and exactly as jarring as Allen probably intended it to be.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Josh Modell
    Big Trouble is plenty conscious of its silliness, which it embraces fully. It sets up its own parameters of ridiculousness and then runs with them, winking a little, but sticking to its story.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Josh Modell
    Once things get going, The Running Man just turns into a silly chase movie populated by baddies who look like B-level pro-wrestling villains.

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