For 45 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 22% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 76% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joshua Land's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 90 The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till
Lowest review score: 10 Chaos
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 45
  2. Negative: 3 out of 45
45 movie reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Joshua Land
    LOL
    The characters are a bit too OCD for LOL to work as the definitive commentary on technology and human relationships that it strives to be...But the movie is unusually attentive to the ironies of communications technology.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Joshua Land
    A fair-minded (but hardly apolitical) grunt's-eye view of the war in Iraq that trusts the audience to draw its own conclusions.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Joshua Land
    Atmosphere trumps plot throughout, enabling the movie to survive an unfortunate, if inevitable, final-act turn.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Joshua Land
    Todd Verow's overstuffed Vacationland promises more than it delivers in just about every sense.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Joshua Land
    The master propagandist comes across here as a brooding, insecure megalomaniac--or at times, a bitchy member of a particularly malevolent high school clique, an effect enhanced by some of narrator Kenneth Branagh's English line readings.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Joshua Land
    A few American soldiers are interviewed in a halfhearted attempt at balance, but Berends, who thankfully eschews narration, makes his own p.o.v. clear enough.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 50 Joshua Land
    The movie recovers from a sluggish opening act to pack some real suspense in its second half.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Joshua Land
    A stark, relentlessly deglamorized vision of ghetto life, La Sierra is essential viewing for anyone who ponied up for the aestheticized amorality of the Brazilian "City of God."
    • 1 Metascore
    • 10 Joshua Land
    Chaos lacks the audience-implicating boldness or howling political outrage of that landmark (Wes Craven's "Last House on the Left"); where Last House was provocative, Chaos is merely disgusting.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Joshua Land
    While the questions may be universal, they're not particularly original, and the responses largely run the expected range, rendering the whole project less enlightening than your average collegiate coffee-and-cigarettes bull session.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Joshua Land
    Grappell implicitly uses the juxtaposition with the martyred Kurbas to gauge her commitment to her own art. Light From the East drinks freely from the triumphalist cup of the glasnost era.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Joshua Land
    A movie refreshingly lacking in social graces, Piggie uses the transparency of video to x-ray the psyches of characters obsessed with the essence of things.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Joshua Land
    Surprisingly bearable family comedy.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Joshua Land
    Establishes a strong sense of milieu in these street scenes, and while the movie's not without its flaws--much of the dialogue is colorless and Lisa seems a bit too together to be hanging out with Curtis--it's never less than credible.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Joshua Land
    It's tough to be sure of anything in this murky experimental feature, which sadly fails to live up to its title.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Joshua Land
    Not only is the candid (but never prurient) treatment of early-teen sexuality and drug use too hot to handle, but the narrative blend of fairy-tale wonder and nightmare logic feels sui generis.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Joshua Land
    Its title an acknowledgment of the reality of evil, Shake Hands With the Devil touches on the unanswerable hows and whys, but its ultimate subject is the terrible burden of command.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Joshua Land
    Too glib to qualify as satire, Hair High nails the high school experience.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Joshua Land
    With its unobtrusive visual style, Justice plays like a near-parody of documentary objectivity, subtly suggesting the malleable nature of "truth," both in the courtroom and the movie theater.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Joshua Land
    Poorly organized mishmash of archival war films, scholarly chatter, and literary quotations.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Joshua Land
    Lively, intelligent look at the art of film editing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Joshua Land
    Wranovics's entertaining documentary feels appropriately detached.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Joshua Land
    Micheli's documentary finds a fresh angle via the intersecting stories of two stuntwomen.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Joshua Land
    Frustratingly little here grapples with the day-to-day realities of life in Chechnya and the surrounding areas.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Joshua Land
    A formal hodgepodge, Congo suffers from abrasive voice-over narration, stilted re-enactments, and an awkward courtroom conceit, but gets by on its shocking material.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Joshua Land
    As a director (Caan) occasionally falls prey to the rookie mistake of excessive crosscutting, fragmenting the dramatic momentum created by his fine cast.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Joshua Land
    It's all pleasant enough, but the pretty pictures, languid pacing, and endless stretches of mood music eventually combine to soporific effect.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 10 Joshua Land
    This witless satire dares to take on the culture of--get ready for this--reality TV! Arriving a stupefying five years out of date, Surviving Eden is a not particularly rigorous attempt at mockumentary.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Joshua Land
    A triumph of documentary activism nine years in the making.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Joshua Land
    Kill Your Idols pulls a few punches, tempering its respect for No Wave values like extremity and contentiousness with a more 2006 concern for not actually offending anyone in particular.

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