For 150 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jude Dry's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 The Misandrists
Lowest review score: 0 A Dog's Purpose
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 15 out of 150
150 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Jude Dry
    As Angie feels caught between many worlds, so does her story. A little bit teen sex romp, a little bit female friendship plug, a little bit Asian American immigrant story, Inbetween Girl has no shortage of things to say. It just needed to trim out the noise so we could hear them.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Jude Dry
    Crush is, for better or worse, just like every other teen rom-com, extraordinary in its ordinariness. It succeeds at what it sets out to do: Give queer kids a totally enjoyable, and often quite funny, mainstream love story with a happy ending.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 67 Jude Dry
    Prior and Zagorodnii are both so watchable, and their chemistry so electric, that it’s easy to get swept away in their romance. Historical accuracy be damned.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 83 Jude Dry
    Choose or Die is a perfect entry point into genre for younger viewers, one that will also satisfy old school diehards even as it takes some pointed (perhaps deserved?) jabs at them.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 83 Jude Dry
    Surprisingly funny, well-acted, and a little offbeat, Aline is as delightfully kooky as its monumental subject.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 67 Jude Dry
    With a little sleight of hand and a well-executed metaphor, horror can encompass both the fun and the artifice of filmmaking. Night’s End may not be perfect, but it’s perfectly flawed.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Jude Dry
    Though movie references and Cage quotes abound, there’s something for everyone in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. It’s one of the funniest movies of the year.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 58 Jude Dry
    It delivers plenty of blood spattered, gut-spilling gore to satisfy genre lover’s bloodlust, even if we’ve pretty much seen everything a chainsaw can do by now.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Jude Dry
    The film’s greatest achievement is the measured and elegant gaze on a woman in the prime of life, often referred to as middle age, whose desires (both sexual and professional) are neither diminished nor pathologized.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Jude Dry
    What emerges is a more ephemeral portrait of the time and place that O’Connor sprang from and was rebelling against.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 67 Jude Dry
    Scream makes so many references to its predecessors, along with plenty of other horror flicks both lowbrow and high, it’s impossible to forget you’re watching a fictional film. It may be exciting to let the audience in on the joke, but it’s hard to get lost in this world.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Jude Dry
    See for Me wastes no frame in its brisk 92 minute running time, it’s a tightly-wound thriller propelled by enough turns that you won’t want to miss a beat.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 58 Jude Dry
    Though the title may be the cleverest thing about this cookie cutter affair, it’s refreshing to see a gay family film that doesn’t use its characters’ sexuality for dramatic conflict.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 58 Jude Dry
    It’s a wrenching look at the perils of prohibition, and who wins when all is said and done.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 83 Jude Dry
    The moral is clear as day to any kid, though plenty of adults could use the reminder: Never judge any creature by the way they look. And, for animation devotees, the lesson is the same: Never judge a cute animated offering by its platform.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Jude Dry
    In Beans, Deer has transformed the most painful experience of her life into a vital human story, while holding an unflinching mirror up to the racism and discrimination indigenous communities still face to this day.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 Jude Dry
    Fans will praise this film as yet another brave sacrifice at the altar of artistic vulnerability — because that’s what “A Man Named Scott” wants you to believe. But the authorized film lacks the artistic vision of Cudi’s musical talents, despite its best efforts.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 67 Jude Dry
    The result is a breezy but chilling romp through a haunted rural farmhouse, seen through extremely high-resolution handheld camera work. Like most studio horror movies these days, it looks a lot better than it should, and slaps a bit less.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 91 Jude Dry
    Cheeky and inventive in equal measure, with brilliant performances all around, a whipsmart script and sharp pacing make The Trip one of the most fun watches of the year.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 33 Jude Dry
    Though the movie is clearly enamored with its own creativity, it’s not fun for anyone else. The title alone has already inspired titters online, and the movie is just as clunky and overwrought.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Jude Dry
    In Son of Monarchs, Gambis has mapped the butterflies’ migratory paths and genetic patterns onto Mendel’s search for belonging. It’s an inspired blend of science and narrative, and an affecting allegory emerges from the unique imagery.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 42 Jude Dry
    The only bright spot about the odd timing of South of Heaven is that it’s so obviously a relic of pre-pandemic Hollywood, one that hopefully will stop making lifeless thrillers full of hackneyed dialogue and formulaic action.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Jude Dry
    Transmitting a massive download of ideas into one film, there’s no doubt that Williams and Uzeyman have creativity to spare, and they deserve all the support they can get to share it with the world. When you’re this close to the divine, the medium is a pretty-enough message.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Jude Dry
    A kaleidoscopic fantasy warped through the lens of a 1970s sci-fi Western, After Blue is a synthetic siren song for the freaks of the future and the past.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Jude Dry
    Shot primarily at her eye level, Little Girl takes you straight to the heart of the trans child’s experience, seeing through her eyes the dogged support of her indefatigable mother and loving family.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jude Dry
    My Name Is Pauli Murray balances Murray’s varied interests and causes with a deft hand, acknowledging their contributions to the women’s movement while not minimizing their trans-ness, as many scholars had done until Rosenberg’s book.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Jude Dry
    With its “Glee”-colored dance numbers and drag-lite drag scenes, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie just isn’t serving.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 83 Jude Dry
    Equal parts confounding, challenging, and insanely fun, “Dashcam” is horror at its most inventive.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Jude Dry
    Barnard once again proves herself the bard of the British working class. In Ali & Ava, she abandons her occasionally bleak realism for a kind of stubborn hopefulness, letting the delight of unexpected connection break through the storm clouds.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 42 Jude Dry
    A humorless melodrama about a woman haunted by her past, Malignant sits somewhere between a slasher, a ghost story, and a possession flick, never fully embracing either. The result is a confusing melange of genre archetypes that lacks a clear point of view, even a surface-level stylistic one.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Jude Dry
    Before the movie came along, the show had an ardent critic in Liam Kennedy, a criminology professor who believes “PAW Patrol” “encourages complicity in a global capitalist system that produces inequalities and causes environmental harms.” While it’s doubtful the humorless dirge of a movie will make enough of an impression to mold young minds in any lasting way, the critique of “PAW Patrol” is useful as an amalgamation of certain favorite Hollywood themes that ought to be retired.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Jude Dry
    There may be fewer truly gory moments in Don’t Breathe 2 than in typical slasher fare, but they are just twisted enough to stick in the mind like a festering wound.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Jude Dry
    While Jones (as is his right as an artist) seems determined to recast D-Man as an amorphous meditation on grief in many forms, the specificity of the piece is undeniable — and what makes it so enduring. D-Man speaks for itself, and it’s poetry in motion.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 67 Jude Dry
    The violence, while pervasive, does not feel gratuitous. Each kill is quick and to the point, and the camera never lingers too long on the flesh-torn wreckage.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Jude Dry
    As a personal portrait, “Ailey” is lacking for charming anecdotes or nuggets of wisdom from the artist himself. But a true artist speaks through his work, and it’s appropriate that the revelations in “Ailey” arrive via the dance scenes.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Jude Dry
    This charming documentary is more than an IMDb-scroll come to life, avoiding the usual pitfalls of generic biopics thanks in no small part to Moreno’s surprising candor and vulnerability.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Jude Dry
    Changing the Game goes beyond those dehumanizing headlines to show the real people affected by harmful anti-trans policies or lack of any meaningful legal protection.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Jude Dry
    Alien on Stage captures lighting in a bottle. Like a real-life “Waiting for Guffman” with a fairytale ending, it’s one of the funniest documentaries in years.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Jude Dry
    It’s the first documentary about the musical legend, and aside from the fact that no such film would exist without Turner’s approval, it offers an illuminating take on her complicated trajectory while humanizing the larger than life diva.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Jude Dry
    Harrison is the brightest point in Together Together, which plods through a gimmicky premise without finding much levity along the way.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 91 Jude Dry
    In Quo Vaids, Aida?, Žbanic lays bare the deeply human toll of violence and war.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 Jude Dry
    Funny Boy is a luminous coming-of-age tale seen through the eyes of a relatable yet entirely unique experience.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Jude Dry
    With a star-studded cast, dazzling design, and thrilling dance numbers, The Prom is the best of what Murphy can offer Hollywood — a taste of the past with its eyes on the future.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 42 Jude Dry
    Entering boldly into this bunch is Happiest Season, a shiny holiday comedy which is by all accounts indistinguishable from the rest save for one little detail: It’s gay! Unfortunately, this tiny tweak isn’t enough to make a lasting impression on the genre, especially with a lackluster script that offers little in the way of surprise or delight.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Jude Dry
    The documentary works because of its expansive timeline and creative casting choices. While Liese herself is not trans, and it shows, she approaches her subjects with utmost respect and sensitivity, placing the kids firmly in charge of their own stories.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 33 Jude Dry
    The War With Grandpa is a sluggish hodgepodge of slapstick humor that barely holds together its illogically motivated plot.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 67 Jude Dry
    I Carry You With Me succeeds in distilling a very engrossing and moving narrative from this real life drama. Ewing’s visual choices are at once sweeping and precise.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Jude Dry
    Shiva Baby blends a claustrophobic Jewish humor with a sexy premise to deliver a lively debut.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Jude Dry
    Anyone with a passing knowledge of voting rights won’t find much new information in the film, but it’s a rousing and well crafted piece of educational media that takes aim at what research has found to be its most crucial audience: Young voters.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Jude Dry
    Lingua Franca illustrates the woefully untapped potential of marginalized storytellers.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Jude Dry
    Overflowing with stunning visuals, Black Is King blends imagery from the Pan-African movement, African art and Western portraiture of African bodies, as well as Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s shared vision of Black excellence within Western culture.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Jude Dry
    The film is a wild ride and a loving portrait, providing a vital record of this outsized figure who was so ahead of his time it seemed as though he transcended the laws of the universe.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Jude Dry
    An entertaining and informative new documentary, Denise Ho: Becoming the Song, reveals the singer’s motivation and personal sacrifices while also offering a vital survey of Hong Kong history and the fight for independence.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Jude Dry
    Perhaps what is most radical about Disclosure is the wide array of trans spirits both onscreen and off. In making the film, Feder and Cox are rewriting the very history they set out to tell, adding one more title to “positive representation” list. That alone is worth coming out for.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Jude Dry
    It’s an ambitious piece, but in the dance between experimental ideas and grounded storytelling, Aviva should have listened to her body.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Jude Dry
    It is a stirring call to action, and an urgent warning to those who place religion above their child’s survival. Most importantly, however, the film does not judge or speak down to those who most need to hear its message.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Jude Dry
    While the plot is not overly complex, Lucky Grandma benefits from a compelling array of supplementary characters.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jude Dry
    With director Elizabeth Carroll as skilled sous-chef, Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy brings bold flavors together to serve a scrumptious delight of a film.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Jude Dry
    It’s a shame that You Don’t Nomi, a new documentary about the failure and reevaluation of Paul Verhoeven’s 1995 pulp film “Showgirls,” doesn’t live up to its truly inspired title.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Jude Dry
    A Secret Love is full of the kind of gentle ribbing and loving chuckles one would expect from any adorable old couple, but it’s made all the more poignant by the fact of Pat and Terry’s trailblazing personal histories.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jude Dry
    The Half of It has lofty aims for its version of the classic tale — which it mostly achieves, albeit without much fanfare.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Jude Dry
    Abe
    With a more streamlined script, or even fewer characters and more developed relationships, Abe could have made a real impact. As it stands, there are too many cooks in the kitchen.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Jude Dry
    Karen’s dogged pragmatism, and her complex relationship to the smut that provided her family’s livelihood for thirty years, is why Circus of Books is such a rare delight — and a nearly perfect documentary.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Jude Dry
    There’s Something in the Water doesn’t break any molds in terms of documentary form, and it’s less impressive as cinema than activism. But it’s easily digestible and well researched, with the aid of Waldron’s book.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Jude Dry
    Hart guides the actions with a sensitive and joyous hand, luxuriating in the palette of Arizona’s arid desert and gaping badlands.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Jude Dry
    Straight Up is meticulous in building its hyper-stylized aesthetic, but doesn’t have much to say about the human condition.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Jude Dry
    In Minyan, the arresting and evocative feature film debut from documentary filmmaker Eric Steel, the search for answers turns up far more riches than any half-baked conclusion ever could.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 33 Jude Dry
    "Saw" writer Leigh Whannell mixes metaphors in this limp remake, using gaslighting and privacy fears for his uneven sci-fi horror.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Jude Dry
    It’s one of the year’s best gay films.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Jude Dry
    Welcome to Chechnya is a vital and urgent portrait of an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, and the world needs to hear about it.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 75 Jude Dry
    The Turning announces Sigismondi as a bold and adept genre filmmaker, with an eye for detail and impeccable casting choices.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 33 Jude Dry
    Like a Boss may preach friendship above all else, but sitting through it together would test even the strongest of ties.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 67 Jude Dry
    Using the hyper-gendered spaces of college Greek life as a fertile palette, Takal and her co-writer April Wolfe skewer toxic masculinity, the white male literary canon, rape culture, patriarchy, and white male rage — all wrapped up with a bow in the stylishly entertaining package of a studio-backed holiday horror.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 42 Jude Dry
    With muted characters and a conventional structure, the movie struggles to find the fun or the spirit, humming between high notes and low notes to fall flat in the middle. While its heart is in the right place, Gay Chorus Deep South just doesn’t sing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Jude Dry
    The burden of familial obligation permeates Ms. Purple — who carries it and who passes it off, who outruns it and who lets it overrun them. It’s a ripe topic Chon clearly feels deeply, rendered in beautiful cinematography and delicate storytelling. It’s also a uniquely Asian-American story, rooted in loving specificity and beating with a universally human heart.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Jude Dry
    Like its heroine, Official Secrets is shouting into an echo chamber.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Jude Dry
    Like a great poem, End of the Century gives voice to a seemingly indescribable feeling, one anyone who’s ever fallen in love will recognize from deep in their soul — as if bumping into an old friend you forgot how much you liked.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 33 Jude Dry
    Without the star power of Mandy Moore and the relative sophistication of the single location predicament, 47 Meters Down: Uncaged is just the last gasp of a shark saga that didn’t need to come up for air.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 58 Jude Dry
    The film has style in spades; it would have substance, too, if only it knew when to quit.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 83 Jude Dry
    Consequences thrums with a vibrant current — propelled by a dizzying churn of cigarettes, cocaine, fistfights, and shirtless young men — until arriving at its predictably explosive conclusion. The film’s perspective may be austere, but its heart is defiantly exuberant.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Jude Dry
    Ma
    The suspense builds creepily enough, with a classic fake-out in a strong first act. But when the movie turns into full-blown horror, which it eventually sort of does, the pacing of the violence is all out of whack.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Jude Dry
    The film is itself a provocation; a fascinating document of a years-long conceptual project as well as the final (or next) piece of the complicated puzzle.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Jude Dry
    The sequel remains charming, beautifully animated, and often incredibly funny, but there’s a sense that writer Brian Lynch realized Max’s story needed a lot more padding this time around.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Jude Dry
    While great direction isn’t the worst problem to have, the fact that the writing and acting couldn’t quite live up to their gorgeous surroundings hollows the experience of watching it.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Jude Dry
    If this is the best Hollywood can offer these women, it’s not their fault for wanting to work. Instead, it’s on writers and studios to stop treating seniors like some sort of oddities to squeeze a few laughs out of before they croak.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 83 Jude Dry
    This gory teen comedy blends laughably outrageous carnage with a legitimately scary plot to delightful ends. Throw in a winking fetish for cinephile culture and audiences are sure to go wild for the gutsy film.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 33 Jude Dry
    Rather than going out with a bang, however, the final installment in the franchise hinges its loose plot around the marital infidelities of younger, humorless characters so thinly sketched that it is impossible to care about them.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 Jude Dry
    In making Water Makes Us Wet, the filmmakers have embarked upon the noble pursuit of moving people to care about climate change as if their lives — and their sex lives — depended on it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 67 Jude Dry
    Without a singular galvanizing conflict to focus the plot, Driveways feels more like a collection of character studies than a cohesive whole.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Jude Dry
    With every note as predictable as the next, the movie just blends into a discordant mess. Even Rodriguez’s smile can’t salvage this disappointing remake, but at least it provides a welcome reminder to check out the movie that inspired it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 67 Jude Dry
    The genius of the first movie was its ability to disguise a searing critique of capitalism inside a hilarious package, an idea that is genuinely funny itself. The sequel, with its recycled jokes and re-mixed songs, is merely a reminder of how original the original actually was.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 58 Jude Dry
    The big reveal at the end of the second act is absurd enough to pump some adrenaline into the third act, but the movie drags on too long afterwards.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Jude Dry
    The austere minimalism of Rust Creek works to the movie’s advantage.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Jude Dry
    Sweet’s work is a time capsule of a bygone era, preserved in glorious, saturated technicolor. He was the master of the unexpected composition, and in that sense, The Last Resort is a fitting tribute.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Jude Dry
    For a movie with so much going on, (not even counting the CGI cougar Bella befriends), A Dog’s Way Home is wildly devoid of meaning or humor.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Jude Dry
    Smallfoot really flounders with its obligatory message-mongering: a hodgepodge of didacticism about the importance of celebrating differences, asking questions, never fearing the unknown, or judging someone because they look different. Plenty of sound lessons in there, to be sure, but without a singular focus, they all blend into one.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 83 Jude Dry
    Like a grand opera, Bel Canto weaves many stories into one sweeping epic.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Jude Dry
    Quincy is refreshingly devoid of talking-head interviews, relying instead on the measured ruminations of the man himself and the extensive archives Jones and Hicks had the difficult job of paring down. The result is a jaunty stroll through the last half-century of music history, and a fitting tribute to a living legend.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 58 Jude Dry
    The new action flick Peppermint is a rare return to form for Garner, who doles out her vigilante justice with effortless charm. Unfortunately, that’s about the only reason to see Peppermint.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Jude Dry
    The real strength of Sierra Burgess Is a Loser is the steely determination and sharp intellect of Sierra herself, for which Purser must be given most of the credit.

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