Judith Martin

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For 13 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Judith Martin's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 90 Rich and Famous
Lowest review score: 20 Looker
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
13 movie reviews
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Judith Martin
    This film will be a treat for those to whom the highlight of the dramatic season so far was "Friday the 13th, Part 2." [15 May 1981, p.19]
    • Washington Post
    • 20 Metascore
    • 20 Judith Martin
    In a glaring case of the pot insulting the kettle, the Michael Crichton film Looker keeps sneering at television for being mindless and lascivious trash. Actually, "Looker" is so mindless it doesn't even justify its own silly premise, and so lascivious that it keeps announcing that its own collection of indistinguishably bland starlets represents physical perfection. [30 October 1981, p.17]
    • Washington Post
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Judith Martin
    The occasional use of real people on old film is jarring. But cumulatively, the effect is the strength of American pop to convey American mythology. [6 March 1981, p.15]
    • Washington Post
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Judith Martin
    The pace of the film is also on a low level, with episodic sequences rather than ones that build: more suitable to a television series than a feature film. But the accompanying low-keyed acting, mostly in the police parts of Newman, Ken Wahl and Edward Asner, lends the film a sustaining interest. [13 Feb 1981, p.17]
    • Washington Post
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Judith Martin
    It's simply a good film that children should enjoy and parents feel it worthwhile for them to see. It has a sentimental story, but that's better than the usual dumb good-guys-bad-guys stories; it's corny, but that's better than the cheap smartsyness of most youth films. [02 Feb 1979, p.19]
    • Washington Post
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Judith Martin
    Such a vehicle is not expected to be completely sound dramatically; and like the couple's truck, it's good enough for a short excursion.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Judith Martin
    The movie insists that the fate of the world hangs on the actions of these people. If you buy that, you'll buy anything. [11 Dec 1981, p.31]
    • Washington Post
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Judith Martin
    The intelligence and artistry with which Cutter's Way dresses up the top few cliches of the 1980s is amazing. This is a film with brittle dialogue, complicated acting and visual subtlety in the service of a trite and unworkable story. [20 Nov 1981, p.21]
    • Washington Post
    • 52 Metascore
    • 90 Judith Martin
    This particular kind of social satire, a quick and deft combination of fashions in clothes, words and romance, can be done better on the screen than in books, where it requires the enumeration of too many details, or on stage, where the details can't be seen. Rich and Famous, directed by George Cukor, does it brilliantly. [9 Oct 1981, p.21]
    • Washington Post
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Judith Martin
    This is by no means the first film, nor the first film about the movie industry, in which the epitome of emotion is represented by a character talking on the telephone while oral sex is being performed on him. [3 July 1981, p.19]
    • Washington Post
    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Judith Martin
    There is no attempt to explain why an actress would go to pieces when she discovers a point of identity with her role; nor why an actress who is constantly loony, drunk, abusive or all three would not be understudied, let alone replaced. It should be noted that the play-within-the-movie is even worse than the movie-about-the-play. [14 Apr 1978, p.18]
    • Washington Post
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Judith Martin
    It is a fine picture, sweet and pathetic, witty and tender. [17 Apr 1981, p.19]
    • Washington Post
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Judith Martin
    To present a simple progression from crime to trial to death, when a moral dilemma was promised, is a dramatic crime. [01 May 1981, p.19]
    • Washington Post

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