Kenji Fujishima

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For 172 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 26% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 72% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kenji Fujishima's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 91 Reds
Lowest review score: 10 Honeyglue
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 88 out of 172
  2. Negative: 37 out of 172
172 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 51 Kenji Fujishima
    Brigsby Bear is so committed to its brand of self-congratulatory uplift that the filmmakers refuse to contemplate any of their material’s darker aspects.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Kenji Fujishima
    It constantly divides itself between fulfilling the conventions of the informational talking-heads documentary and aiming for a more poetically impressionistic quality.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Kenji Fujishima
    It's never made clear how witnessing a family deal with their specific issues affects Jesus's own perspective on his destiny.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Kenji Fujishima
    Band Aid never quite adds up to more than the sum of its fleeting charms.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Kenji Fujishima
    Failure hovers over the film as much as it did in Schulz's comic strip, infusing even its most ebullient set pieces and designs with a sense of melancholy.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Kenji Fujishima
    Score may be little more than a superficial primer on a dizzyingly expansive subject, but Schrader offers just enough to satisfy both film-music novices and dyed-in-the-wool fanatics.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Kenji Fujishima
    The deeper Some Freaks wades into what becomes a series of sadistic and masochistic humiliations, the more McDonald’s film begins to feel schematic, with these characters little more than pawns in a screenwriter’s game of toying with our expectations.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Kenji Fujishima
    Jorge R. Gutierrez subsumes the film's darker themes in a relentlessly busy farrago of predictable kids'-movie tropes and annoying attempts at hipness.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Kenji Fujishima
    Sion Sono's film is a vision of coming of age as trial by fire, a thunderous encapsulation of that period of transition in which adolescents try to discover themselves: their passions, their purpose, their sense of morality.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Kenji Fujishima
    Though the filmmakers may not believe in a higher power, they still maintain a faith in raunchiness as an id-blasting form of liberation from rigid norms, spiritual, sexual, or otherwise.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 38 Kenji Fujishima
    Everyone here, from fellow marines to Iraqis, is merely a supporting player in Megan Leavey's emotional journey.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Kenji Fujishima
    To some extent, the use of a wide aspect ratio and the doc's emphatic score takes its cues from paleontologist Pete Larson's passion.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 65 Kenji Fujishima
    Hers is a humane vision that refuses to cast easy judgment on her deeply flawed characters, never excusing them for their unwise decisions, but understanding the inner anguish from which they arise.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Kenji Fujishima
    Maxime Giroux's sharp filmmaking instincts aren't always supported by similarly acute dramatic instincts.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Kenji Fujishima
    With its broad performances, rapid-fire pacing, and rampant visual and verbal gags, Bernard Tavernier's first out-and-out comedy doesn't try too hard to hide its graphic-novel origins.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Kenji Fujishima
    Sean Ellis doesn't so much understand Filipino society as merely sees it as grist for standard genre fare, perhaps hoping that the foreign setting will somehow automatically make the clichés feel fresh.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Kenji Fujishima
    The whiplash contrasts between snideness and sincerity is deeply rooted in the main character's psychology.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 73 Kenji Fujishima
    Hawkins’ performance in Maudie is as indelible a feat of psychological imagination as it is of physical dedication.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Kenji Fujishima
    The Transfiguration gradually reveals itself to be a coming-of-age tale, one whose central figure reaches a point at which he’s forced to reckon with the evil lurking within himself.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Kenji Fujishima
    Mark Mori goes a bit overboard in hammering home his appreciation of Bettie Page's significance, allowing the film to occasionally lapse into repetitiveness.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Kenji Fujishima
    Maya Forbes reveals herself as a sunny optimist, insistent on remembering the ecstatic highs and never dwelling on the despairing lows.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Kenji Fujishima
    The screenplay's enigmatic nature holds one's interest throughout, even as the film veers into pat moralism.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Kenji Fujishima
    As informative and passionate as he often is on screen, Michael Moore also always toes the line toward shooting himself in the rhetorical foot with his own thuggish persona.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Kenji Fujishima
    Instead of finding one consistent tone and sticking to it, Serge Bozon allows the wildly hilarious and the grimly serious to uneasily coexist, exulting in the resultant clash.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Kenji Fujishima
    The film plays like a human-interest story in which all of the humanity has been gutted in favor of deadening narrative efficiency.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 25 Kenji Fujishima
    A glorified act of hero worship that leaves one hard-pressed to form any conclusion other than an infinitely positive one about Shep Gordon.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Kenji Fujishima
    Writer-director Sarah Adina Smith's film confuses narrative gimmickry for the sensitive evocation of an inner life.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Kenji Fujishima
    As stimulating as it is, the animation ends up being more pictorial than expressive—an initially fancy but eventually rather monotonous way to dress up what is ultimately a mundane drag of a detective procedural.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 Kenji Fujishima
    Any initial gestures toward acknowledging Vinny Paz's macho egotism are eventually downplayed as the film becomes just another formulaic triumph-over-adversity saga.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Kenji Fujishima
    Wakefield is… well, let’s just say, its insights into human nature are limited, at best.

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