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 6.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kenji Fujishima's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 91 Right Now, Wrong Then
Lowest review score: 10 Honeyglue
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 88 out of 172
  2. Negative: 37 out of 172
172 movie reviews
    • 95 Metascore
    • 75 Kenji Fujishima
    This is muckraking journalism that moves confidently with the brio of an action thriller.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Kenji Fujishima
    This singular mix of character study and mysterious mood piece might not have come off quite so successfully if not for Royalty Hightower's internal performance.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Kenji Fujishima
    It’s sobering enough to witness a dedicated artist facing the possibility of losing his/her ability to create. And yet, Restless Creature is anything but relentlessly downbeat, primarily because Whelan refuses to be cowed by the pressure.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Kenji Fujishima
    Among the film's many revelations is the level of self-aware humility Brando exudes while talking about his life and creative process.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Kenji Fujishima
    Arnaud Desplechin tries his hand at a coming-of-age tale, and does so with equal doses of mature reflection and youthful impetuosity.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Kenji Fujishima
    What makes it play as more than just another activist doc is its focus on the power of images as a way to inspire change.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Kenji Fujishima
    As impressively exhaustive as it is as a work of history, Dawson City: Frozen Time plays even more affectingly as Morrison’s most direct love letter to cinema: as a tool not only for recording history, but also for capturing between-the-lines truths that history books can only graze.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 69 Kenji Fujishima
    If The Hero works at all, it’s because Elliott brings a measure of emotional truth to even the most sentimental of plot developments, and because Haley exudes such warm patience for his lead actor’s rhythms and cadences.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Kenji Fujishima
    Cristian Mungiu's film is more than just a cry of despair toward the hopelessness of life in modern-day Romania.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Kenji Fujishima
    Though the film doesn’t quite overwhelm as horror, the thematic implications are dense enough in this case that it ends up leaving a lingering aftertaste anyway.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Kenji Fujishima
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    It distinguishes itself from Pual Greengrass's films by virtue of its close attention to political and moral ambiguities.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Kenji Fujishima
    Gabe Polsky's quiet yet welcome achievement is to allow us to see the individual amid the politics, clearly and sympathetically.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Kenji Fujishima
    Chaitanya Tamhane's grand canvas is Indian society as represented by its legal system, and what it reveals is none too flattering.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Kenji Fujishima
    The characters here are so vividly drawn and performed, and the contemplative mood so remarkably sustained, that the film casts a genuinely suspenseful and mesmerizing spell over the span of its nearly four hours. Don’t be daunted by its length: at its best, Diaz’s film has the richness of a great, wide-ranging, deeply immersive novel.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 63 Kenji Fujishima
    The near-surgical precision with which Yorgos Lanthimos approaches the most surreal of conceits turns out to be a double-edged sword.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Kenji Fujishima
    Haimes seems less interested in examining this unfamiliar world and the people involved than in shoving them into feel-good platitudes about following your dreams.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Kenji Fujishima
    Deepak Rauniyar may be more skilled dramatist than inspired image-maker, but his admirably balanced and humane social and political perspective is bracing nevertheless.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Kenji Fujishima
    Striking throughout are the seemingly caught-on-the-wing moments that subtly enrichen the film’s characterizations.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Kenji Fujishima
    Hong’s two-part structure in Right Now, Wrong Then, instead of just being a cute formal trick, reveals a character’s troubled inner life in fiendishly clever ways.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Kenji Fujishima
    Chiemi Karasawa's documentary is remarkable for its candor, but it's a brutal honesty that Elaine Stritch herself gladly offers.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Kenji Fujishima
    Here is a film that isn't afraid to risk didacticism in order to put across its vision of the debilitating physical and psychological effects of colonialism.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Kenji Fujishima
    Even at its most outrageously bizarre, Your Name is bound together by a passionately romantic core.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Kenji Fujishima
    The film's approach to exploring the Sonoran Desert and topic of immigration often veers toward the avant-garde.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Kenji Fujishima
    All traces of grit from John Carney's earlier films have been scrubbed away in favor of relentlessly crowd-pleasing slickness.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Kenji Fujishima
    Not only does the film provide an exhaustive account of the band’s rise and fall, but it also clearly articulates their importance in music history, their singular character as a performing entity and even the distinctive nature of their fandom.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Kenji Fujishima
    The film goes deeper in its allegorizing, tapping into the volatile nature of identity politics.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Kenji Fujishima
    Dickinson, in his film debut, almost makes this familiar narrative feel fresh.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Kenji Fujishima
    The film recalls its stylistic forbears at their best: flowing with whimsy, but never at the expense of the beating heart of its human (and animal) characters.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Kenji Fujishima
    The film ultimately succeeds in offering a fresh female-centered perspective on its genre material.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 53 Kenji Fujishima
    Oldroyd...maintains such a rigorous distance from Katherine that she gradually seems less like a human being than like a mere carnival attraction.

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