For 37 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 75% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 23% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 11.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kim Hughes' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Booksmart
Lowest review score: 25 Night School
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 37
  2. Negative: 2 out of 37
37 movie reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Kim Hughes
    Clumsily told yet intriguing because of its singular subject, Halston — director Frédéric Tcheng’s knock-kneed documentary on the pioneering American fashion designer ubiquitous in the 1970s, who made haute couture both aspirational and accessible — offers a trove of pop culture trivia.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Hughes
    Rocketman is as fabulously mercurial and debauched as its subject; anything less would have been futile and disappointing.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Hughes
    The high school rite-of-passage film canon may have been raided here but its thieves — screenwriters Susanna Fogel, Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, and Katie Silberman, doubtless abetted by producers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay — have wrung every drop of weird, contradictory, and squeamish fun out of the teenage experience.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 67 Kim Hughes
    A dynamite ensemble cast and a truckload of heart keep the sentimental new comedy POMS from crumbling beneath multiple well-thumbed clichés including (but not limited to) plucky underdogs can triumph, friends are really important and life is short so live it fully.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 67 Kim Hughes
    The Public, which played at TIFF last fall, is the kind of movie you want to like and that probably needs to get made and seen. But needing to see something and wanting to see it are different things.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 67 Kim Hughes
    A compelling story that’s well-acted, well-written, and beautifully shot is its own reward. The female perspective is pretty neat, too.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 83 Kim Hughes
    The film brings great heart while underscoring ties between family, friends and, crucially, between humans and the wider environmental world in a way likely to resonate with tweens and teens in North America as it has already successfully done internationally.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Hughes
    For all its cinematic bell and whistles, something about Dumbo feels hollow (I wrote that word three times in my notebook during the screening) as if it’s mouthing the proverbial words phonetically without knowing their meaning. Perhaps I walked into the theatre with too-high expectations. I slinked out with shoulders bowed.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Hughes
    Quiet, understated and unforgettable, The Mustang is a winner by five lengths.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Kim Hughes
    The Hummingbird Project is a fun enough ride though one with significant logic bumps that may prove as intractable as the terrain its characters hope to traverse.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Kim Hughes
    For a film where relatively little happens plot-wise, Gloria Bell is oddly beguiling thanks to its leads: Moore (reliably great) embracing every square-peg aspect of her character and Turturro, whose resting look — itchy, perplexed, possibly lost — is deployed with precision in a character meant to be wildly uncomfortable in his own skin.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 67 Kim Hughes
    The film’s final act stretches credulity and hangs its hat on an impossibly (albeit suitably Harlequin-esque and dreamy) farewell sequence. Still, it’s all but certain the intended audience will find in Five Feet Apart a cogent and watchable weepie worthy of marquee status at sleepovers.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Kim Hughes
    Wilson is beautiful but far from typical Hollywood beautiful which underscores the film’s wink-nudge absurdity. She’s also funny as hell, delivering deadpan with Aussie-approved aplomb.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Hughes
    If there is a cinematic cliché not marshalled into service during What Men Want, it’s not easily identifiable.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 67 Kim Hughes
    There are white-knuckle moments, notably Gloria’s crossing of the border with a heap of stuff that would raise troubling questions were she stopped and searched. Rodriguez puts us right there in the car beside her and it’s thrilling. But the outcome arrives a bit too pat, our heroine conveniently switching from cowed hostage to arms-wielding ass-kicker with dubious ease.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Hughes
    Conceptually ambitious and sporadically entertaining but more often confusing and ultimately kind of dumb, Serenity must have seemed appealingly high-minded on the page. But the zigzagging new thriller lands with a thud despite a skilled cast and writer/director Steven Knight’s commendable desire to scribble outside the lines of conventional narrative.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Kim Hughes
    Destroyer is all about Kidman as tortured, haggard detective Erin Bell. A single look into those bleary, bloodshot eyes alerts us to the fact that this character has been through the wringer. Destroyer is a forensic study of how Bell got this way. The trick, I suppose, is making us care.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 67 Kim Hughes
    While entertaining, The Upside lacks the original film’s fizzy spark, the prickly charisma of its co-stars, and the tantalizingly sense that this incredible story — which is actually true — happened on a planet we would recognize as our own.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Kim Hughes
    Let’s just say the film — scripted by Bader’s nephew Daniel Stiepelman with the Justice’s blessing — successfully splits the difference between capturing Ginsburg as a contemporary folk hero and as a fiercely ambitious intellectual competing for footing in an era when mixing a killer martini was the very height of wifely prestige. No one will mistake it for a documentary.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Hughes
    Dazzling.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Kim Hughes
    If you are someone inclined to head to the theatre specifically to see the new Jennifer Lopez rom-com, you will get exactly the movie you hope for. And you will be happy.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Kim Hughes
    In the end, all the sorrow and horror and anger and angst just seem pointless despite Corbet’s stated intention to juxtapose the meaningless against the tragic.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Kim Hughes
    Saoirse Ronan as Mary and Margot Robbie as Elizabeth offer rich, committed performances and highly passable accents. There’s also a certain thrill in being transported to another very real-feeling world: inside elaborate stone mansions lit only by candles and furnished with stiff but fancy furniture. The costumes, jewelry and makeup, too, are fabulous. But a hard-to-pinpoint pall hangs over Mary Queen of Scots.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Hughes
    You will not see a more perfect and imperfect rock and roll biopic than Bohemian Rhapsody, which does many things extremely well, other things sort of average, and one thing flawlessly: capturing the immense charisma and panache of Queen singer Freddie Mercury. Jamie Foxx’s full-body inhabitation of Ray Charles just got some competition at the top.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Hughes
    McCarthy’s talent is towering and yet so few roles (excluding SNL appearances which feature dozens) really leverage her versatility. Can You Ever Forgive Me? gives platform to it all — funny but nihilistic, bleak, sardonic, knowing — with McCarthy disappearing and something else rising in her place.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Kim Hughes
    There is absolutely nothing in Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween that you haven’t seen before, and seen done far, far better.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Kim Hughes
    You’ve probably heard punchier dialog at dinner parties.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Hughes
    It’s hard to describe exactly how fun it is to watch the performances and archival footage generously offered in Bad Reputation. Suffice to say rock fans with a bellyful of beer will have a ball.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Hughes
    It’s hard to imagine anyone who enjoyed Radner’s performances in their lifetime not finding much to love about Love, Gilda… even as our hearts break a little at what might have been had she lived longer.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Hughes
    Feig has done a superb job of building a compelling story from angular bits that shouldn’t fit together but do while making pointed commentary on everything from gender roles to social media.

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