Kristen Yoonsoo Kim

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For 90 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 27% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 69% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kristen Yoonsoo Kim's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 90 Blockers
Lowest review score: 10 An L.A. Minute
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 90
  2. Negative: 12 out of 90
90 movie reviews
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    • 60 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    It’s not difficult to be moved and impressed by Gretarsdottir’s life story, especially when she details the secrecy of her struggles, but the story falls short in tying these emotional threads with her athletic accomplishments in an eloquent manner.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    Difficult to describe and confounding to follow, the film is best when you submit to the surreal nature of it; then, you will be open to witnessing one of this year’s most mesmerizing movies unfold. Films of such lo-fi aesthetics rarely feel this major.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    Negoescu has adapted a short story by Ion Luca Caragiale from 1901, and the lottery ticket concept is not necessarily novel, but he gives the film fresh zest with droll observations and pitifully endearing characters — all while poking meta fun at the austere Romanian New Wave movement he works within, and works to dismantle.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    The film betrays its own less-is-more philosophy and becomes weighed down by exposition — but it’s a tense, thrilling ride nonetheless.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    It is not without tender or enjoyable moments — that’s the beauty of a formula — but there’s a tonal imbalance of comedy and drama. The two constantly deflate each other.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    An unfortunate, unfunny mess.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    The film, written by Oberli and Cooky Ziesche, satirizes class divides and xenophobia (“the Pole” constantly carries a derogatory connotation here), but never takes the satire far enough to be memorable, challenging or anything beyond whimsical.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    The film stumbles in delivering a cohesive vision.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    With only a few fleeting moments of nail-biting thrills, Every Breath You Take remains mostly tepid and frustrating.
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    • 10 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    Donny’s Bar Mitzvah — which is littered with chaotic party scenes of horny, dysfunctional attendees — oscillates between offensive and offensively unamusing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    Amid the lush greenery of the setting, the atmosphere is perpetually bone-chilling — complete with an ominously high-pitched score — making the film seem distant and difficult to fully embrace
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    • 40 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    Long Live Rock feels, at best, like a passionate but elementary essay. More often than not, it feels like a table of contents. The hot-topic buttons are touched upon, but McHugh doesn’t forge far enough into the mosh pit.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    Dupieux pulls off this bizarre procedural in a lean running time while hitting the notes of darkness and drollery just right.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    Keith Thomas’s slim but effective The Vigil milks terror from a minimalistic setup, relying on the shapes we make out with squinted eyes in the shadows.
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    • 30 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    Imagine mumblecore with actual mumbling and no wit, even though those lo-fi auteurs, the Duplass brothers, are executive producers.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    Once you’re swept up in Emma and Jude’s romance — it’s not hard, even though the montages veer a little too precious — the skimmed-over science matters little. This is sci-fi rooted more in feelings than fact. Its resonance is similar to “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” though it’s arguably antithetical in plot.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    Balmès doesn’t arrive at easy, scathing conclusions about the internet. Instead, he lets the camera journey to unexpected places, leading to a different kind of meditation that strikes with deep emotional resonance.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    When a movie that feels this scientifically far-reaching lacks heart, the viewing experience is a dreary, soulless one.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    Zoe Lister-Jones’s The Craft: Legacy, produced by Blumhouse (“Get Out”), is a disappointing distillation of the original that’s mostly devoid of personality.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    The script, by Mohler and Brittany Shaw, tends to be overtly formulaic, but the emotional resonance of the two leads carries this movie.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    Above all, the music has the greatest staying power — it is the film’s saving grace, just like it is Rose’s during her darkest days.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    The quirky Save Yourselves! is not necessarily a genre reinventor but a good example of how much fun you can have on a non-studio budget.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    Mehrdad Oskouei’s latest documentary, Sunless Shadows, is a startling, raw confrontation with Iran’s patriarchy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    The film’s fast-paced editing makes it difficult to get to know individual members, but the men register powerfully as a collective, just like a real rowing team.
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    • 60 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    The documentarian Joseph Hillel tells their stories in somewhat formulaic fashion, creating a perfectly pleasant, educational movie that is not as riveting as it should be.
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    • 40 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    Tito is a better achievement in sound and visuals than plot or character. The sheer strangeness of the film may be mesmerizing at first, but even the slim 70-minute run time eventually feels tedious when so little happens.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    Though the Psammead grants the children’s wishes . . . they come with a catch: a set up for an unimaginative moral lesson and nearly two hours of lukewarm familial bonding.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    Cohen and Shenk amplify the voices of the survivors while recognizing that Nassar’s arrest doesn’t dissipate the pain or deep-rooted exploitation.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    The film, ultimately, still lacks Liberto’s own sense of agency.
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    • 50 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    For a film granted so much up-close access with its subject, Picture of His Life hears surprisingly little from Nachoum himself. Between vérité clips of the journey, the film is inundated with archival footage.

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