Kristen Yoonsoo Kim

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For 45 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 33% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 65% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kristen Yoonsoo Kim's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 90 Blockers
Lowest review score: 10 An L.A. Minute
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 45
  2. Negative: 6 out of 45
45 movie reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    It’s a shame we never get to know Andrew as well as Regina — arguably part of the moody teen persona — but it’s even more affecting when Andrew’s initially passive existence escalates due to white fear, and his mother is left to fight for his chance at life.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    Mid90s, for all its darkness, is uplifted by its hilarious moments and joyous skating shots.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    Winstead is wildly funny (and spot-on) doing the impressions in Nina’s act (especially of Björk ordering a smoothie) but also proves uninhibited and candid when Nina doesn’t have jokes to hide behind.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 10 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    Daniel Adams’s An L.A. Minute makes you suffer through it all and never redeems itself, despite the potentially interesting duo of Gabriel Byrne and Kiersey Clemons as leads. The stars seem out of place with each other and in this movie, with creators who have no idea what they want to say.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 20 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    By the time the killings start, the film already feels draining, with no characters worth caring about, much less watching.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    Gutierrez works some twists on the familiar premise, and one standout thrill of a chase scene employs Brian De Palma’s signature split screens. But as it nears the two-hour mark, the film becomes exhausting, shedding very little light on the futuristic implications of the story.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    Elijah Bynum’s messy debut film is only bearable thanks to Chalamet’s charisma.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    This movie so badly wants to be a sexy thriller, but it is neither sexy nor thrilling.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    If there’s one thing that Van Sant does very well here, it’s creating a humanizing anchor at the center of the story. Despite some distracting narrative choices and sketchy character development (especially with Mara’s character, who, of course, turns into a love interest), the film does eventually find its footing.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    Lewin’s film is directionless, so muddied by Berg’s bloated résumé that the payoff never comes. Berg was an enigmatic and underappreciated Renaissance Man, and we leave the film not especially enlightened.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    While so many recent renditions of the rom-com have tried to upgrade the genre — usually by going the raunchy route — Set It Up feels so purposefully classic and familiar that it plays right into that nostalgic feel-good spot.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    Howard, who is trans himself, approaches the film with sensitivity, but it ends up feeling like a conversation to be continued, not resolved. At least there’s some classic Claire Danes crying.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    I’m still hopeful about Shawkat’s screenwriting career — especially since her performance always feels so genuine, adding substance to an otherwise deflated story. But other than the script’s daring premise, the material doesn’t rise up to the potential she hints at here: a comedy of ingenuity that takes advantage of Shawkat’s fearless frankness.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    Netflix’s Kodachrome is good fall-asleep-with-the-TV-on fare, and I mean you should snooze out immediately unless you want to be subjected to a criminally mediocre family drama.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    There’s no hint of irony in this film (I don’t think it would work if there were); in fact, Jeannette succeeds in its earnestness, adapting its words from Charles Peguy’s works, but countering it with the pure, joyous silliness of its presentation.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    Aardvark, the first feature from writer-director Brian Shoaf, is so inane that several times it put this critic into a fugue state. Meandering in message or plot, the film proves to be not just incoherent but excruciatingly boring, quite a feat with a cast that includes Jenny Slate, Jon Hamm, Sheila Vand, and, sure, Zachary Quinto.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    Blockers, on the surface, sticks very much to the formula — even the prom setting is very been there, done that. But it’s subversive in these little details, and the resolution is genuinely touching. The best part is that Cannon doesn’t have to sacrifice any of the laughs to get there.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    The jump-skip format renders the chemistry between Senna and Adam so incoherent that by the time you watch them have their big first kiss, then break up, then get back together again, it plays less like a real movie and instead one of those memory slideshows your iPhone photo album generates for you.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    There are some nicely shot moments throughout, but they feel empty — slow montages that mostly just fill out the film’s thin plot and already slim runtime.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    The film may not end on a tragic note, but in attempting a gritty portrayal of Shanté’s little-known private life, Roxanne Roxanne forgets her genius, as so many other people did back in the day.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    Director Ben Hania has a rhythmic, urgent sense of filmmaking, but she makes the odd creative decision of dividing her film into nine chapters, each a single take.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    Keep the Change, despite David’s knack for making offensive jokes, is a charming, sensitive picture that embraces the characters as they are, without mocking them.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    Written by Coogler and Joe Robert Cole, Black Panther brings grounded history — in Black History Month, no less — to a fantastical story, carefully considering the world in which the characters reside.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    For all the deadpan comedy and eccentric characterization, Kaurismäki anchors the film in Khaled’s story and his immigration anxieties, all depicted with quiet humanity that never feels exaggerated. It’s a beautiful companion piece to Le Havre, and a film that will gently warm your cold, cynical heart.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    Elizabeth inspires empathy, but it often feels like we’re being told to feel a certain way by being shown so much rather than being allowed to naturally warm up to her.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    An uncharacteristically melodramatic final act...betrays how grounded (and true to real life) the rest of the movie is.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    Motherland opens with a 24-year-old woman already on her fifth pregnancy — just one of many such cases that director Ramona S. Diaz reveals in the vérité-style documentary, which recalls the observational techniques and insights of the films of Frederick Wiseman.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    Unfortunately, Clash buckles under the weight of its many characters.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    The film fails to sustain the exhilaration of its initial buildup.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
    The Nile Hilton Incident, despite a stylish, seedy coating, fails to even come close to the canon of greats that have influenced it.

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