Lovia Gyarkye

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For 84 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 9% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lovia Gyarkye's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Sankofa
Lowest review score: 20 Midnight in the Switchgrass
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 84
  2. Negative: 2 out of 84
84 movie reviews
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    • 90 Lovia Gyarkye
    By focusing on the students’ stories, honoring their choices and leaving considerable room for their ambivalence, regret and uncertainty, the doc provides a sobering and emotional look at what, if any, options exist for those who aren’t white or wealthy in an unequal system.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Lovia Gyarkye
    Civil often feels more like an infomercial than a documentary.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Lovia Gyarkye
    Predictable but sweet.
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    • 70 Lovia Gyarkye
    It’s a concert film wrapped in biography and an appreciation for a sacred and beguiling genre. The power of gospel music comes alive here, and the doc’s subjects, the practitioners of this fervent form, keep it engaging.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Lovia Gyarkye
    With its stellar performances, dramatic orchestral score and rich costume and set design, Illusions Perdues is a worthwhile, sweeping narrative of love, lust and literary ambition.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Lovia Gyarkye
    Halftime includes moments of disarming sincerity, when it seems like the doc and its subject, despite their cautiousness, are genuinely reaching for the truth.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Lovia Gyarkye
    It’s a slow-burning film, one that pulls you in with its steady observations of the minor triumphs and major pitfalls [of its two protagonists].
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Lovia Gyarkye
    Silence is Atef’s strength. The director impressively uses quiet moments to great effect.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Lovia Gyarkye
    Léonor Serraille’s film Mother and Son contains moving strokes, but struggles to make a lasting emotional dent.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Lovia Gyarkye
    It’s a sweet but oddly circumspect film, ruled by a friction between warring demands: the allure of wistful memories and the rigor of complex appraisal.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Lovia Gyarkye
    With a formidable cast, assured direction and skillful camerawork, Nostalgia proves to be a surprisingly absorbing film.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Lovia Gyarkye
    The film is preoccupied — obsessed, really — with the process of growing into oneself, which is different from just getting older. Anaïs’ journey contains moments of exhilarating momentum and then, just as quickly, depressing inertia. The film, at times, feels crazed and slightly random — just like our protagonist.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Lovia Gyarkye
    The doc circles its subject with a mix of fascination, reverence and minor disgust.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Lovia Gyarkye
    The long-awaited third installment of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World sub-franchise is less clogged with distracting detail than its immediate predecessor, but even a more refined plot can’t save the two-hour-plus film from feeling like an endurance test.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Lovia Gyarkye
    When it comes to more rigorous analysis — a bit of pushback, a touch of tension or cultural context — the documentary leaves something to be desired.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Lovia Gyarkye
    The film — and in turn the director — demands a lot from viewers; even with ample warning and disclaimers, it won’t be for everyone. Those who can stomach it will be rewarded with a courageous work of art.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Lovia Gyarkye
    Fans of the genre might struggle to fully buy Bodies Bodies Bodies’ slasher intrigue, but it would be difficult to deny the strength of the performances.
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    • 70 Lovia Gyarkye
    More Than Robots’ honeyed narrative is troubled by a tension between Jacobs’ interest in her subjects’ individual experiences and the doc’s broader obligations to advertising FIRST.
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    • 80 Lovia Gyarkye
    It’s easy to capture the frenzy of a new fling or the seductive meeting of two bodies; what’s more difficult, and what A Tale of Love and Desire does quite well, is study the inner tensions that accompany early sexual experiences — when the heart, mind and body refuse to be in sync — without becoming overly cerebral.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Lovia Gyarkye
    Where there should be intimacy, we get distance. Where one might expect steady meditation, the narrative jitters impulsively.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Lovia Gyarkye
    Lennie’s is not the only growth rippling beneath the surface of The Sky Is Everywhere. Although the film contains elements of Decker’s signature directorial style, it also reflects her attempts to evolve on a slightly different path. She’s having fun, and it shows.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Lovia Gyarkye
    The narrative cruises to a satisfying finish. The jokes go down easy. The characters grow in predictable directions. The film rarely strays from its genre’s conventions, and that’s not a complaint. Sometimes staying in one lane yields the most gratifying results.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Lovia Gyarkye
    With its stark portrayal of abuse, Palm Trees and Power Lines won’t be for everyone. But the director’s assured approach to a thorny topic, the way she needles at assumptions about grooming and the care with which she treats Lea’s story will linger with me for a long while.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Lovia Gyarkye
    Despite its hiccups and frustrations, Master is inventive in finding fresh ways to package familiar observations about American racism; even the most clichéd sentiments are delivered with a nudge and a wink.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Lovia Gyarkye
    Although astute viewers may easily predict God’s Country’s final moments, the journey there is still a wild and satisfying one.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Lovia Gyarkye
    892
    Not only does it offer a damning lesson about how the United States abandons its veterans, but it tries, with honesty and feeling, to honor a man who just wanted to survive.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Lovia Gyarkye
    Emergency mostly stays close to the surface of the issues it presents, which results in a darkly funny but frustrating viewing experience.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Lovia Gyarkye
    Despite its subject matter, Playground is not a call to action masked as a film. It’s a gripping work of observation more concerned with identifying patterns, teasing out motivations and laying bare the reality of how we come to relate to one another.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Lovia Gyarkye
    It’s ultimately a mixed bag, with the final moments acquiring an emotional power that should be felt sooner.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Lovia Gyarkye
    Through a pointed script and propulsive storytelling, Moratto smartly makes the stakes of living within such a perverse system clear.

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