For 172 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Marta Barber's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Metropolis (re-release)
Lowest review score: 25 In Praise of Love
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 3 out of 172
172 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Marta Barber
    With touches of humor throughout, the gentle and peaceful film never becomes depressing or sad.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 63 Marta Barber
    Yet even when the bickering diminishes the impact of the story, Wiener himself makes Fighter another interesting story to come out of World War II atrocities.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Marta Barber
    Innocence is a gentle love story, one that touches on an issue of great sensitivity -- sexuality in old age.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    The impact of Promises comes from the openness of the children.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    You may be drawn to Intimacy's graphic scenes, but you'll emerge convinced there's more to life -- and the film -- than sex.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Marta Barber
    Is it about a moment in history and how the life of a sexual predator fits into that moment? Or is it just about a director's sexual fantasy? The answers are somewhat fuzzy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    Not the kind of documentary that will appeal to a large number of moviegoers. Yet it makes perfect sense that it will be shown on the campus of University of Miami, famous for its strong medical school.
    • Miami Herald
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    The star is the coming together of East and West, and how art provides the medium.
    • Miami Herald
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Marta Barber
    What appears to be the thrust of the story -- the unraveling of a society -- loses out to a tame, romantic triangle subplot.
    • Miami Herald
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Marta Barber
    As the sexual tension builds -- and it becomes intense, culminating in a highly suggestive knife-throwing scene more erotic than if the actors had been having explicit physical contact -- Girl takes you on a thrilling ride.
    • Miami Herald
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Marta Barber
    Claire Dolan leaves you as unfulfilled as Claire feels after having sex with one of her johns.
    • Miami Herald
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    Despite its stylistic flaws, the acting and the magic of the story make Maelstrom a different kind of film.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Marta Barber
    If you like guessing games, don't miss it.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    An engaging and powerful portrayal of puberty gone awry.
    • Miami Herald
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Marta Barber
    What you'll remember most are a pretty face and the hot and steamy sex scenes. That is not enough.
    • Miami Herald
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Marta Barber
    It's all very sweet, but the film goes in too many directions.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Marta Barber
    Ultimately feels like tiny films glued together by events that often test plausibility. The idea wears thin soon, and some of the characters and their tales get lost in the unstoppable domino chain.
    • Miami Herald
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Marta Barber
    Farmanara bears his soul, and his honesty permeates this work as strongly as the smell of camphor.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    What strikes you the most about this well put-together film is how little you're drawn to either character or really understand where either is coming from.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Marta Barber
    Even the graceful ending, one that lifts the film a notch, is startling. But at the very least, His Secret Life will leave you thinking.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    Medem may have disrobed most of the cast, leaving their bodies exposed, but the plot remains as guarded as a virgin with a chastity belt. That's why Sex and Lucía is so alluring.
    • Miami Herald
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    Under the Sun doesn't intend to be dramatic, much less melodramatic. This beautiful film just wants to capture life's simplicity.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    While Cacoyannis' film may not be totally faithful to the master's pen, for literature students and theater lovers, this Cherry Orchard is a rare treat.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Marta Barber
    Despite Fanda's shenanigans, and many are out-loud funny, Autumn Spring is not that uplifting though it isn't a downer, either. It's more an ode to friendship and marriage.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Marta Barber
    Strong acting from Khoury saves the weak storyline.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Marta Barber
    One shallow film, that quickly returns to where it started: Zero.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Marta Barber
    Sometimes engaging, sometimes amusing and ultimately surprising.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Marta Barber
    Though difficult to understand at times, the language -- a combination of local patois and the characters' particular Indian accent -- is as lush as the cinematography.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Marta Barber
    Simple and austere, The Cuckoo also draws from the mysticism of tales of gnomes and other creatures who inhabit remote Nordic lands. It is that blend of reality with allegory that delivers the film's beauty and charm.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Marta Barber
    Though beautiful at times, it doesn't reach the level of poetry of either de Sica's "Thief" or Lou's "River."

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