Merle Bertrand

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For 91 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Merle Bertrand's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 90 American Splendor
Lowest review score: 20 Wing Commander: Space Will Never Be the Same
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 91
  2. Negative: 4 out of 91
91 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Merle Bertrand
    Just a plain old fun movie.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Merle Bertrand
    "We are who we are," is the mantra for this grim urban drama. That human escape velocity can be awfully hard to reach with all those bad influences hanging around.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Merle Bertrand
    By turns infuriating, charming, wistful and annoying, Kwik Stop winds up a touching, if frustrating film.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Merle Bertrand
    The resulting concoction is a cinematic elixir that disappoints, no matter how much hypnosis one is under.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Merle Bertrand
    ZigZag rests heavily on Jones III's sensational turn as the lead character. Capable of drawing empathy without pity from an audience, his ZigZag is the unlikely constant in a world swirling with change and intrigue.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Merle Bertrand
    This soothing, elegantly-crafted film is such a marvelous piece of work.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Merle Bertrand
    Ultimately sinks beneath the waves of the Caspian Sea.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 80 Merle Bertrand
    Romantic comedies have become something of a tired staple in indie filmmaking, these days. Yet, odd as it may seem, it's the unlikely interracial geriatric chops on display in The Annihilation of Fish that breathe new life into the genre.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Merle Bertrand
    This white trash "War of the Roses" is a surprisingly engaging film.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Merle Bertrand
    Makes a good chick flick for guys who want to appear artsy by taking their date to a foreign language film. Just remember: front row...and don't forget the aspirin.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Merle Bertrand
    Solid debut effort from Lisa Cholodenko.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Merle Bertrand
    Highly entertaining film.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Merle Bertrand
    One of the most wildly original, dryly comical, and smartly structured films ever created.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Merle Bertrand
    The kind of film that requires a lot of work and patience on behalf of the viewer, not to mention a willingness to set aside prejudices and the fear inherent when we meet people different from us. As such, while you may not necessarily like By Hook or By Crook, you won't forget it, either.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Merle Bertrand
    For the most part, Gerry is a lot of self-indulgent baloney.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Merle Bertrand
    Unlikely but winning farce.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Merle Bertrand
    With its clumsy storytelling and lack of someone to filter Duvall's gushiness about the subject matter, Assassination Tango winds up shooting itself in its own dancing feet.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Merle Bertrand
    The best thing about The Slaughter Rule -- is that the film refuses to succumb to the temptation of a glorious Hollywood feel-good happy ending.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Merle Bertrand
    Secretary, like the type of relationship it explores, is not for everybody. But it does what good films do best; that is to provoke us, push our buttons, make us think and maybe even entertain us in the process.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Merle Bertrand
    Listless clunker.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Merle Bertrand
    This well made, slightly cornball and riotously comical romantic comedy not only extols the old fashioned American dream, but charmingly celebrates the virtues of the great American melting pot as well.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Merle Bertrand
    Takes a while to get rolling, but builds fairly well once it finally does. Part of the problem, no doubt, is Shokrina's decision to have the dialogue rapidly alternate between English and (presumably) Persian, with subtitles. This is a highly disorienting distraction.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Merle Bertrand
    An unusual tale about an often over-glorified era from our past, The Scoundrel's Wife exposes wartime America's sordid small town underbelly in a captivating, even entertaining manner.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Merle Bertrand
    Yes, there is a very palpable lesbian erotic undercurrent pervading this film. However, the reason it's so palpable is because it's so subtly and deftly handled...AND it's only one thread of the film's storyline.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Merle Bertrand
    One of those films where, even though you're pretty sure you know where it's going, it's still fun to get there.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Merle Bertrand
    Brilliantly scripted and full of a virtual Who's Who of familiar faces, The Big Lebowski is yet another golden hunk of totally unique celluloid from the versatile Brothers Cohen.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Merle Bertrand
    This has the unmistakable feel of a vanity project about it, which makes it a little tough to take either Dillon or the film seriously.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 20 Merle Bertrand
    When all is said and done, then, the only thing this juvenile and shameless "Star Wars" knock-off does is whet your appetite for the real deal.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Merle Bertrand
    A powerful no-frills drama. It's a film that never flinches from its colorful, if sometimes cruel namesake neighborhood and the people who populate it.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Merle Bertrand
    While certainly an entertaining and intriguing film, one simply can't get past the notion that we're watching semi-famous actors pretending to be their more famous characters.

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