For 17 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Sarah Milner's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 73
Highest review score: 90 Fancy Dance
Lowest review score: 40 Monstrous
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
17 movie reviews
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Sarah Milner
    65 mainly suffers from weak writing. Action movies don't need to be cranial to be fun, but there should be some stability in the plot. Beck and Woods really struggle to balance the tone, communicate character motivation, and generally craft a compelling story.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Sarah Milner
    This is a film about moving on and growing up. This is well-traveled territory in terms of subject matter, and nothing on display is especially groundbreaking or new. And yet, there's a nostalgic charm here that is compelling, and the writing, direction, and acting are all so strong — and that counts for something.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Sarah Milner
    Fancy Dance has excellent performances, elevated by the script's deft composition. There's a remarkable nuance at play in this story of womanhood, parenthood, sexuality, community, and coming of age. It all feels so real and authentic.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Milner
    The film's introspective approach works well for developing mood, and its reliance on implied events, rather than telling or otherwise revealing the history, invites the audience to fill these gaps, thereby forcing participation in the narrative construction. It's a powerful debut for Wells, and a pleasure to watch.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Milner
    Between the charming hand-drawn aesthetic, the imaginative setting, and the myth-like narrative structure, it has that rare quality of being truly timeless; this is a film that could have come out forty years ago, and will feel as relevant generations from now as it does today. 
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Sarah Milner
    Alternating between exuberant and exhilarating, heart-warming and horrific, "The Swimmers" is an ambitious picture that tells an almost unbelievable tale of struggle, perseverance, and triumph.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Sarah Milner
    Rather than portray its characters as glorious heroes bravely fighting for their country, or even ending the film on an optimistic note, "All Quiet on the Western Front" is tragic from beginning to end, and is relentlessly, almost unbearably, bleak. That's the point. It's the ultimate anti-war war film.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Sarah Milner
    Moments of levity and joy twinkle throughout the crackling, tense narrative, endearing the characters to us viewers. It's a fierce message against the oppressors, unapologetically feminist in reckoning against the patriarchy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Sarah Milner
    Wendell & Wild is a triumph — in terms of animation, of representation, and of being very, very fun to watch.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 55 Sarah Milner
    This is one of those movies where the soundtrack is far and wide the best element. 
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Milner
    What follows is an unconventional love story that — although is diverts from and subverts many of the tropes we've grown accustomed to in the genre — feels honest and real for anyone with experience in LGBTQ+ spaces.  
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Sarah Milner
    It's one story that provides a mere snapshot of a larger problem in the U.S. — but it's a very detailed picture, and one that humanizes the people behind the addictions.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 65 Sarah Milner
    Those who remember a time when afternoons were spent pumping quarters into Street Fighter II and fantasizing about Sylvester Stallone beating up your bullies, will no doubt feel a surge of nostalgia — and a healthy dose of dopamine — watching Samaritan.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Sarah Milner
    For how borderline cheesy the movie is on occasion, director Lucie Jourdan does an excellent job of emphasizing the heinous nature of the doctor's actions, while humanizing the patients and making the children's plight sympathetic.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Sarah Milner
    Spiderhead is a movie that defies conventional genre labels, and while Kosinski isn't always successful in balancing the various elements, I have to admit: this is one hell of a ride.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Sarah Milner
    The documentary makes an effort to drive home just how much harm illegal abortions cause — but in terms of the presentation, more could have been done to highlight the horrific and tragic nature of the real history.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Sarah Milner
    There's a difference between intentionally misleading the audience and cleverly setting up, then subverting, expectations. Ultimately, "Monstrous" does the former, leaning far too heavily on expository dialogue that fundamentally contradicts everything the audience is seeing.

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