For 843 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Sheri Linden's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Work
Lowest review score: 0 Awakened
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 50 out of 843
843 movie reviews
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Sheri Linden
    Where the movie hits flat notes is in the way it spells out its points rather than letting friction percolate through the action.
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    • 50 Sheri Linden
    Though its running time is brief and a lot of the writing is sharp, the tug-of-war between a onetime literary lion and his wide-eyed No. 1 fan lacks the necessary tension to make the drama's outcome matter.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    As a glimpse at the nitty-gritty of building a music career in the '60s and '70s, the film is instructive, though the record-by-record trajectory could have been tighter. Tracing the ups and downs and stops and starts, Firmager sometimes lands in the weeds and loses the beat. The film is strongest in its portrait of the formative years of Quatro's career and their emotional residue, which turns out to be the core of this chronicle.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Gathering new interviews and a fine selection of archival material, British documentarian Leslie Woodhead tells Fitzgerald's story with a sure feel for the joyous swing and sultry depths of that voice, and a sensitive eye on the complexities of life as a self-made Black woman in 20th century America.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    Lee and Smith shine a damning, sorrowful light on American racism, through the shattered prism of spring 1992 in Los Angeles. With its dazzling wordplay and densely layered profusion of history and biography, Rodney King is an experience as cerebral as it is visceral.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Yakin and his terpsichorean cast take exhilarating chances of the sort all too seldom seen on screens these days.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Sheri Linden
    The idea of a literal crypt of living family secrets has a movie-ready, over-the-top absurdity, but in this smoothed-over telling, there's no dramatic juice, no impact — just pieces on a chess board, waiting to be maneuvered.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Within the culinary world and beyond, the honors and accolades have been plentiful for Kennedy, who's been compared to Julia Child, Mick Jagger and Indiana Jones. Whomever her extraordinary life might bring to mind, this grande dame of gastronomy has lived it on her own terms.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Sheri Linden
    Good-looking and technically well crafted, the film struggles to get past pastiche and conjure an involving world of its own.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Sheri Linden
    As a harmless time-waster, Good Trip has its charms, but also its oversold shtick.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    A welcome corrective to the abridged and widely accepted narrative that dismisses Cash's first marriage as "troubled," My Darling Vivian relates a little-known love story, great in its own right — and immortalized in Cash's first hit, "I Walk the Line." And it offers a nuanced portrait, loving but not fawning, of a complex woman.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Sheri Linden
    It's an eloquent contribution to af Klint's rediscovery, which began four decades after her 1944 death. It's also a cogent argument for why that rediscovery impels nothing less than a rewriting of art history.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Sheri Linden
    Even though the movie poses questions worth pondering, it's self-inoculated against doing the pondering. With all the long, loving glances at the orderly pastel interiors of Jean's home, and the constant nudging reassurance of the score, the narrative has been too padded against sharp angles to register a seismic jolt.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Director Martha Stephens' atmospheric period piece is in many ways its own planet: The world it conjures is a woman's world — not a world that women created or rule, but one where their longings, dissatisfactions and sorrows are center stage, and most of the story's men and boys look on from the periphery, when they're not lashing out.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    This isn't a deep dive into what makes one man tick, but a multilayered exploration of the love and devotion that animals inspire, whether the critter is your companion or your patient. Contained within the stories in Dog Doc is a visionary approach to caring for animals and ourselves, a way of more truly sharing the planet rather than trying to control it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    Neither the screenplay nor the agile direction insists on neat resolutions for any of the characters, and there's a double-edged charge as the foursome make collective and individual progress, slide back and try again: the women recognizing each other in ways they otherwise never would have imagined, the half-sisters slowly becoming friends.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Jenkins' one and only feature weaves living history, charged and messy, into a homespun, hopeful tale. It's impossible not to wonder about — and wish for — what he might have done next.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Sheri Linden
    What Kovgan's utterly transporting film does, through a thoughtful and dynamic combination of curated material and new performances, is radiate the rapturous power of dance.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    There's a wrenching sadness to this simply told story, but also but also a heartrending hope.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    A less muddled, less self-conscious Queen & Slim could have been an indelible waking dream. Instead, it's hit-and-miss. But Waithe and Matsoukas are on to something, and it's the undercurrents rather than the filmmakers' more obvious exertions that hit the mark.
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    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Even when the story feels strained, the chemistry among the performers has oomph as their characters taunt one another, celebrate big wins, ride out setbacks and mastermind double-crosses. And the uneven shenanigans sail home smoothly with an exhilarating and ultra-satisfying switcheroo.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Sheri Linden
    The story's final, intended aha moment falls woefully flat, but capping this flawed valentine to artistic independence is a closing-credits nod to Easy Rider, especially poignant so soon after Peter Fonda's death.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Sheri Linden
    But for all its vividly detailed eccentricity, the movie, like Abby, connects the dots rather too easily. As Clifton Hill digs deeper into exceedingly sordid stuff, it doesn't dish up the kind of aha moments or chilling frissons that would lift the story from clever contrivance — until a final, delicious twist pulls the rug out from under this richly atmospheric but not always convincing tale.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Sheri Linden
    Technically, it wouldn't be wrong to call Waves a "teen drama," but that generic label doesn't begin to convey the emotional scope of this tender, bruising, exuberant film.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Sheri Linden
    Writer-director Gray's handsomely crafted planet-hopping drama is by turns vividly eventful and deliberate in its uneventfulness, and it feels caught, somewhat awkwardly, between stark simplicity and violent leaps into hyperdrive.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Sheri Linden
    What's missing in this Kitchen is heat. A B-movie summer diversion at best, it's more a collection of genre tropes than an involving crime drama.
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    • 80 Sheri Linden
    A winning combination of thoughtfulness and exuberance.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Sheri Linden
    Ladkani's Sea of Shadows is a stirring adventure — inspiring and heartbreaking in equal measure.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Sheri Linden
    The documentary's talking heads include Rubin's aunt and cousin as well as artists, friends and critics — notably Amy Taubin, whose personal recollections are particularly incisive. Even with this mix of voices, Smith doesn't try to fill in the many gaps in Rubin's story but to honor them, along with her creative and spiritual impulses.
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    • 50 Sheri Linden
    It works mainly in fits and starts, though there's no question that the movie's depiction of the effects of Soviet rule on a nomadic population will be eye-opening for many Western viewers, and deeply resonant for Kazakhstanis.

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