For 192 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 39% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 57% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Teo Bugbee's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 River City Drumbeat
Lowest review score: 10 Supercon
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 85 out of 192
  2. Negative: 19 out of 192
192 movie reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Teo Bugbee
    The ensemble builds believable chemistry as intimate family members, and when their characters deliver their arguments for life or death, the stakes feel appropriately high.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Teo Bugbee
    Each line and image feels predetermined, as if Rebane and his characters had already decided this love story was a losing battle. There is loss, but little sense of risk.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Teo Bugbee
    The contest intentionally lacks meaningful rewards, an obvious metaphor for life’s arbitrary stakes. But as cinema, the lack of purpose becomes a test of patience.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Teo Bugbee
    Dudamel is a joyfully appealing figure, and the film benefits from following such an amiable subject. But the documentary lacks the rigor it would take to turn this warm portrait into a proper cinematic symphony.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Teo Bugbee
    It’s a relaxed film, one that allows the audience to sit back and, if not smell the roses, then at least appreciate them.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Teo Bugbee
    Like many of the young inventors she documents, Jacobs has created a project that doesn’t fall apart at first touch. But her film doesn’t meet the mark for excellence, either.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Teo Bugbee
    The reward for waiting for the fog to lift is a movie that presents a unique take on science fiction, one that looks for the ghosts that linger on in a world that has been shaped by technology.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Teo Bugbee
    The contrast between Caleb and Estha remains the movie’s greatest asset. Their relationship grants room for the audience to witness and appreciate their differences, not just culturally, but as fully drawn individuals.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Teo Bugbee
    Without tactical, philosophical or emotional grounding, the battle scenes don’t land with any cinematic force.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Teo Bugbee
    Every frame is flush with warm, saturated color, and the vibrant quality of the images conveys joyous generosity. The most poignant appeal of this movie is the feeling it creates of being welcomed into a family that radiates all things bright and good.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Teo Bugbee
    The effect is a movie that resembles nothing so much as the centerpiece of the Malus menu — a hot dog made with elevated ingredients.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Teo Bugbee
    The metaphors are so obvious that the film becomes trapped in its own cage of archetypes and clichés, and unlike the tiger, there is no champion to open the gates to a more original cinematic world.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Teo Bugbee
    The repetition of verbal and visual storytelling points to the limited scope of this film. A Cops and Robbers Story explores Pegues’s split loyalties, but the talking head interviews tend to isolate characters whose very intimacy is the subject of the film.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Teo Bugbee
    Warner’s story is inspirational but intricate, and this wan film struggles to balance simple storytelling with the complexities of the sport.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Teo Bugbee
    Fuhrman’s performance matches the filmmaking for its intensity. The movie achieves a surreal allure — at times, it’s hard to pay attention to the dialogue because the images and the sound design are already communicating so much.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Teo Bugbee
    The supporting cast compensates with piquancy in the side dishes, but the main course is a flavorless misfire.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Teo Bugbee
    The film succeeds in presenting an on-the-ground view of what it felt like to be inside a hospital in the spring of 2020. It was harrowing, death was everywhere and there was no end in sight.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Teo Bugbee
    The cumulative effect of so much enlightened sitting around is that the movie doesn’t move. There is a lack of action, both visually and emotionally.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Teo Bugbee
    This is the first fictional film directed by the documentarian Tracey Deer, and she brings a good eye for which characters might make a compelling story.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Teo Bugbee
    What this admirably hands-off film shows is how the feelings of anxiety that have surrounded school shootings have been monetized and translated into demand for consumer products. It is a nightmarish vision — the military industrial complex deployed in the halls where children ought to roam.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Teo Bugbee
    The film allows its societies to speak through gestures, whether it is the passing of personal possessions after a death or the brush of bodies behind a bar, and its portrait of both Jewishness and queerness is richer for it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Teo Bugbee
    The greatest asset of the film is its ability to simulate the intimacy of disclosure, and Blair’s comfort with the camera — her actress-y will to entertain — makes her a uniquely endearing subject.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Teo Bugbee
    It’s a test of patience to watch these glass figurines discuss their romantic entanglements, the doll house on the Riviera that they will maybe rent, the bourgeois marriages they will maybe leave. Even the camera seems bored, as if it might wander off.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Teo Bugbee
    The movie lacks the gut punch of live theater, the thrill or discomfort of watching people show their feelings in real time. But as cinema, it demonstrates the effectiveness of simplicity. A well-written script and an exemplary cast can still produce a movie worth watching.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Teo Bugbee
    For a film about misandrist revolutionaries, Mayday lacks the courage of its convictions — it sets up boogeymen as targets only to shoot them point blank, in broad daylight.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Teo Bugbee
    This is a dry comedy that elicits amused recognition rather than belly laughs, and Ulman, as a first-time feature director, makes canny decisions to set a wry tone.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Teo Bugbee
    There is a beautiful act of translation that this documentary observes, as Balanchine’s former students — now wizened teachers themselves — attempt to render his movements into speech.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Teo Bugbee
    For the most part, LaBruce tries to maintain fidelity to the idea that camp is best performed straight. If keeping up the pretense of unwinking entertainment causes the pace to drag at times, at least this movie never fails to follow through on its scandalous promise.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Teo Bugbee
    The movie presents an eye-catching fantasy of a candy-colored Japanese underworld. But the exoticism feels as cheap as a whiff of a green tea and musk cologne called Tokyo wafting over a department store counter. Even Winstead, stoic in her fashionably boyish haircut, looks bored.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Teo Bugbee
    Despite the modern technology, the setting and the sound draws attention to what is retro about this young star’s style, the influences from bossa nova, jazz, and traditional choral music that pop up in her chart-topping records.

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