Vince Mancini

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For 76 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Vince Mancini's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Border
Lowest review score: 16 The Dead Don't Die
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 76
  2. Negative: 7 out of 76
76 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Vince Mancini
    It’s not that Hobbs & Shaw attracts dumbness so much as inspires it. You watch it with your mouth dangling half-open, chuckling like Beavis And Butthead, and that’s part of the appeal. Spectacle doesn’t need to be smart.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Vince Mancini
    Every shot in Midsommar is such a feast for the senses that you’re happy to go wherever it takes you — a sunshine-and-flowers-filled waking nightmare.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Vince Mancini
    Toy Story 4 works overtime to find the humanity in all its characters, even the scary ones, despite the fact that it exists in a world of sentient toys and anthropomorphic garbage. That is not only endearingly sweet, but kind of wild.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 16 Vince Mancini
    I can’t think of many less valuable experiences than sitting through some bored rich guy’s extended series of inside jokes and half-baked complaints about smartphones.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 50 Vince Mancini
    Booksmart’s version of specificity mostly feels like old tropes sporting new stickers. It seems to take place in this weird bubble, where everyone is sexy and Yale-bound and achingly cool (even its supposedly uncool protagonist is the class president). That it never really acknowledges this makes you wonder if the filmmakers know it exists.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 83 Vince Mancini
    Exuberantly gross and proudly ridiculous, this Hellboy feels like the picture Glenn Danzig sees in his head when he doodles in his notebook.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 42 Vince Mancini
    Little would’ve required Oscar-caliber writing and a once-in-a-lifetime child actor to pull off, and it just doesn’t have those. It has Regina Hall but it can’t use her.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Vince Mancini
    Pet Sematary is beautifully acted, suspensefully paced, competently staged, and overall is pretty successful at delivering that chilling sense of unease and redolent grossness that the best adaptations of Stephen King’s horror stories do. Yet its departures from the source material and from the previous, 1989 adaptation are lateral moves at best, and its capacity to ultimately deliver on the promise of its premise is middling — though not any more so than in the book or the previous adaptation.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Vince Mancini
    The Highwaymen seems to want to be reactionary but comes off merely crotchety.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Vince Mancini
    To be fair, Cold Pursuit is rarely boring. You’re never particularly invested, but its shrill unpredictability is like a circus performance. It’s impressive the sheer amount of calories being burned despite the lack of believable characters or compelling situations.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Vince Mancini
    The Report has just enough humor and absurdity and Adam Driver to cut through its justified righteous indignation. It doesn’t sacrifice importance for entertainment, or vice versa.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Vince Mancini
    It’s scholarly to the point that it’s bloodless, a dowdy tweed jacket of a film.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Vince Mancini
    Extremely Wicked‘s portrayal yawns with a sense of incompleteness.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Vince Mancini
    McKay’s style is both frustrating and refreshing, doing things other filmmakers should’ve done a long time ago but in his own, idiosyncratic manner.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Vince Mancini
    It’s certainly fair that Creed II would be about fathers and legacies and trying to avenge the family name, but without political context, the big fight is no longer a clash of ideas.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 58 Vince Mancini
    Mary Queen of Scot’s characterizations are confused, its themes murky. Such that when we leave the theater our dominant impression is “boy, that sure was a story, huh?” Which is to say, a tale in which a lot of wild things happened but we’re not entirely sure what they meant.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Vince Mancini
    Its power is in the way it says that injustice isn’t out of place in a heartwarming family drama; it’s part and parcel to these characters’ experience, to being black in America. Like the blues, Beale Street can soothe even as it tells a disturbing story. It’s easily one of the best of the year.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Vince Mancini
    The frustrating thing about Mary Poppins Returns is that it’s constantly teasing us with something more.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Vince Mancini
    If you scratch the surface, Buster Scruggs gets to the root of what the Coen Brothers’ work is about, and what it’s always been about.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Vince Mancini
    Green Book certainly paints a rosy picture of race relations, but ultimately I don’t think its little white lies are a bad thing. Like my father did with me, it’s telling us a story that makes our grandfathers seem better than they probably were. But it does so as an example of how we should be, as an aspirational ideal that maybe we’ll live up to one day even if we didn’t yesterday.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 58 Vince Mancini
    A lean heist movie with this cast could’ve been an incredible thing, and the performances alone keep Widows from ever being too boring. But the story got away from them on this one. A movie that’s about too much ends up being about nothing.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Vince Mancini
    Halloween is tasteful and clever and understands its source material enough to appeal to leave the superfans cheering (I should know, I sat next to one). But I couldn’t help thinking that it sells the original better than it sells itself. Which is just fine.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Vince Mancini
    It seems to attempt both schlocky fun gore and disturbingly realistic gore, which feels like an uneasy mix. Whatever line there is between fun, cathartic gore and enervating, off-putting, borderline mean-spirited gore, Apostle crosses it, at least for me. Not exactly a fun time by the end, and it was hard to divine a higher purpose for it (something about religion, I guess?). Hell of a premise, cast, and setting though. And points for boldness.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Vince Mancini
    Perhaps Kusama was trying to bring a greater authenticity to the self-destructive detective trope, and fine, that’s a reasonable goal, but the movie around it isn’t quite grounded enough to pull it off.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Vince Mancini
    That Goddard is so conversant with pop cinema tropes is both his greatest strength and his weakness.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Vince Mancini
    It’s not quite horror, crime, or comedy — it really just is “fantastic,” in every sense of the word.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Vince Mancini
    Some movies provoke and challenge, others are just fun as hell. The World Is Yours is firmly among the latter, feeling “Hollywood” in all the best ways, though it’s also sneaky smart. If you have any friends that hate arthouse movies and refuse to read subtitles, this is the movie to convert them.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 91 Vince Mancini
    The Angel is funny as hell, outrageous without feeling sensational, visually beautiful, and immensely enjoyable as unpredictable eye candy. It’s one of those movies that’s so fun that it ends up feeling much shorter than it actually is.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Vince Mancini
    It’s not the kind of film you watch waiting for “the answer.” Saulnier isn’t going to solve the equation for you in Hold The Dark. But he is going to kick your ass.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 83 Vince Mancini
    I Think We’re Alone Now is compelling from start to finish, yet somehow not entirely satisfying. Not because there’s anything wrong with it, simply because I wish there was more.

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