For 164 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 40% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 59% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Amy Taubin's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Quadrophenia (re-release)
Lowest review score: 10 Boricua's Bond
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 80 out of 164
  2. Negative: 34 out of 164
164 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Amy Taubin
    Probably more terse than it needs to be, but the dramatic line has an elegance and drive that reinforces the unexpected turns of the story.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Amy Taubin
    Runaway Bride isn't as offensive as most studio romantic comedies—just pointless and dull.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Amy Taubin
    Merendino's most innovative directorial strategy is to collapse present and past by having Lillard shout Stevo's reflections about his youthful rebellion directly at the camera, while the scene he's describing in the past tense takes place behind him. I know it sounds like a Brechtian affectation, but it works.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 10 Amy Taubin
    So extremely stupid and incompetent, I doubt that even the most impartial critic could find much to praise.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Amy Taubin
    This is the Julia Roberts performance her fans have been waiting for.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Amy Taubin
    It seems like a more witty, wise, and succinct "Magnolia."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Amy Taubin
    Forster not only makes this unlikely story emotionally believable, he moves you to tears. Lakeboat isn't much of a film, but for Forster fans, it's indispensable.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Amy Taubin
    So hackneyed and so condescending to its potential audience (adult women) that even Lifetime might hesitate before running it.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Amy Taubin
    Part cautionary tale, part moral-uplift saga, Brokedown Palace is as dull as it's absurd.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Amy Taubin
    The three-act structure is too predictable, and at 90 minutes, feels both draggy and hacked to the bone.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Amy Taubin
    Sweet, ribald, and even inspired in an off-the-cuff way.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Amy Taubin
    Schneebaum is a great subject; the film doesn't quite make the most of him.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Amy Taubin
    It does offer Annaud the opportunity to show his directorial muscle in elaborate battle scenes, where many bodies are torn apart and blood flows freely.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 10 Amy Taubin
    Valentine isn't exploitative or trendy in the manner of so many indie films. Rather, it seems like the kind of art film that might have been dreamed up by a feverish high schooler.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 80 Amy Taubin
    The most progressive, good-hearted studio film of the summer.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Amy Taubin
    Its exploration of faith and love is skin deep.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Amy Taubin
    Singer achieves remarkable intimacy with his subjects.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Amy Taubin
    Egoyan, whose sophisticated eye is connected to a brain that seems, for the moment, to have gone dead.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Amy Taubin
    Far too tepid.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Amy Taubin
    A sympathetic but conventional disease-of-the-week movie.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Amy Taubin
    Director Eric Bross has a smooth nonstyle that serves him well until the screenplay turns melodramatic at the end.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Amy Taubin
    A sub-sitcom stretched to an interminable 85 minutes.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Amy Taubin
    Eccentric and thoroughly winning.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Amy Taubin
    Tender, poignant, and homoerotically charged, this complicated father-son relationship is brought to life by two brilliant actors and a director who's canny enough to give them all the room they need.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Amy Taubin
    More mushy than mystical.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Amy Taubin
    We may not want another film about incest, but there's a necessity about this one that won't be denied.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Amy Taubin
    This adaptation of John Irving's novel--- is as paternalistic, puffed-up, and dull as a congressional debate about abortion rights.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Amy Taubin
    East/West fusion aside, The Musketeer is a stale Euro-pudding.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Amy Taubin
    Series 7 could have turned out as ugly as the second season of "Survivor," were it not for the pleasure Minahan takes in melodrama.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Amy Taubin
    Gibson has never lacked chemistry with his leading ladies, from Sigourney Weaver in "The Year of Living Dangerously" to Julia Roberts in "Conspiracy Theory," but faced with the awkward Hunt -- Hollywood's bland antidote to the Lolita syndrome -- he doesn't even try.

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