For 741 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Janet Maslin's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Eight Men Out
Lowest review score: 0 Gummo
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 75 out of 741
741 movie reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Janet Maslin
    Mr. Assayas's screenplay is loose and uneventful, but his direction has more energy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Janet Maslin
    The fierce-looking Sean Bean is outstandingly good as Ryan's main antagonist, and Patrick Bergin brings the right air of calculation to the terrorist mastermind he plays. Several of the film's main sequences, like an encounter between Mr. Bean's Sean Miller and David Threlfall as the police inspector who has been his captor, derive their horror from the looks of pure loathing that these terrorists bestow upon their prey.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Janet Maslin
    Charlie Sheen brings just the right exaggerated seriousness to his ace pilot's role, and Cary Elwes perfectly captures the ingenue arrogance of Topper's handsome rival. Jon Cryer, as a pilot with major eyesight problems, also displays expert deadpan timing, especially when he delivers the film's most uproarious line.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Janet Maslin
    This feature-length concert film is hilarious, putting Mr. Murphy on a par with Mr. Pryor at his best.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Janet Maslin
    Though Three Amigos is the kind of skin-deep contemporary comedy that assembles its stars and then just coasts, it's friendlier than most. And it contains a few elements that are destined for immortality.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Janet Maslin
    The forcefulness and mystery of Mr. Melville's direction often generate an urgency that keeps the film from feeling vague. [30 Nov. 1979]
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Janet Maslin
    In his third and most comfortable effort to model the Bond mantle, Pierce Brosnan bears noticeably more resemblance to a real human being.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Janet Maslin
    The movie has lots of glossy charm even if Ms. Roberts and Grant seem less like lovers than members of a support group for the desperately attractive.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Janet Maslin
    Working Girl is enjoyable even when it isn't credible, which is most of the time. The film, like its heroine, has a genius for getting by on pure charm.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Janet Maslin
    It's cute and jokey and has no particular edge.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Janet Maslin
    Alternately grisly and dull, with few surprises.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 10 Janet Maslin
    A colossally sour and ill-conceived misfire.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 10 Janet Maslin
    It's a film to gall fans of the old television series and perplex anyone else.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Janet Maslin
    Basic Instinct transfers Mr. Verhoeven's flair for action-oriented material to the realm of Hitchcockian intrigue, and the results are viscerally effective even when they don't make sense. Drawing powerfully on the seductiveness of his actors and the intensity of their situation, Mr. Verhoeven easily suspends all disbelief.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Janet Maslin
    It has a light touch, a disarming cast, a well-developed sense of humor and a lot of charm. [27 Feb 1987, p.C17]
    • The New York Times
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Janet Maslin
    Kubrick left one more brilliantly provocative tour de force as his epitaph.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Janet Maslin
    It's too smart to be maudlin.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Janet Maslin
    Mr. Cameron has made a swift, exciting special-effects epic that thoroughly justifies its vast expense and greatly improves upon the first film's potent but rudimentary visual style. He has also broadened his initial idea to encompass better developed characters (after all, the first Terminator was barely verbal), a livelier wit and a more ambitious, if nuttier, message.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Janet Maslin
    If you don't share the film's piercing vision of what really matters, someday you will.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Janet Maslin
    Steven Spielberg's soberly magnificent new war film, the second such pinnacle in a career of magical versatility, has been made in the same spirit of urgent communication. It is the ultimate devastating letter home.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Janet Maslin
    Thanks to exultant wit and so many distinctive voices, Toy Story is both an aural and visual delight.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Janet Maslin
    Brazil may not be the best film of the year, but it's a remarkable accomplishment for Mr. Gilliam, whose satirical and cautionary impulses work beautifully together. His film's ambitious visual style bears this out, combining grim, overpowering architecture with clever throwaway touches.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Janet Maslin
    Lacks the sexy elan of "La Femme Nikita" and suffers from infinitely worse culture shock. [18 Nov 1994, p.C18]
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Janet Maslin
    Despite Mr. Brosnan's best efforts to be lethally debonair, the Bond franchise has sacrificed most of what made this character unique in the first place, turning the world's suavest spy into one more pitchman and fashion plate. This latest film is such a generic action event that it could be any old summer blockbuster, except that its hero is chronically overdressed.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Janet Maslin
    In Hollywood Buddha, Mr. Caland plays, directs and reimagines himself. This is truly a vanity project, as evidenced by the ample amount of screen time he gives his own pecs and thighs.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Janet Maslin
    As a yammering, swishy talk show host, Chris Tucker is flat-out incomprehensible, while Mr. Oldman preens evilly enough to leave tooth marks on the scenery.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Janet Maslin
    The spare, enjoyable Naked Fame, by the documentarian Chris Long, suggests that today's pornography performers enjoy better life options than those revisited in "Inside Deep Throat."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Janet Maslin
    Films like "The Pianist" and "Schindler's List" immerse viewers in the bleakness of that time. The Red Orchestra is set in a sunnier world, which seems more frighteningly false. The bright, quotidian landscape seems a facade that threatens to tumble at any moment.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Janet Maslin
    Mr. Diesel could not have succeeded as a genre-switcher without the proven television talents of the film's able ensemble.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Janet Maslin
    The narrative manages 30 solid minutes of ingenuity, before breaking into a version of Charlie Kaufman-style absurdity.

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