For 584 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Bilge Ebiri's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Newtown
Lowest review score: 0 Fantastic Four
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 58 out of 584
584 movie reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 20 Bilge Ebiri
    The pitch-black and paper-thin Galveston not only fails to find a way to reinvent, or at least refresh, that old tired idea, it also piles a few more tired ideas on top of it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Bilge Ebiri
    Beckermann wants not so much to contextualize as to invoke — with the hope, perhaps, that placing us in the middle of this debate will create its own context.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Bilge Ebiri
    Apostle is ultimately an absorbing, horrifying movie that’s maybe not as smart as it wants to be. But it is a lot stranger, and more disturbing, than you might expect.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Bilge Ebiri
    In the end, what shines through First Man is the toughness and resilience of the men whose no-nonsense efforts allowed the rest of us to dream.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Bilge Ebiri
    It replicates the template and the atmosphere of the original, but it lacks invention and emotional investment.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Bilge Ebiri
    Swift, entertaining documentary.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Bilge Ebiri
    The director purposefully pulls us this way and that, weaving cinematic spells and then yanking us out of them; as viewers, we are both inside and outside the story.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Bilge Ebiri
    Like many gothic tales, The Little Stranger hangs tantalizingly between genres: It has elements of haunted house thriller, of doomed romance, of psychological thriller, of historical allegory.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Bilge Ebiri
    By sticking to his impressionistic perspective, by fracturing his narrative, Ross achieves something genuinely poetic — a film whose very lightness is the key to its depth.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Bilge Ebiri
    This new version, directed by Danish filmmaker Michael Noer, brings to the story a refreshing intensity and sweep, and even a sense of adventure.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Bilge Ebiri
    Christopher Robin preaches a return to childhood exuberance and frivolity, but its quiet, focused restraint often feels like it’s coming from a very different impulse — an old-world professionalism and humility. It’s a grown-up sensibility applied to a child’s tale, which makes for an occasionally endearing mixture. In today’s world, I’ll take it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Bilge Ebiri
    A cinematic centrifuge of acrobatic stunt work, breakneck chases and immersive action, Mission: Impossible – Fallout is a perfectly calibrated piece of filmmaking that plays the viewer like a drum right from the start.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Bilge Ebiri
    The film is filled with lengthy, sensuous skateboarding scenes, which feel meditative, therapeutic; we sense that these kids skated not because it was fun, but because it helped them to survive.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Bilge Ebiri
    For all its frantic eager-to-please-ness, Hotel Transylvania 3 doesn’t quite achieve the blissfully reliable drumbeat of hilarious throwaway gags that the earlier films managed.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Bilge Ebiri
    Director Stephen Nomura Schible’s understated and moving Coda does a fine job of presenting the composer’s remarkable career as a revelatory journey.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Bilge Ebiri
    The First Purge actually pulls back somewhat on that sense of bloodthirsty anticipation. The violence here feels more tragic than ever, and it’s also some time coming; when Purge Night does start, the killing doesn’t begin immediately.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Bilge Ebiri
    It’s disjointed, and cluttered, but it’s also entertaining in spurts. Is that enough? Just about, and not quite. Ant-Man and the Wasp overloads and underachieves, but it also never entirely squanders the first film’s good will.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Bilge Ebiri
    Tag
    No matter how much they remind us that this is all based on a true story, at heart Tag is still a dumb, goofy Hollywood comedy with big stars running around making glorious asses of themselves. It’d be a pretty good one, too, were it not so afraid to embrace its essence.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Bilge Ebiri
    Incredibles 2 is at its best — which is to say, its funniest and most exciting — when it tackles the internal dynamics of the family itself.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Bilge Ebiri
    I’d urge any viewer to look closely at the lead actress. The emotional journey of the story— and it’s a fairly dramatic one — comes alive and gathers force through her expressions. She is the movie.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Bilge Ebiri
    Sobel lets these conflicting feelings hang in the air, offering no pat conclusions, or convenient corporate bogeymen. By refusing to resolve or reconcile these contradictions, he ensures that we’ll keep thinking about them.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Bilge Ebiri
    It looks and feels familiar, and in an era where studio filmmaking has increasingly become an extension of brand management, that should make a lot of people happy. But I can’t say it made me particularly happy.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 90 Bilge Ebiri
    It is an uncompromising work that will make many viewers frustrated and even furious. I adored pretty much every single glorious, gorgeous goddamn minute of it.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Bilge Ebiri
    Ceylan delivers what might be his funniest, most politically poignant work yet. It also happens to be achingly personal.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Bilge Ebiri
    Honoré’s scenes feel at once composed and curiously mundane, as if he’s trying to take the precision of his earlier work and mix it with a more realist impulse — or, if we’re being less charitable, as if he’s trying to will his aesthetic into something more “mature.”
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Bilge Ebiri
    Lee Chang-dong’s dexterity with the telling minutiae of human interactions ensures that Burning makes for an emotionally gripping film. I’m not sure he sticks the landing, however: The finale, while it doesn’t actually resolve anything, felt to me more convenient than convincing. But maybe that’s because I had too much invested in these characters.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Bilge Ebiri
    Mitchell has interesting ideas, and his actors seem to be having fun, but that’s not enough when the film itself lacks atmosphere, or tension, or emotional engagement.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Bilge Ebiri
    Lazzaro Felice has genuine sweep and grandeur, and Rohrwacher’s most impressive feat here might be her ability to find just the right narrative and emotional distance for each section of the story, as it moves from rustic drama to picaresque journey to more pointed social allegory; we’re always given just enough information to understand and appreciate the characters’ interactions and motivations.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Bilge Ebiri
    A movie can and should stand on its own, of course, but it still needs to find a way to give weight and scope to this intimate miniature. And while Dominic Cooke’s film succeeds at much of what it attempts, I can’t shake the feeling that there’s a dimension missing.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Bilge Ebiri
    Narratively, the music in Cold War is a means to an end; emotionally, however, it’s everything, often expressing what the characters cannot say themselves.

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