For 616 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 1.7 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 The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence)
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 60 out of 616
616 movie reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Bilge Ebiri
    On its surface, Dumplin’ is a slight, charming comedy about beauty pageants and learning to be yourself, but watch closely enough and you might see some of the new moves it brings to an otherwise predictable routine.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Bilge Ebiri
    It’s hard to untangle the film’s many bizarre indulgences, which at times seem intended to titillate as much as disturb, and yet somehow do neither. It’s all a bit too ludicrous to be sensuous or unsettling, or ultimately all that insightful.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 10 Bilge Ebiri
    To go with its bizarre plotting and shrill performances, the film seems to have been edited in a Cuisinart. But those are the least of its crimes.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Bilge Ebiri
    The stranger Tyrel gets, the more accurate it feels. The ecosystem of behaviors and attitudes on display is so unnervingly sharp that some of us may well find ourselves wincing in recognition.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Bilge Ebiri
    Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is a more troubled beast, the surly goth teen of the Kipling remake pack, with maybe a touch of pyromania and an alarming fondness for blood. Its edges are rougher, and its animation isn’t quite as jaw-dropping. But it’s also beautiful in its own phantasmagoric way.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Bilge Ebiri
    I walked away from this picture both moved and confused. Because it’s got Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz in top form, The Mercy nails the emotion, but comes up somewhat short as a narrative.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Bilge Ebiri
    Fluctuating between the minor daily occurrences of Kun’s life and his touching sojourns into the past and the future, Hosoda’s film privileges moments of emotion over belabored story mechanics. Thus, it gathers complexity without sacrificing any of its guileless modesty.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Bilge Ebiri
    Somewhere amid the film’s ornate imagery and deliriously irreverent humor, we might begin to realize that we’re watching a terrifying, incisive satire about the ways that a life lived online makes monsters of us all.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Bilge Ebiri
    While it’s broadly predictable in all the usual ways, Creed II admirably toys with our emotional allegiances just enough that we’re not always sure of how we feel about where it’s all headed.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Bilge Ebiri
    It’s enough to make me wonder if this series might still have a few decent tricks left up its sleeve. We’ll see. This movie’s a bust, but I’ll let myself remain hopeful.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Bilge Ebiri
    Instant Family is a surprisingly foul-mouthed, filled-to-bursting roller coaster of a comedy-melodrama that tosses you in eight different directions before leaving you a teary, conflicted mess. And when it works, it’s genuinely funny and moving. But when it doesn’t, hoo boy, it’s atrocious.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Bilge Ebiri
    Jonathan is good enough for us to want it to be better.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Bilge Ebiri
    This is an atmospheric, well-acted film that leaves us mostly cold.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Bilge Ebiri
    The result was one of the most acclaimed albums of her career — and one of the most elusive film projects of all time, full of twists and turns that would have made Orson Welles order a stiff drink.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Bilge Ebiri
    The film never stops loving these characters. Mantzoukas brilliantly juggles all the different forces of Richard’s personality so that we never quite know what to make of this guy, which in turn means that we never quite know what will happen next with him and Nat.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Bilge Ebiri
    Everything has been watered down: the intensity of the hero, the sense of sexual danger, the violence.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Bilge Ebiri
    It makes for an intriguing combination of tones and rhythms — urgency running up against paralysis — that speaks to the twisted dynamism of our political process, then and now.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Bilge Ebiri
    The good news is that within its own little cinematic fantasy realm, Scott Mosier and Yarrow Cheney’s The Grinch manages to be pleasantly moving in its treatment of Seuss’s classic solitary crank. As voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, the Grinch is a surly, sour, but ultimately wounded soul.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Bilge Ebiri
    As seen in the film’s terrifying opening and its gruesome climax, Avery deftly orchestrates some grisly, intense set pieces. He delivers on the thrills, even if the story leaves something to be desired.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Bilge Ebiri
    The film’s elegant compositions themselves are painterly, with the actors carefully posed; and the atmosphere is theatrical, with crisp line readings and sparsely populated frames. Those elements, plus a meandering story line, may not make for a particularly involving narrative experience. But it sure is nice to look at.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Bilge Ebiri
    With this documentary, Morgan Neville has made a movie about Orson Welles that would have transfixed the great master himself.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Bilge Ebiri
    It’s a mess, whatever it is, but it’s not without its charms.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Bilge Ebiri
    The artistry here lies in the mutations and permutations of language and rhythm that are spoken onscreen. Bodied is uneven, but it has the fire where it counts.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Bilge Ebiri
    Clark likes to linger on close-ups of intertwined naked bodies, and he seems to admire these characters’ freedom. But ultimately, it all feels whisper thin: The film, already quite short, doesn’t offer enough about any of these people for us to care genuinely about what happens to them.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Bilge Ebiri
    It’s an artful portrait of a world that refuses the order we try to impose on it when we close ourselves off to heartache, doubt and pain.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Bilge Ebiri
    While the film does take some twists and turns — some fairly contrived — it mostly drills down and explores her emotional conundrum without drawing symbolic conclusions about the world we live in.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Bilge Ebiri
    Patrick Wang’s A Bread Factory has an immense cast, a deliberate pace and thematic ambition to spare — but it also has a ground-level, plain-spoken modesty that renders it hypnotic.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Bilge Ebiri
    The focus on the workings of an American institution may remind some of the expansive comedies of Robert Altman or the documentaries of Frederick Wiseman. But also, the blurring of the line between performance and reality, the embrace of an intimate theatricality, recalls the work of Jacques Rivette. These are cinematic giants, and this director may be on his way to joining them.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Bilge Ebiri
    The film doesn’t offer many huge belly laughs — Atkinson has never been one for big comic climaxes — but it does deliver a fairly steady stream of pleasant chuckles, many of them mixed with generous doses of humiliation comedy.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Bilge Ebiri
    Hunter Killer won’t win any awards for originality, but it may win a couple for the brazenness with which it stacks clichés upon clichés. Basically, it’s "Crimson Tide" meets "Lone Survivor" meets "Under Siege" meets a Russian variation on "Olympus Has Fallen," with a bit of "Geostorm" thrown in. At least three of those movies are pretty good, so the overall math works in the film’s favor.

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