For 655 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 38% 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 Phantom Thread
Lowest review score: 0 Fantastic Four
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 61 out of 655
655 movie reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Bilge Ebiri
    That drifting, elegiac quality (which at times may recall his once-neglected, now-classic Jackie Brown) is the film’s great strength. There are several major set-pieces — some hilarious, some creepy, one absurdly violent — that will get people talking, but perhaps the most powerful is a lengthy, seemingly aimless one that comes smack dab in the middle.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Bilge Ebiri
    It’s the rare actor who can make playing a character this messy look so effortless.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Bilge Ebiri
    Pokémon obsessives will want to check it out, but the movie is mostly an uninspired slog, not committed enough to work as a demented genre picture, and not funny enough to work as a goofy, lighthearted comedy. You chuckle, you go “aww” a couple of times, and that’s it.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Bilge Ebiri
    El Chicano is often exciting, but don’t expect to leave the theater riding an action movie high.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Bilge Ebiri
    Meeting Gorbachev is a hagiography, but it’s unafraid to position itself as such; Herzog makes his case proudly and passionately.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Bilge Ebiri
    It’s a testament to the strength of Thompson’s performance, and DaCosta’s control of tone and action, that for all the bleakness of this world, we keep watching. The result is a work that lingers, grimly, in the mind.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Bilge Ebiri
    What’s worse, the songs often distract from the far more interesting real drama occurring onscreen. Kids may find it engaging, but adults may get more restless than usual. Turn the sound down or play your own music over it, and Penguins may well be a near masterpiece.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Bilge Ebiri
    It is a terrifically scary movie that I wish were more haunting.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Bilge Ebiri
    You don’t have to believe in divine intervention to be moved by this story.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Bilge Ebiri
    It’s unlikely to make new converts, but it’s filled with vibrant, graceful ass-kickery, and sometimes that’s all one wants, and needs.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Bilge Ebiri
    It’s inert where it should be fast, and cluttered and choppy where it should be rousing. Which is a shame, because Hellboy, as conceived, is one of the more interesting comic book heroes we have. He deserves better than this.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Bilge Ebiri
    The Highwaymen never quite manages to conjure a changing world, and as a result its more interesting ideas are left blowing in the wind. But as an excuse to spend some time with Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson doing what Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson do, it’ll do just fine.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Bilge Ebiri
    It’s not hard to enjoy Dumbo. Like the circus owners and carnival crackpots who try to exploit the flying elephant for all he’s worth, Tim Burton still knows how to give us what we want. He may think of himself as the tormented freak on display, but he’s also clearly the all-powerful showman, ready to exploit our sense of wonder.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Bilge Ebiri
    Consumed by its own chilliness, The Aftermath is an emotionally constipated movie about emotional constipation. That may come off as a glib way to describe something that purports to explore the paralyzing nature of grief, but James Kent’s romantic historical drama falls so flat that any sense of tragedy is lost; it’s all surface, and stasis.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Bilge Ebiri
    It’s a charming movie, with charming characters. Lillis is ideally cast as Nancy, often cheerfully undercutting some of her character’s more precocious proclamations, cracking smiles and reminding us that she’s still a kid.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Bilge Ebiri
    It succeeds sporadically as a corrective anti-myth, but as a story about people, it fails to come to life.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Bilge Ebiri
    It’s all quite gorgeous, and surprisingly moving. The Wedding Guest shows just how much you can do with a wisp of a story and a whole lot of cinematic vision.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Bilge Ebiri
    Despite the visual splendor of this movie — the beautifully animated creatures and elegantly imagined settings — what will ultimately determine whether you respond to this final How to Train Your Dragon is how well you remember the earlier entries. For some, it’ll be a moving conclusion to an epic series. For others, it’ll be one less kids’ franchise to worry about.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Bilge Ebiri
    Isn’t It Romantic has plenty of fun toying with various familiar elements and sensibilities, but its deconstructions also feel like resurrections.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Bilge Ebiri
    The easygoing tone of The Gospel of Eureka — sometimes contemplative, sometimes cheerful — distinguishes it from many other documentaries about timely social issues.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Bilge Ebiri
    It’s a lively, occasionally powerful history lesson, and an essential reclamation project.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Bilge Ebiri
    Cold Pursuit ultimately winds up being about how unsatisfying films like Cold Pursuit can be.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Bilge Ebiri
    A hodgepodge of relationship movie clichés occasionally redeemed by a game cast.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Bilge Ebiri
    Ultimately, this is Sanders’s show. His performance breathes new life into one of American literature’s most heartbreaking and controversial characters.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Bilge Ebiri
    This is a film of shifting moods and occasionally contradictory narratives. It’s as much about delusion as it is about gentrification, and as much about friendship as it is about solitude.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Bilge Ebiri
    So what makes The Brink so different from just another platform for this professional troll? Though Klayman sticks to a largely vérité approach of following her subject around and observing his various interactions, she also provides important context.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Bilge Ebiri
    Piercing is an unnerving mix of loveliness and lunacy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Bilge Ebiri
    The Death of Dick Long becomes a symphony of stupidity. I say “symphony” because it’s multivoiced and overpowering. That’s part of the movie’s charm, too: You can feel your brain melting away as you watch it, and that’s not always a bad sensation.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Bilge Ebiri
    The action is creatively staged, without ever getting too intense or scary for young viewers. And the script balances humor, pathos and wish fulfillment as it portrays Alex’s rise from mopey dreamer to confident warrior, without overdoing the mythic portent.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Bilge Ebiri
    The primary pleasure of James Marsh’s understated heist film is the opportunity to watch these icons go from mild-mannered pensioners to snarling, backstabbing hoods. That’s one of its shortcomings, too: We want more, and the picture never quite gives it to us.

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