Kenji Fujishima

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For 172 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 25% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 72% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kenji Fujishima's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 91 Right Now, Wrong Then
Lowest review score: 10 Honeyglue
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 88 out of 172
  2. Negative: 37 out of 172
172 movie reviews
    • 34 Metascore
    • 67 Kenji Fujishima
    Brain On Fire is often effective, and at times positively enraging, but one can’t help but lament the much more disquieting film that might have resulted had the filmmakers been more willing to trust the facts of Cahalan’s case to speak for themselves instead of feeling a need to shove them into uplifting platitudes
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Kenji Fujishima
    The film adopts a half-hearted variation on A Beautiful Mind's gimmicky approach to grappling with a man's mental illness.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Kenji Fujishima
    The film's approach to exploring the Sonoran Desert and topic of immigration often veers toward the avant-garde.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Kenji Fujishima
    The film's most crucial shortcoming lies in its failure to illuminate both the inner life of its subject and his artistic genius.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Kenji Fujishima
    The filmmaker brings enough original aesthetic touches to the table, as well as a fresh cultural perspective to the broader socioeconomic issues he broaches, that Diamond Island rarely feels derivative.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Kenji Fujishima
    As stimulating as it is, the animation ends up being more pictorial than expressive—an initially fancy but eventually rather monotonous way to dress up what is ultimately a mundane drag of a detective procedural.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 Kenji Fujishima
    By privileging the white characters in its narrative, Victoria & Abdul exposes itself as insidiously hypocritical.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Kenji Fujishima
    The film is less contemptuous of Brad than compassionate: brutally honest about his faults, yet ultimately understanding of them.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Kenji Fujishima
    With its impeccably framed wide compositions, immersive long takes, and a cross-cutting narrative style that touches on the work of Matthew Barney—or, in a considerably more mainstream vein, Christopher Nolan—The Challenge feels like avant-garde art more than anything else.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Kenji Fujishima
    Dickinson, in his film debut, almost makes this familiar narrative feel fresh.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Kenji Fujishima
    The film plays like a human-interest story in which all of the humanity has been gutted in favor of deadening narrative efficiency.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 30 Kenji Fujishima
    Much of the humor in Ripped fails to inspire more than a mild chuckle at best, in part because Epstein’s deliberate pacing sucks the air out of countless scenes.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Kenji Fujishima
    The deeper Some Freaks wades into what becomes a series of sadistic and masochistic humiliations, the more McDonald’s film begins to feel schematic, with these characters little more than pawns in a screenwriter’s game of toying with our expectations.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Kenji Fujishima
    Rahul Jain’s film conveys with revelatory force the mechanization of people in an industrialized milieu.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 65 Kenji Fujishima
    Hers is a humane vision that refuses to cast easy judgment on her deeply flawed characters, never excusing them for their unwise decisions, but understanding the inner anguish from which they arise.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 51 Kenji Fujishima
    Brigsby Bear is so committed to its brand of self-congratulatory uplift that the filmmakers refuse to contemplate any of their material’s darker aspects.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 53 Kenji Fujishima
    Oldroyd...maintains such a rigorous distance from Katherine that she gradually seems less like a human being than like a mere carnival attraction.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Kenji Fujishima
    What makes it play as more than just another activist doc is its focus on the power of images as a way to inspire change.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 73 Kenji Fujishima
    Hawkins’ performance in Maudie is as indelible a feat of psychological imagination as it is of physical dedication.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Kenji Fujishima
    Score may be little more than a superficial primer on a dizzyingly expansive subject, but Schrader offers just enough to satisfy both film-music novices and dyed-in-the-wool fanatics.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Kenji Fujishima
    To some degree, Rough Night's attention to character detail compensates for its weaknesses as a comedy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Kenji Fujishima
    Cohn’s film is ultimately a genuinely inspiring one, noteworthy in the way it achieves its uplift honestly and without sentimentality.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 69 Kenji Fujishima
    If The Hero works at all, it’s because Elliott brings a measure of emotional truth to even the most sentimental of plot developments, and because Haley exudes such warm patience for his lead actor’s rhythms and cadences.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Kenji Fujishima
    Paisley and McGuinness's intellectual back and forth is rendered so compellingly that one wishes the filmmakers didn’t feel a need to resort to a surfeit of momentum-killing plot contrivances.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Kenji Fujishima
    As impressively exhaustive as it is as a work of history, Dawson City: Frozen Time plays even more affectingly as Morrison’s most direct love letter to cinema: as a tool not only for recording history, but also for capturing between-the-lines truths that history books can only graze.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Kenji Fujishima
    Wakefield is… well, let’s just say, its insights into human nature are limited, at best.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Kenji Fujishima
    Band Aid never quite adds up to more than the sum of its fleeting charms.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Kenji Fujishima
    Past Life does add up to more than the sum of its heavy-handed miscalculations.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 38 Kenji Fujishima
    Everyone here, from fellow marines to Iraqis, is merely a supporting player in Megan Leavey's emotional journey.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Kenji Fujishima
    One has to wade through a lot of eye-rolling comic marginalia to get to the film's pained beating heart.

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