For 115 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nick Allen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Makala
Lowest review score: 0 DriverX
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 65 out of 115
  2. Negative: 33 out of 115
115 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Allen
    William simply devolves into a drab, moody morality tale for parents about not treating your kids like test subjects.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 100 Nick Allen
    Simultaneously gorgeous and eye-opening, the film uses its grace to preach about the potential of storytelling — especially when it comes from an underrepresented perspective. Davis’ movie contemplates miracles and acts of love I’d heard about during a countless amount of hours at Sunday mass and beyond. But through the profoundly compassionate lens of Mary Magdalene, it felt as if I was learning about them for the first time.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Allen
    If having their own Momo is Netflix’s latest attempt to grab viewers, they’re gonna need a much more disturbing monster.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Nick Allen
    It’s the blockbuster version of plopping down in front of a Saturday morning cartoon, watching an archetypal caped crusader save the day. All the while you slurp your sugary cereal, an act of killing time before the next major superhero story comes to theaters.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Nick Allen
    The work of a filmmaker I'm very excited to see and hear more from, “Starfish” is very much its own sci-fi mixtape—curated with hit and miss offerings, but with an undeniable and meaningful sincerity all the same.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Allen
    A stunningly drab take on the life and legacy of a photographer who merged pornography with grace, Mapplethorpe doesn’t have an artistic signature of its own, so much as a name it doesn’t live up to.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Nick Allen
    Though Overgård spends a lot of time alone with his thoughts, Arctic lacks what makes for the best movies of its ilk: it does not inspire much imagination concerning what our hero might do first if he does get back home.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Nick Allen
    Even though Fighting with My Family is undoubtedly about branding the WWE as a fantasy factory, its biggest strength is in its wit and surprisingly big heart, celebrating underdogs who rumble for what they love.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Allen
    This is a story that errs toward the familiar instead of embracing strangeness, its freaky kid becoming the distraction when you just want more time with the hole in the ground.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Allen
    IO
    Broad themes like staunch hope, and vital human connection, become cheap sentiments, vanishing into air. “IO” isn’t science fiction storytelling distilled so much as it is vaporized.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Nick Allen
    Much stranger than fiction, and yet it tells a story that makes perfect sense in the age of influencers and the general need to be seen.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 38 Nick Allen
    With Rockaway, you don’t have to know all the details of Budion’s life—or have even seen “Stand By Me”—to get a strong feeling of what’s honest here, and what isn’t.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Allen
    But even with its all-around noble dramatic intent, particularly from Butler, the film struggles to leave a mark.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 63 Nick Allen
    While Nona does eventually reward audience members with stark drama grounded in a daily nightmare, it risks cheating itself of its full impact, pretending for most of its running time to be a fairytale it certainly is not.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 0 Nick Allen
    DriverX is worse than just one of the year’s most vapid movies, it’s an out-and-out nightmare of late-stage capitalism.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Nick Allen
    Wu takes an observational, matter of fact stance to these different lives and this overall enterprise, reminiscent of how Kyoko Miyake took us through the looking glass of Japan’s idol culture in “Tokyo Idols,” another doc on a similar sociological beat that would make for a great double feature or essay.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Allen
    There’s a big meaning to all of this, and yet the movie can’t eloquently express it, even though the metaphor is in the title.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Nick Allen
    Infinite Football is as casual as a conversation with a stranger that ends up going for more than hour — the kind where just by being attentive and sporadically asking questions, you take away someone’s life story, and understand the one passion they could talk about on end.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Allen
    It's one of the year's most convoluted original screenplays, but is probably best taken as a test in plot summarizing.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Allen
    There are vikings in this movie, and there is destiny. Pure to its junky intentions, if you like your movies served to you without confusion as to the character or their narrative arc, here it is: The destiny of a viking.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Nick Allen
    Excels when it dives into the complications of race and authority, articulated vividly by three excellent lead performances.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Allen
    It’s the closest you can subject people to a horror potluck without being "The Cabin in the Woods." So why can’t the six writers of this story have more fun with this premise?
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Nick Allen
    Even if White Rabbit feels like the ultimate acting reel, it’s albeit for a talent you immediately start to root for.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Nick Allen
    It’s always a thrill to think you’re seeing one movie, only to find out that someone is working overtime to offer you a second, different one, and that’s what Vesely does when treating ghosts as an impassioned metaphor for gentrification, and refocusing his monster mash around what makes a true ally.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 25 Nick Allen
    There’s plenty to explore about people who hide their true selves behind text and decoys, but Sierra Burgess is a Loser is dumber and more desperate than any episode of “Catfish,” even the one where a guy thought he was dating Katy Perry for five years.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Allen
    Boarding School has some edge by being told from a child’s perspective, even though it's not for kids. A lot of great directors have told this kind of story, and while Guillermo Del Toro might be the most popular living one to do it, it’s Louis Malle that comes to mind.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Nick Allen
    The power in this story from comes from its very distilled manner: it tells a timeless story about hard work by completely immersing us in the steps of process, focusing on an act of incredible physical commitment.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Nick Allen
    The biggest success for A Whale of a Tale is in how it corrects the biggest flaw of “The Cove,” which came from an inclination we all have: to cast real life people as one-dimensional heroes and villains; good and evil.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 63 Nick Allen
    The film is essentially one long joke about a dick, with various gags built into that concept, as if it wants to be the movie that says the word “dick” more than any production with roots to the Judd Apatow family tree. It might just be the winner of that designation, or at the very least, it deserves some type of special achievement award.

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