Tomris Laffly

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For 38 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 35% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tomris Laffly's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 Eighth Grade
Lowest review score: 38 An Acceptable Loss
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 38
  2. Negative: 2 out of 38
38 movie reviews
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Tomris Laffly
    While Chappelle neatly outlines the tragic events caused by his spiritually bruised protagonist, it’s hard to stay engaged with his philosophical query that divides arguments into distinct rights and wrongs early on, and only asks shallow questions.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Tomris Laffly
    This may all sound too shameless and syrupy, but to its credit, A Dog’s Way Home scratches the surface of something I, as a pit bull obsessive, have never seen a “dog movie” do.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Tomris Laffly
    Well-paced and directed with gusto, On the Basis of Sex finds an accessible, near-perfect tone, balancing serious courtroom drama and frequent legal jargon with tastefully Hollywood-ized emotional embellishments.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Tomris Laffly
    An aching film on such exquisite pains of impossible love, Paweł Pawlikowski’s Cold War concurrently swells your heart and breaks it, just like the sore memory of a lover that drifted away from your life, or an intensely craved kiss that never was.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Tomris Laffly
    There is an undeniable neorealist quality to Labaki’s work, bringing to mind not only the first half of Garth Davis’ "Lion," but also the likes of Vittorio De Sica’s "Shoeshine" and Sean Baker’s "The Florida Project" (even though it falls short of the artistic command of these titles).
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Tomris Laffly
    Throughout Clara’s Ghost you can’t help but think that you’re watching a quaint home video that would appeal to the members of the subject family only — the unnecessary square aspect ratio certainly doesn’t help with the amateurish feel of the whole thing.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Tomris Laffly
    Easily among this year’s finest films and laced with an unapologetic social message, Happy As Lazzaro dares one to imagine a reality where each individual would task themselves to be as selfless and morally whole as its main protagonist. If only.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Tomris Laffly
    Even if this unique absurdist has not exactly been your cup of tea previously, he might finally win you over with this deliciously “Dangerous Liaisons”-esque and thoroughly female-driven period film, co-written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Tomris Laffly
    An incomplete exercise that lacks crucial emotional brushstrokes despite a rich palette and a piano-heavy score, At Eternity’s Gate still offers the thrill of being inside an artistic process, adoringly interpreted.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Tomris Laffly
    An empathetic examination of the traditional lifeline of a tight-knit community, threatened to be torn apart by an inevitable wave of capitalist takeover.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Tomris Laffly
    A thoughtfully feminist spin on “Pretty Woman,” this film is not.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Tomris Laffly
    The most emotionally arresting moments of Boy Erased are delivered through quieter scenes between Jared and his parents.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Tomris Laffly
    With its script (co-written by German and Yulia Tupikina) that lacks the traditional structure of a three-part act, Dovlatov managed to evoke in me an overall feeling of internment. Along with it crept in a gloomy mood, gradually formed through the collective frustrations of the time’s hampered dwellers.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Tomris Laffly
    Shirkers is at its most gripping when it doesn’t overestimate Cardona’s narrative worth—the multifaceted women at the documentary’s heart are far more appealing.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Tomris Laffly
    Unlike Kahn’s acclaimed and much tidier 2003 documentary “My Architect,” The Price of Everything has a meandering nature and explores one too many avenues in building a thesis, while losing the viewer in the midst at times.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Tomris Laffly
    Both scrupulous and fittingly hazy, Gyllenhaal captures her character’s outsider-ly state-of-mind with astonishing depth, through the subtlest of details in the way she carries herself.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Tomris Laffly
    It puts the ever-controversial M.I.A. in an intimate context perceived not only by herself, but also by her close friend, who complements Arulpragasam’s candid, camera-facing, self-interrogative recordings of over two decades with other archival material as well as his own work.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Tomris Laffly
    The Children Act is perhaps a bit stilted in the overt way it sometimes attempts to spell out its arguments. But director Richard Eyre’s film still poses sophisticated questions around family, religion, marriage, law and the delicate boundaries that can or cannot be crossed in each institution.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Tomris Laffly
    While Where Hands Touch demonstrates confident filmmaking from a technical standpoint, Asante’s plot choices around the ambiguous development of Lutz feel irresponsible, especially during these risky political times that uncompromisingly demand us to be the opposite.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Tomris Laffly
    Call it a revisionist or an absurdist Western if you will, but Audiard’s film feels both refreshingly new (without ever going to the extreme lengths the Zellner Brothers did with “Damsel”) and nostalgically familiar.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Tomris Laffly
    Despite its structural hiccups, Demange’s film still manages to highlight the humanity of a family and community that fights to survive their no-win circumstances and aspire to pass on something hopeful to their descendants.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Tomris Laffly
    A giant leap even for the youngest-ever Best Director victor, Damien Chazelle’s technically astonishing First Man is a poetic non-blockbuster of claustrophobic intimacy.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Tomris Laffly
    A richly textured masterpiece, Roma is cinema at its purest and most human.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Tomris Laffly
    Puzzle proudly wears its unfussy metaphors on its sleeve, while sidestepping trite clichés of stories about self-discovery. Its premise might sound dull, but this charming crowd-pleaser is thankfully anything but—so much that Puzzle might even restore your faith in remakes.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Tomris Laffly
    The resolute Greyeyes and the always-brilliant Chastain chart their respective characters with real chemistry, and White captures the pair’s brewing romantic tension. For underscoring the brief but beautiful optimism of two ill-fated outliers, her woman comes out ahead.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Tomris Laffly
    This is an astonishing filmmaking debut from Burnham, a renowned comedian as well as a musician—you might secretly wonder how a young male not only captured the point of view of an eighth-grade girl so exactly, but also expressed it with such emotional precision. Whatever the secret formula to his experiential accuracy and unexpectedly inventive directorial eye is, the outcome is a deeply serious coming-of-age film that is only light and charming on the surface.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Tomris Laffly
    Despite committed performances across the board, I left the film craving a deeper, more conventionally attentive character study.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Tomris Laffly
    A film of mounting artistic imagination, Sorry to Bother You spirals into a type of mind-bending madness that is both persistently fun and one-of-a-kind.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Tomris Laffly
    Damsel is a worthwhile effort gleefully carried out by a dedicated ensemble—including the impossibly charming Butterscotch (Daisy in real life), who steals the screen one miniature step at a time.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Tomris Laffly
    At a time when movie screens are clogged with indistinguishable superheroes in obnoxious crossover events, Incredibles 2 kicks it old school and rises above the noise with its defiantly humane soul.

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