Janet Maslin

Janet Maslin

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Janet Maslin's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Sign o' the Times (1987)

"Prince, whose ties to soul and jazz are clearer than ever before, whose willingness to embrace different musical forms seems to grow all the time, has never cast a stronger spell." ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 25, 2016

Head Office (1986)

"Though corporate satire has been out of vogue for a while, it's ready for a revival. But while ''Head Office'' has its moments, it winds up much too understated to have a cutting edge." ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 27, 2015

Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 (1983)

"Mr. Reynolds is gone, and whatever was enjoyable about the ''Smokey'' formula went with him." ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 17, 2015

The Sting II (1983)

"Moves slowly, looks terrible and copies the first film shamelessly. Rather than a sequel, it's a retread, with David S. Ward's screenplay supplying hoodlum lingo you could cut with a knife and outlining a set of similar shenanigans." ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 14, 2015
No Score Yet

On the Right Track (1981)

"On the Right Track' is a vehicle for Mr. Coleman that depends entirely on the premise that he is lovable. Only his most ardent television fans are likely to accept this." ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 8, 2015

Gabriela (1983)

"Whenever the film wanders away from Gabriela, it seems to dawdle aimlessly before finding her again." ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 13, 2015

Experience Preferred... But Not Essential (1982)

"A gentle British comedy with a lot of charm." ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 29, 2014

Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (1987)

"This portrait of Mr. Berry is downbeat, and in some ways incomplete; it's very different from what might have been expected. But in its own way, Mr. Hackford's film is revealing." ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 10, 2014

Monanieba (Repentance) (1984)

"Repentance would seem mordantly funny if its wit, like that of its central character, weren't also so cruel." ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 26, 2014

Ms. 45 (2013)

"[Ferrera] is clearly a talented fellow. One can only hope he finds something else to make movies about very soon." ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 10, 2013

Megaforce (1982)

"There is too much opportunity to notice the weak spots in Mr. Needham's direction. In the case of Megaforce, these include silly dialogue, poor matching shots, oafish staging, and one scene filmed between two silhouettes against a magenta background. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 17, 2013
3.5/5 No Score Yet

Let's Spend the Night Together (1982)

"Let's Spend the Night Together is the classiest of concert movies, even if that sounds as if it ought to be a contradiction in terms." ‐ New York Times
Posted May 16, 2013

Never Say Never Again (1983)

"In Never Say Never Again, the formula is broadened to accommodate an older, seasoned man of much greater stature, and Mr. Connery expertly fills the bill. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 23, 2012
3/5 89%

Ornette: Made in America (2012)

"A hazy but inviting glimpse of the great modern jazz musician and his world." ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 27, 2012
4/5 No Score Yet

An Unfinished Piece for Mechanical Piano (Neokonchennaya pyesa dlya mekhanicheskogo pianino) (1977)

"The film, only very loosely based on the early Chekhov play Platonov, is perhaps even closer to Chekhov than Chekhov was." ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 30, 2011
2/5 14%

The Concorde... Airport '79 (1979)

"Aeronautically and otherwise, it's a bumpy trip." ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 7, 2010
3/5 83%

The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988)

"For all the amusingly fatuous remarks heard here -- and Miss Spheeris has a great ear for these -- the overriding dimness of most of the fans and musicians is frightening." ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 23, 2009

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

"It is a surprise, in a time of sequels and retreads, that the new film is so fresh and altogether triumphant in its own right." ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 17, 2008
1/5 No Score Yet

Oh Heavenly Dog (1980)

"Shows few signs of life, and many signs of depressing modernism." ‐ New York Times
Posted May 12, 2008
2/5 29%

Amazing Grace and Chuck (1987)

"The film's style is as doggedly ordinary as its story is preposterous." ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 24, 2008
4/5 94%

Baby It's You (1983)

"A labor of love for everyone involved." ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 27, 2008
4/5 No Score Yet

Cat & Mouse (Le Chat et la souris) (1975)

"[A] specially nice surprise." ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 15, 2008
2.5/5 80%

Another Man, Another Chance (1977)

"The performances are helpful even when Mr. Lelouch is not." ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 15, 2008
2/5 0%

Under the Rainbow (1981)

"Mr. Rash has earnestness and a touch of eccentricity, but he doesn't have the lighthearted wit to keep this kind of comedy working." ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 30, 2007
3.5/5 No Score Yet

American Boy: A Profile of: Steven Prince (1978)

"There is a party atmosphere to the telling of these stories, as Mr. Prince holds forth in a smoke-filled room with a group of friends, Mr. Scorsese among them. But the film maker's conviviality takes on an element of regret." ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 13, 2007
No Score Yet

VacaciĆ³n Fraternal (1985)

"As directed by James Frawley, the film has only two passable gags." ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 25, 2007
2.5/5 75%

Life is a Bed of Roses (1983)

"It's more memorable for various isolated witticisms and images than it is as a coherent whole. And its flightier touches can be deadly." ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 29, 2007
4.5/5 No Score Yet

Limite (1931)

"Limite is feverishly beautiful and desperately ambitious, even when it isn't clear." ‐ New York Times
Posted May 11, 2007
4/5 100%

Koko, le gorille qui parle (Koko, a Talking Gorilla) (1978)

"Mr. Schroeder has assembled this funny, provocative documentary with gratifying intelligence and care." ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 29, 2006

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie (1990)

"It is itself a mutant of sorts, a contentious, unsightly hybrid of martial-arts exploitation film and live-action cartoon." ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 30, 2006

The Secret of the Sword (1985)

"A Saturday morning kiddie cartoon stretched out to feature length, which by some lights is an awfully long time." ‐ New York Times
Posted May 5, 2006
3/5 40%

Renaldo and Clara (1978)

"The film contains more than its share of dead weight, but it is seldom genuinely dull." ‐ New York Times
Posted May 5, 2006
3/5 No Score Yet

O.C. and Stiggs (1987)

"Its notion of American artificiality runs so deep that the film begins and ends at a man-made surfing beach in the middle of the desert." ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 10, 2006
4.5/5 No Score Yet

The Troubles We've Seen: A History of Journalism in Wartime (1994)

"Working on his usual vast canvas, Mr. Ophuls constructs another brave, enveloping inquiry into a compelling subject, reveling in the investigative process as he presents it imaginatively on screen." ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 6, 2005
2/5 20%

Turk 182! (1985)

"Everything looks wrong." ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 17, 2005
4/5 100%

28 Up (1985)

"The effect of 28 Up is to bring a dimension of wisdom and insight to the earlier footage, and in doing this Mr. Apted has been subtle and selective." ‐ New York Times
Posted May 21, 2005
1.5/5 89%

Vida Sin Rumbo (1983)

"Its evocation of tough-guy glamour is ridiculously stilted. And it regards the past with absolutely no perspective or wit." ‐ New York Times
Posted May 14, 2005

My Brilliant Career (1979)

"My Brilliant Career marks the beginning of exactly that for both the film's daring, assured, high-spirited Australian director, Gillian Armstrong, and its rambunctious young star." ‐ New York Times
Posted May 8, 2005

The Swarm (1978)

"Mr. Allen might just as well have devoted his talents to man-eating goldfish, poodles on the rampage or carniverous canaries." ‐ New York Times
Posted May 8, 2005

The Black Hole (1979)

"It cost half as much as Star Trek and looks better -- not as lavish, perhaps, but more original. The special effects are fancy, and the design even more so." ‐ New York Times
Posted May 8, 2005
1.5/5 15%

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978)

"This isn't a movie, it's a business deal set to music." ‐ New York Times
Posted May 8, 2005
2.5/5 88%

The Black Stallion (1979)

"The director, Carroll Ballard, and the cinematographer, Caleb Deschanel, have captured so many lavishly beautiful images that the cumulative effect is one of repetition." ‐ New York Times
Posted May 8, 2005

Meteor (1979)

"The suspense is sludgy and the character development nil; even the inadvertent comedy is spotty. The spectacle of Manhattan's demolition is interesting enough, but there's a lot of time-killing before the city actually goes up in flames." ‐ New York Times
Posted May 8, 2005
2/5 97%

Killer of Sheep (2007)

"The dialogue, which is read with either insufficient or excessive emphasis by the nonactors, is often buried under a soundtrack of vintage blues, making it doubly hard to follow. Even the slaughter of the sheep is numbingly uneventful." ‐ New York Times
Posted May 8, 2005

Remember My Name (1978)

"Throughout "Remember My Name," the actors work hard to fulfill the surface requirements of scenes that have no dramatic foundation, and the results are often skittish and baffling." ‐ New York Times
Posted May 8, 2005
3/5 50%

Pete's Dragon (1977)

"You don't often see children's musicals as ambitious as this one any more." ‐ New York Times
Posted May 8, 2005
4/5 67%

Love at First Bite (1979)

"A coarse, delightful little movie with a bang-up cast and no pretensions at all." ‐ New York Times
Posted May 8, 2005

The Jerk (1979)

"The laughs aren't steady, but they're persistent, and the film moves fast enough to compensate for its unevenness." ‐ New York Times
Posted May 8, 2005
4/5 88%

Real Life (1979)

"Mr. Brooks is at his most droll." ‐ New York Times
Posted May 8, 2005
2.5/5 79%

Dark Star (1974)

"There are some funny routines here, though Mr. Carpenter doesn't seem to have cared much about integrating or sustaining them." ‐ New York Times
Posted May 8, 2005
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