For 4,117 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 75% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 23% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Roger Ebert's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Being John Malkovich
Lowest review score: 0 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Score distribution:
4117 movie reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    It's so rare to find a film in which the events are driven by people, not by chases or special effects. And rarer still to find a story that subtly, insidiously gets us involved much more deeply than at first we realize, until at the end we're torn by what happens - by what has to happen.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    This movie is the work of a man who knows how to direct a thriller. Smooth, calm, confident, it builds suspense instead of depending on shock and action.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    An experience so engrossing it is like being buried in a new environment.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    As well-directed a film as you'll see from America this year, an unsentimental and yet completely involving story of a young man who cannot see a way around his fate.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    As he is played by Gene Hackman in The Conversation, an expert wiretapper named Harry Caul is one of the most affecting and tragic characters in the movies.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    I loved this movie. I loved the way Coppola and her actors negotiated the hazards of romance and comedy, taking what little they needed and depending for the rest on the truth of the characters.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    Knowing is among the best science-fiction films I've seen -- frightening, suspenseful, intelligent and, when it needs to be, rather awesome.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    A tense, taut and expert thriller that becomes something more than that, an allegory about an innocent man in a world prepared to crush him.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    The best of three Star Wars films, and the most thought-provoking. After the space opera cheerfulness of the original film, this one plunges into darkness and even despair, and surrenders more completely to the underlying mystery of the story. It is because of the emotions stirred in Empire that the entire series takes on a mythic quality that resonates back to the first and ahead to the third. This is the heart.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    A compelling thriller to begin with, but it adds the rare quality of having a heroine more fascinating than the story.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    Nolte and Coburn are magnificent in this film, which is like an expiation or amends for abusive men. It is revealing to watch them in their scenes together--to see how they're able to use physical presence to sketch the history of a relationship.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    What a magical movie.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    A quiet movie, shaken from time to time by ripples of emotional turbulence far beneath the surface.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    If you have never seen a single film by Agnes Varda, perhaps it is best to start with The Beaches of Agnes.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    This movie is one of the most relentlessly nonstop action pictures ever made, with a virtuoso series of climactic sequences that must last an hour and never stop for a second. It's a roller-coaster ride, a visual extravaganza, a technical triumph, and a whole lot of fun.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    Am I acting as an advocate in this review? Yes, I am. I believe that to be "impartial" and "balanced" on global warming means one must take a position like Gore's. There is no other view that can be defended.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    Its most impressive accomplishment is to gather a bewildering labyrinth of facts and suspicions over a period of years, and make the journey through this maze frightening and suspenseful.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    Broadcast News has a lot of interesting things to say about television. But the thing it does best is look into a certain kind of personality and a certain kind of relationship.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    A voluptuary of a film, drunk on primary colors, caressing Penelope Cruz, using the devices of a Hitchcock to distract us with surfaces while the sinister uncoils beneath. As it ravished me, I longed for a freeze frame to allow me to savor a shot.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    Bonnie and Clyde is a milestone in the history of American movies, a work of truth and brilliance. It is also pitilessly cruel, filled with sympathy, nauseating, funny, heartbreaking, and astonishingly beautiful.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    But I'm making Welcome to the Dollhouse sound like some sort of grim sociological study, and in fact it's a funny, intensely entertaining film.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    A perplexing and disturbing film of great effect.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    The splendid cast embodies the characters so fully that the events actually seem to be happening to them, instead of unfolding from a screenplay.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    The film is a glorious experience to witness, not least because, knowing the technique and understanding how much depends on every moment, we almost hold our breath.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    A masterpiece, pure and simple, deep and true...The best film of the year.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    A film that with quiet confidence creates a fragile magic.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    The performances are crucial, because all of these characters have so completely internalized their world that they make it palpable, and themselves utterly convincing.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    It is a great film about greatness, the story of the horse and the no less brave woman who had faith in him.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    Jeff Bridges is a virtual certainty to win his first Oscar, after four nominations.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    Oldboy is a powerful film not because of what it depicts, but because of the depths of the human heart which it strips bare.

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