For 4,078 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 11.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Roger Ebert's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 The Informant!
Lowest review score: 0 I Spit on Your Grave
Score distribution:
4,078 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Roger Ebert
    There is pain, humor, irony and sweetness in the character, and a voice and manner so distinctive, he is the most memorable movie character I've seen in a long time.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Roger Ebert
    For long stretches A Christmas Tale seems to be going nowhere in particular and using a lot of dialogue to do so. These are not boring stretches. The movie is 151 minutes long and doesn't feel especially lengthy. The actors are individually good. They work together to feel like a family.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    These astronauts are still alive, but as long as mankind survives, their journeys will be seen as the turning point -- to what, it is still to be seen.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Roger Ebert
    A crisp, smart, cynical film about dishonor among thieves.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Roger Ebert
    Revanche involves a rare coming together of a male's criminal nature and a female's deep needs, entwined with a first-rate thriller. It is also perceptive in observing characters, including a proud old man. Rare is the thriller that is more about the reasons of people instead of the needs of the plot.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Roger Ebert
    At the end of The Man Without a Past, I felt a deep but indefinable contentment. I'd seen a comedy that found its humor in the paradoxes of existence, in the way that things may work out strangely, but they do work out.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    A very funny, sometimes very sad documentary.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Roger Ebert
    Yes, we know these events are less than likely, and the film's entire world is fantastical. But what happens in a fantasy can be more involving than what happens in life, and thank goodness for that.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    High Hopes is an alive and challenging film, one that throws our own assumptions and evasions back at us. Leigh sees his characters and their lifestyles so vividly, so mercilessly and with such a sharp satirical edge, that the movie achieves a neat trick: We start by laughing at the others, and end by feeling uncomfortable about ourselves.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Roger Ebert
    This description no doubt makes the film seem like some kind of gimmicky puzzle. What's surprising is how easy it is to follow the plot, and how the coincidences don't get in the way.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    It "explains" nothing but feels everything. It reminds me of two other films: Bresson's "Mouchette," about a poor girl victimized by a village, and Karen Gehre's "Begging Naked," shown at Ebertfest this year, about a woman whose art is prized even as she lives in Central Park.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    I am not British, was born 14 years before the subjects, and yet by now identify intensely with them, because some kinds of human experience -- teenage, work, marriage, illness are universal. You could make this series in any society.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    This is a painful movie to watch. But it is also exhilarating, as all good movies are, because we are watching the director and actors venturing beyond any conventional idea of what a modern movie can be about. Here there is no plot, no characters to identify with, no hope.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    Sean Penn never tries to show Harvey Milk as a hero, and never needs to. He shows him as an ordinary man, kind, funny, flawed, shrewd, idealistic, yearning for a better world.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Roger Ebert
    The whole movie is quiet, introspective, thoughtful.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid and Dennis Haysbert are called on to play characters whose instincts are wholly different from their own. By succeeding, they make their characters real, instead of stereotypes.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Roger Ebert
    It's a bleakly funny parable that could be titled "Between Enemy Lines."
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Roger Ebert
    A movie like this touches everyday life in a way that we can recognize as if Turkey were Peoria. I can imagine a similar film being made in America, although Americans might talk more.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Roger Ebert
    An enormously entertaining movie, like nothing we've ever seen before, and yet completely familiar.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    (1) Shot for shot, Maddin can be as surprising and delightful as any filmmaker has ever been, and (2) he is an acquired taste, but please, sir, may I have some more?
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    To see strong acting like this is exhilarating. In a time of flashy directors who slice and dice their films in a dizzy editing rhythm, it is important to remember that films can look and listen and attentively sympathize with their characters. Directors grow great by subtracting, not adding, and Eastwood does nothing for show, everything for effect.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Roger Ebert
    The actors all find the correct notes. It is a French film, and so they are allowed to be adult and intelligent.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    Oslo, August 31st is quietly, profoundly, one of the most observant and sympathetic films I've seen.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Roger Ebert
    This film leads to a startling conclusion that wipes out the story's paradoxes so neatly it's as if it never happened. You have to grin at the ingenuity of Johnson's screenplay.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    Like "United 93" and the work of the Dardenne brothers, it lives entirely in the moment, seeing what happens as it happens, drawing no conclusions, making no speeches, creating no artificial dramatic conflicts, just showing people living one moment after another, as they must.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Roger Ebert
    A film that unfolds like a court case in which all of the testimony sounds like the simple truth, and none of it agrees.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    This is not your average family cartoon. Shrek is jolly and wicked, filled with sly in-jokes and yet somehow possessing a heart.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Roger Ebert
    The movie does a harrowing job of showing how, and why, a man might be made to confess to a bombing he didn't commit.

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