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8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 16 Ratings

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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
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Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. Nov 7, 2013
    78
    The Messenger rediscovers what made the Smiths' albums great--an open-minded approach to tone and a feel that colors tunes for miles.
  2. Jun 4, 2013
    40
    Trouble is, the songs themselves are instantly forgettable, devoid of alluring melody or interesting lyrical content, and sung by a limited vanilla voice lacking in character.
  3. Mar 21, 2013
    78
    The Messenger does not disappoint; it brims with angular riffage, swings with sexy insouciance.