Boxoffice Magazine's Scores

  • Movies
For 985 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The King's Speech
Lowest review score: 0 Date Night
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 83 out of 985
985 movie reviews
  1. What MORE could audiences want from a movie than this hilarious, heartwarming entertainment for all ages?
  2. With Sita, Paley brings the same, highly specific and very personal vision we associate with the best indie and alternative filmmaking to the animated form, and the result is riveting.
  3. Narrated by Pierce Brosnan, Oceans is simply amazing at times, a truly remarkable and extraordinary journey under the sea that takes us places we have never been before.
  4. The director's biggest stroke of genius was casting Baruchel.
  5. Like "Amelie," Micmacs is visually dazzling, the ravishing images coming courtesy of "La Vie en Rose" cinematographer, Tetsuo Nagata.
  6. In terms of sheer originality, ambition and achievement, Inception is the movie of the summer, the movie of the year and the movie of our dreams.
  7. Dazzling turns by stars Eddie Marsan, Martin Compston and Gemma Arterton; unrelenting suspense; and a wealth of black humor will appeal to an arthouse crowd, though the violence and other unsavory aspects of the story will turn off some.
  8. Part saga of days gone by, part psychological portrait of the mountaineering spirit, as well as a tale of adventure, Anthony Geffen's documentary will rivet fans of the sport and history buffs alike.
  9. It's scary fun and packed with comic bits that skate between sad and absurd like the best of reality TV.
  10. With a thieves den of borderline-Shakespearian characters, a wickedly literate screenplay, potent direction by David Fincher, an exceptional ensemble cast and subject matter that speaks to a generation and well beyond, The Social Network is mesmerizing.
  11. Sensual and romantic with a heavy dose of the supernatural and populated by indelible characters.
  12. The King's Speech is a magnificent movie treat, one of the very best pictures of the year.
  13. A film with a big heart; it's an eccentric dramedy and a crowd pleaser.
  14. Epic in scope, and featuring a powerful lead performance by Williams, Reichardt does justice to the myth of the wagon train settlers and makes a Western every bit as beautiful and poetic as Terrence Malick's "Days of Heaven," and thankfully a bit more energetic.
  15. Sweet moments of subtle comedy and straightforward family drama mix perfectly with Mike Mills' trademark artfulness in Beginners.
  16. As entertaining as it is educational.
  17. The timing is right for this remarkable and riveting family drama which puts a human face on the hot-button topic of immigration in such effective and emotional terms that you may never look at the subject in the same way again.
  18. Part II gets everything right to send off Harry on a cinematic high.
  19. What I can say is if you're flesh and blood, and have ever suffered a substantial loss, you will be moved by Another Earth. And also renewed.
  20. Control's Sam Riley steps into a role made unforgettable by a young Richard Attenborough in the 1947 original and makes it his own, slipping into the character like a second skin.
  21. An investigation into Pieter Bruegel the Elder's painting "The Way to Calvary," Majewski's film is a stunning piece of art in its own right.
  22. The Descendants is that rare bird, moving, enlightening, funny and unapologetically human. It's one of the year's best pictures, one to savor and think about.
  23. The film's charm and delight of discovery, plus its sterling international performances, could make it a breakout hit in theaters.
  24. Magical and imaginative, this eye-popping masterpiece from director Martin Scorsese will transport audiences to a place they won't believe.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Kill List is a major breakthrough for writer/director Ben Wheatley, whose assured and painstaking handling of this difficult material makes for an unforgettable viewing experience.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This Is Not A Film and "A Separation" masterfully show Iranians that are full of the same passions, concerns and desires as the rest of the world-an incredibly important accomplishment now that the drumbeat to war grows louder each day.
  25. Visually sumptuous and with a real literary beauty in both its narrative structure and dialogue.
  26. Director Rian Johnson's resulting film, a cornfield neo-noir, is the coolest, most-confident sci-fi flick since 2006's "Children of Men."
  27. If there was any doubt Ben Affleck has turned into an exceptional director, his wildly entertaining, pulse-pounding thriller Argo will handily erase those thoughts.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A sharp shock of a film in an Awards season very full of movies so noble they become immobile. It's wildly unlikely to get much love from the Academy, and that's fine-bluntly, it's too good for them. With its bloody stew of history and hysteria, action taken from movies and atrocities taken from fact, Django isn't just a movie only America could make-it's also a movie only America needs to.
  28. Tim Burton, plus Alice, plus 3D equals an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind movie experience. It will clean up.
  29. A timely and timeless look at the intersecting lives, fortunes and fates of Jews, Christians and Muslims in the fragile Ajami neighborhood of Jaffa, Israel.
  30. That tension between silly comedy and poignant drama could have been dicey, but Stebbings and Harrelson maintain just the right balance between the two.
  31. The exquisite art and fairytale ambience will win over animation fans and children alike.
  32. An exciting, fun and sensationally entertaining movie for everyone.
  33. It is a crackerjack thriller and a sensational calling card for the brothers Edgerton.
  34. Campanella has laced his story with twists and turns worthy of Hitchcock and the framing device of the novel (which forces the protagonist to sort out the whole thing through writing) is ingenious.
  35. Hilarious and heartfelt from start to finish, this is the best Shrek of them all, and that's no fairy tale.
  36. Winter's Bone so far past any notion of formula or precedent that comparison is a futile exercise. This film is a thing all its own.
  37. The filmmakers have created a wrenching piece of work that allows the viewer to draw his own conclusions-and should make anyone of whatever political persuasion think about exactly what they mean when claiming to "support the troops."
  38. A rousingly funny, heartfelt and imaginative 'toon blessed with the vocal talents of Steve Carell and loaded with whimsy and smarts.
  39. Will appeal strongly to a mature audience drawn to robust characters, dry wit, and great performances.
  40. The performances are spot on and so is the film's ever growing sense of horror.
  41. This is a beautifully crafted and special movie to cherish, one likely to stay with you long after most of the so-called summer blockbusters have faded into memory.
  42. This could have been a slick little thriller. Instead, it evolves into the unfolding of an epic tragedy.
  43. If "Heat" and "The Departed" had a baby, the result might come close to The Town, a riveting and explosive crime thriller and one of the year's best pictures.
  44. The drama boasts a stellar cast, exquisite performances and a tense atmosphere. It is a film that the author's fans and lovers of mature, measured storytelling will embrace.
  45. Smartly emphasizing Portis' quirky dialogue and dark comic tone, the Coens show the flare that made them famous.
  46. It's an unforgettable, moving and brilliantly acted drama that richly deserves to be seen by anyone who cherishes great filmmaking.
  47. The film might have ended at its action-packed and ultimately moving climax, but screenwriter Steve Kloves goes one step farther. He finds the perfect cliffhanger, one that emphasizes just how dangerous young Mr. Potter's situation really is and definitely leaves the audience anxious for the next chapter.
  48. While the film is likely to find outright rejection among those who remain jittery with each turn in the War Against Terror, it should find a warm reception with fans of dark, outrageous humor.
  49. Biutiful, which gets it name from a child's misspelling of the word, is in itself a beautiful, mesmerizing film and Iñárritu's masterpiece.
  50. A grueling, stunningly photographed story.
  51. The film is masterfully directed by Xavier Beauvois who co-wrote the screenplay. At Cannes, Of Gods and Men received the runner-up Grand Prix. It's also France's selection for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.
  52. Stylish and funny.
  53. Wonderfully animated, witty and wildly imaginative.
  54. Rio
    Rio is the biggest and brightest animated triumph since "Toy Story 3."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A breakthrough comedy, a four-square piece of populist fun that ranks as quite possibly the best mainstream American comedy in years-at least since "The 40-Year-Old Virgin."
  55. Stake Land is the movie "The Road" should have been.
  56. Woody Allen's time-travelling comedy Midnight In Paris is a valentine to Paris and an absolute delight.
  57. Aggressively impressionistic and unapologetically spiritual, Malick's long-gestating meditation on the meaning of life is, if nothing else, a singularly original and deeply personal film - a growing rarity in American cinema.
  58. A superb ensemble cast makes the most of the comedy's numerous detours and storylines.
  59. Cornish's idiomatic dialogue is hilarious and the longtime comic's sense of timing is perfect.
  60. The surprisingly effective Moneyball has a smart script, solid direction and great performances.
  61. Martha Marcy May Marlene enters so richly into psychological horror it recalls those disturbing dramatizations of Jonestown that were big on TV in the '80s.
  62. With the best use of motion capture yet, Spielberg has translated the story of the youthful Tintin, his spirited pooch Snowy and the eccentric Captain Haddock into a first class action adventure that serves as the perfect cross between "Pirates of the Caribbean" and Spielberg's own "Indiana Jones" series.
  63. The holiday season just got a whole lot brighter.
  64. It's an emotional powerhouse of a film, an unforgettable and rewarding motion picture experience.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Joseph Cedar's Footnote is a wry, wise little film that revels in the cataclysmic import of a life's most ostensibly trivial details.
  65. Jonah Hill is masterful at delivering an absurd story with so much sweetness, the nonsense ceases to get in the way.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Drew Goddard's giddily brilliant The Cabin in the Woods has a lot on its twisted mind.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As action, as allegory, as cinema, The Hunger Games is the best American science-fiction film since "The Matrix," and if Ross and his crew stay with the series for the next two books, we may get that rarest of things: a blockbuster franchise that earns our money through craft, emotion and execution, not merely marketing and effects.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sound of My Voice offers promise and pay off at the same time. Star and writer Brit Marling is having a rare double-whammy of a debut.
  66. Seek this one out though, because it's too unique and too defiantly strange to survive for long in today's Darwinian and consumerist exhibition environment.
  67. Rebel Wilson is the peroxided Aussi who stole scenes as Kristen Wiig's roommate in "Bridesmaids," and this is the role that will turn her into a star.
  68. This magnificent stop-motion cartoon is alive - "it's alive! - with laughs and heart.
  69. Consider it a force in the Best Animated Film Oscar race.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The result is a masterpiece of moving pieces, a dizzying and obscenely beautiful film that boils down Tolstoy's text to its most basic elements by making literal the theater of high society.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What Audiard has created here is nothing less than the rare combination of high art and beautiful filmmaking with visceral power and gut-level emotional reality - it's like a symphony of fists, or a brutal assault by angels.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A masterwork from a master filmmaker.
  70. Smart, empathetic and wholly believable.
  71. Jaden Smith is destined to be a star by the force of will (and wallets) of parents Will and Jada Smith, both producers on The Karate Kid. But he's also got the raw material.
  72. Daddy Longlegs is a discovery destined for year-end top ten critics lists and comparisons to classics like Vittorio De Sica's "Bicycle Thieves" are expected. Hopefully, Daddy Longlegs will also introduce the Safdie brothers to the larger audiences they deserve.
  73. Lovers of deliberate kitsch should seek it out and make it a part of all celebrations of bad taste. Lovers of “The Godfather” films and new age mafia types like the “Sopranos” have always been into bad taste and so won’t get this.
  74. This drama is something of a miracle itself: a film dealing with religion that is refreshingly free of dogma.
  75. Whether audiences have the stomach for 150 minutes behind bars remains debatable, but there is no denying the persuasive power of a film that takes no prisoners and pulls no punches.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may be difficult for the youth-obsessed American culture to appreciate the quiet joys rendered in this Italian charmer. But, given the increasing dominion of the Baby-Boomer Generation--hungry for life-affirming images of old age--Mid-August Lunch could prove a sleeper-in-the-making.
  76. Breillat directs with her characteristic flair for getting under the skin of her protagonists while taking a particular pleasure examining sisterly bonds and feminist concerns within the context of a fairy tale.
  77. A clever movie premise based on an obscure comic book has been turned into, okay we’ll say it, a fanboy’s kick-ass wet dream of a movie that could be a surprise Spring smash.
  78. For the most part, though, Who Do You Love does a marvelous job of recreating the times and the music and, most of all, of bringing to life this behind-the-scenes giant of the music business.
  79. Really a perfect family movie.
  80. Not to be overlooked are the film's wealth of fine supporting performances and technical contributions-the always wonderful Emily Mortimer, Martin Ruhe's extraordinary cinematography and Kave Quinn's incisive production design each playing a part in what must be considered one of the very best films of the first half of 2010.
  81. It may take some time but Nicole Holofcener’s latest effort gradually grows on you. Partly it’s her obvious affection for her oddball collection of characters; partly it’s the performances of the likes of Keener and Oliver Platt as her wayward husband.
  82. What makes Forte so funny is that he stalks through the flick cocksure and utterly deadpan.
  83. The entire cast is superb. Crowe's an ideal Robin Hood-born to play the role-he's fully in command but human to the core. He owns it.
  84. This documentary on one of the most universal, photographed, analyzed, opined upon and slavered over human experiences manages to astound.
  85. Uproariously funny.
  86. Veteran British director Ken Loach fields one of his most accessible and lightly-toned offerings to date with this comedy about a football fanatic trying to sort out his life.
  87. What transpires gives fresh meaning to ‘sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll.'
  88. For the small but enthusiastic documentary crowd and the comic's diehard fans, it's a must-see.

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