Empire's Scores

  • Movies
For 2,663 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Inside Llewyn Davis
Lowest review score: 20 Excess Baggage
Score distribution:
2,663 movie reviews
  1. Arguably Harrison Ford’s finest performance, and one of the strongest thrillers to emerge from the heady gloss of the ‘80s, this is director Peter Weir at his most adept.
  2. A haunting and moving tribute to the Australians who sacrificed their lives in WWI against not the Germans but the Turks at the lesser sung battle of Gallipoli from the assured hand of Peter Weir.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Perfomances are excellent, and despite its moralistic conclusion, the film has since become de rigueur viewing for crack barons, who know a good shoot-em-up when they see one.
  3. The City Of Lost Children is as great a film as you thought "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" was when you were five years old.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Some will find it overly long, but with such a pivotal performance by Cruise and a veritable platoon of Hollywood elite supporting, who can begrudge a bit more screen time?
    • 58 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Note-perfect performances, a screenplay steeped in both nostalgia and a timely sense of insight, and anti-heroes you can't help but love.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In a film tracing the endless battles between style and substance, Brooks delivers both in abundance.
  4. This, the debut feature from acclaimed TV director Danny Boyle, is the best British thriller for years, a chilling and claustrophobic heart-stopper centring on a moral dilemma destined to fuel many a dinner party conversation.
  5. It's every bit the great songfest it's hailed as, with bucketloads of innuendo thown in behind some of the most energetic musical numbers ever to grace the inside of a movie theatre.
  6. That feeling you have as you leave the cinema - that buzzing in the fingers and lightness in the heart - is called joy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The best blockbuster of the summer and the most accomplished thriller since, well, Supremacy. This is the payoff Bourne fans have been waiting for and the standard to which future blockbusters should be held.
  7. An extraordinary and visionary study of a legendary murderer’s famous fate, within touching distance of Oscars.
  8. Violent, poetic, gripping, thrilling and blackly funny: that’ll be the Coens doing what they do best then. Now with added humanity.
  9. Martin Scorsese’s take on NYC puts a hip spin on Joe Minion’s cleverly constructed nightmare.
  10. Gorgeous cinematography, a lilting score and near-faultless performances, under Wright’s assured direction, make this the first contender for next year’s Best Picture Oscar.
  11. Uncompromising, intelligent and searing cinema. Along with The Assassination Of Jesse James... and No Country For Old Men, this is the best batch of Western-set dramas in decades. John Huston would have been proud.
  12. A dazzling experiment that paid off immensely, this is cinematic pleasure at its purest. One caveat: If they ever make a sequel, we’re taking two stars back.
  13. Tense, kinetic, intelligent and real – as if Paul Greengrass had remade Vera Drake.
  14. A heartfelt, wry and decidedly spry film.
  15. To call WALL•E Pixar's best film would potentially denigrate films that deserve no scorn. But this is their most ambitious undertaking since "Toy Story" and storytelling of such charm and visual wit that it can stand proudly alongside the studio’s best. Absolute heaven.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Ledger's performance is monumental, but The Dark Knight lives up to it. Nolan cements his position as Hollywood's premier purveyor of blockbuster smarts – and the Batbike is kinda cool, too.
  16. A compelling, adult period thriller, with an Oscar-assured performance from Angelina Jolie.
  17. At once a devastating, curiously uplifting inhuman drama and a superbly crafted genre exercise, Let The Right One In can stand toe-to-toe with Spirit Of The Beehive, Pan's Labyrinth or Orphee. See it.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Astonishing. Kaufman has surpassed himself with a film that will delight and confound. You will want to see it again. And again.
  18. Danny Boyle's finest since "Trainspotting." In fact, it's the best British/Indian gameshow-based romance of the millennium.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Aptly for a film so concerned with time, Button is 13 minutes shy of three hours and just flies by. If this is Fincher selling out, can he sell out more often please?
  19. An emotional smackdown. Rourke's never been better, and the change of pace and texture suits Aronofsky perfectly. "The Raging Bull" of wrestling movies? Oh, go on then.
  20. A bravura documentary which balances the personal and the political as it peers into the First Lebanon War, its animated approach never feeling like a novelty. Astonishing, unforgettable: you have to see it.
  21. Terrifying and beautiful, believable and fantastical, this is one of the best children's films in years and Selick's finest -- better even than "The Nightmare Before Christmas."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The lyrics to AC/DC’s Long Way To The Top were never more appropriate. Anvil! is exactly what's needed to slap the recent rash of doomsayer documentaries in the face -- preferably with a studded, fingerless leather glove.

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