Empire's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,218 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 2.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Stranger by the Lake
Lowest review score: 20 Norbit
Score distribution:
3218 movie reviews
    • 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.
  1. Sum up the plot and it sounds interminable. Watch the film and it will spit you out elated, exhausted and cheering for an encore.
  2. Absurd, outrageous, gross, disturbing, insightful, and so funny it’ll burst half the blood vessels in your face.
  3. 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?
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A masterful documentary to rival Macdonald's "Touching The Void."
  4. And with supporting roles from the likes of Diane Keaton, Robert Duvall and Lee Strasberg, to say nothing of Roger Corman and Harry Dean Stanton in bit parts, this is nothing short of magisterial.
  5. Splashing around in the same mad puddle as Lynch but a good deal funnier, this tale of a man with many faces is an exhilarating, audacious, lunatic rocket-ride. Hop on board.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    So much more than a one-take gimmick movie, Victoria is a stunning cinematic achievement. Full of twists that feel authentic and believable characters, it grips from the first compelling frame to the last.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With spectacle in abundance and sexiness in (supporting) parts, this is superhero filmmaking on an unprecedented scale. Rises may lack the surprise of Begins or the anarchy of Knight, but it makes up for that in pure emotion.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The small screen doesn't quite do justice to the rich visuals but with an incredible story and fine performances, it is still a compulsive and moving epic.
  6. Little can come close to captivating the grandeur and epic quality of William Wyler's magnificent bum numb-er.
  7. The premise sounds like an off-Broadway play gone wrong. Far from it — this is extraordinary, vital, and fuelled by great performances.
  8. A dazzling spy thriller that’s still amazing.
  9. A quality ghost story with an unusual backdrop and great performances.
  10. Insightful, revelatory and profound, Moreh's Oscar-nominated documentary combines riveting interviews, archive footage and - yes - state-of-the-art photographic effects to offer a unique perspective on the Israel-Palestine issue.
  11. Really smart people on a really smart person: Fassbender, Winslet, Sorkin and Boyle await Oscar nominations. But for all its relevance and grandeur, Steve Jobs is ridiculously entertaining. You might say, user-friendly.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A tense, slickly executed thriller.
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  12. A thriller that twists and turns with an understated power that will have you gripping the arm of your seat. Terrific stuff.
  13. An honest, affection-hooking, coming-of-age drama which proves that there is life beyond Hogwarts for Emma Watson.
  14. While it may blunder down the odd comedy cul-de-sac, Madagascar 3 is often inspired and very, very funny.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's beautifully mounted to capture the age and the passing seasons, though director Gillian Armstrong never lets the production values overwhelm the gentle sketches of girlish hopes and pastimes tempered by the trials of life.
  15. Here it is at long last: a truly great vampire comedy. And also the funniest horror film to come out of New Zealand since Braindead.
  16. Whether you're after a comedy-drama about cancer or a Rogen laugh-fest with added heart, this does a remarkable job of balancing the odds. And the laughter/tears split? Call it 70/30.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shelton keeps the humour straight down the middle and, just like "Bull Durham" before it, uses the rituals and metaphors of sport to relate the complexities of love and relationships.
  17. There's nothing preachy about this slick and funny doc (narrated by Dennis Hopper), which as a brief history of how porn spurted into the mainstream has all the money shots you could ask for.
  18. Although not all the loose ends are tied up in the telling of this bizarre and absorbing tale of love, grief and goose-bumps, one scarcely minds at all, since the fourth-dimensional doings on offer, (underlined with a marvellously moody, haunting score by Zbigniew Preisner) are like an erotic trip into The Twilight Zone.
  19. A touching and revelatory piece of film-making about the plights of real people living in an uncertain world.
  20. A beautifully rendered, long, drawn-out but ultimately very satisfying story of betrayal and revenge in an uneasy setting of wartime paranoia.
  21. Terrific. Michael Shannon delivers a fractured everyman who'll stay with you long after the final frame.

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