Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 5,466 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 68% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 30% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Ponyo
Lowest review score: 0 Bigger Than the Sky
Score distribution:
5,466 movie reviews
  1. Starts out as mind-bending futuristic satire and then turns relentless -- it becomes a violent, postpunk version of an Indiana Jones cliff-hanger.
  2. The rare commercial comedy that leaves you entranced by what can happen only in the movies.
  3. With those piercing eyes, Owen makes a lovely, soulful Joe, of course. But it's not the nice papa we want to understand here, it's the unapologetically naughty one.
  4. The script is wispy, but the performances (including Patrick Chesnais as Caroline’s prideful, devastated husband) shine.
  5. Jim Sturgess (Across the Universe) makes a believable cocky lad who signs on for the con; an oddly bewigged Ben Kingsley is fussier and too actorly as his handler.
  6. Smart People, unlike "Sideways" or "The Savages," has a plot that's a little too rote.
  7. Bateman deserves props for sustaining Bad Words as a little balancing act between sulfurously funny hatred and humanity.
  8. Part of Me works hard to prove it's more than a glorified infomercial, and one reason it is more is that Perry has a startling story to tell.
  9. Close's passion for the character she plays - 
a role, she has explained in interviews, that has absorbed her since she first played Nobbs on stage 30 years ago - contains its own intrigue.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Like the meal itself, the movie's both filling and familiar.
  10. There's great music, an excellent dog, and that indescribable Kaurismäki tension between misery and a cosmic joke.
  11. No amount of gorgeous jungle footage can make up for the fact that this Disney-produced documentary feels about as natural as an episode of "The Hills," though with (slightly) more feral characters.
  12. It's all more lightweight-likable than exciting.
  13. Miss Potter, right to the end, is the definition of a "nice" movie, and that makes it a genuine oddball in a universe of increasingly distressed and uncivilized pop culture.
  14. The new Evil Dead's delirious gross-out scenes spoke to me, and they go further than any mainstream picture I can think of.
  15. Dishes up some very corny jokes, but the images have a brighter-than-life vivacity.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A perfectly enjoyable star vehicle that does exactly what it sets out to do. [7 May 1999, p.66]
    • Entertainment Weekly
  16. Turns out to be a supple, intriguing, and beautifully staged movie. It features Dillon, in his most forceful performance since ''Drugstore Cowboy.''
  17. Hannibal lacks the rounded emotional elegance of ''The Silence of the Lambs'' (that was a great film; this one is merely good).
  18. This hankie-yanker is an emotional cheat.
  19. Code 46 has a noirish fatalism that renders it a close cousin to ''Blade Runner,'' but Winterbottom's film, shot mostly in the light, uses the theme of memory erasure to peer into the eternal sunshine of tragically altered minds.
  20. There's an unconvincing last-act twist, but this is the movie "Little Children" wanted to be.
  21. Harold and Kumar, fortunately, never lose their verbally relentless way of delivering raunch as pure common sense.
  22. Not to get all Dorothy about it, but when it comes to Cars, there's no place like home. The emotional punch of the original is inextricably rooted in the movie's appreciation of off-the-beaten-track America, and all that homegrown vintage car culture signifies.
  23. Journey is just the new version of a 1950s comin'-at-ya roller coaster, with a tape measure, trilobite antennae, and giant snapping piranha thrust at the audience.
  24. There are no zombies to distract from the plausibility of Right at Your Door. And that's what makes this smart, coolly horrifying American indie thriller one of the scariest movies you're likely to see all year — a post-9/11 nightmare about terrorism, panic, and paranoia with real, waking-life implications.
  25. If you loved Amy Sedaris before in a golfer-lady wig and inbred chump's grin, you'll maybe love her again here, while wishing she had another TV-episode-size venue for her talents
  26. Penn Badgley saunters around with an air of spooky self-possession, and he does a dead-on impersonation of Buckley's high-vibrato wail.
  27. These are standard youth-movie dilemmas, but they're brought to life by the high-energy cast and the musical numbers, which Ortega shoots with electrifying pizzazz.
  28. Working from a stagy script by Sam Catlin, director Danny Leiner uses a dainty palette of tristesse (untouched when he made Dude, Where's My Car?) to suggest that the shadow of 9/11 makes every discontent more pathetic.

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