Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 5,319 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 Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
Lowest review score: 0 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
Score distribution:
5,319 movie reviews
  1. The movie bubbles with intellectual curiosity and narrative ambition.
  2. In the grim and empathetic lost-youth drama Sweet Sixteen, the director focuses on a few failed souls -- rather than excoriate the system that failed them -- to produce a story of particularly streamlined, eloquent despair.
  3. The Negotiator, once it gets going (there's a rather lengthy prosaic setup), is a satisfyingly tense and booby-trapped thriller about the meeting of two relentless minds.
  4. The movie is like a less original "WALL•E," but it's still vibrant and touching.
  5. Chesney makes an art form out of strolling down the catwalk while singing. He turns each song into a blissed-out journey homeward.
  6. The whole movie is a diversionary activity. It's trash so compacted it glows.
  7. And among the things this ''HP'' does very well indeed is deepen the darker, more frightening atmosphere for audiences of all ages already familiar with the intricacies of the ''Potter'' landscape. (This is as it should be: Harry's story is supposed to get darker.)
  8. Almodovar is positively mature, adapting a novel by Ruth Rendell so deftly that the plot now also describes the invigorating and sometimes disorienting effects of democracy after long years of repression under the Franco regime.
  9. '71
    It’s only March, but this could be 2015’s most invigorating directorial debut.
  10. There's no denying its grip: It is lurid, fascinating, sickening, and eye-opening.
  11. This charm-filled documentary about passionate Harry Potter fans (and one foe) leaps all over the place.
  12. Does a great job of being in two places at once: In the head and gangly bodies of kids, and in the hearts of those of us who have survived grades 6-8.
  13. Passionate and saucy comedy.
  14. An alienated-teen movie that surfs along on the whims and casual cruelties of its central character runs a risk: It can wind up as random and undisciplined as she is. Instead, Little Birds is a touching and distinctive achievement.
  15. Gorgeous as the underwater life-forms are, the excitement of Aliens of the Deep comes from that most old-school, low-tech of elements: real human beings.
  16. Sagnier is yummy.
  17. Bellflower is stylishly watchable - even when it's preposterous.
  18. Director David Gelb pulls back the curtain on the kitchen rituals of sushi, inviting us to experience the savory-smooth sensation of ''umami,'' roughly translated as ''Ahhh!''
  19. The hit-and-run outlandishness of "Clerks" was a stunt. With Chasing Amy, Smith has made his first real movie.
  20. Director Sérgio Machado, who worked as an assistant to Central Station's Walter Salles, lingers sensually over every wrong move his attractive tragic trio make.
  21. Horror fans should keep their eyes on the filmmakers — and Essoe, who gives a star-making performance.
  22. Deeply rich and strange new romantic comedy.
  23. Fan-ready and saga-solid.
  24. Bow Wow plays the skate-dance hero in a way that's never too cool to hide what an avid achiever the kid is, and he and his buddies converse in a fiendishly alert middle-class trash talk that keeps Roll Bounce jumping.
  25. The movie's hide-and-seek attitude toward truth mirrors the intricacies of one lover getting to know another -- an arresting notion of the heart that's much more than paper-deep.
  26. Sweaty and claustrophobic, exciting and horrifying at the same time, it never lets us forget we're riding aboard a giant, primitive tin can, a hunk of industrial machinery that mingles the illusion of omnipotence with the reality of a floating prison cell. [Director's Cut]
  27. A grubby, disturbing serial-killer mystery, a kind of blood-simple "Rashomon."
  28. The movie is so finely minced a mixture of Sondheim's original melodrama and Burton's signature spicing that it's difficult to think of any other filmmaker so naturally suited for the job.
  29. Yearns to be optimistic (juxtaposed with the disaster of Sudan, it certainly has the right to be), yet that only ends up underscoring its ache of sadness.
  30. It took long enough, but Disney has finally come up with an animated heroine who's a good role model and a funky, arresting personality at the same time.

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