Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 5,268 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 4.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Zero Dark Thirty
Lowest review score: 0 Penelope
Score distribution:
5,268 movie reviews
  1. Gini Reticker's simply made, affecting documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell reveals how these heroic ordinary women prodded the factions to peace and literally brought down Taylor, a leader of sociopathic cruelty.
  2. The movie borders on hagiography, but Gordon is a charmingly voluble storyteller; he’s like Dos Equis’ Most Interesting Man in the World recast as a balding Jewish guy from Long Island.
  3. An effortlessly clever animated confection.
  4. This is familiar psychological as well as stylistic territory for Anderson after "Rushmore" and "The Royal Tenenbaums." But there's a startling new maturity in Darjeeling, a compassion for the larger world that busts the confines of the filmmaker's miniaturist instincts.
  5. The film is anchored by yet another hypnotically complex Cumberbatch performance. He's turning greatness into a habit.
  6. Smart enough to hook us with the best thing it has going: Cedric the Entertainer's gruffly uproarious and lived-in performance as Eddie.
  7. The most spellbinding aspect of Bright Future is that the surrealism sustains its own squiddish logic, concluding with one of the most breathtaking film finales of the year.
  8. Not only makes excellent use of the singer's sweetly coltish acting abilities, but it also promotes a standardized set of sturdy values with none of Mariah Carey's desperate ''Glitter,'' or any of Mandy Moore's gummy pap in ''A Walk to Remember.''
  9. Nebraska isn't a perfect movie. It's often hard to tell whether Payne, an Omaha native, is paying heartfelt tribute to his vast stable of Cornhusker characters or slyly mocking them as simpleminded yokels.
  10. An affecting, old fashioned, antiwar war story.
  11. That his (writer-director Tom McCarthy) strange, often funny film is so well-disciplined and deadpan refreshing is an achievement.
  12. The intense interviews and damning statistics (20 percent of all female personnel have experienced sexual assault) do the work of whipping up outrage.
  13. It's a minimalist "Sideways," not so much mumblecore as talkycore.
  14. First-time writer-director Rodney Evans makes a ballsy leap into historical fantasia, with heartfelt fervor outrunning stray moments of artistic gawkiness.
  15. Arriving amid the traditionally withered harvest of January releases, Orange County is peachy.
  16. Highlights Gaskin's down-home gumption as an advocate for the glory of natural childbirth.
  17. For the love of all things sensual and mysterious, see this one on a big screen.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    If, however, you're looking for compelling characters, all the lights are blazing here but nobody's at home.
  18. There's a shocking, casual quality to the self-destructive narcissism of the pretty, petty kids squandering their lives in the L.A. sunshine of The Young Unknowns.
  19. Quarantine director John Erick Dowdle and co-writing brother Drew wisely stick close to the told-from-the-cameraman's point-of-view template of the terrific original, though they add a few fine flourishes.
  20. The Young Victoria has a subtler flow than you might expect, and at times it's calmer than you may like. Director Jean-Marc Vallée's images have a creamy stateliness, but this is no gilded? princess fantasy.
  21. Some lessons are overfamiliar (almonds good, corn syrup bad), but the section on corporate influence over school lunches is enough to make you spit out that 20-ounce soda from the concession stand.
  22. The movie is fascinating, though it smacks its own lips a bit too much at the tackiness of freak '70s stardom.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Rosewater, starring the geeky-charismatic Gael García Bernal as Bahari, is a gripping drama, smartly calibrated for Western audiences who still need an education in the bright, progressive, fight-back impulses in Iranian culture.
  23. Honoring the literary ground beneath it, spotted yellow lizards and all, the movie Holes is easy to dig.
  24. Hanna's intriguing, disorienting pleasures - the movie is part poetic dreamscape, part sinister spy saga - lie more in the filmmaking flourishes than in the narrative.
  25. Will take you places you haven't been, and also places you have.
  26. A breakneck inner-city odyssey of jump-cut shaky-cam suspense.
  27. As an exception to the norm, Kitano doesn't appear this time, confining himself merely to writing, directing, and editing.
  28. McAvoy and Fassbender are a casting triumph. These two have, yes, real star magnetism, both individually and together: They're both cool and intense, suave and unaffected, playful and dead serious about their grand comic-book work.

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