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 3.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Fever Pitch
Lowest review score: 0 Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium
Score distribution:
5,319 movie reviews
  1. Beautifully led by birdlike Sylvie Testud as an ailing young woman in a wheelchair, every character (pilgrim and helper alike) exhibits a soul. And shaped with confident talent by the Austrian filmmaker, every serenely composed shot matters.
  2. Stunning and compassionate period drama.
  3. Hersonski quietly and insistently unravels reality from "reality"; her commitment to archival authenticity is its own tribute to those no longer able to testify.
  4. The Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has achieved a prominence that makes him, in effect, the Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn of the Twitter age. He's also the least stuffy of dissidents, and Alison Klayman's stirring, important documentary catches his complex humanity.
  5. Like everything else in this superb work of art, ''Shrinking Lover'' is exquisitely Almodóvarian. It's funny, tender, a little shocking, and it pays homage to what we know about movies: that they can move us beyond words.
  6. Blue Valentine is lushly touching and gorgeously told.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Delightfull time-travel comedy.
  7. It's been a while since a movie made the game of love this winning.
  8. A beautifully sinister and transfixing entertainment-age daydream.
  9. Zodiac never veers from its stoically gripping, police-blotter tone, yet it begins to take on the quality of a dream.
  10. This is one of the year's best. To paraphrase the Wild Thing named KW, I could eat it up, I love it so.
  11. It took director-producer Leon Gast 22 years to edit and finance When We Were Kings, his thrilling documentary about the legendary 1974 heavyweight-championship fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Zaire. But the lag time has only deepened the impact of this thrilling documentary: All sad thoughts of Ali as a wounded warrior fall away in the glow of seeing the champ at his best.
  12. The rare movie that turns cruelty into art.
  13. The power of this great movie -- part comedy, part tragedy, part satire, mostly masterpiece -- is in the details.
  14. In this typically exquisite, nuanced, memory-infused work from master British filmmaker Terence Davies, we believe every minute of the torment of Hester (Rachel Weisz).
  15. Facing a diagnosis of Alzheimer's, the older woman enrolls in a poetry class, desperate to find the words to describe beauty before language fails her. She does even better: She herself becomes a kind of poem about what it means to really see the world.
  16. Keira Knightley, in a witty, vibrant, altogether superb performance, plays Lizzie's sparky, questing nature as a matter of the deepest personal sacrifice.
  17. Circles the heart of noisy, modern Tehran with an informal, documentary-like freedom that is thrilling in its naturalism.
  18. It's a lesson in character to hear directors from David Lynch (digital believer) to Christopher Nolan (celluloid diehard) spout off.
  19. Carries so much impacted menace and visual narrative gamesmanship that it brought back some of the excitement I felt nearly a decade ago watching Quentin Tarantino's ''Reservoir Dogs.''
  20. The knowledge that Rembrandt recycled his own paintings doesn't minimize the scene in Frederick Wiseman's documentary where we see an X-ray of one of the Dutch master's portraits — and go, ''Wow!''
  21. It's better than good; it's such a crackling and mature and accomplished movie that it just about restores your faith.
  22. This story of a 12-year-old boy who drops through the net of middle-class life invites us-in each shimmering frame-to gaze upon the world with a child's freshly awakening vision.
  23. The stunning images aren't enough for Herzog, though. He wants us to see how these quirky researchers, in their lust to explore, are acting out a drive as primitive as nature: the need to break away from the world in order to find it.
  24. This enveloping dream of an epic narrative experiment comes from the great Chilean-born, France-based filmmaker Raúl Ruiz (Time Regained).
  25. Mr. Lazarescu is that rich and riveting a film of universal small human moments and big-system failure.
  26. By far the best Judd Apatow comedy that Judd Apatow had nothing at all to do with.
  27. Watching Eternal Sunshine, you don't just watch a love story -- you fall in love with what love really is.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A movie with exquisite period detail. [8 Apr 1994]
    • Entertainment Weekly
  28. The result: This great work of art has the potential to change the world.

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