Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 5,295 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 The Hunting Ground
Lowest review score: 0 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
Score distribution:
5,295 movie reviews
  1. A graceful, unsentimental, well-made movie.
  2. Once in a long while, a fresh-from-the-headlines movie - like "All the President's Men" or "United 93" - fuses journalism, procedural high drama, and the oxygenated atmosphere of a thriller into a new version of history written with lightning. Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow's meticulous and electrifying re-creation of the hunt for Osama bin Laden, is that kind of movie.
  3. Don't tell Walt Disney, but Hayao Miyazaki really holds the keys to the magic kingdom.
  4. The power of The Social Network is that Zuckerberg is a weasel with a mission that can never be dismissed. The movie suggests that he may have built his ambivalence about human connection into Facebook's very DNA. That's what makes him a jerk-hero for our time.
  5. Memento, which may be the ultimate existential thriller, has a spooky repetitive urgency that takes on the clarity of a dream.
  6. Brie Larson, as the caring but tormented Grace (who's pregnant and doesn't know if she has the faith to have her baby), and John Gallagher Jr., as her gentle-dweeb fellow worker Mason (who fears his love can't save her), show you what emotionally naked acting is all about.
  7. In E.T., Spielberg proved a herald of the age when moviegoers would make full-time friends with fantasy, but his most special effect was taking us into ourselves.
  8. Searing, powerful, and morally entangled.
  9. The Wrestler is like "Rocky" made by the Scorsese of "Mean Streets." It's the rare movie fairy tale that's also a bravura work of art.
  10. The rare Hollywood epic that dares to entertain an audience by engaging the world.
  11. Hoop Dreams is an astonishing emotional experience — it has highs, lows, and everything in between.
  12. May be the first movie to fully capture the way that drugs dislocate us from ourselves.
  13. DuVernay has done a great service with Selma. Not only has she made one of the most powerful films of the year, she's given us a necessary reminder of what King did for this country...and how much is left to be done.
  14. An extraordinary film; it may be the most haunting documentary since ''Crumb.''
  15. As riveting as its title.
  16. What's on screen will leave you in a state of wonder. The sweeping cinematography surveys the cracked earth and Davidson's chapped skin with equal intensity, as if to remind us how vulnerable we puny mortals are.
  17. Extraordinary new documentary that turns Robert Crumb's twisted life story into a disturbing, exhilarating work of biographical art.
  18. The nervy style of this newfangled Western, with its eerie, insinuating score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, is so effective that long after Pitt and Affleck have left the screen, emotional disturbance lingers like gun smoke.
  19. Mesmerizing.
  20. She's an Everywoman you can believe in, showcased in the kind of deft comedy of feminine passion - where deep despair meets Wilson Phillips - that a great many people have been waiting for. Now that Wiig and company have built it, will they come?
  21. Damien Chazelle's extraordinary black-and-white retro dream of a feature debut.
  22. Without ever dipping into indignity among wet, half-naked men, Shower sparkles with joy.
  23. Beautiful, compassionate, articulate domestic drama.
  24. Filmmaker Yung Chang finds a sad and beautiful way to glimpse the big picture of dislocation through an exquisitely poised small study.
  25. It's an intoxicating feeling when a movie excites and enlivens us like this -- and there's a particular giddiness to be had in thinking about what movies can (but don't often) do for one's soul after imbibing such a fine vintage.
  26. This beautiful, terrible story is not easily forgotten.
  27. Between clips of the concerts Seeger staged as hootenanny hosannas, the film chronicles how the blacklisted star stuck true to his beliefs -- which were more patriotic than those of his accusers.
  28. A haunting and incandescent work of art.
  29. Soaring and romantic, wild and serene, feminist and gutsy, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is one of the best movies of the year.
  30. One of the most revelatory rock portraits ever made.
  31. The movie draws us into the illusion that we're simply eavesdropping on the lives of three inner-city black and Hispanic girls.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of those rare gems that prove equally stunning on both aesthetic and cerebral levels.
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  32. Unfolds with a simplicity that's as breathtaking as its inevitability is harrowing.
  33. Kevin Costner, as Bobby's carpenter brother-in-law, does the finest character acting of his career.
  34. Flight opens with one of the most harrowing in-flight-disaster depictions of all time.
  35. Russian Dolls captures how being a sexual cad has become an essential phase in the life of the modern male.
  36. So superb, so graceful, so strong -- another beauty in this year of good documentaries -- that I do believe it will influence career choices, sending inspired viewers to study pedagogy, or cinematography.
  37. Yet another outstanding little movie in the exciting Romanian New Wave.
  38. Nothing more (or less) than an enchanting light comedy of romantic confusion... It's a movie that understands love because it understands pain.
  39. It's a great, IQ-flattering entertainment both wonderful and wise.
  40. The third starring the totally captivating cool cucumber Daniel Craig as Agent 007 - is both an elegy and a mission statement. It's also a great, long-lasting jolt of pleasure.
  41. Pay attention to the enhanced detail audible in a new six-track sound mix, which may be the most important cleaning job of all; silence and Jerry Goldsmith's score have never twined so hauntingly.
  42. Disciplined script -- bitingly funny.
  43. Go
    The one truly thrilling movie I've seen so far this year.
  44. The ensemble cast shared the best-actor award at the 2006 Cannes film festival -- and rightly so.
  45. The richest and most satisfying romantic movie of the year. It's really about two great loves at once -- the love of life and of art -- and the way that Shakespeare, like no writer before him, transformed the one into the other.
  46. Before Midnight confounds expectations in powerful and even haunting ways. It's not just darker than the previous two films. It's bigger, deeper, and more searching. It follows the characters through a tale of embattled love that extends far beyond them.
  47. Gets weirder and meaner and darker and sadder as it progresses, which is amazing since it simultaneously remains funny and horrifying right up to the end.
  48. In this brilliantly sustained climax, Coppola unveils a vision of corruption that embraces the entire world, but he's also reveling in sheer theatrical magic in a way that only a master can.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's all somehow both familiar and dazzling, just as Ricci's kidnapped tap student, forced to pose as the protagonist's wife for his horrifically indifferent parents, is somehow both nondescript and heartbreaking.
  49. Leaves you shaken and ecstatic at the same time, transported by the vision of a major film artist.
  50. Another beautifully chiseled piece of filmmaking - sharp, funny, generous, and moving.
  51. In Amour, these two actors show us what love is, what it really looks like, and what it may, at its most secret moments, demand.
  52. It's a hilarious, and unexpectedly moving, documentary about the greatest metal band you've probably never heard of.
  53. The beauty of Swingers lies in the irony of its title: Despite their lounge-lizard posing, these guys will never really live up to their Rat Pack dreams.
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  54. The movie is enchanting.
  55. Another must-see marvel of horror, comedy, and impeccable filmmaking by the Korean director Bong Joon-ho.
  56. This is essential viewing for understanding our world.
  57. A movie that re-creates its object of satire with such pitch-perfect flair that it all but erases the line between derision and love.
  58. The filmmaking is as strong as the subject matter, with an elegant structure.
  59. A rapturous and enlightening look at the history of the environmental movement in America.
  60. Grindhouse, like "Ed Wood" and "Boogie Nights," celebrates how certain low-grade entertainment, viewed in hindsight, looks different now than it did then, since we can see the ''innocence'' of its creation -- the handmade quality of it -- in a world not yet ruled by corporate technology.
  61. A marvelous and touching yuletide toy of a movie.
  62. The stunning, must-see drama Crash is proof that words have not lost the ability to shock in our anesthetized society.
  63. The result is an intense, action-driven war pic, a muscular, efficient standout that simultaneously conveys the feeling of combat from within as well as what it looks like on the ground.
  64. The thriller that's exciting, cathartic, and powerfully disturbing. Prisoners is that type of movie. It's rooted in 40 years of Hollywood revenge films, yet it also breaks audacious new ground.
  65. The antidote to every square tough-guy caper you've ever seen, and the inspiration for many great ones. It is an existential imperative to seek out a showing and burn rubber to get there, preferably in an excellent car.
  66. In spirit, Open Water reduces us to children peering through our fingers, waiting for the horrid deliverance we're not quite sure we want to see.
  67. All in all, Blood Simple looks better than ever.
  68. Easy Money is not merely an early-career curiosity. It's one of the best underworld films I've seen in years, and Kinnaman gives a fantastic performance in it.
  69. The movie is rich with class tension, and if Allen nails the moods of the wealthy, he also gets surprising, dynamic performances from Hawkins, Cannavale, and Andrew Dice Clay as the folks who have no money but may have a fuller sense of what life is.
  70. It's thrillingly original, lyrical, and wise, and the filmmaker conveys the mutable intensity of young love with the authoritative originality of an important filmmaker.
  71. The Savages is terrific -- a movie of uncommon appreciation for the nature and nurture that go into making us who we are, a perfectly calibrated drama both compassionate and unsentimental.
  72. Up
    A lovely, thoughtful, and yes, uplifting adventure.
  73. Miller's theme is innocence, the loss of it, and the reclamation of equanimity in the face of that loss, and the music she makes is haunting.
  74. The uncoagulated anguish of parents mourning the death of a child has rarely been more powerfully depicted than in the collected vignettes of grief, rage, and retribution that make up the riveting domestic drama In the Bedroom.
  75. An exhilarating puzzle, one of the grand cinematic eruptions of the year.
  76. Killing them Softly is a lurid and nasty little nihilistic hitman noir, with an ingenuity that sneaks up on you.
  77. Heartbreaking, infuriating, and unmissable.
  78. The wry filmmaker has created an urbane society of family and friends as ridiculously pretentious and hypocritical as they are cultured, accomplished, and posh.
  79. The calm poetry of the cinematography offsets the mess of the politics to stunning effect.
  80. Most of us consider Marilyn Monroe a born star with modest acting skills, but Love, Marilyn deepens the argument that the ditzy, dim-bulb ''Marilyn'' was every inch a performance, and a brilliant one.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Has the effect of making the average Disney film look like just another toy story.
  81. Sachs, Molina, and Lithgow have given adult moviegoers a perfect piece of summer counterprogramming — a warm, humane, resplendent romance to savor while our days are still long.
  82. With In Between Days, the filmmaker captures feminine melancholy with rare precision. Find this movie.
  83. It reveals Bukowski to be a far grander artist than his bum's armor would suggest.
  84. The new film, which unfolds in real time over the course of 80 minutes, is a deeper, darker, altogether more memorable experience. It doesn't extend the characters so much as fulfill them.
  85. Vibrantly, intricately alive on its own terms. This is what magic the movies can conjure with an inspired fellowship in charge, and unlimited pots of gold.
  86. Sweet Land is a movie of extraordinary tenderness, in which Reaser and Guinee, using a language of looks, make you happy to think about what love once might have been.
  87. In a class by itself.
  88. Loosely based on real events, this harrowing, superbly made drama by fast-rising filmmaker Gerardo Naranjo (I'm Gonna Explode) is Mexico's 2012 submission for Best Foreign Language Film - rightfully so.
  89. A witty, stylish, beautifully made charmer of a family picture.
  90. It's a quiet dream of a movie, a vision of loneliness giving way to love, then to loneliness again; it's like "Vertigo" remade in a sedately haunted style of Japanese lyricism.
  91. A succulently entertaining movie that invites you to splash around in the dreams and follies of folks so rich they're the 1 percent of the 1 percent. It's like a champagne bath laced with arsenic.
  92. An amazing thing -- a work of cinematic art in which form and structure pursues the logic-defying (parallel) subjects of dreaming and moviegoing.
  93. One of the year's most original and emotionally profound movies masquerades as the tiny story of a young couple who take a backpacking trip in the Caucasus Mountains the summer before their wedding.
  94. Up in the Air is light and dark, hilarious and tragic, romantic and real. It's everything that Hollywood has forgotten how to do; we're blessed that Jason Reitman has remembered
  95. If Going Clear were a Hollywood thriller, I’d complain that it’s too over-the-top. But this is real life, which is hard to believe. And it’s disturbingly good.
  96. The film sweeps us up like a thriller, forcing us to at least ask whether terrorism like the ELF's (which targeted property, never human lives) might ever be justified.
  97. It's a feat of star acting, and it helps make (500) Days not just bitter or sweet but everything in between.

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