Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 5,145 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: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Century of the Self
Lowest review score: 0 Best Laid Plans
Score distribution:
5,145 movie reviews
  1. Sensational and accomplished.
  2. 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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  3. A comedy of the ridiculous in which the ridiculous turns unexpectedly sublime.
  4. True art is a journey to somewhere you've never been, and there has never been a movie quite like Breaking the Waves.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Funny and scary, Reversal is a tour de force for Schroeder, who examines the idle rich, the intricacies of the legal system, and the imperatives of morality concisely but with unmatched brio.
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  5. Stunning, fully formed masterpiece.
  6. The real feast is in the mix of characters, each so finely and unschmaltzily delineated in a script so confident and controlled that even the most passing of participants comes alive.
  7. Beautiful, compassionate, articulate domestic drama.
  8. Jim Carrey's performance is an impersonation on the level of genius.
  9. Leaves you shaken and ecstatic at the same time, transported by the vision of a major film artist.
  10. Fierce, loving, and electric, this movie's got bite as well as bark.
  11. There's piercing sadness, and fury, too, in this Everyman's isolation, and Cantet is singularly skilled at evoking the universal condition of such tragic ordinariness.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A hypnotically engrossing thriller that spins along on the dreams and anxieties of its characters.
  12. The rare movie that turns cruelty into art.
  13. Don't let unpleasant personal dental associations stand in the way of seeing a luminous specimen of independent filmmaking.
  14. American Splendor presents Pekar as drawn on the page, Pekar as brilliantly interpreted by Paul Giamatti, and the actual Pekar, in the double role of narrator and interview subject -- sometimes all at once. The magic act is thrilling, and truly surprising.
  15. 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.
  16. No dramatic feature has ever come quite this close to the matter-of-fact ugliness of the Nazi crimes.
  17. By the end, Campion views all her characters with a compassion bordering on grace, a humanity-like her heroine's-as dark, quiet, and enveloping as the ocean.
  18. A candy store for film buffs.
  19. With an authenticity that is tender and merciless, the movie shows you what it looks like when youth rebellion becomes a form of fascism.
  20. Alexander Payne's scathing, subtle, and complexly funny tragicomedy builds a perfect, off-kilter universe--it's a first cousin to "Rushmore."
  21. A madcap gem.
  22. They're like gods at play, paragons of pure delight, as they mock and feign their way through a universe of mere mortals. To see the movie again is to realize that they were never entirely of this earth and that they never will be.
  23. Working from a superb script by Paul Attanasio, Redford has caught the way a show like Twenty-One offered a carny-barker version of the American Dream.
  24. The film catches us by surprise in its moving portrayal of the love between Larry and Althea, played by Courtney Love in a performance that glides from kinky abandon to stark tragedy.
  25. It's Swank, however, who's the revelation. By the end, her Brandon/Teena is beyond male or female. It's as if we were simply glimpsing the character's soul, in all its yearning and conflicted beauty.
  26. An amazing thing -- a work of cinematic art in which form and structure pursues the logic-defying (parallel) subjects of dreaming and moviegoing.
  27. Bleak, brilliant, and unsparing.
  28. This is the rare movie that gets you to fall in love with characters you don't even like.

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