Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 5,466 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 Up the Yangtze
Lowest review score: 0 Wing Commander: Space Will Never Be the Same
Score distribution:
5,466 movie reviews
  1. Darwin's Nightmare points an all-purpose finger at globalization, yet the movie, as raw and vivid as it is, meanders terribly and - bigger problem - never hints at how the disasters it shows us are rooted in Africa's colonial past.
  2. Both the definition of ''my'' and the definition of ''Winnipeg'' become profoundly fluid in this exquisite ''docu-fantasia'' (Maddin's term), an entrancing riffle through the olde curiosity shoppe of the filmmaker's psyche.
  3. Eastwood directs Mystic River with an invigorated grace and gravitas. This is a true American beauty of a movie, a tale of men and their bonds told by and for adults who value the old-fashioned Hollywood-studio notion of narrative.
  4. Damien Chazelle's extraordinary black-and-white retro dream of a feature debut.
  5. Brims with life and loveliness even as it meditates on the loss of childhood.
  6. Trier's compassion for what it takes to survive, mixed with the love he bestows on Oslo, is rewardingly profound.
  7. The time swivels in Looper evoke some of Inception's fancy temporal tricks... But it's the glimpses of Children of Men-like societal dystopia that give the movie its real weight, and distinguish Johnson's third feature as a marked step forward.
  8. Mr. Lazarescu is that rich and riveting a film of universal small human moments and big-system failure.
  9. Lives happily ever after because it's such a feisty but good natured embrace of the inner ogre in everyone.
  10. Gripping, highly original.
  11. It's in all the moments where little happens that Reichardt is most amazing, investing even a gas-station pit stop with perfect emotional pitch.
  12. Beautiful, wise, and poker-faced comedy of discombobulation.
  13. Sheridan, however, works with such piercing fervor and intelligence that In the Name of the Father just about transcends its tidy moral design.
  14. The final shot, of the three characters now united, may be the quietest affirmation of life I've ever seen in a movie, and one of the truest.
  15. The movie opens as borderline Hitchcock, echoing the tone of the filmmaker's bravura "Bad Education" (2004), and then turns into a kind of overly conceptualized Tennessee Williams.
  16. A good but far from great movie because it portrays truth telling in America as far more imperiled than it is.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 58 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    A sumptuous two-and-a-quarter-hour emotional epic built on one lachrymose climax after another. What little plot there is exists only to set up the next Big Cry.
  17. Another beautifully chiseled piece of filmmaking - sharp, funny, generous, and moving.
  18. Mesmerizing.
  19. Snowpiercer sucks you into its strange, brave new world so completely, it leaves you with the all-too-rare sensation that you've just witnessed something you've never seen before...and need to see again.
  20. The London universe Leigh creates (employing his trademark improv techniques to unite his ensemble, many of whom make their film debuts) isn't so much a reality as a hope, and an invitation to find joy and grace in everyday moments.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    About as good as a Lassie movie can be.
  21. The enthralling spirit of Dave Chappelle's Block Party, its mood of exuberant democracy, extends to every rap and soul performance in the film.
  22. Creates a flow of symbolism so potent, so transporting in its physicality, that its impact all but transcends its righteous liberal ''meaning.''
  23. Noyce's movie works because the director -- trusts himself, and his audience, to understand that catastrophe isn't always a matter of loud ideology. Rather, it's the result of age-old human weakness. And sometimes it's quiet.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ty Burr
    Ang Lee's film of the Jane Austen novel slavishly follows the gospel according to Merchant Ivory, swooning over characters declaiming modestly while surrounded by topiary.
  24. It's been 20 years since Tom Hanks put a movie star's face on the AIDS crisis in "Philadelphia." Since then, Hollywood has largely ignored one of the most tragic chapters of the 20th century. Considering that track record, even a movie as imperfect as Dallas Buyers Club is something worth celebrating.
  25. The calm poetry of the cinematography offsets the mess of the politics to stunning effect.
  26. The Cove is the rare documentary specifically designed as a thriller.
  27. If this is the sound of a new generation, then it may be the first generation cautious enough to embrace friendship as mightier than love.

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