Film Threat's Scores

  • Movies
For 2,426 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Sure Thing
Lowest review score: 0 The Groomsmen
Score distribution:
2426 movie reviews
  1. Borat isn't just one of the funniest movies of the year, it might be one of the funniest movies of all time.
  2. Does for psychedelics what "Boogie Nights" does for cocaine; displaying in graphical detail the ultimate failure of drugs as an escape route.
    • 69 Metascore
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    I love love love love loved Cold Souls. That might be because I love love love Paul Giamatti.
  3. The results are either darkly comic and tragic, depending on the viewer's mindframe. But McElhinney's route to these results, as with the Bertolucci, is nothing short of stunning.
  4. It is not only the year's best documentary, but it is also among the finest films ever made about religion.
  5. One of the year's best films. It is an extraordinary triumph of nonfiction filmmaking, presenting a wild mind game that leaves the viewer invigorated by its sheer audacity and complexity.
  6. In the end, the greatest achievement of Control Room may be to simply remind us, as Americans, that in this age of mega-corporate U.S. news media there are other perspectives on world events besides those of Fox, CNN, MSNBC-ABCBS and whoever else feeds us our information.
    • 92 Metascore
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    Masculine, Feminine could be viewed as Godard's reaction to his own success and the state of the world around him.
  7. As he did with “The English Patient,” director Minghella performs a miraculous juggling act, balancing his epic, sweeping story with the subtleties of character and detail that make Cold Mountain breathe.
  8. Paltrow gives the performance of the year, and perhaps of her career, in this extraordinary and powerful dissection of genius, jealousy, madness and serenity.
  9. If you want pure, undiluted, 100% guaranteed entertainment, Soap Girl is the film to enjoy. This film is a wonderful work of fun, with a marvelous ensemble cast who have more energy, sex-appeal and charm than any group to strut and vamp across the camera in recent memory.
  10. Chalk is loaded with life, energy, truth and respect. It may just make you yearn for your high schooling days. Okay, maybe not, but Chalk will have you laughing long after the movie has ended. How's that for homework?
  11. Full force Will Ferrell at his best. And as an added bonus, we all get one of the funniest movies of the year...that is if you don't mind your humor on the rude and crude side.
  12. A gorgeous and poetic meditation on fate, honor and life in the Old West.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    When you watch Wonderland, going back twenty years plus, you think you're in for some paleontological expedition. Yet, thanks to James Cox's considered and adept direction, a cast and script that never cheats the experience or realism of Hollywood's enigmatic underbelly -- the drama of the 1981 Wonderland murders is de-petrified.
  13. One of the greatest art documentaries ever made. Through an imaginative mixture of rare footage, audio recordings and contemporary interviews with the living legends of modern art, Rosen has created a cinematic portrait which is, in itself, a work of art.
  14. This is a five star film because it is one of the most perfect science fiction thrillers of all time.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Despite my ignorance of Hong Kong, I'm convinced that Iron Monkey could be the best, most entertaining martial arts film I may ever see.
  15. Bukowski is one of my all time favorite writers and now I have an all new respect for the man thanks to John Dullaghan’s phenomenal film. I’ll be breaking out “Post Office,” “Ham On Rye,” and “Notes of a Dirty Old Man” again very soon.
  16. It's vital that everyone who cares about film see this documentary.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In short, this is an x-treme documentary, as riveting as a road accident and a lot more bloody. That this film might give other young people ideas is something that keeps me (and probably director Hough) awake at night.
  17. Music fans of every stripe should kill to see this film, one of the very best music documentaries in recent years.
  18. This is an excellent movie -- by all means, flock to it!
  19. This extraordinary work of cinematic art is among the most sublime, compelling and beautifully crafted films to grace the big screen.
  20. Offers the Iraqis a rare chance to share their anger and their lives with the outside world. The resulting production is a raw and powerful film that demands to be seen.
  21. This is one of those rare docs that paints a grand picture of an era and makes the journey feel like a party.
  22. There are no sacred cows in A Mighty Wind. Even beloved public television is skewered by Guest and Co. In a lot of ways, this movie pokes the most fun at the average PBS liberal who refuses to let go of the 1960s.
    • 89 Metascore
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    von Donnersmarck creates a milieu so realistic that the attention-worthy setting becomes just a backdrop, while an intricate tale, as suspenseful as it is humanistic, takes over.
    • 76 Metascore
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    You're going to hear a lot about 500 Days of Summer over the next few months. All of the good stuff is true. Any bad stuff you hear is not.
  23. It is a horrifying and devastating spectacle of life gone dreadfully out of control, yet it is also riveting and hypnotic in such a dramatic sensation that you are left breathless by the sequence of events which will haunt and torture for as long as your memory remains intact.
  24. "Kill Bill Vol. 1" was a pure action movie, in love with collisions of violent movement. “Vol. 2” relaxes the pace, allowing for extended monologues. Those who lamented the first film's lack of wicked word exchanges should delight in Carradine's final soliloquy.
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  25. A raw, brutal, hypnotic journey into the world of seven heroin addicts who barely survive on the streets of New York City. It is a film of great sadness and pain.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Enough about the CGI tweaking, is this film really Lucas's unloved masterpiece? The film that got lost in the shadow of "American Graffitti" and "Star Wars" while, actually, being a better film?
  26. One warning however: James Caan's shoulder hair, when seen on this size screen, may frighten children considerably (you'll at least want to discuss it openly after the show, answering any questions your kids may have in an honest and direct manner).
  27. I loved this film; from the opening “Ben-Hur” nod to the hieroglyph subtitles, it's simultaneously hilarious and poignant, with great performances.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If there is justice in this world, this is the movie that will get people talking again about the excitement of film.
  28. How does Xanadu qualify as the greatest movie musical? Simple: it offers nothing but pure wall-to-wall fun and nonsense to keep a smile on one’s face from the opening credits (which cleverly spoof the logo of Universal Pictures) through the end of the picture. [11 Aug 2005]
  29. One could literally milk a thesaurus in trying to find the right words to lavish on Saraband: brilliant, towering, majestic, challenging, remarkable.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While I did enjoy the ride I took with the film, after the lights came up I was just thrilled Lynch was allowed to create such a journey for us to go on. Imagine what the cinema world would be like if more great directors threw caution to the wind and followed their artistic vision. It's a world I'd like to see and I hope Lynch continues to pave the way.
  30. Meticulous in its descriptions of well-intended individuals caught up in these ferocious waves of street crime.
  31. You’re unlikely to come across a more powerful film this year.
  32. Medem's astonishing, magical-realist love story Sex and Lucía is easily the best Spanish film since "All About My Mother." But such a statement actually undersells the beauty of what Medem has created, which in many ways rather defies description.
  33. Comedy, like most everything else, is subjective, and this may be the greatest example out there of "getting it" or not. If you thought the first movie, the original TV show, the Three Stooges, or "Football in the Groin," was funny, chances are “ackass: Number Two is right up your alley.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An existential masterpiece. Merging the stylistic direction of Jean-Pierre Jeunet with the existential sensibilities of Charlie Kaufman, creating one of the most memorable films ever made.
  34. One of the year's best films. An extraordinary work of intellectual maturity and emotional depth.
  35. Willard doesn’t try to be great art (although if you really think about it, there are plenty of themes borrowed from “Hamlet,” “The Birds” and “Frankenstein” to name a few). Willard just is.
    • 85 Metascore
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    Joon-Ho's epic is a masterpiece of monster cinema that's intelligent, innovative, and reaches down to the basic core of family unity to propel its story beyond mere conventions of science fiction.
  36. That’s it! I’ve had it! I’m packin’ up my shit and I’m movin’ to a trailer park down in…down south…somewhere. Apparently, there’s a lot more interesting people in these places than one could ever imagine meeting in their Starbucks bruised metropolitan areas or crosswalk guarded suburbs.
  37. At once an astonishing feat of advocacy filmmaking and a white knuckle eco-thriller; think Michael Moore meets Michael Mann.
  38. Breathtakingly inventive story.
  39. An extraordinary achievement on all possible levels.
    • 79 Metascore
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    To watch Midnight Cowboy is to find one of the great rewards of the movies, two of the finest performances ever seen, and a city made new every time you watch it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s a great comedy, and a deeply touching one, too.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The film is damn near a masterpiece. Let’s hope we don’t have to wait so long to see what Korine will do next.
    • 76 Metascore
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    It’s hard to underestimate how knowledgeable this movie is about the difference between what people think they want and what they really want.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Thanks to Sam Raimi’s inventive style and Bruce Campbell’s hysterical performance, the horror-comedy genre has grown into a legitimate genre, but Evil Dead 2 will forever be the king.
  40. The first masterwork of the post-modern pop culture generation...gets better with every viewing, and like good rock n' roll, needs to be played loud!
  41. Although this ain't Hogwarts, there's full-scale witchery being practiced behind Magdalene's locked doors.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Every single performance is the result of a cast that has gone to the far reaches of acting ability and even exceeded them.
    • 91 Metascore
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    A return to form for the Coen Brothers and, while I feel the film will annoy and frustrate the masses, it will be looked back upon as one of the truly great movies of the first part of this new decade.
  42. Truly magnificent.
  43. One of the most gripping, thought provoking dramas ever to ponder crime and punishment.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Schnabel's film is so steeped in the visual that it is surely the purest of cinema.
  44. Cantet weaves a dark, disturbing story of hedonism, casual racism and the lethal consequences of self-indulgence in his superb drama Heading South.
  45. A symphony of small gestures, throwaway glances, brief exchanges of unexpected observation and silences which actually say more than pages of dialogue.
  46. Theaters showing Mad Cowgirl should install seatbelts, because audiences are in for the ultimate wild ride.
  47. The idea of a gay version of "American Pie" might not seem too tasty, but Another Gay Movie offers a fabulous surprise in not only matching that rude boy classic's unapologetic rude humor but by establishing its own identity as a genuinely funny and often touching coming of age comedy.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is quite possibly the best Canadian film of all time.
  48. The film is one chillingly authentic scene after another... In the end it's more of a war movie than "Saving Private Ryan" ever was.
  49. Whereas "Cuckoo’s Nest" is a brilliantly over-the-top accomplishment, The Passenger is more brilliant with the most effortless underplaying one can ever hope to witness on screen.
    • 89 Metascore
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    Fresh, heartfelt and ultimately heartbreaking in its honest portrayal of a modern relationship.
  50. There are no boring, expository sequences; no depressing, grown-up politics. Instead, Rodriguez gifts us with a kaleidoscope of energy and invention.
    • 71 Metascore
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    Compulsory viewing for anyone with the slightest interest in rock history or the power of celebrity.
  51. I can't rave about this film enough -- this is passionate filmmaking at its best. One of the best foreign films, heck, one of the best films I have seen this year -- go see it!
  52. This amazing tour-de-force presents Huppert in a role, which is equal parts abrasive and vulnerable, exasperating and pathetic, monstrous and saintly.
    • 68 Metascore
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    The Beastie Boys have delivered the ultimate gift to their fans and the title couldn't be more perfect.
    • 73 Metascore
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    What Haynes has essentially done is create a film that is a Bob Dylan song, one of his best.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is the purest of American narratives, and this, indeed, is one of our finest storytellers.
  53. Eastwood tells the story at a pace well under the Hollywood speed limit, tosses in details so beguiling they seem about to sprout into motion pictures of their own and bathes his subjects in shadows as lovely as those in any Rembrandt.
  54. One of the most towering and extraordinary films to grace the screen.
  55. Rich with wonderful music and images.
  56. Should become required viewing for all troubled youth, their uncertain parents, the military establishment and their detractors or supporters.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    See this film and laugh your ass off, and in between your tears of joy learn the true cause of racial and ethnic division.
  57. I've already seen at least 20 documentaries this year. They've left me amused, sad, informed, bored, pissed-off, whatever. I'm willing to bet, though, that I don't see another this year as richly entertaining or as cathartic as The Kid Stays in the Picture. Is it really that good? You better believe it.
  58. Eddie Murphy does everything in this movie successfully. Coming To America remains his most personal work and a great argument that a movie can be decent and wholesome despite having enough profanity to make Bill Cosby lose sleep. A perfect argument for Eddie Murphy as decent guy even without the fame and fortune. Not that he's planning on giving it back though.
  59. Kung Fu Hustle is something you rarely encounter in theaters: a genuinely original comedy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Racism, teen sex, and war are all hot button issues. When you are a young person these things can seem new and confusing. In Alan Ball’s genius Towelhead, all of those above mentioned subjects go hand-in-hand in a truly wonderful cinematic experience.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Smith finally achieves that perfect balance between humor and heart that he's been dancing towards with all his films.
  60. Take the safety off of the comedy Magnum called Happiness and put the barrel in your mouth. You'll laugh your ass off as it takes off the back of your head...It could be the best film of the year. At the very least, I'll never forget it.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Blends classic elements of fantasy, teen-angst and coming-of-age tales to create a genre all its own. And through it all, the movie is undeniably wholesome.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Laugh hard, laugh long, but just laugh at true greatness. Parker and Stone have done it again, multiplied millions of times.
  61. If the state government in Massachusetts refuses to acknowledge its execution of innocent men, then at least this compelling and powerful production can serve as a graceful elegy to the doomed men who were murdered by their adopted homeland.
  62. Among the finest films made in the Middle East. This small, subtle gem offers a vivid portrait of life in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, presenting its message with an intelligence and vibrancy that celebrates the human spirit in an environment where humanity is routinely crushed and assaulted.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Gozu is a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a cow's head. If you think that this last statement doesn't make any sense, just watch the movie.
  63. Quite simply, House of Flying Daggers is a film that sets several new standards for production and entertainment values. It is a wild riot of color, music, passion, action, mystery, pure old-fashioned thrills and even dancing.
  64. The result is a mature, graceful and extraordinary accomplishment.
    • 82 Metascore
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    It's tough and cold and gives an inside look at poverty in America. Yet the film is also incredibly compelling and intense and I can't think of another film that's this small and powerful.
    • 88 Metascore
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    One of the most beautifully stark, yet provocative and powerful films of 2005 has to be Capote. Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who gives his finest screen performance to date, literally becomes Truman Capote through effete mannerism, nasaly voice & self-absorbed tone.
  65. There’s no question here that moviegoers will be treated to a completely enveloping, three-hour vacation from reality.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Only for fans of the bizarre and certainly not for those with even a faintly weak stomach. But for those meeting both qualifications: Welcome to a devious little nightmare.

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