Film Threat's Scores

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For 2,411 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 1.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Cold Souls
Lowest review score: 0 Delta Farce
Score distribution:
2,411 movie reviews
  1. To me, Say Anything is without a shadow of a doubt the most rewarding, funny, and likable romance of the last twenty years. It heralds the decency of romantic love against the gears of a cold, grinding mechanical world.
  2. An extraordinary achievement on all possible levels.
  3. One of the most towering and extraordinary films to grace the screen.
  4. 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.
  5. One of the year's best films. An extraordinary work of intellectual maturity and emotional depth.
  6. This is one of those rare docs that paints a grand picture of an era and makes the journey feel like a party.
  7. This is an amazing black satire filled with vicious biting words that snap like firecrackers.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is quite possibly the best Canadian film of all time.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Although this ain't Hogwarts, there's full-scale witchery being practiced behind Magdalene's locked doors.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
    • 61 Metascore
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    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.
    • 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.
  14. There’s no question here that moviegoers will be treated to a completely enveloping, three-hour vacation from reality.
  15. Joyous. This is a film that will put a goofy grin on your face from the opening frame, through to the credits, out into the lobby, the whole way home, and possibly even till you fall asleep.
    • 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Offers a remarkable tribute to one of the few people who genuinely deserves to be known as a pioneer of filmmaking. In the genre of films about films, In the Mirror of Maya Deren is among the best.
    • 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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!
    • 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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).
  22. 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!
  23. Meticulous in its descriptions of well-intended individuals caught up in these ferocious waves of street crime.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of Spike Lee's greatest films -- seamlessly merging personal drama against a canvas of larger social significance on a level worthy of "Do the Right Thing."
  24. There are no boring, expository sequences; no depressing, grown-up politics. Instead, Rodriguez gifts us with a kaleidoscope of energy and invention.
  25. 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.
  26. Gory, scary, smart and funny, this is definitely one of the best horror films I’ve seen in years.
  27. I loved this film; from the opening “Ben-Hur” nod to the hieroglyph subtitles, it's simultaneously hilarious and poignant, with great performances.
    • 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.
  28. A gorgeous and poetic meditation on fate, honor and life in the Old West.
  29. This is a five star film because it is one of the most perfect science fiction thrillers of all time.
  30. Breathtakingly inventive story.
  31. 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.
  32. This extraordinary work of cinematic art is among the most sublime, compelling and beautifully crafted films to grace the big screen.
  33. Music fans of every stripe should kill to see this film, one of the very best music documentaries in recent years.
  34. Truly magnificent.
  35. Does for psychedelics what "Boogie Nights" does for cocaine; displaying in graphical detail the ultimate failure of drugs as an escape route.
  36. This amazing tour-de-force presents Huppert in a role, which is equal parts abrasive and vulnerable, exasperating and pathetic, monstrous and saintly.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Fresh, heartfelt and ultimately heartbreaking in its honest portrayal of a modern relationship.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Compulsory viewing for anyone with the slightest interest in rock history or the power of celebrity.
  37. "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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. One of the most effective, intelligent, mature and romantic love stories to come across the screen recently is, of all things, a documentary.
  42. 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.
  43. Rich with wonderful music and images.
    • 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.
  44. Equally charming and addicting all the way through.
    • 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?
  45. 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.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The actual performances during the film range from excellent to somewhat amateurish, but this amateurism is easily absorbed by the sheer power of the imagery on display.
  46. A powerful film worthy of a truly extraordinary American.
  47. So just do yourself a favor, get out there and see Ong Bak. You’ll leave the theater bruised and battered, but you'll be happy about it.
  48. 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.
  49. 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.
  50. The result is a mature, graceful and extraordinary accomplishment.
  51. Should become required viewing for all troubled youth, their uncertain parents, the military establishment and their detractors or supporters.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Masculine, Feminine could be viewed as Godard's reaction to his own success and the state of the world around him.
  52. This is an excellent movie -- by all means, flock to it!
  53. As Hitler, Bruno Ganz ignites the screen with every appearance.
  54. A symphony of small gestures, throwaway glances, brief exchanges of unexpected observation and silences which actually say more than pages of dialogue.
  55. Kung Fu Hustle is something you rarely encounter in theaters: a genuinely original comedy.
  56. Provocative and poignant.
  57. One could literally milk a thesaurus in trying to find the right words to lavish on Saraband: brilliant, towering, majestic, challenging, remarkable.
  58. Put simply, Mind Game is a mind-blowing experience.
  59. Paltrow gives the performance of the year, and perhaps of her career, in this extraordinary and powerful dissection of genius, jealousy, madness and serenity.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is definitely not your typical Cronenberg. No matter if you either love his cinematic oddities, or if you’re put off by them, watching A History of Violence would prove beneficial. It’s no doubt one of the best films of the year.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
  60. The result is crisp, brutal and utterly inspirational.
  61. 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.
  62. I would like to praise My Big Fat Independent Movie for achieving something that most independently-produced comedies fail to do: it creates laughs.
    • 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.
  63. 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Beastie Boys have delivered the ultimate gift to their fans and the title couldn't be more perfect.
  64. A tough sit, but it attracts more than repels you. It commands your attention. Once it lands its hooks in you, there's no tearing away.
  65. You’re unlikely to come across a more powerful film this year.
  66. Cantet weaves a dark, disturbing story of hedonism, casual racism and the lethal consequences of self-indulgence in his superb drama Heading South.
  67. Theaters showing Mad Cowgirl should install seatbelts, because audiences are in for the ultimate wild ride.
    • 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.
  68. 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.
  69. It's vital that everyone who cares about film see this documentary.
  70. It is not only the year's best documentary, but it is also among the finest films ever made about religion.
  71. 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.
  72. Borat isn't just one of the funniest movies of the year, it might be one of the funniest movies of all time.
  73. 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
  74. 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.
    • 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.
  75. 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?
  76. 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.
  77. No End In Sight is the most important film of the year thus far and, more significantly, the most comprehensive, clear-eyed account of the Iraq debacle and the arrogance behind it that we have.
  78. It’s not just one of the best documentaries I’ve ever seen, it’s one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. Period.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    What Haynes has essentially done is create a film that is a Bob Dylan song, one of his best.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Schnabel's film is so steeped in the visual that it is surely the purest of cinema.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This may be an extremely bold statement to make, but there hasn’t been such an amazing character study in film since “Citizen Kane.” I honestly can’t praise it enough. From the opening to the ghastly ending, this film will sit in the depths of your stomach for some time to come.
    • 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.
  79. One of the most gripping, thought provoking dramas ever to ponder crime and punishment.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 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.
  80. 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The humanity of District 9 adds another dimension to this multilayered, rewarding work -- one of the best of the summer, and undoubtedly the most inventive from the multiplex this year.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is the purest of American narratives, and this, indeed, is one of our finest storytellers.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With brother Ivan as his co-writer, Sam tosses out a delightful batch of tense, hilarious set pieces. The two are giggling behind the proceeds like the Coen brothers scripting fresh off a critical triumph.
  81. At once an astonishing feat of advocacy filmmaking and a white knuckle eco-thriller; think Michael Moore meets Michael Mann.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I love love love love loved Cold Souls. That might be because I love love love Paul Giamatti.
    • 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.
  82. 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]
  83. The truth is that for all the controversy there really isn’t that much violence in Reservoir Dogs. The reason people were so affected was because the film shows you the true impact of its violence.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wow. A heist movie that is more focused on people than it is crime. An incredible cast - Robert Forster and Donnie Wahlberg. Getting to see Kristin Minter's breasts and hearing her say, "F---." Damn near a perfect movie.
  84. A masterful comedy that will divide audiences, but it left me laughing hysterically. I hope that doesn’t make you think I’m a sick bastard, but if so, piss off.
  85. Maybe How to Draw a Bunny itself is really Ray Johnson's final testament, created with a mischievous wink from beyond the grave. After watching this extraordinary documentary, one has no doubt that such an act is well within Johnson's creative powers.
  86. Spins in its own orbit and dares the audience to come into its weirdly one-of-a-kind environment. This is a delightful work of humor which is worthy of Spielberg-level praise.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Moretti's actual direction is always simple, perhaps plain, but this no-frills approach allows him to gently craft a story full of poignant episodes, building toward a melancholy but genuinely uplifting conclusion.
  87. This is not light-hearted entertainment. Be prepared to think. Uncle Dave will take you someplace new.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As with all of Mann's films, Manhunter is an intense experience. All of the actors, including even legendary goofball Chris Elliott, give brooding, serious performances.
  88. Randal is a beautiful hostile piece of work that only could have come from America. He's the sort of guy who never put in a quality day at the office in his life, but somehow probably winds up winning the biggest lotto drawing ever with a ticket he stole from his loser best friend's Quickie Mart.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though it has many moments of sarcasm and humor, the overall tone, like the comics themselves, is a depressing one.
  89. A very funny and painfully relevant two hours of entertainment.
  90. Open Range gets better the deeper you get into the story.
  91. This isn’t exploitation; this is a look at how things may have been with Harris and Klebold, and how something like this could easily happen again.
  92. Engrossing and brilliantly insightful production.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A timeless classic, full of excitement, humor, witty asides and memorable characters.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even the most learned moviegoer won't see where this story is going, and that's part of its charm. The characters have a depth to them that is rarely seen these days.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is where Payne shines. Schmidt’s Winnebago journey through America’s heartland is more like a personal voyage into his Heart of Darkness.
  93. Soderbergh's film will be remembered less for the (inspired) star casting than for being one expertly made piece of pure, unpretentious popcorn entertainment.
  94. I thought I might have seen everything I needed to see about neo-Nazi skinheads in "Romper Stomper" and "American History X". Not only was I in for a surprise, but newcomer Ryan Gosling gives every bit as stunning a performance as did Russell Crowe and Ed Norton in those two films, and then some.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Where Minority Report succeeds is by dishing up a little bit of everything – to see no one leaves the theater disgruntled. There are helpings of science fiction marvel, there’s some interminable tension and a real human story underneath it all. The specials effects are damn impressive to boot.
  95. First-time writer-director Serry shows a remarkable gift for storytelling with this moving, effective little film.
  96. The movie gives us lovingly shot landscapes, portraits of extraordinary friendships, a great score, dialogue that only occasionally slips into history lessons, a number of memorably etched minor characters, a splendid performance by its youngest star and two mysteries.
  97. An effective comedy, an interesting bedtime tale, and one of the greatest date rentals of all time.
  98. It's an entirely different animal from Tarkovsky's hypnotic but opaque take, and it's an entirely different animal from most studio product in general -- Soderbergh's Solaris is a gorgeous and deceptively minimalist cinematic tone poem.
  99. Just about the truest and most satisfying screen adaptation most anyone could have ever hoped for.
  100. Part of what makes this film a must-see for Titanic fans is that it truly puts you closer to the wreckage than anyone else can get.
  101. I'll just say to anyone lamenting the state of American cinema since the 1970s, if you're curious where the next generation of auteurs is coming from, look in the art houses and look in The Matrix.
  102. This movie doesn’t cop out. It doesn’t go for fake, feel-good warm fuzzies, and it’s not for the faint of heart. Terminator 3 has guts. It has a LOT of guts. And it’s a rare thing for any movie – whether it’s a summer blockbuster or an indie arthouse flick – to have guts.
  103. It's a feel-good movie, but not in a bad way. It makes you feel good the way that “Forrest Gump” made you feel good, as if the filmmakers were seriously trying to make a fun, wholesome, entertaining movie without taking on the industry with a moral agenda.
  104. A very important film that is as sad as it is uplifting. After viewing it you may just have a whole new appreciation for life.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A charming, highly entertaining romantic adventure full of life, spectacular vistas, and sensual delight.
  105. School of Rock kicks ass. It's one movie that definitely goes to eleven.
  106. A film to savor and to be thankful for.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Trust me, if you have a thirst for a good, dark drama, this one is a big gulp.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A tale that's so enriching, so heartwarming, so funny, so touching and so breathtaking, you'll wonder why the king of wackiness didn't branch out sooner.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A film that you can appreciate, but it’s also one that may be difficult to watch. Because it is so course, because it is so authentic, and because the characters are so real, you feel a closeness to Lee that may be uncomfortable.
  107. This is a family film. There's a great deal of wackiness.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a serious look at the corrupting influences of fame, money and entertainment, and what it says about us may be even more damning than what it says about its participants.
  108. Hellboy just might end up being one of the best movies you see this year.
  109. This is a finely crafted film for grown-ups only ... and it's hard to remember the last time we had one that was this provocative and moving.
  110. Hilarious and often terrifying look at the effects of fast food on the human body.
  111. It was incredible to see what is arguably the best of the Star Wars films, on the big screen again. However, I do not believe that any of the minor changes make the film any better. [Special Edition]
  112. The cast playing these eccentric characters is magnificent...This is definitely one of the most unique comedies you’ll see all year.
  113. One of the best surfing documentaries ever filmed.
  114. How can such difficult subjects as under-age sexual activity, brutal beatings and murders be presented in a way that doesn't alienate the audience, yet still capture the horror and circumstances in a believable manner? The solution? Assign Kai Pieck to the task.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Alexander Payne is becoming one of the greatest American directors of modern cinema and again, Sideways is on its way to being one of the best films of the year.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Saw
    May be the best independent horror film to have come out since "The Blair Witch Project." It's certainly better than "Blair Witch", and more fun, more gruesome, and more macabre. In a very delightful way.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Just like “It’s A Wonderful Life” is shown on TV every year, The Polar Express should appear in IMAX theaters that traditionally.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The photography alone would make this a worthwhile effort, but the drama that unfolds over the two years on tour is equally involving and framed by the interviews with former champions.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The film is near perfect in its attempt to properly mix the irrationality of war in with an interesting love story.
  115. A gripping tale of survival and the kind of smart thriller that will gain much-deserved attention for both director Stolhand and actor/writer Uygar Aktan. Simply a stunning piece of filmmaking.
  116. The story goes on and on, endlessly fascinating to the last - the sensational trial, the convictions, the revelations, the recriminations.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is Scorsese’s "Schindler's List", for better and for worse (mostly the better).
  117. The smart dialogue doesn't hurt, of course, and perhaps the best work is done by Bird himself, who provides the voice of Edna "E" Mode, superhero fashion designer.
  118. It's a remarkable film; the dialogue takes our breath away with its sharp skewering of expectations and realities, the bleak honesty is balanced by the freshness of real life and moments of raw truth and comedy -- Don't miss it.
  119. Sophomoric silliness.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The seemingly total access and seemingly total coverage the film makers enjoy makes us forget at times that this isn't some Hollywood fabrication.
  120. Incredible because for a 100 minute movie, Alexandra's Project passes like 30. Incredible also that most of those 100 minutes take place in a single living room. It's the tension and performances that pull you through, never letting your attention stray from what's going down on-screen.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    May look like an ironic, jet black comedy -- and it succeeds brilliantly on that level -- but in it's sad and wistful heart, it's a completely sincere call for saving the Earth.
  121. Thrilling stunt footage aside, this is a film that celebrates the strength of women in the entertainment industry and these two separate stories are tied together perfectly by filmmaker Amanda Micheli.
  122. Thought provoking and brimming with charm, match that with an infectious sense of humor and outstanding performances.
  123. A wicked good time.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The film is able to be a thriller, a political statement and a haunting romance all at once.
  124. The best thing the filmmakers did was to pull a cast out of the stage productions. Importantly, the actors convey a sense of history and comfort with each other.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a film that exists because of fans, was written for the fans and yet can be enjoyed by just about anyone willing to have a good time.
  125. Maybe if PETA tried being funny instead of comparing eating meat to the Holocaust, they’d have a bigger following.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Garcia is a thoughtful filmmaker not only by the group of actors he has gathered, but in remembering that there has been and will be people watching his movie.
  126. So here it is, an arena rock type film event for lovers of Asian cinema. Good news is that you won’t have that annoying ringing in your ears the day after. Better news is that you’ll have food for thought way after witnessing these spectacles.
  127. Do we really want to live in a world void of "Wild Man" Fischers, and all their unique forms of creative expression? Savor the fascinating, thought-provoking Derailroaded, and you be the judge.
  128. Here is a movie that celebrates the heyday of adventure cinema even as it embraces technology's bleeding edge. And I'm willing to forgive a lot when giant gorillas and tyrannosaurs are involved. Must be the art snob in me.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This immaculate filmmaking creates an engaging documentary that makes you forget that you're missing the energy of a live show because it's a completely cinematic experience with its own special energy.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not a film for everyone. If you are squeamish about children being placed in danger then do not see this film.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With brilliant dialogue out of the 1940s and graceful visuals that add depth to the dark comedy, Johnson debuts with a smart, self-assured feature that portrays adolescence like no other film has.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The songs in the film are a blast and John C. Reilly and Woody Harrelson share one of the funniest singing moments onscreen ever.
  129. Think of "Escape from New York" starring two French Spidermen on speed, and you've got District B13, a snazzy, sensational action ride from big-bang guru Luc Besson.
  130. One of the best movies of the year, and a great accomplishment for Messrs. Harmon and Schrab. Maybe now we’ll get a feature length "Robot Bastard" movie.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A solid, whirlwind of a horror movie, with more twists and turns than a hula hoop competition.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A gem of a film that explores race relations, genetic fate and the allure of family, Neo Ned is a quality feat of filmmaking.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A welcome return to the raunchy hey-day of comedy, a true guy's film.
  131. This is a superior horror film. It hits hard and fast, letting up only to inject some black humor and amp up the tension again before coming back for more. Feast is nasty, brutish, and short, just like Hobbes said all horror flicks should be.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Downey Jr. and LaBeouf as Dito as well as Chazz Palminteri as Monty are outstanding. Channing Tatum (who I've never heard of) is also amazing as the tortured soul Antonio.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the screenplay for Little Chilldren is basically perfect, it's the acting that really drives the film home.
  132. Traveling faster than a fat line of blow snorted from mirror to nose, Cocaine Cowboys is all rush and no crash.
  133. Casino Royale is quite possibly the best action movie of the year.
  134. An uber-modern romance story that's powered with raw honesty and coated with wild imagination.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The acting in the film is grade-A, with Stallone bringing the more mumbled Rocky from the first film spliced with some rousing inspirational monologues when the moment is right (not forced, not preachy… just perfect).
    • 98 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The action scenes are exciting, the fantasy scenes are creative and the war scenes are brutal.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Visually stunning and contextually provocative, God Grew Tired of Us is quite simply one of the most beautiful documentaries I've ever seen. Intelligent, heartbreaking, uplifting, humorous and reverent, the film is an adventure in what it means to be human.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Borrowing more than its title from the Frank Capra social comedy, this underdog tale is a rough gem.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The only criticism that seems to merit any real discussion is whether directors Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino actually did make real grindhouse-style fare. To whit, I can easily say: yes, they not only made two on-point grindhouse films, they did them to painful perfection.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Believe the hype, Knocked Up is one of the funniest films of 2007. It's too early in the year to crown it the supreme funniest title, but save for something so funny your head explodes in the theater, I think it'll take the title by year's end. Seth Rogen, we web slackers salute you!
  135. More a celebration of movement and music than a parable for our over-communicative, friend-lite, acquaintance-rich society.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is one of those films that will either hit it big as an indie crossover like "Little Miss Sunshine,” or just make some money and become a film nerd favorite. Either way I recommend you don’t miss this awkwardly fun gem.
  136. Mangold has time to build sensational, studied characterizations, brilliant pacing (courtesy Mike McCuster, who also edited the director’s previous effort, the Johnny Cash biopic “Walk the Line”), and blistering action.
  137. If nothing else, Into the Wild is a beautiful film. Penn meticulously shot in the actual locations McCandless visited, and Eric Gautier's cinematography is breathtaking, many scenes are framed in such a way as to almost Hirsch entirely, further emphasizing how solitary his trek actually was.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Aside from being a captivating and highly interesting film, Bar-Lev's My Kid Could Paint That is also something extremely rare – a piece of honest journalism.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Everyone involved with the film brings their top talents to the fore, and the result is a touching, heartbreaking and an ultimately honest personal experience.
  138. Bleak, weirdly witty at times and unrelentingly suspenseful, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead is the cinematic equivalent of a perfect storm.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like many of Claypools bands, Electric Apricot is bound to be a cult hit. I’m just hoping it will have the chance to play before a bigger audience as I feel the film is just plain hilarious and I was extremely impressed at the way Claypool pulled it all together in his first directorial effort.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A brilliantly executed film that, like many real-life family reunions, is alternately painful, funny, and moving.
  139. The two actors (Hanks/Seymour Hoffman) have terrific chemistry and riff off one another like partners in a veteran comedy team.
  140. I know a lot of people with no knowledge of Sondheim’s musical (much less Bond’s play) are going to buy tickets for a cute holiday movie starring that handsome Johnny Depp and end up experiencing something else entirely. Bon appétit.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    "Taxi” captures the evil that many men do under the guise of American justice. Just as Bardem's menacing Chigurh approaches his targets in "No Country," American military administrators approached Afghan detainees with shackles and convoluted policy in their pockets.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With a deep understanding of his characters, Green has crafted a film that's devastating and uplifting without sounding a false note.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bell's documentary is an absolute must see for anyone taking part in any kind of debate about steroids.
  141. A thoroughly enjoyable film, and ranks with Pixar's best.
  142. The final act is all but guaranteed to astonish and satisfy. See this movie.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A fresh and rewarding take on cinematic terror.
  143. The Dark Knight may not be a masterpiece, but it easily vaults to the top of any list of "best superhero movies."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Here Breillat directs one of the most thrilling actresses working today, and the latter makes this calculated study into a tale brimming with passion and sorrow.
  144. The July 4th release is fitting, for Thompson was a true patriot. His longstanding association with the counterculture notwithstanding, Thompson loved this country and the things it once stood for, and his voice is sorely missed today, and whether you were a fan of his work or not, you'll find Gonzo well worth your time.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Never has a film captured the spirit of being a teenager better.
  145. Smartly edited, utterly engrossing, and as intelligent an examination of American race relations as I've seen.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A roller coaster of emotions that will have you laughing one moment and gasping in shock the next.
  146. This is what "Nightmare" fans have been waiting fifteen years for.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What they produced is something that is true not just to this place or to these people's lives, or to the lives of poor people or black people, but to the experience of being human.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As successful as this family drama is, Demme proves himself to be quite a multitasker. With the skill of an ethnographer and the passion of a sentimentalist, he celebrates the traditions of marriage in a handful of tender set pieces.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If FrontRunners doesn't teach you something about politics, at least it will entertain you.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best fairy tales always have so much darkness in them. That's why they resonate so deeply. This is a magnificent film.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The film's overall result is a document of towering, devastating emotional impact.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Exhausting yet invigorating, it's a drama one witnesses more than just views.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On top of the tried-and-true prison genre formula coupled with the misfit gang formula, Rupert Wyatt's "he Escapist flips everything on its ear by playing out in two timelines simultaneously.
  147. From the film's opening moments you won't be able to guess where the whole thing ultimately ends up and that's one of the many endearing qualities of Revanche.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker is a grinding, nightmarish machine.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    His film captures the wonderment of dreaming - and the reality of waking.
  148. On its own terms, Departures is a thing of rare and remarkable beauty.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Thankfully there's nothing remotely serious about Zombieland. It's just a heck of carnival attraction (Shoot the ducks/Shoot the zombies) on a roller coaster filled with laughs.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Imagination spills across the screen in a bold, undeniable presence.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cera once again does his "Michael Cera thing." Personally, I love his "thing" but know it’s not for everyone, and I agree that it doesn’t always work contextually. But trust me, here it really works.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A very funny comedy. It’s a very funny comedy that almost made me cry.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A wonderful film, and one with vast appeal. Giving us everything we have come to expect from our fashion-centered programming and more, we are left with the sense that we have uncovered a mystery.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In The Burning Plain, another directorial debut, sensationalism is on order, but it's buttressed by fear, suffering, and desire – the schizo-blend that makes Arriaga's scripts so unique.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Technical elements are among the best this year. Photography, editing, music, production design, and costumes all add seamless period flavor to the puritanical stew that was London almost a half-century ago.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Once you get into the groove of Harmony and Me and realize the film is not only very tightly scripted, hilarious, and quite brilliantly acted, you’ll quickly be won over.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a brutal, exhausting, and genuinely horrifying little ghost flick.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Elevates a significant moment in the history of this massively passionate spectator sport.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Halbrook absolutely nails the lead role of Mr. Abner Meecham, the headstrong farmer whose lips can’t form the words “give up.”
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There will definitely be a need to see it again after the first time, for the atmosphere, for Hoyle, for the theories, for the case, for everything offered and happily accepted.

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