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For 1,506 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Life Is Beautiful
Lowest review score: 0 Movie 43
Score distribution:
1506 movie reviews
  1. There are countless clever dialogue parries as well as some quite outstanding rants. It definitely takes the movie outside of the world of pure realism, but the theatricality is well worth it.
  2. [An] unusually unromantic approach to music education is one of many noteworthy things about Whiplash, a funny, exhilarating drama — bordering on psychological thriller.
  3. Some Velvet Morning is a horror film with no blood, with words the only weapon for 98% of the picture.
  4. The human imperative informs every aspect of After Tiller, resulting in an unexpectedly warm film.
  5. White Reindeer concedes that much about Christmas is funny — its notions quaint, its fixtures cliched. But it proposes that beneath this sometimes lurid veneer lay something to cherish all the same.
  6. Good luck finding a modern martial-arts epic that can even hold a candle to it.
  7. Rarely a moment is ever wasted, a consequence ignored, and though the climax is a corker, the final shot is even better. Prisoners requires and rewards your attention in equal measure. Be ready.
  8. Dark Skies is about the fragility of family, a muted meditation on how precious it does affirm that genre filmmakers who work with their eyes, their hearts and their brains still walk among us.
  9. As willfully oblique as his first film was densely foreboding, a rumination on the perils and pleasures of interpersonal connection that would seem to refuse any easy connection with even the most curious of audiences.
  10. Park allows this macabre coming-of-age tale to be defined by mood and style above all else.
  11. LUV
    LUV is partly a story about drugs, guns and street crime, the legacies we pass on to our children despite our efforts to do otherwise. But it’s also about the things we pass on to our children with love: How to tie a necktie, hold a steering wheel, shake another person’s hand. And it’s about the hope that those things will win out in the end.
  12. No
    No is anything but a somber political tract; it’s a little bit of a thriller, and more than a little bit of a comedy.
  13. If Broken City – the first film to be directed solo by Allen Hughes, one-half of the Hughes Brothers directing team – is a little flawed and cracked itself, it still squeaks by as a reasonably thoughtful piece of big-screen entertainment.
  14. A true New York City movie, alive every minute. There’s some Woody Allen in its veins, but it’s driven more by the free-for-all spirit you find in pictures like Peter Sollett’s 2002 “Raising Victor Vargas” and Spike Lee’s 1986 “She’s Gotta Have It.”
  15. The kids’ performances are effective and strong, with little touches that bring them to life as recognizable types of smart young people.
  16. With a jaunty musical score by Alexandre Desplat and a pleasant visual style aided by Marco Onorato’s colorful cinematography, Garrone delivers a story that’s part fairy tale, part religious allegory and part scathing indictment.
  17. Levine – whose last picture was the intriguing, if only partly effective, cancer comedy “50/50” — is going for something more here, exploring what makes us human by contrasting it with a character who has lost all the basics and is desperate to get them back.
  18. It does a marvelous job at giving us an impressionistic taste of horrific circumstances without using them to beat us into submission.
  19. This picture isn’t as showy or obvious as one of his (many) masterpieces, but it is quite good and deserves your time and respect.
  20. From a distance The Spectacular Now is mere soap opera, but it is one of those films that grow more fascinating upon inspection.
  21. Under the Skin is a deliberately oblique piece of work that prizes rhythms and textures above hows and whys.
  22. Just plain funny, loaded with joke after joke and pun after pun.
  23. While the final act might not surprise or stun, it does feature some classic le Carre movements, some trademark Corbijn ease, and a terrifying Hoffman bellowing at the sky – not so bad for just another spy film.
  24. A Place at the Table is a fairly no-frills effort, but the ideas behind it are sound.
  25. Downey, Jr. remains a rightfully cherished smartass figure, having as much a ball with Black’s one-liners as he had in “KKBB,” and he sells Tony’s newfound post-traumatic vulnerability more credibly than the film does.
  26. Anderson has abandoned a bit of his whimsical nature for the later portions of the film, but the film’s first half hour presents one of his most darling settings yet, until, of course, it all crumbles into murder, mayhem and bad renovations.
  27. In a film about how hard it is to know what you want, and then to express it, Swanberg gets to the heart of the matters of the heart with disarming doses of both charm and wisdom.
  28. It’s clean, lean and smart.
  29. Superbly written, handsomely made and full of terrific performances, Laggies is Shelton’s best film to date.
  30. Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy might have the scariest ending of any film ever made.

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