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For 1,505 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 3.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 A Hard Day's Night (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 3000 Miles to Graceland
Score distribution:
1505 movie reviews
  1. Surreal to the point of poeticism, amusing and tragic by turns.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's that very rare feeling that you're settling into a movie whose individual elements are so finely attuned they fuse into a singular construct of pure entertainment.
  2. For all its occasional long-windedness and visual dazzle, Brazil may be the "Strangelove" of the 1980s.
  3. This is a waking dream of truly operatic dimensions.
  4. Stoppard's luxuriant, richly comic language cascades and washes over you, and, for once, more than keeps pace with the sprightly pictures.
  5. Before Midnight manages to be an emotionally astute and tremendously enjoyable conclusion to this rather improbable trilogy.
  6. A lovely piece of work.
  7. Temple's wonderfully entertaining film brings the era back in all its confused and tentatively revolutionary glory, and bracingly demonstrates that the Pistols still have the power to shock.
  8. Well-crafted scenes that carry a bracingly grown-up tang: unhurried, played in a low key, with plenty of time to savor the details of character and place.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Keeps you engaged in this story of a memorable anti-hero for our times.
  9. Lore is a rare, wonderful film that works not just as surface entertainment, but has deeper historical meaning, as well as an even grander, more universal statement.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Minghella shapes Ondaatje's sprawling story into something miraculously cohesive, and at the movie's center is one of the most compelling love stories in recent memory.
  10. Zero Dark Thirty is precise, definitive filmmaking, yet Bigelow refuses to hand over easy answers. Some people call that evasion. I call it the ultimate despair.
  11. Feels like the first truly honest attempt to deal with the horrors of combat - and the terrible responsibility shared by all survivors.
  12. Althea is a ferociously vibrant character, and Love goes all out to infuse her with a wildness seldom seen on screen. Love holds nothing back, and her energy and her heartache energize the movie.
  13. It's like a madly inventive hybrid of "Dr. Strangelove" and "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre."
  14. Achieves a kind of beauty through its overlaying enigmas, and Carrey.
  15. Benigni, with great help from young Cantarini, has crafted a work of such complexity that you may find both your brain and your heart simply overloaded. Which, of course, is the rarely achieved goal of all art.
  16. Quentin Tarantino's latest movie puts an epic spin on a favorite genre, taking it to time-tripping levels rarely tested by its forerunners.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The convergence of storytelling mastery, acting virtuosity and star power makes A Civil Action one of the greatest films of the year.
  17. With Before Night Falls, Schnabel has moved to an entirely new plane of cinematic achievement.
  18. Writer/director David Mamet, who's built a career in both theater and film by being a hyper-manly sort of writer, has crafted a film that is laugh out loud funny and dinner-conversation smart.
  19. One of the best films of the year. Queer in every sense of the word, it's poignant, laugh-out-loud funny and thoroughly provocative.
  20. For me, the experience was much like seeing Mike Nichols' "The Graduate" and George Lucas' "American Graffiti" before the hype machines kicked in.
  21. There are many films that rail against the inherent injustices of any given power structure. Much rarer are the documentaries like The Gatekeepers which expose that the faithful stewards of a certain foreign policy no longer believe in said policy. This is an important film, showing the constant reaction and counter-reaction of each side.
  22. Wickedly funny, scathingly original new comedy.
  23. Mud
    That Nichols is able to orchestrate this entire journey with steady tension and lyrical imagery is a testament to his storytelling capabilities.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Van Sant and crew appear to have had a blast making this film, and I had a blast watching it. The subject matter is very dark and yet it is handled with a very light touch.
  24. You'll treasure this movie.
  25. The other key part is Schindler's Jewish accountant, played with self-effacing brilliance by Ben Kingsley, who gives the movie just the touch of warmth and sanity it needs.
  26. One of the most troubling views of the human race I've seen in years. Luckily for us, its depressing, almost pathologically ironic vision is redeemed by the sublimity of Solondz' filmmaking. I first saw the film at Cannes last May and it's haunted me, both for its nastiness and its brilliance, ever since.
  27. It always surprises, never bores. It's also just damn good, on every possible level -- so go see it. Now.
  28. Conveys not just a joy in music and The Beatles, but a joy in cinema.
  29. A movie with the power and quality of dreams, where reality merges into symbolism and oddly juxtaposed elements crystallize into a single, electrifying whole.
  30. A damn near perfect film.
  31. A fantastic, sleek and fun satire.
  32. A mix of forward-looking sci-fi, classic themes, deft plotting and superb writing and direction, Edge of Tomorrow may be the pure-pleasure blockbuster to beat this Summer.
  33. The emotions the Shinoharas’ story inspire are all over the road. It is at times triumphant and warm, then sad and even enraging.
  34. Like the best of fiction, it conveys greater truth about coming to terms with the world at large, and regardless of whether each individual scene is ultimately justified in its inclusion, the cumulative impact of seeing something resembling a life unfold over a mere two hours and forty minutes is overwhelming.
  35. It’s a character piece, and one of the best and most understated movies I’ve ever seen about the grieving process.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Stray Dogs pushes Tsai’s cinema of laissez-faire long takes, performative observation and pangs of regret and loss to their extreme.
  36. In a World… is pretty much a perfect movie, chock full of fun, endless laughter, realistic love and that all-important magical movie ingredient — originality.
  37. The fact that Cuarón’s film strives to be something more than thoroughly harrowing — no small feat in and of itself — solidifies its existence as a marvel of not just technical craft but sheer imagination as well
  38. Only Lovers Left Alive is an exhibit A example of how to use style to enhance substance, not overwhelm it.
  39. The genius of Kikuchi’s performance is that – by the end – her slow descent into mania humanizes Kumiko precisely when it would have been so easy to reduce her into caricature.
  40. It proves that the screen is the place where a memory can be reborn.
  41. Chandor delivers pure cinema. Thrilling and adventuresome, this is a career highlight from the uniquely sympathetic Robert Redford.
  42. He’s taken what, on paper, boils down to an extra ridiculous episode of “Law and Order: Criminal Intent” and passes it off as high cinematic art.
  43. At 76 minutes, Caesar Must Die is more of an art piece than a thick steak of a feature film, but it maintains a fascinating hum from start to finish.
  44. Some provocative filmmakers seem intent on irritating or turning off the audience. With Haneke, I get the feeling that once you understand what he’s up to, he’s glad to have you in on the joke. He certainly goes about executing it in a masterful way.
  45. [A] blend of classic sci-fi fare and current pop-culture irony is what rockets “Guardians” into the stratosphere.
  46. Stars the cult celebrity Om Puri, widely considered by cinephiles to be one of the best actors in the world.
  47. Cage again proves himself the most fearless actor now working in movies.
  48. One of the things that makes Traffic so very good is the wry humor that's laced throughout the film. It's a funny movie.
  49. One of the best films seen in many years about the mysterious workings of time and memory.
  50. What's best about the film is not the hot romance, but the coldness that lies at its heart.
  51. What leaves you breathless, though, is the knockout acting by the cast.
  52. One of the best films of this year...unlike anything you've seen on the big screen.
  53. One of the best pictures I've seen all year. Funny, touching, even inspiring at times.
  54. (Thornton) does a remarkable job in all three categories, but what you're likely to remember most clearly is his performance.
  55. The engine that drives Jerry Maguire is Cruise, giving the kind of performance that all but deconstructs his recent series of glib leading-man roles.
  56. Runs on wit and creativity.
  57. It simultaneously wows you with the stark beauty of its images, a beauty that leads to another, related kind of truth that is equally crucial. It's not to be missed.
  58. Certainly one of his (Scorsese's) most profound works.
  59. The film has smarts, but what really makes it fascinating is its huge heart...and the film soars because of that.
  60. What makes the film so special is that while tickling your postmodern funnybone, it never forgets to make you care for its characters, in a welcome, and almost traditional way.
  61. Levinson is at the top of his game with Liberty Heights, his instincts acutely cinematic, his purpose clear.
  62. Irrespective of whether Pollock, as a movie, is any good -- and it is very, very good -- it's clear that Ed Harris was born to play the lead role.
  63. Though issues of politics and philosophy are touched upon, this is a film about the people inside the uniforms -- a story of human beings under pressure, forced by circumstance to make choices both impulsive and, on occasion, heroic. It's also the new year's single most satisfying movie experience thus far.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Punk Singer is a perfect storm. It is a love letter to Kathleen Hanna, to feminism, and to the fans, but it’s also just a damn good movie.
  64. Clear-eyed and open-hearted, The Straight Story (which is based on reality) tells a simple tale, and it does so with a rare, blessed simplicity.
  65. Eye-popping, exhilarating and occasionally a bit stomach-churning.
  66. An exquisite trio.
  67. It's a superb example of the genre of the self-expressive documentary.
  68. Part of what’s so invigorating about A Touch of Sin is its refusal to betray the depth of its intellectual ambition, deferring when needed to generic convention and relishing the entertainment which follows.
  69. Man, I just can't recommend this enough.
  70. Director Barry Sonnenfeld captures Hollywood in sunny tones, with fluid camera moves providing maximum comic effect.
  71. Show Me Love has the pulse of teen life down-pat, shaming its many sleek and glossy American counterparts at every turn.
  72. An appalling masterpiece.
  73. Funny and wise, lively and contemplative, intriguingly postmodern and powerfully moving, all at the same time. It's not to be missed.
  74. There's a sense of ease and contentment to it that has never been so prominent in Allen's work before.
  75. Hilarious, slightly sick, and super-edgy ...the acting of its two principals, Annette Bening and Kevin Spacey, is so sublime that it's worth seeing on that grounds alone.
  76. Directors Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews create a great framework for the epic nemesis battle, but also know when to pull back to keep the movie grounded in reality.
  77. There's a shrewd satiric method to LaBute's madness, and a payoff in comedic gold.
  78. The Walt Disney World-set Escape From Tomorrow is both a great gimmick-dependent story and a remarkable piece of filmmaking. It is a radical, transgressive departure that exploits new technology in heretofore unseen ways.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Will test your powers of attention. The effort is worth every minute.
  79. Their (Sarandon, Penn) performances and Robbins' drive to ask questions without offering easy answers make Dead Man Walking a thought-provoking drama not to be missed or dismissed.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A film of elegant small moments and complex, bittersweet motivations.
  80. Everything clicks here.
  81. Could be called the "Red Badge of Courage" of World War II movies.
  82. An especially compassionate look at human frailty that also never loses sight of the inherent ridiculousness of "the human condition." Jesus' Son is one of this summer's best movies.
  83. A rich and challenging variation on the serial-killer genre.
  84. In his finest, funniest, most poignant film to date, Tim Burton plays cinematic alchemist, turning drive-in schlock into movie gold.
  85. A delight to the eye, ear, and mind
  86. Kat's English assignment, which provides the movie's title, is a sweet finish to an entertaining movie -- and makes 10 Things I Hate About You quite likable.
  87. An offbeat delight.
  88. This is a beautiful, surprisingly uplifting movie, made by someone who actually understands people.
  89. One of the best films of the year, a polished, contained piece of provocation.
  90. A strange and lovely combination of cinematic nostalgia and offbeat (gay) love story.
  91. Perhaps the primary reason A Room With a View is so involving is that Ivory has cast the film perfectly, and given each of the actors ample room to breathe. Even the characters you're not supposed to like are allowed their moments of vulnerable humanity.

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