Indiewire's Scores

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For 1,353 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 9.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 73
Score distribution:
1353 movie reviews
  1. Story comes second to Russell over the rhythms of well-timed bickering, which is a blessing and a curse in American Hustle.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    That this narrative is intense and entertaining to audiences — even those unfamiliar with the fashion world — is Tcheng's considerable accomplishment.
  2. A personal work not because the director chooses to make himself a part of the story, but rather because he implicates all of us in it.
  3. With each new twist, Sorrentino is always one step ahead of his audience, building a narrative that skips along at an enthralling pace.
  4. Last Men in Aleppo is less about finding meaning amidst a massacre than it is about people who are trying to survive without it.
  5. The resulting adrenaline-packed vehicle delivers a multi-directional sugar rush. It moves so quickly that the bells and whistles blur together.
  6. Helms plays angelic insurance agent Tim Lippe with gentle nobility and hilarious naivete.
  7. Unexpected doesn't take such a rosy approach to its conclusion, however, preferring to leave things more up in the air, a narrative choice that is more contemporary in its telling and more genuine in its feel.
  8. The Forgiveness of Blood examines the barriers of ritual and the passage from youth to adulthood in Albanian society with the perceptive detail of a grand literary feat. At the same time, it retains the simplicity of a parable.
  9. He's still cultivating his storytelling abilities, but Wheatley has clearly found his sweet spot: a darkly funny place with serious potential.
  10. Elle doesn't always maintain the clever balance of naughtiness and dramatic confrontations that make it such an appealingly unconventional romp.
  11. Brainy and exciting at the same time, Interstellar invalidates the need for mindless Hollywood product. No matter its shortcomings, the movie achieves an impressive balancing act. It turns the mysteries of the universe into a cinematic playground, but for every profound or visually arresting moment, it also encourages you to to think.
  12. Indignation doesn’t break any fresh ground, and at times plays more like a series of engaging moments than a cohesive whole, but its craftsmanship is impeccable.
  13. Commissioned as propaganda, Under the Sun instead documents life inside its grip.
  14. The suspense comes and goes, but A Single Shot always maintains a firm grip on its sad, deteriorating environment.
  15. The dancing alone is worth the price of admission, and Naharin is a dynamic if somewhat aloof subject.
  16. From laugh to laugh — and there are many — you might question the target of the jones, but that’s often because The Disaster Artist rarely works on one level: There’s meta humor, self-referential gags, and human reverence paid to the earnest pursuit of a Hollywood dream. Such are the layered joys of this exuberant — if surprisingly conventional — buddy comedy about the making of the worst movie of all time.
  17. Savagely assaulting the desperate state of a blue collar family man, the comedic thriller Cheap Thrills establishes a ridiculous premise early on and takes it to various extremes, again and again, until you just have to accept the crazy venture on its own terms or simply give up.
  18. While Mudbound is rooted in a precise historical moment, it’s also a sobering commentary on timeless struggles.
  19. Joe
    If Joe marks a new beginning for some of its characters, the same description applies to its director and star.
  20. As relentless, eager-to-please genre filmmaking goes, it marks the rare occasion where too much of a good thing is just good enough.
  21. More blatantly an exercise in style than anything on par with the director's crowning achievements, and suffers to some degree from the predictability of its premise.
  22. As the portrait of a relationship meltdown involving two eccentric creative types prone to self-doubt, July's sophomore feature bears a strong resemblance to husband Mike Mills's upcoming "Beginners," although July's version of the story has a more experimental edge.
  23. The Treasure may not be a major work from Porumboiu or his filmmaking tradition, but it proves that even cerebral formalism has its soft side.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Holidays is a fun romp with flashes of brilliance.
  24. Gabriel never entirely compliments its eponymous subject with a story that can match his erratic mentality, but Howe's restrained approach is refreshingly unsentimental, never once creating the possibility of an easy resolution to the situation.
  25. The Iron Ministry turns the chaos of modern China into dense, frantic poetry.
  26. Rock's savage wit comes through in the wry screenplay, which is loaded with topicality as it pokes fun at subjects ranging from Tyler Perry movies to Angry Birds.
  27. This admittedly uneven first feature stands out for the way it sneaks up on you.
  28. The climax feels a bit under-realized, but never less than genuine. More than anything else, Morris From America excels at conveying the inherent power of companionship in a largely indifferent world.

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