Indiewire's Scores

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For 1,222 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 68% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 29% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 10.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 The Raid 2
Lowest review score: 0 Warcraft
Score distribution:
1222 movie reviews
  1. Sister may not arrive at a happy ending, but the lack of resolution -- capped off by the powerful last image --completes its journey to a place of rousing emotional clarity.
  2. At times more in line with "Blazing Saddles" than the grimly bawdy qualities that define many bonafide oaters, Django Unchained erupts with a conceptual brilliance from the outset that never fully meshes with its clumsy storyline. Nevertheless, it's a giddy ride.
  3. Biller spins an archly funny — but also hyper-sincere — story about the true price of the patriarchy. There hasn’t been anything quite like it in decades.
  4. Shot in gorgeously expressionistic black-and-white and fusing multiple genres into a thoroughly original whole, Amirpour has crafted a beguiling, cryptic and often surprisingly funny look at personal desire that creeps up on you with the nimble powers of its supernatural focus.
  5. In the struggle to tell a story, Panahi reveals the redemptive power of art. No longer issuing desperate pleas, he has turned to cinema for the sake of survival.
  6. Visually dazzling and loaded with charm, the movie is also blatant in its quest for cultural sensitivity.
  7. As with every beautiful, unearthly segment of "Pigeon," the only certainty is life's endlessly puzzling nature.
  8. This is horror filmmaking that's designed to work on you like a virus, slowly incapacitating your defenses so it can build up and do some real damage.
  9. Kedi is a playful and poignant look at the complex nature of the creatures and their inherent appeal to humankind.
  10. A stitched-together combo of outlaw energy and bittersweet romance that gives the impression of Little Rascals in the big city. Like the graffiti art it documents, it's a lovingly handmade affair.
  11. Whereas "45365" took the form of a scattered collage, with disconnected events and a vast ensemble of characters stitched together to represent a year of activity, Tchoupitalas brings greater clarity to a similarly diffuse canvas by situating it around a trio of innocent observers.
  12. Upstream Color is routinely confusing but not oppressively so; its final exquisite moments explain little yet still manage to invite you in.
  13. Possibly the best war movie of the year.
  14. TransFatty Lives stands out less for its inherently emotional topic than the appealing personality at its center.
  15. There will be many people who see themselves in the furtive glances and mud-covered kisses from which God’s Own Country weaves its harsh but hopeful narrative, and they will do so while witnessing a finely crafted piece of cinema.
  16. Inherent Vice constantly teases at a complex meta commentary on the other movies it brings to mind, but never totally gets there.
  17. Mackenzie (whose previous credits include "Perfect Sense" and "Young Adam") applies a sharp kitchen sink realism to this haunting setting and directs it toward an ultimately moving family drama that just happens to involve vicious convicts.
  18. Despite its shortcomings, The World's End glistens with a comedic energy not present in equivalent mainstream blockbusters.
  19. Snazzily directed by J.J. Abrams with vibrant effects and a busy plot that sets the whole franchise in motion all over again, The Force Awakens delivers on expectations with a fun, polished space odyssey that embraces the appeal of the originals.
  20. Recently released from jail, Ai's full story remains to be told, but Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry competently summarizes his lasting relevance, regardless of what may happen next.
  21. Incredibly heartfelt to a large degree because of its cast.
  22. The contrast between the movie’s traditional execution and Stritch’s domineering powers create the lingering sense that she may be the project’s true auteur.
  23. As commercial entertainment, The Martian delivers on expectations of a "smart" blockbuster even as it adheres to the formula of a relatively simple feel-good drama. Though "Interstellar" aimed for more ambition, The Martian plays it safer: It's a brainy studio effort that sticks to familiar ground in more ways than one.
  24. Lyrically involving and deeply sensual, Neon Bull showcases a full-bodied artist in command of his form.
  25. Like all of Shinkai’s films, the richness of the light coats everything it touches with such an evocative hue of nostalgia that the plot only puts a damper on things (and there’s a lot of plot here).
  26. Melancholia hovers in ambiguity with riveting aesthetic prowess.
  27. While fairly straightforward in its attempts to galvanize viewers around efforts to combat the disease, Gleason hits those familiar marks with superb aim.
  28. Slickly made if not particularly stylish, the movie maintains its entertainment value for picking ideal models of American excess.
  29. The climax is a little too clever and far-fetched-an unnecessarily neat finale for a movie that works fine when dealing in broad strokes, some of which are nothing short of masterful.
  30. Love & Mercy is an engrossing portrait of Wilson's specific artistic inclinations, which draw from no real precedent.

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