Miami Herald's Scores

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For 2,912 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 0.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Million Dollar Baby
Lowest review score: 0 Juwanna Mann
Score distribution:
2,912 movie reviews
  1. Impossible to watch passively. It may be a work of pure fiction, with the requisite preposterous plot turns, but it still has the air of a ''what if?'' scenario, and it is perfectly, thoroughly chilling.
  2. The movie is not without its pleasures. Chief among them is Sean Connery's robust performance.
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  3. What makes this documentary worth seeing is the sensational courtside footage taken with IMAX cameras, which bring a whole new way of seeing the game to fans who don't get to sit in Jack Nicholson's section.
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  4. An exhilarating visualization of Alexandre Dumas' classic novel of betrayal and vengeance.
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  5. Medem may have disrobed most of the cast, leaving their bodies exposed, but the plot remains as guarded as a virgin with a chastity belt. That's why Sex and Lucía is so alluring.
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  6. Carrey's amazing transformation in Man on the Moon does justice to Kaufman's undefinable talents and his peculiar outlook on entertainment.
  7. Under the Sun doesn't intend to be dramatic, much less melodramatic. This beautiful film just wants to capture life's simplicity.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Registers as a more scenic "Hoosiers" with rowdier fans.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Some of the most riveting passages of the film are Harris slathering skeins of rich color, dipped fresh from cans of house paint, onto canvases stretched out on the floor.
  8. The movie isn't a thriller, but it has the tension of a thriller, and its cool, icy tone, deliberate pacing and clean, antiseptic lines are reminiscent of Kubrick and Antonioni.
  9. The movie ultimately turns out to be less about sex than it is about the point in a friendship where two people decide they will both be better off if they part ways.
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  10. While Cacoyannis' film may not be totally faithful to the master's pen, for literature students and theater lovers, this Cherry Orchard is a rare treat.
  11. If The Magdalene Sisters occasionally flirts with cartoonishness, the movie is tempered by Mullan's considerable filmmaking skills.
  12. Provides a few of the best thrills so far this summer.
  13. Never becomes cloying, because although Agresti does not lose sight of the great sadness at the center of his tale, he resists the temptation to overplay its bigger moments.
  14. The result is an unwieldy but still compelling look at the plight of immigrants wrapped in a thriller about black-market organ transplants.
  15. Simple and austere, The Cuckoo also draws from the mysticism of tales of gnomes and other creatures who inhabit remote Nordic lands. It is that blend of reality with allegory that delivers the film's beauty and charm.
  16. Precious without ever being cloying, All the Real Girls is a wise, delicate and immensely touching romance.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    An ensemble cast brimming with great theater actors and movie stars tears into a collection of meaty, moving, funny roles, with largely vibrant results.
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  17. It may not get top billing, but glorious music is the star of Songcatcher, an intriguing and often lovely film.
  18. A sparkling exercise in movie cool.
  19. Occasionally feels a bit suffocating, like being trapped at a party by a drunkard who won't shut up until he tells you his entire life story.
  20. Sometimes the film feels as if it's trying too hard to include every possible horror a teenager could sample.
  21. This is courtroom drama at is best, especially when you listen to the sublime soundtrack.
  22. The story is worth telling, one that begs the question: Has anything changed?
  23. It is as emotionally raw and wrenching as life itself.
  24. This is a thriller that embraces stillness and silence where others prefer noise and bombast. It thrives on the hush before the explosion instead of its aftermath, and it's that eerie sense of expectation that gives the film its thick aura of suspense.
  25. A fascinating record of how the movie fell apart, piece by piece, with everything short of a natural disaster conspiring against the filmmaker.
  26. A rather luminous movie on the power of love.
  27. Loses its nerve in the final minutes, relying on a series of contrivances to arrive at an unconvincingly pat, happy ending. The story begged for a darker, more biting resolution.
  28. Quibbles aside, Ultimate X zips by speedily and is rad fun for sports fans and sedentary folks alike.
  29. For those with the patience to latch onto Van Sant's slow, methodical groove. It's worth trying.
  30. Better than its trailers indicate. Forget the seemingly silly Chapstick moment: Any film that sends a cold shock to your system is doing something right.
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  31. Celebrates a larger-than-life heroism that is, sadly, all too rare.
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  32. If Treasure Planet falls short of "Lion King's" classic status, it still proves there is plenty of room in animation for movies that aren't geared exclusively to 8-year-olds.
  33. The movie asks tough, unflinching questions about America's responsibility to maintain world peace -- and the price we are willing to pay in order to accomplish that. Timely stuff, indeed.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The magic of the film lies not in the mysterious spring but in the richness of its performances. The producers have assembled a cast with three Academy Award winners.
  34. Timing is key in a comedy like this, and Sonnenfeld keeps everyone and everything clicking. The pacing is swift and the laughs are steady.
  35. Nothing fantastic or supernatural ever happens, but you can still feel cosmic forces at work behind the scenes, conspiring to repeatedly test the movie's characters, doling out reward and punishment in equal doses.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The charm of Jimmy Neutron is that it's both futuristic enough to intrigue kids and retro enough to hook their parents.
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    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Just plain fun.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A slight movie, and in the end you wish it said a little more, but it is also a startlingly honest production. When it's all over, you can't imagine it being any other way.
  36. Might have been unbearable if Linklater hadn't filled it with so much self-deprecating humor, undercutting the pretentiousness whenever it threatens to become too thick.
  37. This is a rare breed of crowd-pleaser: a big-hearted, generous movie that never patronizes the audience.
  38. A very engrossing movie, the kind that gives shameless manipulation a good name.
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  39. The package is perfectly irresistible.
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  40. In between all the emotional seesawing, it's hard to figure the depth of these two literary figures, and even the times in which they lived. But they fascinate in their recklessness.
  41. More sour than sweet, but Steers knows that, even in a cruel, unsentimental world, there is room for forgiveness and hope. Just don't expect a hug.
  42. An uncommonly playful fright machine -- a fun house factory of scares.
  43. The kind of uplifting film families can enjoy without any reservations.
  44. Surprisingly sweet and, dare we say it, old-fashioned, with an engaging sense of humor that's a definite improvement on lame, lowbrow efforts such as "Little Nicky."
  45. Only a very stony heart could resist its pull.
  46. Shows Jerry Seinfeld as you've never seen him before: being unfunny.
  47. The world's newfound familiarity with the region's troubles only make Kandahar more compelling.
  48. Vardalos made the Portokaloses so funny they'll make your own family seem tame.
  49. Dogme films don't have to be bleak to be effective. They can be -- imagine! -- fun. Scherfig may have taken the discipline in an entirely new and welcome direction.
  50. Has the feverish intensity of a bad dream, leavened with a subversive sense of humor that is both sophisticated and cracked.
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  51. Hearing Wilde's pithy lines in her mouth -- ''London society is full of women of the very highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained 35 for years'' -- is worth the ticket price. In the end it's Dench who reminds us of the importance of enjoying Oscar Wilde.
  52. Junge had come to terms with her past. And even if you don't come to terms with her life, it's worthwhile knowing about it.
  53. In The Shape of Things, love doesn't just hurt: It bites, and bites deep.
  54. Frida, the kaleidoscopic drama based on the life of the Mexican painter/feminist/icon Frida Kahlo, was directed by Julie Taymor, which is the movie's first blessing.
  55. If Heaven doesn't quite achieve the transcendent power that Kieslowski might have attained, it comes close. One shot in particular, with the couple making love under a tree in silhouette, is a thing of quiet, sublime beauty that is eloquent in a way words never could be.
  56. Far removed from being a Hollywood production. There are no big-name actors and no fancy camera work. But that's what makes it interesting.
  57. An uncommonly perceptive and finely shaded character drama.
  58. The Bank, despite its faulty finale, is a fun and thrilling ride.
  59. The movie is so cheerfully, furiously relentless, its contagious silliness wears you down.
  60. Never crosses over into meanness, and even the most satirical character has a moment of empathy.
  61. A warm, funny, engaging film by Patricia Cardoso that realistically portrays the struggles of many first-generation American women.
  62. Watching a film about an opera can never be as moving as watching the real thing in a great opera house. Musical purists may object to certain details, and film buffs may find the concept unappealing. Yet, for this film and opera lover, Jacquot's Tosca is a treat.
  63. The film is art in all its visual splendor, and no matter how confusing the historic story line may be to Westerners -- and it is -- the images on screen more than compensate for the faults.
  64. Watching this essentially good but misguided kid slide into a hopeless future is both transfixing and heartbreaking.
  65. Even if the movie loses its nerve at the end, that doesn't take anything away from Washington's performance.
  66. Calling a comedy old-fashioned nowadays might seem like a backhanded compliment, but that's precisely what this genial, funny movie is.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's a beguiling exploration of friendship, trust, truth, insecurity and, yes, secrets.
  67. Fast, wacky and bubbling with passion or dark, troubled and doomed. In the unusually titled crazy/beautiful, it's all those things at once.
  68. The rare sort of movie that gives predictability a good name.
  69. A competent but not extraordinary action-comedy.
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  70. Amped to the max, with firepower and fisticuffs flying, this is Bond as we have come to know him in the post-Roger Moore years: bigger, badder, better.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A hoot.
  71. There's a lot more at work in this raucously entertaining movie than cross-dressing clichés.
  72. The most enjoyable piece of pop fantasy of the summer; sleek, elegant, exciting and wildly, outrageously imaginative.
  73. If I were 8, I would want to see it 800 times.
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  74. Brutal and devastating.
  75. The creative vigor of its originality, distilled in a pure and unadulterated form, is simply exhilarating.
  76. There's a terrible beauty to the work of Larry Clark, the controversial photographer turned filmmaker, that transcends chic nihilism.
  77. Even in its somewhat unwieldy form, Catch Me If You Can is charming, sparkling entertainment.
  78. An impressionistic portrait of the seductive nature of evil.
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  79. It's the cinematic equivalent of a good page-turner, and even if it's nonsense, its claws dig surprisingly deep.
  80. This time, the actors don't seem to be making up the movie as they go along, and they're guided by a gifted director who has earned the right to have some guileless fun.
  81. The quality writing, delivered by likable Hartnett and his talented co-stars, makes up for the sometimes flat production. A richly humorous background is provided by well-played eccentric minor characters.
  82. An unusually vicious and unforgiving study of police corruption, Narc is a stylistic throwback to such classic 1970s cop dramas as "The French Connection" and "Serpico," with a 21st century helping of the old ultra-violence.
  83. Raunchy, provocative and often very funny.
  84. It's an extremely raunchy hybrid of "Bridget Jones's Diary."
  85. Very French and at times threatens to dissolve into a steamy sex farce.
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  86. What Bloody Sunday lacks in clarity, it makes up for with a great, fiery passion.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If your kid is a fan of Disney's "Recess," one of the hotter properties on ABC's Saturday morning cartoon lineup, the new inspired-by-the-TV-show movie, Recess: School's Out, will be quite a hit.
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  87. Everything in Drumline engages, from its likable cast to its breathtaking finale. Only the most jaded viewers won't be cheering by the end.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    An intelligent crime drama, not because of the criminal activity it dramatizes but because of its powerful examination of the forces that drive criminals.
  88. There is some exhilarating wordplay in 8 Mile, and you don't have to be a fan of rap to appreciate its quicksilver energy and mischievous wit. For all its grit, 8 Mile ends up radiating a joyful, hopeful vibe. It's an old-school charmer.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Never really more than an amiable Cinderella story, but it leavens its subject with such heart, such idealism and such pure eroticism that it's nearly a total success.

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