Miami Herald's Scores

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For 3,261 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 1.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 The Untouchables
Lowest review score: 0 The Watcher
Score distribution:
3261 movie reviews
  1. An exuberant, appropriately cynical reinvention of the stalwart Broadway hit that deftly straddles the line between old-fashioned Hollywood musicals and experimental concoctions like last year's "Moulin Rouge."
  2. The result is a gripping psychological thriller that, while lacking the power of "Funny Games," is still the work of a master.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    What makes this sequel work is the charm of its story.
  3. This is a fiendishly complicated whodunit -- or, to be more precise, a who-done-what-to-whom-and-when -- told within the confines of thoughtful, speculative science-fiction.
  4. The film wouldn't work at all, though, if Sarsgaard didn't strike the perfect balance between snaky predator and love-struck fool.
  5. Like "A Separation," which used the story of a dissolving marriage to illustrate the unexpected consequences of a rigid, inflexible society, About Elly turns what starts out as a breezy comedy into an engaging and substantial exploration of human nature and how sometimes, without intending to, we hurt the ones we love most — including ourselves.
  6. This may not be Park’s best or gravest picture. But it might be his most entertaining.
  7. The Wind that Shakes the Barley is a multi-layered story, and the more you see those different aspects, the more you'll enjoy the film.
  8. Harrowing and grueling, Lebanon ends on a gentle, hopeful note.
  9. Won't appeal to everyone, of course, particularly those who blush easily. And parents who take children to see it deserve to have their heads examined. But for those who don't mind a little bile in their eggnog, it's the perfect antidote to all that prefab Christmas cheer.
  10. A script that deftly fleshes out characters and mimics reality shockingly well.
  11. The magic of the movies is never more evident than with stop-motion animation, and nobody does it better than Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park.
  12. Politics in Three Times is as subtle as the stories being told. The film is probably too slow, too silent and too long for most audiences. But look beyond the quietness, and you'll discover a three-gem jewel.
  13. More than once during The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat), it's easy to forget you're watching a movie.
  14. Knocked Up is filled with comic exchanges and bits of business that, while not essential to the central plot, keep the movie's comedic energy chugging (like Debbie's throwdown with a doorman at a popular nightclub who won't let her in because she's too old).
  15. Shine a Light provides the clearest and most intimate viewing experience of the band to date. It is also a happy circumstance that the group, now in their mid-60s, have rarely sounded tighter.
  16. DiG! is raw, just as the band members themselves.
  17. Rising above simple sentiment to explore class differences and the enduring clash between East and West with wit and wisdom.
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  18. This rich, emotionally complex movie finds Almodóvar venturing into trickier, more fascinating territory, even if his themes.
  19. The movie has a longing melancholy that leavens the humor — it’s a surprisingly sad, gentle comedy.
  20. The real trick, of course, was casting the perfect child actor to carry the heavy load, and Tremblay is a wonder. The smart camera work helps highlight Jack’s perspective, but Abrahamson has also coaxed a genuine, marvelous performance out of the kid that’s key to the film’s emotional weight.
  21. An overwhelmingly tactile experience. Scott brings you so close into the action, the grit and smoke and blood seem to spill off the screen and into your head.
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  22. Ceylan examines human relationships with an eye for details and a soul for the big picture.
  23. This is the rare breed of Hollywood studio production that has the brash spirit of an independent picture and the sharp wit of a stand-up comic.
  24. The movie fares less well when the plot and Simon’s neuroses come to the surface, but there is some tremendous suspense in the movie’s final scene.
  25. A dreamy, passionate ode to freedom -- of thought, of expression, of every person's innate right to simply be.
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  26. Platoon lacks the sweep, the heroic (and anti-heroic) vision of Apocalypse Now, and it lacks that film's signal strength, which was its evocation of the visceral appeal, the sheer romance of war, at least to those not fighting it. Some of Coppola's images in Apocalypse Now were among the most beautiful in contemporary film. Platoon is merely terrifying. [16 Jan 1987, p.6]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A League of Their Own is as exhilarating as a double- header at Chicago's Wrigley Field. It captures all the familiar baseball sensations, with a curve: the hollow crack of the bat connecting with the ball, the electric tension before that crucial ninth-inning pitch, the team's camaraderie as they spit and adjust their skirts. [1 July 1992, p.E1]
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  27. The cast is uniformly spectacular, infusing the characters with nuance and complexity.
  28. The experience of watching Funny Games, be it the original or this version, is never forgotten, whatever your ultimate impression of the film.

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