Miami Herald's Scores

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For 3,232 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 1.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Amores Perros
Lowest review score: 0 Resident Evil
Score distribution:
3232 movie reviews
  1. Campfire looks a bit drab, perhaps to show the dullness of Zionist life in the 1980s. But this doesn't take away from the poignancy of the film.
  2. The Language of Music hews strictly to its title, however. There isn't anything about Dowd's life outside music except for details of his work as a nuclear physicist at Columbia University, where he was a key part of the Manhattan Project research team that developed the atomic bomb during World War II.
  3. No
    No is an exploration of the power of the media to manipulate hearts and minds. The moral of the story: Always go positive.
  4. The movie contains little in terms of traditional action, and Refn never uses it in a rousing or exciting manner, either. That would break the nightmarish spell this strange, beautiful film casts on the viewer. A mother’s love has never been this ruinous.
  5. If only more romantic comedies played out as charmingly and perceptively as this one.
  6. The remarkable Hoop Dreams proves that even at its best, Hollywood can't match the drama of everyday life. This rich and insightful documentary, which traces five years in the lives of two Chicago inner-city kids, is more compelling than anything a pack of scriptwriters could ever concoct. [21 Oct 1994, p.G5]
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  7. Straw Dogs is an artful provocation - a meditation on masculinity and societal mores in the guise of an explosive thriller.
  8. This remarkable documentary argues that art can also be the glue that binds disparate souls.
  9. What ultimately makes Drive so compelling is its characters - sketches given dimension and heft by a superb cast.
  10. Gunn makes this huge entertainment accessible to the converted and the neophyte alike, and he has only has one goal: To send you out of the theater with a fat smile on your face. Mission accomplished.
  11. Director Kim Jee-woon's astonishing story of a serial killer who picks the wrong man's fiancée to murder, is so extreme and intense that it had to be trimmed down in its native country before it was released to theaters. We lucky westerners get to see it in all its hair-raising, stomach-churning glory, and that's a wonderful thing.
  12. Beautifully textured and layered movie.
  13. As film noirs go, this one is a classic.
  14. JFK
    JFK is staggering in its power. [20 Dec 1991, p.5]
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  15. Daughters of the Dust is as concerned with grand and universal emotions as it is with its "story." Daughters is an enlightening and sublimely lyrical film. [27 June 1992, p.E5]
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  16. This delicate, transporting movie, which keeps dialogue to a minimum to tell its story primarily through images, is also a triumph of sheer cinematic craft that mirrors its characters' contemplative natures while extolling the virtues of lives simply led.
  17. Star Trek Into Darkness gives you an exhilarating, tingle-inducing rush — that rare feeling that comes when a gigantic entertainment is firing on all fronts, exceeding your expectations.
  18. A film of this sort demands superb, seemingly effortless acting, and Holofcener gets it at every turn.
  19. A film of rare beauty, lifted by some of the best acting you may see in any film this year.
  20. Gripping, made more intense by the knowledge that all is true.
  21. In Captain Phillips, director Paul Greengrass pulls off the same remarkable feat he accomplished with "United 93": He takes a true story in which the outcome is already known and transforms it into a gripping, wrenching, devastating thriller.
  22. I Am Love is a bold and thrilling masterpiece -- the introduction of a major talent to the world's stage.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Penn's performance is easily the best ever seen in an Allen film.
  23. The moral of Irreversible -- time destroys everything -- isn't nearly as profound as writer-director Gaspar Noé seems to think it is, which is why some critics have already dismissed the movie as the facile, misogynistic posturings of a provocateur.
  24. The movie is supremely entertaining -- and often hilarious.
  25. Campos, a cinematic disciple of Stanley Kubrick and latter-period Gus Van Sant, opts to let the movie do the talking for him. The fact that this is a film of few words only adds to its hypnotic, relentless pull.
  26. Chemistry is one of the few things left filmmakers can't fake with CGI, and the dynamic between Craig and Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is so sensational, it instantly propels the movie beyond glossy, high-toned pulp into something far more affecting.
  27. Coriolanus is not by any stretch a hero, and yet Fiennes makes him magnetic, a warrior you can't look away from even when you might want to.
  28. This is a smart, wise and compassionate movie about young people in the act of finding out who they are and not always behaving properly but never crossing the line into cruelty or crassness. If you happen to have been around during 1980, the soundtrack is just a bonus.
  29. The movie plays out as a series of memories, so exact and evocative that watching it becomes an immersive experience.

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