Miami Herald's Scores

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For 3,106 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 point lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Elephant
Lowest review score: 0 The Man
Score distribution:
3106 movie reviews
  1. The Straight Story truly is one from the heart, and it is wonderful.
  2. One of the many pleasures of this beautifully composed, measured movie is how it reminds you of the power of pure storytelling -- an art that's too often overlooked in contemporary films in the rush for sensation and excitement.
  3. This is a dark and shivery story about motherhood, a common subject for horror movies, but one that’s rarely treated with such intelligence or seriousness of intent.
  4. A remarkable movie that merits a place alongside "The Executioner's Song" and "In Cold Blood" as an unforgettable depiction of tragedy in the heartland.
  5. A treat to anyone who already cherishes Varda's films and a perfect primer for those who haven't yet discovered her work.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    For girls and boys who like games, ideas and toys, Back to the Future probably is worth an afternoon's good giggle. But baby boomers be forewarned: You had a better guffaw at Son of Flubber! [3 July 1985, p.D9]
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  6. This is a talky picture, based on a historical incident where the outcome is already known – yet it still proves much more engrossing than crime dramas or bank robberies.
  7. Where Traffic stumbles is in its inability to engage the heart with the same fervor it engages the intellect.
  8. This rich, emotionally complex movie finds Almodóvar venturing into trickier, more fascinating territory, even if his themes.
  9. The Master has become a contest between two gifted actors trying to shout each other down. The commitment to their roles is impressive, but it's tethered to a weightless, airless movie, a film so enamored of itself, the audience gets shut out.
  10. Watching this essentially good but misguided kid slide into a hopeless future is both transfixing and heartbreaking.
  11. Even by Miyazaki standards, Ponyo makes less narrative sense than it should, and the pat ending is a bit of a letdown.
  12. One of the first things that strikes you about these courageous people, who constantly confront volatile, gun-carrying thugs, is that they outgrew their violent pasts and now live contented lives with their families.
  13. Remarkably astute and devastatingly funny.
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  14. It's a beautiful, strange tone poem about childhood and innocence, set in a strange but still recognizable world where the polar ice caps are melting, crayfish shacks float down rivers and enormous aurochs, an extinct breed of bison, are sloughing their way toward our tiny, adorable narrator.
  15. A dreamy, passionate ode to freedom -- of thought, of expression, of every person's innate right to simply be.
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  16. It's an action picture that's been distilled and compressed to its tightest, barest, almost abstract essence, and it's absolutely thrilling.
  17. One of the most rewarding and engaging movies of the year. Don't miss it.
  18. If The Pianist isn't quite as devastating as "Schindler's List" -- the movie with which all other Holocaust movies must be compared -- it's because Polanski isn't interested in an expansive view of the war.
  19. The Savages is ultimately about two siblings, both around 40, in the midst of learning it's never too late to start embracing life, no matter how rotten a hand you were dealt in the past.
  20. Harrowing and grueling, Lebanon ends on a gentle, hopeful note.
  21. What makes Exit Through the Gift Shop so fascinating -- and it is riveting, regardless of your interest in the art world -- is the eloquent way in which it illustrates how beauty and meaning really are in the eye of the beholder and how that eternal phrase still holds true: There's a sucker born every minute.
  22. A marketable counterpoint to last year’s "Boyhood."
  23. A dreamy, ravishing ode to romantic longing, and it is bound to frustrate people who like their movies to get to the point, or at the very least have one.
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  24. 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).
  25. By the end, Turtles Can Fly becomes a lyrical and heartbreaking reminder of the human toll of war.
  26. This is the most vibrant, exciting and invigorating movie-movie of the year.
  27. 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.
  28. A hard and hilariously ironic look at the bottom line. As it turns out, love was not all you needed; hard cash came in handy, too.
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  29. The film wouldn't work at all, though, if Sarsgaard didn't strike the perfect balance between snaky predator and love-struck fool.

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