Mr. Showbiz's Scores

  • Movies
For 721 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Panic
Lowest review score: 0 Dude, Where's My Car?
Score distribution:
721 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This brash, clever picture caught the attention of audiences after years of moribund product from the likes of Schwarzenegger and Stallone.
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  1. The film ends with a surprisingly upbeat coda. But Startup.com leaves us with a sense that our heroes' idealism will be forever lost.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of Australian director Peter Weir's most sensitive films.
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  2. The film is never less than a satisfying mix of compelling entertainment and social critique. The performances are uniformly superb.
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  3. A new version of the greatest psychological mystery of all: love.
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  4. Naturalistic, gritty, and unrelenting.
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  5. Together is unabashedly about people who need people. The film's satiric skewering of '70s liberalism works because it feels emotionally authentic.
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  6. Ozon -- has finally hit a home run, and Rampling is his most remarkable RBI.
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  7. Unfolds like quietly engrossing short fiction, reminding us that there are few things more pleasurable than being in the hands of a good storyteller.
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Director Martin Scorsese's spectacular, irreverent picture.
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    No Hollywood film within recent memory has achieved such richness and originality of texture, such a compelling amalgam of passionate human drama and awesome technique.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Unapologetically sentimental, this movie is certain to melt all but the hardest of hearts.
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  8. Moviegoers of any (or no) religious persuasion can share in the simple satisfaction of his tense, well-spun murder mystery.
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  9. This historical epic about the "virgin queen" of England's early life moves with the crackling urgency of a contemporary political thriller.
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  10. A funny, frenetic, and often quite touching microcosm of the Big Apple life itself, essayed by a pitch-perfect cast and boasting authentic urban flavors.
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  11. What sells Shrek is ultimately the full-bodied personality of its characters.
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  12. One of the year's best films, and certainly its most challenging so far: At more than three hours, watching it is less like consuming entertainment and more like living.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Director Charles Crichton's hilarious romp.
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  13. Amid the chaos of this marvelous, uncategorizable film squirms one of the year's best performances.
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  14. It is one of the most beautifully staged American movies in a very long time.
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  15. Not only one of the best films of the year, it's one of the best films of the decade.
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  16. No other movie released this year is as much of a filmgoing necessity as Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now Redux.
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Witty portrait of a troubled community.
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  17. Stomps the summer movie competition with heart and humor.
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Though the film's subject matter is grisly, the electricity between Foster and Hopkins during their prison tête-à-têtes could power every maximum-security prison in this country.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    So intensely funny that the viewer must hang on every word: comic gems spill forth almost continuously.
  18. The Japanese title means chaos, and that is what is let loose when a powerful king foolishly tries to release the reins of power, in the hopes of enjoying a peaceful old age.
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    See L.A. Confidential. Be astonished at discovering anew how very, very satisfying movies can still be. And how fine that can feel.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Rereading Greene's book, one is struck anew by the absolute perfection of the film's casting.
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  19. Traffic is a riveting, semi-documentary drama, and yet calling it that is a disservice to just how suspenseful and stylish an entertainment it is.
  20. The one movie so far this year that every filmgoer should see, if only to get a big dose of what we've been missing from Hollywood.
  21. Bird's movie neither panders to children nor sneers at them, and it beautifully, lucidly captures the giddy adventurousness of childhood.
  22. The best film we'll see this year.
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  23. So breathtakingly textural, so empathic in its images, that it transcends its context and achieves timelessness.
  24. It's an exhilarating display of filmic artistry.
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  25. I've not stopped thinking about it -- weighing might-have-beens and alternative courses of action, as though remembering an actual event rather than a nimble, superbly-realized fantasy. That's a first-rate achievement.
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  26. Normal ideas of truth, illusion, and representation are sent into the meat grinder, and the result is consistently disarming and beautiful.
  27. For the discouraged filmgoer, Erice's tone poem will be a ray of hope itself.
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  28. This joyous romp is no mere new groove, it's a live wire -- 110 volts of pure holiday cheer.
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  29. Intelligently written, sharply directed, and beautifully played.
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  30. The execution is crisp and the fundamentals are solid. Like its protagonist, Finding Forrester got game.
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  31. The most heartfelt tribute to women -- specifically, actresses -- he's (Almodovar) ever made.
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  32. A must-see for avid fans and a welcome primer for nascent hip-shakers everywhere.
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  33. Her (Cheung) gorgeously sad face and slow, lithe frame are the movie's hammer and chisel. One shot of her walking away from a rented room down a hallway is, all by itself, twice the movie of anything else currently in theaters.
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  34. The best kind of summer blockbuster -- the kind that makes you immediately crave a sequel.
  35. This is what Woody Allen movies might be like if they were not ruled by narcissism, pretentious point-scoring, cheap observations, and Woody's peculiar speech patterns.
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The result is a film that is as witty, astute, and romantic as its timeless subject.
  36. Election is a bracingly intelligent adult comedy that shrewdly captures adolescence.
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  37. Will take you by surprise as a romantic, fast-paced, entertaining spectacle that deserves to earn back every penny spent to produce it.
  38. Go
    John August's script is exciting, witty, original material, and this film's got the talent to match.
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  39. This wildly imaginative thriller is a futuristic head trip you most definitely want to take.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For two hours and 35 minutes it is absolutely riveting.
  40. A profoundly moving human drama, a quasi love story about two lost men who form an unlikely friendship.
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  41. Astonishingly deep and moving.
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  42. It's a film which aims to persuade us of its truth without props or signposts--and it does so with unforgettable beauty.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's the awesome, metaphysically charged spectacle of man doing terrible things to man within the multicolored and multifarious cathedral of Nature.
  43. Roos combines a sharp script with excellent performances.
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  44. Easily the best directorial debut of the year, and possibly the most mature and haunting film to ever come out of Scotland, Lynne Ramsay's Ratcatcher is a throat-catching masterpiece of lyricism, observation, and stone-cold realism.
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  45. The ride is remarkable.
  46. It's the funniest, saddest performance of the year in a film of uncompromising wit and heart.
  47. Flock (don't walk) to the theater to see Chicken Run.
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of those special movies whose freshness and vitality are so bounteously infectious, your humble reviewer wishes everyone had the pleasure of discovering it brand-new and undescribed.
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Startlingly vigorous and entertaining piece of work.
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Surprisingly charming romantic comedy.
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  48. Cho is raw, uncensored, and side-splittingly hilarious.
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  49. The Truman Show is one of the films for which the '90s will be remembered, and it is not to be missed.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Coens are masters at striking a tone and holding it.
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  50. That rarest of independent films -- it's risky and exciting.
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  51. It might be the scariest movie ever made.
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  52. A technologically marvelous animated movie that's just as funny and inventive as the first, but also more emotionally engaging than most live-action films. This is clearly a sequel in name only.
  53. It's shlock, yes, but at least it's highbrow shlock.
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  54. Easily the year's most trying, tormented, and thrilling movie ordeal.
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  55. Maddin's movie is, frame for frame, the densest and most spectacular (albeit cardboard-cheap) film playing anywhere.
  56. Even if the great debate that pits artistic integrity against corporate compromise doesn't thrill you, see Cradle Will Rock anyway. It's marvelous, provocative entertainment; art for art's sake.
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  57. An ingenious, incredibly entertaining, Rorschach-blot meta-comedy based on a spec script (by first-timer Charlie Kaufman) that is completely unlike anything anyone has ever seen before.
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  58. Suzhou River might be more pulpy than profound, but it still sings its old song better than we've heard in years.
  59. Director Roger Michell ("Persuasion," "Notting Hill") has made his finest film to date.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Leaving Las Vegas may not be a top choice for an upbeat outing, but there's something oddly poetic about the simplicity of Ben's mission and Sera's acceptance of it.
  60. Especially timely in light of the current escalation in Palestinian-Israeli aggressions, but this is one sad story that would pack a staggering punch in any political climate.
  61. 42 Up is filled with truth and poignancy as these people reflect on their first half of their lives, their goals, ambitions, and how they, for the most part, succeeded in reinventing them.
  62. A fitting tribute to these displaced children because it so simply and elegantly personalizes their place in the most horrific chapter of 20th-century history.
  63. Crowe's script is a thing of wonder, and he again proves himself to be an outstanding director of actors.
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  64. An intensely involving, Ibsen-esque human drama populated by complex, sympathetic heroes.
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  65. Though frequently brutal and off-putting, Beautiful People is a must-see.
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    What evolves among them is a kind of realistic fairy tale, sustained by the sweet gravity and guttural, deadpan minimalism of Thornton's performance.
  66. Lusts for a feel-good ending the material doesn't comfortably provide. One can't help wondering how dismal Jerry and Dorothy's life together will be after the credits roll.
  67. It's a disturbing film in the best sense.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Blessedly free of candy-box prettiness, cloying gentility, and anything else that might dishonor its deeply felt, sensitively observed memoir.
  68. Moodysson's teen protagonists are more complex than both the high school stereotypes (the nerd, the jock, the beauty queen) in films like "American Pie" and the self-absorbed philosophers on "Dawson's Creek."
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The final reel of Rosetta is like nothing else ever filmed, and it would be wrong to describe it.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Though modest in scale, this romantic gem constitutes yet another superb leap in the evolution of Figgis' career.
  69. Massively entertaining.
  70. A superb, wise, and witty Taiwanese film about being single and what to do about it.
  71. Russell has combined pathos, terror, and black comedy with a dollop of Hollywood feel-good patriotism to make one of the best studio efforts this year.
  72. A uniquely personal, vibrant mosaic of the American dream, and like a dream, it evaporates beautifully before our eyes.
  73. It's the sum of things not spoken, things too painful to express, that's the heart of this quietly moving drama.
  74. The most poignant (if hard-hitting) depiction of childhood to show up this year.
  75. Captures the emptiness of small-time lives as evocatively as Peter Bogdonavich's "Last Picture Show."
  76. If you haven't seen his (Crudup's) work before, Jesus' Son could be the one that makes you his biggest disciple.
  77. There are only a handful of great music documentaries ... but Temple's film deserves a place in the canon.
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  78. A hilarious and utterly faboo documentary...you'll be begging for more.
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  79. Byrne is a stand-up poet the way some actors are stand-up comics. His innate depth prompts The Usual Suspects to transcend its own cleverness--and this is the movie's smartest, least predictable surprise.
  80. An exhilarating and at times operatic film.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Complaints? None, except perhaps a wish for more length, and a little more depth.
  81. Tucci has crafted a poignant remembrance of a bygone era, and a touching examination of the responsibilities of creativity.
  82. Dumont's movie has virtually nothing wrong with it -- aside from the fact that it drives people crazy. Take the leap, but expect no answers. Just like life, as they say.
  83. An explosive experience...and you have to love the movie's rabid energy and lust.
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  84. Might be the most original film of the year.
  85. Combining a seething physicality with enough weary nobility and tightly checked rage for a dozen wronged heroes, (Crowe) provides the movie's vital center of gravity without looming over his co-stars.
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  86. It's funny. Really funny.
  87. The man (Apted) behind the excellent "7 Up" series has put a human face to science, making the seemingly abstruse both accessible and easily relatable.
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  88. This is certainly the best studio movie of the new year to date, and Douglas might even be remembered at next year's Oscars.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    A smart, sometimes pissingly funny romantic comedy that is also oddly unmoving and predictable in spots.
  89. The plot that propels them (Pitt, Roberts) along separate story lines is both unusually character-driven and a hoot.
  90. Lacks scope and doesn't resonate grandly as a portrait of an American underbelly like Morris' earlier works do. But it still packs a wallop.
  91. Has such perfect pitch in small matters that, as it builds, it proves no less capable in tackling bigger issues--and what begin as chuckles become deep belly laughs.
  92. Topsy-Turvy is flawless, borne along by a savagely witty screenplay that Leigh directs like the gears of a clock.
  93. Easily the best millennial movie, Don McKellar's Last Night is also the only one to use the idea of apocalyptic end-time as a vehicle to explore the absurdity of human desire.

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