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 3.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Goodfellas
Lowest review score: 0 Dude, Where's My Car?
Score distribution:
721 movie reviews
  1. Whenever Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon resorts to flying fists or soaring sword battles, the Force is definitely with it.
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  2. 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Witty portrait of a troubled community.
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  3. The characters are barely characters, the story barely a story, and the elliptical filmmaking style that so besots Denis' many fans could drive you to drink.
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  4. The ride is remarkable.
  5. 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
  6. 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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  7. Topsy-Turvy is flawless, borne along by a savagely witty screenplay that Leigh directs like the gears of a clock.
  8. 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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  9. Crowe's script is a thing of wonder, and he again proves himself to be an outstanding director of actors.
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  10. The Truman Show is one of the films for which the '90s will be remembered, and it is not to be missed.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Director Martin Scorsese's spectacular, irreverent picture.
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  11. The results are both savagely funny and poignant for anyone who's ever had a friendship that felt like their only connection to the outside world.
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  12. Flock (don't walk) to the theater to see Chicken Run.
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  13. 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The result is a film that is as witty, astute, and romantic as its timeless subject.
  14. It's a film which aims to persuade us of its truth without props or signposts--and it does so with unforgettable beauty.
  15. Astonishingly deep and moving.
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  16. The most heartfelt tribute to women -- specifically, actresses -- he's (Almodovar) ever made.
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  17. The best film we'll see this year.
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  18. 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.
  19. Lynch's faith in the kindness of human nature has been renewed, yet thankfully he's never maudlin. Instead, he wins over our emotions with the film's understated beauty.
  20. It's the funniest, saddest performance of the year in a film of uncompromising wit and heart.
  21. Ozon -- has finally hit a home run, and Rampling is his most remarkable RBI.
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  22. 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.
  23. It's such a sensory experience; in its best moments, the film washes over you like a fever dream.
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  24. It's the sum of things not spoken, things too painful to express, that's the heart of this quietly moving drama.
  25. That rarest of independent films -- it's risky and exciting.
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  26. 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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    • 85 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    So intensely funny that the viewer must hang on every word: comic gems spill forth almost continuously.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Coens are masters at striking a tone and holding it.
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  27. Stomps the summer movie competition with heart and humor.
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  28. Bird's movie neither panders to children nor sneers at them, and it beautifully, lucidly captures the giddy adventurousness of childhood.
  29. Naturalistic, gritty, and unrelenting.
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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.
  30. Brilliant, mind-boggling.
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  31. A must-see for avid fans and a welcome primer for nascent hip-shakers everywhere.
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  32. What sells Shrek is ultimately the full-bodied personality of its characters.
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For two hours and 35 minutes it is absolutely riveting.
    • 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.
  33. So breathtakingly textural, so empathic in its images, that it transcends its context and achieves timelessness.
  34. 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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  35. A delicacy for mature filmgoers who are able to derive as much pleasure from a perfectly, sympathetically crafted essay as from a well-spun yarn.
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  36. Though unflinching in its savagery, Amores Perros is always compulsive viewing.
  37. It's a disturbing film in the best sense.
  38. Election is a bracingly intelligent adult comedy that shrewdly captures adolescence.
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    • 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.
  39. For the discouraged filmgoer, Erice's tone poem will be a ray of hope itself.
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  40. It's shlock, yes, but at least it's highbrow shlock.
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The film's technical brilliance and sentimental kick seduced many viewers unsuspecting of its polemical intent.
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  41. 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.
  42. Like being jacked directly into Linklater's alpha waves, and the experience is bracingly new to movies.
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  43. 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.
  44. There are only a handful of great music documentaries ... but Temple's film deserves a place in the canon.
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  45. Amid the chaos of this marvelous, uncategorizable film squirms one of the year's best performances.
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Surprisingly charming romantic comedy.
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  46. The summer's best cinematic equivalent to a lazy afternoon in the shade with a cool drink.
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  47. Cho is raw, uncensored, and side-splittingly hilarious.
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  48. It might be the scariest movie ever made.
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This isn't a crowd-pleaser in terms of subject matter -- you've got a convict and a nun, with no love scenes -- but Robbins keeps it interesting.
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  49. It's an exhilarating display of filmic artistry.
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Director Charles Crichton's hilarious romp.
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Unapologetically sentimental, this movie is certain to melt all but the hardest of hearts.
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    Disturbing, powerful essay on one aspect of the rock and drug culture at the end of the 1960s.
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  50. It is one of the most beautifully staged American movies in a very long time.
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    • 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.
  51. Nolan's engrossing, backwards-ticking noir will run you so thoroughly in circles that you'll need to see it at least twice for maximum enjoyment.
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  52. Maddin's movie is, frame for frame, the densest and most spectacular (albeit cardboard-cheap) film playing anywhere.
  53. A sentimental slice of 1950s Italian-American life that doesn't soft-pedal its characters' simmering prejudices within their insulated community, or pander to their dreams of getting out.
  54. It's a pleasure to watch these unhurried, character-driven vignettes when such great actors are anchoring them.
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  55. 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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  56. Proudly wears its heart on its sleeve, but it never becomes so swoony that you'll reach for your hanky.
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  57. Even if it sometimes skips, it's consistently wittier and more idiosyncratic that most studio movies.
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  58. Though frequently brutal and off-putting, Beautiful People is a must-see.
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  59. Confident, mature, deeply conceived, and convincingly inhabited, it's a surprisingly humane film -- despite the close-range shotgun spray.
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  60. High drama this ain't. And yet, anyone looking for a hearty banquet of gymnastic, kung-fu tomfoolery won't walk away hungry.
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of Australian director Peter Weir's most sensitive films.
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  61. Faithless, filmed mostly during Sweden's endless winter, will chill you to the bone.
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  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. Praise will get under your skin.
  64. How well you respond to this handsomely mounted, cold-blooded tragedy will depend on your feelings toward Gillian Anderson's highly theatrical lead performance.
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  65. 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.
  66. Goran Visnjic is such a sensitive, non-menacing gentleman that any woman would want him as her own personal blackmailer.
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  67. 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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  68. There's nothing more incendiary than the reopening of a forgotten chapter of history --nothing more incendiary than telling the truth.
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    • 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.
  69. Most tenderly, the film deciphers the true meaning of its corporate-speak title in Franck and his father's impassioned struggle to ensure each other's welfare.
  70. It's got enough hilarious moments that, all in all, the film's bite is as toothsome as its bark.
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  71. 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.
  72. An intensely involving, Ibsen-esque human drama populated by complex, sympathetic heroes.
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  73. 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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  74. Best of all is the supporting performance of The Jackie Robinson Steppers Marching Band, a real group of high-school musicians in which the three girls all perform.
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  75. The dilemma is simple: Living, making art, and then dying does not constitute much of a story.
  76. 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.
  77. 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.
  78. 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.
  79. An exhilarating and at times operatic film.
  80. Not only one of the best films of the year, it's one of the best films of the decade.
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