Mr. Showbiz's Scores

  • Movies
For 721 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 45% 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 Die Hard
Lowest review score: 0 Dude, Where's My Car?
Score distribution:
721 movie reviews
  1. 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.
  2. The ride is remarkable.
  3. 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.
    • 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.
  4. No other movie released this year is as much of a filmgoing necessity as Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now Redux.
  5. Topsy-Turvy is flawless, borne along by a savagely witty screenplay that Leigh directs like the gears of a clock.
  6. 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.
  7. Crowe's script is a thing of wonder, and he again proves himself to be an outstanding director of actors.
  8. 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.
  9. Flock (don't walk) to the theater to see Chicken Run.
  10. 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.
  11. It's a film which aims to persuade us of its truth without props or signposts--and it does so with unforgettable beauty.
  12. Astonishingly deep and moving.
  13. The most heartfelt tribute to women -- specifically, actresses -- he's (Almodovar) ever made.
  14. The best film we'll see this year.
  15. 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.
  16. It's the funniest, saddest performance of the year in a film of uncompromising wit and heart.
  17. Ozon -- has finally hit a home run, and Rampling is his most remarkable RBI.
  18. 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.
  19. It's the sum of things not spoken, things too painful to express, that's the heart of this quietly moving drama.
  20. That rarest of independent films -- it's risky and exciting.
  21. 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.
    • 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.
  22. Stomps the summer movie competition with heart and humor.
  23. Bird's movie neither panders to children nor sneers at them, and it beautifully, lucidly captures the giddy adventurousness of childhood.
  24. Naturalistic, gritty, and unrelenting.
    • 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.
  25. A must-see for avid fans and a welcome primer for nascent hip-shakers everywhere.
  26. What sells Shrek is ultimately the full-bodied personality of its characters.
    • 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.
  27. So breathtakingly textural, so empathic in its images, that it transcends its context and achieves timelessness.
  28. Together is unabashedly about people who need people. The film's satiric skewering of '70s liberalism works because it feels emotionally authentic.
  29. It's a disturbing film in the best sense.
  30. Election is a bracingly intelligent adult comedy that shrewdly captures adolescence.
    • 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.
  31. For the discouraged filmgoer, Erice's tone poem will be a ray of hope itself.
  32. It's shlock, yes, but at least it's highbrow shlock.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. There are only a handful of great music documentaries ... but Temple's film deserves a place in the canon.
  36. Amid the chaos of this marvelous, uncategorizable film squirms one of the year's best performances.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Surprisingly charming romantic comedy.
  37. Cho is raw, uncensored, and side-splittingly hilarious.
  38. It might be the scariest movie ever made.
  39. It's an exhilarating display of filmic artistry.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Director Charles Crichton's hilarious romp.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Unapologetically sentimental, this movie is certain to melt all but the hardest of hearts.
  40. It is one of the most beautifully staged American movies in a very long time.
    • 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.
  41. Maddin's movie is, frame for frame, the densest and most spectacular (albeit cardboard-cheap) film playing anywhere.
  42. 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.
  43. Though frequently brutal and off-putting, Beautiful People is a must-see.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of Australian director Peter Weir's most sensitive films.
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
    • 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.
  47. 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.
  48. An intensely involving, Ibsen-esque human drama populated by complex, sympathetic heroes.
  49. Unfolds like quietly engrossing short fiction, reminding us that there are few things more pleasurable than being in the hands of a good storyteller.
  50. 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.
  51. 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.
  52. 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.
  53. An exhilarating and at times operatic film.
  54. Not only one of the best films of the year, it's one of the best films of the decade.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The final reel of Rosetta is like nothing else ever filmed, and it would be wrong to describe it.
  55. If you haven't seen his (Crudup's) work before, Jesus' Son could be the one that makes you his biggest disciple.
  56. 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.
  57. Suzhou River might be more pulpy than profound, but it still sings its old song better than we've heard in years.
  58. This historical epic about the "virgin queen" of England's early life moves with the crackling urgency of a contemporary political thriller.
  59. The film ends with a surprisingly upbeat coda. But leaves us with a sense that our heroes' idealism will be forever lost.
  60. A uniquely personal, vibrant mosaic of the American dream, and like a dream, it evaporates beautifully before our eyes.
  61. Tucci has crafted a poignant remembrance of a bygone era, and a touching examination of the responsibilities of creativity.
  62. Massively entertaining.
  63. Will take you by surprise as a romantic, fast-paced, entertaining spectacle that deserves to earn back every penny spent to produce it.
  64. Captures the emptiness of small-time lives as evocatively as Peter Bogdonavich's "Last Picture Show."
  65. A profoundly moving human drama, a quasi love story about two lost men who form an unlikely friendship.
  66. 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."
  67. It's funny. Really funny.
  68. An explosive experience...and you have to love the movie's rabid energy and lust.
  69. Director Roger Michell ("Persuasion," "Notting Hill") has made his finest film to date.
  70. This is certainly the best studio movie of the new year to date, and Douglas might even be remembered at next year's Oscars.
  71. This wildly imaginative thriller is a futuristic head trip you most definitely want to take.
  72. Go
    John August's script is exciting, witty, original material, and this film's got the talent to match.
  73. A superb, wise, and witty Taiwanese film about being single and what to do about it.
  74. 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.
  75. 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.
  76. Might be the most original film of the year.
  77. Intelligently written, sharply directed, and beautifully played.
  78. Normal ideas of truth, illusion, and representation are sent into the meat grinder, and the result is consistently disarming and beautiful.
  79. This joyous romp is no mere new groove, it's a live wire -- 110 volts of pure holiday cheer.
    • 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.
  80. A new version of the greatest psychological mystery of all: love.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Startlingly vigorous and entertaining piece of work.

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