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 Cinema Paradiso
Lowest review score: 0 Dude, Where's My Car?
Score distribution:
721 movie reviews
  1. 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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  2. Massively entertaining.
  3. A superb, wise, and witty Taiwanese film about being single and what to do about it.
  4. 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.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Complaints? None, except perhaps a wish for more length, and a little more depth.
  5. 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.
  6. If you haven't seen his (Crudup's) work before, Jesus' Son could be the one that makes you his biggest disciple.
  7. The most poignant (if hard-hitting) depiction of childhood to show up this year.
  8. A uniquely personal, vibrant mosaic of the American dream, and like a dream, it evaporates beautifully before our eyes.
  9. There are only a handful of great music documentaries ... but Temple's film deserves a place in the canon.
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  10. A hilarious and utterly faboo'll be begging for more.
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  11. Tucci has crafted a poignant remembrance of a bygone era, and a touching examination of the responsibilities of creativity.
  12. It's the sum of things not spoken, things too painful to express, that's the heart of this quietly moving drama.
  13. An exhilarating and at times operatic film.
  14. Captures the emptiness of small-time lives as evocatively as Peter Bogdonavich's "Last Picture Show."
  15. Might be the most original film of the year.
  16. 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.
  17. An explosive experience...and you have to love the movie's rabid energy and lust.
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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. It's funny. Really funny.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    A smart, sometimes pissingly funny romantic comedy that is also oddly unmoving and predictable in spots.
  21. This is certainly the best studio movie of the new year to date, and Douglas might even be remembered at next year's Oscars.
  22. The plot that propels them (Pitt, Roberts) along separate story lines is both unusually character-driven and a hoot.
  23. 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.
  24. Topsy-Turvy is flawless, borne along by a savagely witty screenplay that Leigh directs like the gears of a clock.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hallström, a past master at cockeyed coming-of-age chronicles ("My Life as a Dog," "What's Eating Gilbert Grape"), has a near-genius for unpatronizing tolerance, and for seeing beauty in the world and nature and seasons without turning them into postcards.
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  27. Impeccably produced.
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