Premiere's Scores

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For 1,070 reviews, this publication has graded:
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On average, this publication grades 2.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 64
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1,070 movie reviews
  1. Woody's a master wordsmith, and here he's crafted a bit of audience-friendly fare that's smart without feeling exclusionary. It's a portrait of elite society--and the hangers-on who wish to penetrate it--made in an surprisingly accessible way.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The story is creepy fun and 100-percent different than whatever other crap is flooding the February market.
  2. Jarecki does a remarkable job with this easily exploitable material.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Weir consistently proves that he can take any kind of material and adeptly make it his own.
  3. Marker's even-handedness and playful spirit tries to show that innocent art and activist politics are two sides of the same culture, even if deviant government duplicity threatens the balance between them.
  4. The result is a kind of very faux documentary style, which, along with the subject matter, has suggested to some the influence of the BBC television series "The Office." Von Trier says he's never seen an episode, and I believe him.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Smaller kids might find the movie too intense at times, especially when DJ, Chowder, and Jenny find themselves literally in the belly of the beast. But everyone else should enjoy a good, goosebumpy scare.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A great-looking and smart film. It has enough action, wonder, depth, and action to keep any fan of the genre happy. The sociological undertones here are fascinating as well.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The credits may be silly, but the last scene is a definite tear-jerker.
  5. If this is in fact merely a longer Simpsons episode, it's a damn good Simpsons episode.
  6. It’s a 21st-century version of "The Sting" for these so far rather unkind and ungentle times.
  7. On the surface, each of these characters fits a familiar Latino stereotype--teen harlot, "el bandido" and male buffoon--yet the movie insists on giving each person dimension.
  8. What the film lacks in freshness, it makes up for in great characters, fun vocal performances, and a script with some genuine emotional heft.
  9. A truly remarkable and compassionate debut from a savvy, self-confident filmmaker. No bull.
  10. The movie belongs to Wood, who creates a unique portrait of a girl hesitating at the threshold of womanhood; she's smarter, more attuned, and more spiritually ambitious than those around her, but also too decent and loyal to break from the world she knows-and too unformed to have a grasp of what she wants outside of that world. It's fantastic work.
  11. The mood never droops, however, saved by Mario’s well-studied ability to channel his father, a performance as delicately nuanced and polished as the film is frenetic and raw.
  12. The genuine article, a hard-core horror picture from start to finish... Prepare to get seriously stresed.
  13. Open Water may not be a pristine or complex suspense thriller, but you'd be hard-pressed to find anything else as terrifyingly potent in such a tiny package.
  14. If The Painted Veil ultimately lacks some of the novelty and ambition of the year's best pictures, it still ranks as one of 2006's quiet gems.
  15. The action is violent, messy, and threaded through with dark humor. This is a movie for grownups, for sure, but it has a mulish kick that most such pictures consider themselves to tasteful to aspire to.
  16. Proceeds at a very stately pace, hoping the otherworldly mood of its detailed recreation of the old West might seep into the viewer's bones. This viewer did, as it happens, fall under the film's spell.
  17. The Fall is a movie whose every frame pulsates with the desire to be a transportive, transcendent work of cinema. And each one of said frames is full of visual bedazzlement and wonder. So full that one is loathe to sum up with the phrase "Close, but no cigar." But there is something, finally, kind of pushy about the film's desire to be a masterpiece.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Even in the service of silliness, no one plays tragic, desperate, and beautiful better than Keener, who together with Carell, makes this film both laugh out loud funny and humane.
  18. von Donnersmarck delivers something extraordinary and rare: a thriller that's entirely adult in both its concerns and perspective which manages to be as thoroughly gripping as any finely tuned albeit adolescent Hollywood nail-biter.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Ginnifer Goodwin gives a standout performance--and that’s saying a lot considering the large cast--as the insecure, neurotic female looking for love.
  19. In his first feature, director Joshua Marston passes no judgments. He doesn't condemn drugs. He merely depicts the system that has arisen to support this illicit trade.
  20. As much as I enjoyed much of it, I hope Grindhouse doesn't start any trends. Exploitation cinema is combustible stuff that only highly trained professionals should be permitted to play with.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This Is England may be best summed up as a "coming-of-age" story that puts aside the clichéd baggage often carried by the description and ultimately ends up being moving, genuinely funny, thought-provoking, and highly recommended.
  21. So breathtaking is the action.
  22. Beautiful, lyrical, but not in the least bit wimpy. [May 2004, p. 18]
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  23. Margot is a fleet, strangely enjoyable film, animated by the acuity of Baumbach's perceptions and -- this helps a lot -- the frequent laugh-out-loud wit of his dialogue.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Sally Hawkins offers an Oscar-worthy performance as Poppy, the funny, kind-hearted, and mischievous protagonist.
  24. Where Dans Paris truly pops, besides its spot-on leads or the slick curation of its fashions and locales, are in its mood-mixing musical moments.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    From Downey Jr.'s purposely racist embodiment of African-American anachronisms to Black's scatological humor, everything in Tropic Thunder qualifies as satire, not spoof. It's an important distinction. Pauline Kael once noted that "unlike satire, spoofing has no serious objectives; it doesn't attack anything that anyone could take seriously; it has no cleansing power."
  25. Murderball asks you to put all your assumptions about quadriplegics aside and start over.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Each new plot point in Suddenly occurs like the title says, but the passage between them is slow, steady, and sure.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Dark little indie thriller.
  26. I generally resist calling any actor's work "brave" or "fearless" or any such thing, but Bosco's work here made me reconsider that self-imposed ban. It's incredible, harrowing, precise stuff.
  27. Why is this movie so watchable? Four simple reasons. It's truly funny. It's truly scary. It's truly gruesome. And Samuel L. Jackson is the cool head who prevails (“You stick with me, you live”).
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
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    Each character has their own story, and Pixar never sacrifices their development just for a happy ending.
  28. As for this film's esteemed director, I don't remember getting such sheer pleasure out of an Altman movie since . . . hmm, lemme look at the filmo . . . hmm—"The Player"? Not so much . . . "O.C. and Stiggs"? I wish . . . Um, "Popeye"? More likely, but . . . Ah-"A Wedding." Yeah, that’s it, "A Wedding." Whoa. That was, like, almost 30 years ago.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    With its varied close-ups and wide shots of the performers and a series of interviews with several of the musicians as they prepare to perform, Heart of Gold is a traditional concert film. But a traditional concert film starring Neil Young brings a layer of emotion to the medium that's rarely seen.
  29. By turns harrowing and stirring, it’s a shame-inducing history lesson that never feels like a lecture.
  30. David Strathairn, playing Murrow, follows his writers' lead beautifully, delivering a performance that's all understatement on the surface and searing fire underneath.
  31. When the movie isn't being scary, it's crazily funny, so much so that critical watchers will wonder if Bong might tilt the balance of the picture too far in a comic direction and water down the scares. He doesn't.
  32. Exiled brings To back to lighter ground, and it’s one of his most assured, enjoyable pictures, refreshing fun that’s sure to satisfy anyone’s action jones.
  33. It's terribly strong -- in structural ingenuity, emotional pull, and particularly visual beauty.
  34. Terrifically charming and energetic film.
  35. Nearly perfect in its own cotton-candy way.
  36. A smart, sweet, and thoroughly disarming ensemble comedy that isn't afraid to wear its humanism on its sleeve.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Why John Cusack stopped doing this kind of movie remains one of the late-20th century’s great mysteries. Teaming him with contemporary comic vanguards Corrdry and Robinson is equal parts welcome and unexpected as the three relive the social, sexual, and Soviet fears of the era.
  37. Resurrection is a revelation.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Each scene is lovingly crafted, with bright colors and the beautiful scenery of La Mancha, the mellifluous cadences of Castilian Spanish, and of course the faces, young and old, of each actress.
  38. The brilliant subtleties of this absorbing, must-see drama are best seen through Penn, who transforms a strongly nuanced script into the greatest performance of the year.
  39. At its most simplified, Sucker punches its way to the top of the Italian-western mountains, but never reaches the peak of its immortalized trilogy brethren.
  40. Preaches post-9/11 family values to conservatives while appeasing liberals with ideas of tolerance and social activism.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The Holiday is the type of welcome diversion that only Meyers still seems to specialize -- a romantic comedy where Barbara Stanwyck and Rosalind Russell would have been just as natural as Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet and where the one liners fly like confetti.
  41. Take it from someone who can still feel the hollow rubber tang! of old dodgeball scars: It feels great to be blindsided by a little movie like this.
  42. Bardem plays the part with all the pent-up animal rage of a young Robert De Niro.
  43. Most likely chosen for its shaggy-dog looks, Winn-Dixie is actually a great deal more special than you'd expect, a fitting analogy for a film no parent should be too quick to dismiss.
  44. All of these actors are incredibly fine, and as a confirmed Beckinsale non-fan, I'm obliged to say that she really knocked me out here.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    On the surface, this might look like a typical teen movie, but Adventureland’s talented cast perfectly portrays the self-loathing and strong-minded characters in that transient post-college stage of life.
  45. Under the clichéd spell of rock-and-roll promiscuity and pills popped, Seigner shows astonishing range as the detached superstar who still fixates on her ex-boyfriend and has mood swings like a manic-depressive on fast-forward.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This is one train that you shouldn't miss.
  46. As forceful as its title suggests, and sometimes unbelievably ballsy.
  47. An intense New York-set thriller that manages to be both commercial and contemplative, kick-ass and quietly, disturbingly insinuating.
  48. There are moments so beautifully composed and so resonant in Jonathan Glazer's (Sexy Beast) sophomore effort, I can at least propose it's a "near-great."
  49. It makes for a daringly different kind of thriller -- cerebral, meticulous, haunting.
  50. By the end the movie has pretty much ceased taking itself at all seriously, devolving into a nonchalant giggliness of the stoned variety that's completely apropos.
  51. A conventional but genuinely heartrending exposé of the Indiana boy who grew to be a powerful religious cult leader, director Stanley Nelson's thoroughly researched doc is not a posthumous character assassination, which would be all too easy and unnecessary.
  52. Not that Diamond skimps on the social commentary; far from it. But it makes its points without too much breast-beating, caching its polemic within a tough-minded entertainment.
  53. A thoroughly engaging, terrifically moving family story that's rich in beautifully observed and lovingly conveyed human detail.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Sometimes the only funny stuff is in the trailers, but not so here. Kristen Johnson was especially adept at stealing some scenes.
  54. This is very much a French intellectual cineaste's idea of a B thriller, and hence is as far from innocent in its genre as you can get. Which is not to say that Assayas deals in bad faith.
  55. Conran's Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is a pastiche of everything from "King Kong" to "The Wizard of Oz," a movie that escalates to a breathless cliff-hanger every 20 minutes or so and reinvents itself with every reel.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's the rare sci-fi film that transcends its genre with its ideas, able to sweep one up in its not-too-distant future and yet remain remarkably prescient about the present day.
  56. Against very steep odds, writer-director Billy Ray and company have, in telling the real-life story of fictionalizing "New Republic" writer Stephen Glass and his downfall, produced the most entertaining inside-journalism movie since "All the President's Men."
  57. Once the picture gets into Hollywood's bloodstream, it could well prove to be as influential as John Woo's 1989 crime thriller, "The Killer."
  58. Once may not boast stellar production values or elaborate dance numbers, but in its own scruffy way it captures the spirit of the genre better than any recent Hollywood musical.
  59. An unexpectedly exuberant, only mildly subversive celebration of music, learning, and going all out for what you love.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This movie was absolutely hilarious, and proved that dating might be easy, but making friends is much harder.
  60. Fun, fun, fun. [July/Aug 2003, p.26]
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  61. One of the things that makes this movie such a great rush is that while you’re watching it, it seems a good deal more subversive than it really is.
  62. Paprika ain't no kiddie 'toon, even if its thumpin' techno-pop and bubble-gum thrills have the same splashy palette as an episode of "Pokémon" or "Dragon Ball Z."
  63. Haynes's picture may not be perfect -- hell, I'm not even sure that perfection is a state it even aspires to -- but it's bold and individualistic and accomplished. A reason to take heart for the state of current American moviemaking.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    We were also glad to see they didn't ignore the humorous elements that made the original so great. Plus, the casting is spot on.
  64. This critic found much to digest (pun barely intended), with thoughts of FDA politics and standard practices, the ritualism and sacrifice of our own species, why baby animals are considered protectable innocents (and inversely, grown steaks-to-be just a fact of life), plus, on a meta level, how people's dietary philosophies will inform their reactions to the work.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    You might not bust a gut laughing, but Malkovich’s performance alone is worth the 90-minutes required to watch it.
  65. But after surveying pop and rock hybrids, Akin and Hacke go deeper. You will be very happy indeed to make the acquaintance of such Turkish music luminaries as Orhan Gencebay and Sezen Aksu, whose stories and personalities are as fascinating as their music.
  66. Whatever you want to label this quick-paced crowd-pleaser, it is definitely one of the year's must-sees.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The Family Stone may not be super-serious or even, well, sly, but none of that matters: this is a warm and engaging film that is sure to become a perennial Christmas favorite.
  67. A richly drawn, ambitious character piece both socially relevant and genuinely suspenseful.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's the kind of smart, stylish, entertaining and grown-up movie that the studios are making less and less of these days.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The beginning is a little slow, but after Neeson starts his hunt and does his best wrath-of-God impression, it doesn’t skip a beat.
  68. That rare kind of movie that contrasts "cultured" big-city characters with devout, "simple" folk without being condescending or judgmental of either camp.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    As fate would have it, Rocket Science might prove to be the handiwork of a burgeoning cinematic genius.
  69. Reveals more about the German people through sentimental comedy than such overtly political films as "The Nasty Girl" or "The Marriage of Maria Braun."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Inception is one of the best sci-fi movies of the new century, a mind-bender about dreams as public spaces.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A remarkable and disturbing look at the personal stories glossed over by the headlines.
  70. The Queen is a surprisingly compassionate portrait (excepting Blair's reactionary wife with the "shallow curtsy") of a rigid pragmatist in denial over the monarchy's out-of-touch dysfunction.

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