Premiere's Scores

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For 1,070 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Private Fears in Public Places
Lowest review score: 0 Boogeyman
Score distribution:
1,070 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Up will still make you feel like you've caught a big wave.
  1. As exciting and involving as it is brainy.
  2. Most thrillers of this ilk have no qualms about going past the 120-minute mark, but I think Greengrass and company understood that overdoing it would turn mass excitement into massive headache.
  3. The interpersonal dynamics haven't been scripted out very thoughtfully, so as the final 20 minutes wind down, it becomes increasingly tough for Penn and his talented cast to mine humor from a story that mandates they actually play elimination rounds of poker.
  4. Slick, well-acted, and smarter than it has to be.
  5. The dogs are such charismatic performers it's almost a shame that there have to be humans in this story at all. Still, the Antarctica sequences alone make Eight Below one of the better family films out there right now.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    At the screening I attended, someone walked in wearing a shirt that read "I HEART BONGS," so that gives you a pretty good idea of the target audience. Maybe this time they will rouse themselves from the couch and make it possible for us to follow Harold and Kumar through more adventures.
  6. This unlikely pairing of relentless U.S. pollsters and a Bolivian election is a fascinating glimpse of the Americanized marketing of international politics (and vice versa).
  7. With a cast of well-chosen actors, a good script, and an eye for making ordinary suburban scenes visually heartbreaking, director Steve Buscemi's small story of failure, depression-and ultimately, love-in one Indiana town rings painfully true-to-life.
  8. Surprisingly clever, high-energy adventure (director Peter Berg should be proud).
  9. Alll in all, however, Estevez has pulled together the best political drama, fiction or otherwise, in recent memory.
  10. Shame is a welcome reminder that sex is sometimes too ridiculous to take so seriously.
  11. Though Steamboy could have been smarter and more dramatically engineered, this razzle-dazzle ride won't disappoint if you just need to blow off a little you-know-what.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The Soloist is based upon a true story, so it lacks some of the clichés that you might find in other made-up tales.
  12. Listen up, fanboys and enthusaiasts of sophisticated visual wizardry: this theological noir-horror actioner-a stand-alone, rapturous good time-craftily and accurately captures the straight-faced camp, wry wit and episodic structure of its source material.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A comic tour de force from Damon, who gained 30lbs and sports an unflattering moustache as the dishonest and delusional Whitacre. But it’s a performance that never loses sight of the man behind the lies.
  13. This is the kind of comedy that gives you two meaty underhanded jokes for every big obvious guffaw. It doesn't add up to much more than that, but there's no earthly reason why it ought to.
  14. Surely it’s a credit to this luminous cast that the characters can behave in such despicable ways yet still command one’s sympathy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Like the original, Iron Man 2 is a good time from start to finish.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Still, the film actually earns the description of being inspirational, not only to those of us with a dream, but to those who thought the quality family film had died long ago.
  15. While not a masterpiece along the lines of "The Lion King," and not a super-smart witticism-fest like "Lilo and Stitch," Brother Bear is deeply heartfelt, touching, and beautiful.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Serenity may not be the next "Star Wars," but it's the best we've seen since the original trilogy, and if Wheedon is planning Serenity trilogy (the door is left open), it would certainly be welcome.
  16. What could have been Solondz's most complex and challenging film winds up being a bit on the flat side. Still, the life-forms skittering over its surface are fascinating to behold.
  17. Strikingly shot with some wicked hand-held virtuousity, Assault is rivetingly suspenseful in how it toys with the morals of good guys flip-flopping to the dark side (and vice versa).
  18. If anything, it's the degree to which the animals differ from us that makes March of the Penguins so fascinating.
  19. Obviously, if you don't like the Beasties or live music, arena-style, it's unlikely that you'll like their movie. But if you've ever even privately caught yourself nodding your head to "Brass Monkey," or you have a soft spot for the big-venue concert experience, Awesome rocks.
  20. The film has its charm, mostly found in its lead characters, who engage in harmless hijinks due to their language and cultural differences.
  21. It may most aptly sum up the who the hell Ralph Nader is and why he insists on creating such a ruckus.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Sandy, Danny, and their sexier counterparts Rizzo and Kenickie are spectacular fun to watch, especially in their non-TV-edited glory. Though it's virtually impossible to forget, and stay quiet during, the film's many songs, it's also surprising to remember all of the racy dialogue and double entendres in the original. Or maybe it's just that we never got them when we were ten.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This is better than your average bio-pic. The dynamic established between the motivation of Bale’s and Depp’s characters is really what makes this film. Kudos also go out to Channing Tatum as Pretty Boy Floyd.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's a fantasy of one night in New York City and all its insanity, grossness, romance, and glamour.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Simply clicks on every level. From the surprising depth of the story, to the smooth and sometimes brilliant performances, to Hanson’s clear mastery of form.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The climactic spelling bee sequence is as tautly written and edited as any gridiron drama, and Palmer's performance here is truly gripping.
  22. Ultimately, Wordplay is best enjoyed as an engaging look at a little-known subculture.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The penetrating musical score, with its memorable shadings of emotional danger, the snappy and confident pacing and the emergence of 33-year-old Labaki as an international talent to watch all combine to make the film satisfying confection.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Irresponsible, morally murky, and batshit insane--in other words, Kick-Ass might be the most fun two hours you’ll spend in a movie theater. It delivers the darkly comic laughs (the movie is clearly not taking itself too seriously, so you should do likewise) as well as the jaw-dropping action, but Kick-Ass’s real accomplishment is bringing back the winkingly crazy Nic Cage we used to know and love.
  23. Even as Dark Water's horror-movie component flounders, a different, arguably better kind of thriller emerges.
  24. In equal parts powerful and peculiar, the film is not my favorite of Green’s, but it helps solidify his position as one of the most visionary young directors around.
  25. Syriana depicts a system so thoroughly and intractably rotten that the standard liberal how-you-can-make-a-difference solutions--being more conscientious about using electricity, getting a hybrid car, and so on--only look like so much spit in the face of an atomic fireball.
  26. As The 11th Hour's message of Profound Importance warrants a four-star rating, the film itself does not.
  27. Duff is a charming heroine who carries the movie cheerfully, if not gracefully--the pratfalls come early and often.
  28. Plays like a modern-day inversion of "Inherit the Wind," highlighting an astonishing shift in the American legal system over the last 80 years.
  29. The Descent is bloody, disturbing, and genuinely frightening--you'll be very happy to leave that dark theater.
  30. In the battle of the leading men, Crowe's character has a slight edge, and the actor really makes the most of it, showing us how boyishly mischievous charm and utter venality can exist without seeming contradiction in the same being. But Bale builds to a pretty impressive boil himself after laying back for about three quarters of the film.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While the movie will definitely not be to everyone's taste, black-hearted romantics will find Choke easy to swallow.
  31. The entertainingly unhinged Hostel reeks of kneeling reverence to the grisliest of psychotronica while simultaneously striving to out-gore and out-shock its predecessors.
  32. The actors and acting are so attractive--as is, per usual in a Merchant Ivory production, the scenery--that the movie’s less deft handling of the scenario’s various themes, not to mention some stumbling in the final quarter, when the story’s tone grows a little darker, doesn’t stand out as much as it might have.
  33. For the most part, what it aims to do-amuse and uplift-it does wonderfully.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Beyond Milk, few of the other characters are given much to do.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Nelson works largely because Gosling and Epps work flawlessly together.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's difficult to enjoy a thriller in which the big reveal is such a clunker, but if there's an exception to that rule, Tell No One might be it.
  34. The flick is driven not by special effects or outrageously gory acts of violence, but by its characters. Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley reinvent the crazy scientists playing God, turning in performances that are charming one minute, petulant the next, and ultimately, compellingly hubristic.
  35. If a woman had not in fact certifiably written the picture, I might have thought that Lester Bangs had come back from the dead to pen an account of the teen years of his ideal mate.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Fans of strange love stories and detective thrillers would do well to investigate this indie gem.
  36. As the caper reaches its conclusion in a swirl of turnabouts and twists -- you'll never guess in whose favor all of them go -- Thirteen delivers more than enough gaming satisfaction for one such picture.
  37. Perpetually wide-eyed and mega-snarly bedraggled, Christina Ricci prowls through Black Snake Moan looking like something the cat dragged in. If you're anything like me, you'll be very grateful to the cat.
  38. The suspense aspect works like mad, but what's also noteworthy is the character component, which at times evokes a "Smash Palace"-era Donaldson.
  39. An astounding achievement in production design, an original creation so completely in tune with the books' macabre sensibilities that even the movie's (arguably) happy ending can't diminish its satisfying sense of schadenfreude.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A sports flick that’s a worthy addition to the genre.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Despite some laughably silly plot elements, McG has created an overall entertaining movie experience. It's a great kick-off to the summer explosion season.
  40. Ghosts is one of Forman's most ambitious and daring films; would that all of its ambitions were fulfilled.
  41. Penn has often said that he dislikes acting and would prefer to direct full time. Into the Wild is impressive enough to give him license to do just that.
  42. Although director Eytan Fox focuses on Yossi and Jagger's specific situation, he also casts a critical eye on the responsibility military service puts on all young people who are still in the process of discovering themselves.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Home is a difficult film for its viewer, because none of the leads fall into the comfortable categories of film characters played by movie stars.
  43. Perhaps with an open and willing mind, you'll also see the vast difference between this wily consciousness experiment and, say, Rob Zombie's new box of schlocks.
  44. Marshall's Memoirs achieves something few other high-profile literary adaptations do: Rather than simply inspiring us to hunt down the source material, it actually stands alone as a film, rich in drama and star-crossed romance.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This is a pleasure to watch for everyone.
  45. All told, while the goods that Daggers offers are choice, the movie ultimately demonstrates that too much can be, well, more than enough.
  46. At its best, it throbs with immediacy, just as Strummer did.
  47. This is not a film occurring in an alternate or imaginary reality; rather, it is a film of NO reality, that is, a picture that changes the rules of its universe strictly according to its creators' whims.
  48. Though the movie is predictable, it's also honest; Fin emerges from his struggles a better person but not A Better Person, if you catch my drift. And in any case all of the actors are a great pleasure to watch.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If "Sarah Marshall" spawned Aldous Snow, maybe there's room for a Sergio Roma vehicle?
  49. With the almost half-decade spaces between Holofcener's three features, one might (rather unreasonably, I admit) expect her to have sought to break wholly new ground in the interim. So she hasn't; nevertheless, Friends is well-crafted, intelligent, genuinely adult fare.
  50. Intelligently written and beautifully acted throughout, it’s a good, and rare, example of what we used to refer to as a movie for adults. Adults, be advised.
  51. Films like this have a way of finding their own devoted fan base, and Gypsy 83 deserves to be discovered not only by Goth and gay crowds, but by anyone who runs screaming from all things average.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Allen does craft a fairly observant account of human behavior, so that the solemn aspects don't put a damper on the humor, or vice versa.
  52. I have misgivings about Schreiber's use of the well-worn "I'll make you empathize with these Others, but first let's have laughs at their expense" approach, but eventually I was won over by his humane, moving road trip.
  53. It's an awful shame that Shelly will not be making any more films, but all the more reason to celebrate Waitress now.
  54. There's no one today writing English dialogue as sharp as Bennett's, and hearing it delivered expertly is a pleasure worth sitting through some dodgy montages for.
  55. It plays on your knowledge of/expectations about generic horror movies and then either delivers the goods from an unexpected angle or pulls the rug out from under you.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's equal parts shivery and silly -- eyeball popping in slo-mo!
  56. This Hairspray really is a lot of fun -- colorful, sassy, and brisk.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Fear not those who worried about Raimi after the last "Spiderman" debacle. There is no musical number here. The tongue is planted firmly in-cheek. The spirit of "Evil Dead" lives on.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This is one unmarked van you just might want to take a ride with.
  57. Surprisingly light on fab gadgets, there are, of course, double crosses, fast cars, and lots of gunplay.
  58. An amply entertaining tale of survival terror, fully realizing the epicness of Romero's vision by infecting every wide-angled overhead shot with as many computer-generated cadavers as possible, and bridging tense moments with a laugh-aloud, plucky wit.
  59. Some might not even notice what's going on when director Walter Salles finally shows his hand, and ends the film with documentary footage of the real-life Granado, now aged 81, romping in the earthly paradise that is present-day Cuba.
  60. The film also has an unexpected and rich vein of humor. John Carroll Lynch -- you might know him as Norm Gunderson of "Fargo" -- is a stitch as a neighbor of the Burkes.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Once you drink The Producers' Kool-Aid, it's a thoroughly enjoyable descent into madness.
  61. The settings are handsome, the cinematography accomplished, the performances first-rate.
  62. Lee’s use of split-screens and dynamic transitions makes the process of actively interpreting his monstrous vision a fresh and unrivaled experience.
  63. One thing not open to question is that the real heroes of this movie are Johnston's family, particularly his aging parents, who for all their heartbreak are palpably full of love and forbearance for their disturbed and, yes, talented boy.
  64. One of the most diabolical things about this psychological thriller is just how open to interpretation it is.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    When it works, it really works, but it's debatable whether its target audience will really enjoy anything more than the nifty robots. Which is fine, too. Robots are pretty cool.
  65. In the end it's still Gilliam Lite, but Gilliam Lite is better than no Gilliam at all.
  66. While Solondz's world is a hell hole and Anderson's "Rushmore" is a place of high-toned and often poignant whimsy, Napoleon Dynamite's unceasing burlesque creates a world that is pretty much a cartoon--and it's a damn funny cartoon to boot.
  67. Borat is, in many ways, an heir to the same kind of subversion of American norms that the transvestite Divine perfected in John Waters’ early films.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It gives you everything you ever loved about the series, and blows it out into super-size cinematic proportions.
  68. Doesn't always work -- like its title, the movie straddles two separate worlds, landing squarely in the dreaded realm of "dramedy" -- but it's a noble effort.
  69. A riveting urban drama that tackles a myriad of sociopolitical issues -- conflicts of race, sex, class, marriage and politics -- without spreading itself thin.

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