Premiere's Scores

  • Movies
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 2.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Fountain
Lowest review score: 0 Boogeyman
Score distribution:
1,070 movie reviews
  1. Olivier Assayas latest effort could be mistaken for a hipper-than-thou thriller. But it isn’t--it’s in fact a difficult, challenging, and troubling art film. [October 2003, p. 19]
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  2. Demme here shows off both the mastery of suspense that made "The Silence of the Lambs" a classic, and the humane understanding and appreciation of character that not just deepens but energizes this film.
  3. Hero is one of the most beautiful and involving films of the year.
  4. It really is a masterpiece--von Trier's first, as it happens.
  5. A phantasmagorical slab of epic entertainment that satisfies on every conceivable level.
  6. The most impressive thing about the film's technical wizardry is, finally, how unimpressive it is. One doesn't leave the movie with a mind blown by visual bedazzlement but with a soul shattered by the profound sense of tragedy Linklater and company so beautifully put across.
  7. This lengthy, nuance-filled story about how eye-for-an-eye stuff differs from theory to practice is one of the most considered, thoughtful, and involving movies of its kind.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The film feels like a natural successor to "The Wedding Singer's" strange blend of humor and humanity, a gently silly comedy that's actually romantic without making anyone sick in the process. And that just might be a first.
  8. A superb effort by a first-rank director, and manna from heaven for Cheung fans.
  9. It's a rare film that can be convincingly tender, bitterly funny, and ruthlessly cutting over the course of fewer than 90 minutes. The Squid and the Whale not only manages this, it also contains moments that sock you with all three qualities at the same time.
  10. This is more than just the best animated comedy of the year--it's the best comedy of the year, period.
  11. Big Fish really is a big delight.
  12. A wildly imaginative, hugely entertaining tour de force that asks big questions about life and love and fate while never ceasing to fully engage the viewer.
  13. Every performer in the international cast -- Seigner, de Bankole, von Sydow (magnificent as Bauby's father), and the late Jean-Pierre Cassel to name but a few -- completely disappears into each of their roles, which I think is as much a testament to Schnabel's talents as to theirs.
  14. I don't think we're going to see a better--a funnier or more genuinely heartwarming, for that matter--comedy this year.
  15. As stomach-churning a suspense exercise as the cinema has seen since the salad days of Hitchcock.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A totally mesmerizing battle of the wills between the occasionally charming yet wily Nixon and the increasingly desperate Frost.
  16. Boasts both wicked satire and a big heart, and as a result, is nothing short of brilliant.
  17. Playful, poetic, shocking, saddening, and ultimately gratifyingly and honestly big-hearted.
  18. A compelling, rousing and at times strangely moving entertainment.
  19. The result is a disturbing look into the so-called Wonder Years of adolescence, with convincing, award-worthy performances from each of its key players: Hunter, Wood, and Reed.
  20. Never anything less than wholly engrossing. There's a lot of humor to be found here (primarily of the dark comedy variety) and the cumulative impact of Lazarescu's journey through the Bucharest medical system is quite powerful.
  21. The first masterpiece of 2008 -- at least by American release date standards -- the latest film from master French director Jacques Rivette is a masterful, multilayered, sometimes enigmatic work of dark irony, an assured tragicomedy of manners and more.
  22. The result is one of the odder and, certainly the most compelling of the short stream of Broadway-to-Hollywood transplants of recent years. The interweaving of the music and the visuals casts an unusual, restive spell of delight and unease.
  23. This is one of the year's most subtly moving films, and a strong affirmation of Coppola's substantial talent.
  24. Every so often, a movie blindsides you, leaving you feeling different, enlightened, possibly even improved. Me and You and Everyone We Know is such a movie.
  25. While it may be excruciating to watch a speller miss a word by a letter, it's just as exciting to watch another kid jump the hurdle.
  26. A remarkably appealing success story full of heart and humor and poignancy, with Swank as winning as she’s ever been.
  27. In the way that water can heal and harm, this film balances moments of dreamy spirituality with the salty harshness of family disputes.
  28. While avoiding specious bromides about universality, Persepolis insists on communicating with its audience, and insists that communication and empathy are the keys to our survival.

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