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 2.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Howl's Moving Castle
Lowest review score: 0 Pretty Persuasion
Score distribution:
1070 movie reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The religious symbolism couldn't be more obvious (or disturbing). Keep your religion out of our vampires, Hollywood!
  1. I wonder if there was a point in the making of this film at which Hickenlooper might have realized he picked the wrong subject. [May 2004, p. 18]
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  2. As a fan, it's upsetting to admit that Dumont's ideas and insights have narrowed with this picture, his relaxed pacing now lethargic, his physically and mentally thick characters too familiar, and his ice-water shocks a bit predictable. It would seem self-parodic if it weren't so damn tragic.
  3. I'd like to say that Flightplan is one of those white-knuckle, edge-of-your-seat thrill rides that critics are always raving about, but instead, it's more like a transatlantic flight with no clear destination, where the cabin noise makes it impossible to sleep and the in-flight movie is a rerun.
  4. There's no question that Death of a President fulfills its objective as a conversation starter, but as a movie, it's sketchy at best.
  5. 300
    That it's so flat as an action movie probably has a lot to do with why people might prefer to jawbone over its putatively controversial aspects--there's really not much of a “wow” factor to revel in.
  6. Secret Window's premise is certainly new, even if King appears to be plagiarizing themes from himself.
  7. This handsomely mounted film, in its cute ADD way, soon forgets its half-hearted attempt to make History Relevant to What Is Going On in the World Today and morphs into a sort of Classic Comics on acid, or, as a friend so brilliantly put it, "the longest Eurythmics video ever made."
  8. As the phrase turns, it's better when things come off WITHOUT a hitch.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The lack of insightful commentary keeps the spotlight focused on Maher. That's not restraint; it's a missed opportunity.
  9. An uneven love story but a picture-perfect love letter to Italy.
  10. There are popcorn pictures and there are microwave popcorn pictures. The Italian Job is best saved for the living room.
  11. With his latest, the sci-fi–action–adventure The Chronicles of Riddick, Vin Diesel has established himself as the new face of morally ambiguous anti-heroes.
  12. The music is catchy. The actors are likeable. It's all pleasant enough to watch but ultimately it's about as substantial as a pop song. Though it's unlikely to stay with you quite so long.
  13. Finney, only seen in these flashbacks, is pitch perfect.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    There’s an over-abundance of dialog that can be downright boring, especially when it’s sandwiched between fast-paced car chases and all-out gun fights.
  14. Even if its premise weren't so achingly familiar, the film's bland humor and oddly conservative depiction of its central character, a flamboyant drag queen named Lola, would still make it seem like a museum piece.
  15. Feels more practical than whimsical, more politically correct than sweep-you-off-your-feet romantic.
    • 34 Metascore
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    Silly, light fare made better by the over-the-top physical comedy of Bullock and King, but lacking the innate charm of the original.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Ironically, for all of Stranger's faults, director Simon West has probably made a perfect date movie: just suspenseful enough to keep you arm-in-arm with your beau or belle; but silly enough that you'll both laugh about it afterwards.
    • 65 Metascore
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    Part of the Clerks charm was that Kevin Smith made it for $27,000, and a bigger budget doesn't really help this kind of tale's authenticity.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Though McConaughey has proven himself game for romantic comedy contrivance in the past, his charisma is all wrong for the immature Tripp.
  16. I'd gladly take the legend over this dreary pseudo-historical mumbo jumbo.
  17. The problems with Tokyo Drift start with its ostensible hero; during the course of this movie, Sean makes so many dumb decisions it's a wonder that anyone wants to be associated with him.
    • 62 Metascore
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    The film falters in the moments where it can't decide if it's an entertainment about a likable criminal, or a serious commentary on the exploitation of the Third World.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Betty White is what makes this film memorable as Andrew’s grandmother. She steals every scene, and adds the sweetness that a film like this needs.
  18. Flags of our Fathers really loses its way in the final half-hour, when the point-of-view abruptly shifts to James Bradley (played here by Tom McCarthy), who takes on the role of narrator, informing us of what happened to each of these men after the war ended and their names became yesterday's news. It's a jarring switch.
    • 38 Metascore
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    The controversial subject matter will undoubtedly hit close to home for many people, but a few genuinely uncomfortable scenes will either provoke the audience into serious thought or just cause them to leave the theater angry.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Though the series seemed like a great concept three years ago, it's now just a repeated assault on the senses, designed strictly for the gross-out crowd, and disturbs rather than scares.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Cocaine Cowboys might work better as a miniseries for television; as it is, the two-hour running time is fatiguing and some of the later material gets lost in the onslaught.

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