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 2.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Departed
Lowest review score: 0 Boogeyman
Score distribution:
1,070 movie reviews
  1. While you can never completely put the fact that you are watching Pitt and Blanchett out of your mind, they both give charged, emotional performances.
  2. All of the actors are on point (Dupontel and Morante are particularly good), the individual story arcs are involving, if not exactly complex, and Thompson keeps the proceedings moving along at a comfortable clip.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It’s a playful study of Arctic life, starring a polar bear cub, its prey, and a tagalong fox -- with the inevitable dramatic moments when bear meets walrus.
  3. The true sensory delight is when the two men share screen time, and the palette is bombarded with their contrasting hues, the score (by Pascal Esteve) even meticulously interlacing their two musical personalities.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A subtly hilarious supporting performance from Frances Fisher, as Moore's mother, and a latter-day Sid and Nancy (Michael Sheen and Parker Posey, seeming deliriously inebriated the entire time) round out the thoroughly diverting cast.
  4. Kids deserve an adventure movie like this, one that might inspire them to become junior inventors and ignite their interest in the world's many wonders.
  5. I say this as someone for whom the very idea of a Kong remake is sacrilege, Jackson's straitened conception yields up a pretty damn good popcorn movie.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Can he (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson ) act? Surprisingly, for the most part, the answer is yes, and the film is a success for it.
  6. Given that the B-to-Z movies parodied in Cadavra were funny to begin with, it begs the question as to why writer-director-star Larry Blamire and company bothered. I think they’re not so much nostalgic for this type of movie as they are for the kind of laughter it provoked.
  7. Though Melinda is no masterpiece, it’s also an Allen film that requires almost zero special pleading.
  8. With his directorial debut, screenwriting stalwart Scott Frank concocts a compelling variation on a reliable film noir convention.
  9. Hollywoodland is one of the nicest surprises of the late summer lull between blockbuster seasons, a smart period mystery--cum--character study--cum--bitter parable on the lures and liabilities of life in its titular locale.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The aptly-named Crash is played to a tee by West; in fact, his performance was so believable that he's currently on tour with the reformed Germs as the lead singer.
  10. Director Dylan Kidd sneaks some pretty profound observations about love and life by us.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    In the end, it's not Amy's secret that's the most shocking thing about Sleeping Dogs, it's Hamilton's fearless commitment to making what could have been just a cheap punch line into something warmer, richer, and far better.
  11. A definite crowd-pleaser, Hustle & Flow has all the makings of a massive cultural phenomenon - if only audiences can get past the whole pimp thing.
  12. It's a film that approaches greatness and then fumbles.
  13. Neeson and Brosnan, along with the beautiful location photography from DP John Toll, keeps you involved even when Von Ancken's heavy-handed direction threatens to bog the proceedings down.
  14. Julia Roberts has never played a dowager before, but heaven knows she makes a good, and funny, one.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Halloween is a real, classic-style horror movie, not an exercise in gross special effects. Oh, and for those who’ve missed Carpenter’s classic, this will scare the candy corn out of you, but the original is still champion.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Despite some amusing jabs at America's influence on traditional China, this film leaves even this American viewer feeling oddly patriotic (or maybe just wishing she lived in China.)
  15. It’s hilarious, and genuinely cool.
  16. A droll, poignant comedy enlivened by two terrific performances.
  17. Thanks to the movie's very clear respect for Cash and his music, and thanks mostly to the two superb, heartfelt performances by Reese Witherspoon as Carter and Joaquin Phoenix as Cash, Walk the Line eventually earned my sympathy.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Hathaway's proven charms work magic here.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Driving the plot, Baldwin gives an inexorable, career-marking performance.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's not often that Hollywood is willing, or even able, to accurately dramatize what it's really like to be poor in America -- to evoke not only the circumstances, but also the sense humiliation and failure. That a European director like Gabriele Muccino, helming his first English-language film, is able to capture the essence of that experience is a testament to his skill as a filmmaker.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The movie isn't a send-up or a takedown of fairy tales -- it's a fairy tale.
  18. This finale, which piles one bloody absurd epiphany on top of another almost ad infinitum, is where McDonagh lays all his cards on the table -- and his characters are the ones who have to pay up.
  19. Hood's film, with its bold, beautiful cinematography and hard-thumping kwaito music, brings us into a different world, and then helps us to understand it.

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