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 3.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 50 First Dates
Lowest review score: 0 Waiting...
Score distribution:
1,070 movie reviews
  1. 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Sally Hawkins offers an Oscar-worthy performance as Poppy, the funny, kind-hearted, and mischievous protagonist.
  2. Hero is one of the most beautiful and involving films of the year.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is, simply put, one of the most beautiful movies you’ll ever see.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The Poe-esque story, the wonderfully twisted physical geometry of the characters, and the director’s signature sense of humor, combine to make Corpse Bride a fun movie, and one that breathes life not only into stop motion, but into animation as a whole.
  3. Fantastic news, true believers: Spider-Man 2 is smarter, hipper, faster, funnier, and flat-out more electrifying than the original, swinging to new summer-movie heights as the greatest comic-book adaptation yet made.
  4. It's terribly strong -- in structural ingenuity, emotional pull, and particularly visual beauty.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If you don't play at all, you may find yourself enjoying this film more than anyone, because you'll at least get all the laughs with none of the cringing self-recognition.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A smart, brisk, but extremely thoughtful hybrid of star-vehicle and resonant depiction of right-now America.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Duvall delivers a bravura, Oscar-quality performance....The Apostle is a profoundly humane movie that crackles with the joy and sorrow of an old blues record.
  5. This is a movie of head-spinning richness.
  6. Imelda Staunton is absolutely astonishing.
  7. The film is beautifully acted by all, but Nora-Jane Noone, as the sloe-eyed orphan Bernadette, is first among equals here, and a genuine find.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A remarkable and disturbing look at the personal stories glossed over by the headlines.
  8. 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.
    • 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.
  9. Delivers a polished and well-researched look at America 's largest corporate bankruptcy with a laser-sharp focus on the personalities, practices, and fates of the top executives behind the Enron meltdown.
  10. With almost palpable anger, Meirelles hammers home the point that crushing poverty is only one problem for Africa that the West needs to do something about.
  11. It's a film that approaches greatness and then fumbles.
  12. The moviemakers are accomplished enough to make something coherent out of this tonal mishmash, but I was left with a "was this trip really necessary" feeling for all that.
  13. By the end of the film, one begins to recognize specific birds, rooting for their safe returns and saddened by some of their failures.
  14. 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.
  15. An unexpectedly exuberant, only mildly subversive celebration of music, learning, and going all out for what you love.
  16. A thoroughly engaging, terrifically moving family story that's rich in beautifully observed and lovingly conveyed human detail.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Masterfully put together.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    You won't be seeing any stretch Hummers, wild late night parties and 75,000 seat arena shows in this documentary, but that's what makes this so good.
  17. Soars gloriously into fluency and magic.
  18. Michal Clayton shares a number of affinities with Paddy Chayefsky and Sidney Lumet's "Network." Wilkinson's got the so-mad-he's-sane Peter Finch position; while Swinton embodies a sexless, neurotic, overstressed variant of Faye Dunaway's character. Which leaves Clooney as the (considerably younger) William Holden of the piece. And, yes, he makes the most of it.

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