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 Big Fish
Lowest review score: 0 Gigli
Score distribution:
1,070 movie reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is as wonderfully realized an observation of female affinity as 1999’s great "The Dreamlife of Angels."
  1. Unfortunately, the reach of The Return exceeds its grasp, and so this film of gruffly beautiful images didn't put a hook in me the way Zvyagintsev so ardently seems to want it to. [March 2003, p. 27]
    • Premiere
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Nolan's strong suits are maniacal schemers and moody character-driven intrigue, both of which make The Dark Knight a sleek (if, at close to three hours, somewhat distended) detective story.
  2. One of Cronenberg's subtlest, most insinuating pictures, and one of the highlights of the year so far.
  3. While Bartley and O'Briain flat-out lucked out with this felicitous endeavor, their fearlessness, unobtrusive narration, and lack of Michael Moore man-and-microphone pandering is to be saluted.
  4. It's churlish, especially these days, to try to split the difference between an immortal comedy classic and a mere laugh riot.
  5. 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Weir consistently proves that he can take any kind of material and adeptly make it his own.
  6. 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.
  7. Deeply nuts and exhaustingly hilarious.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Rourke is getting tons of press and award nominations, but Marisa Tomei kicks ass too. Not only does the one-time Oscar winner look amazing and perform her own pole tricks, but she effectively humanizes what could be just another naked chick in a movie.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Newell puts his own stamp on the franchise and delivers the best Potter movie yet filmed.
  8. This Hairspray really is a lot of fun -- colorful, sassy, and brisk.
  9. 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.
  10. Surprisingly light on fab gadgets, there are, of course, double crosses, fast cars, and lots of gunplay.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A great-looking and smart film. It has enough action, wonder, depth, and action to keep any fan of the genre happy. The sociological undertones here are fascinating as well.
  11. Paprika ain't no kiddie 'toon, even if its thumpin' techno-pop and bubble-gum thrills have the same splashy palette as an episode of "Pokémon" or "Dragon Ball Z."
  12. Almodóvar has created a dense, audacious film in which layers of cinematic artifice lovingly camouflage (at least for a while) its characters’ dark, damaged heart.
  13. That rare kind of movie that contrasts "cultured" big-city characters with devout, "simple" folk without being condescending or judgmental of either camp.
  14. 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.
  15. The plot is pretty convoluted, but Miyazaki has a very good handle on it and lavishes his customary heart, humor, and inventiveness on every situation he depicts.
  16. If this is in fact merely a longer Simpsons episode, it's a damn good Simpsons episode.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The story is creepy fun and 100-percent different than whatever other crap is flooding the February market.
  17. The movie biz inside jokes eventually yield to fairly merciless plumbings about the construction of the self, resulting in a kind of philosophical discomfort that's much different from the run-of-the-mill humiliations this sort of thing usually trucks in.
  18. David Strathairn, playing Murrow, follows his writers' lead beautifully, delivering a performance that's all understatement on the surface and searing fire underneath.
  19. Diverting and often funny enough, largely thanks (as is not unusual in cases like this) to its cast.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A totally mesmerizing battle of the wills between the occasionally charming yet wily Nixon and the increasingly desperate Frost.
  20. If anything, it's the degree to which the animals differ from us that makes March of the Penguins so fascinating.
  21. A conventional but genuinely heartrending exposé of the Indiana boy who grew to be a powerful religious cult leader, director Stanley Nelson's thoroughly researched doc is not a posthumous character assassination, which would be all too easy and unnecessary.
  22. By turns harrowing and stirring, it’s a shame-inducing history lesson that never feels like a lecture.

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