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 3.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Duchess of Langeais
Lowest review score: 0 I Know Who Killed Me
Score distribution:
1,070 movie reviews
  1. Those who aren't inclined to lambaste will surely have some stimulating conversations after the film is over.
  2. This is not a perfect picture, but it’s a soulful one that offers a lot of pleasure and even a kind of wisdom.
  3. 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.
  4. Iron Man is the first Marvel Comics superhero movie I would willingly sit through a second time. This is the result not just of what the movie does, but what the movie doesn't do.
  5. Marker's even-handedness and playful spirit tries to show that innocent art and activist politics are two sides of the same culture, even if deviant government duplicity threatens the balance between them.
  6. At its best, it throbs with immediacy, just as Strummer did.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Just like the final performance by its deeply disturbed heroine, Black Swan is perfect.
  7. A gruelingly tense, deftly plotted, and slyly intelligent piece of work. And also it's really really disgusting.
  8. With My Flesh and Blood, Karsh finds a worthy subject in the constant day-to-day challenges facing a truly extraordinary family.
  9. It's also that he's really, honest-to-God, got one of those movie faces that doesn't even come along once every generation. It's astonishing.
  10. Starting Out never builds to the explosive climax it seems to be heading for, which I suppose is a good thing for its overall integrity, but maybe not so good for its motion-picture value.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    It's in the script, however, that del Toro the writer falls a wee bit short of del Toro the visionary.
  11. It makes for a daringly different kind of thriller -- cerebral, meticulous, haunting.
  12. I'm glad that 2046 is different from "Mood" even while being strangely of a piece with it. Like "Mood," it’s a movie of utter wonder and ravishment. But the key here is different.
  13. Guaranteed to deliver more innovative eye candy and smarter fun-per-second than most of this summer's fare, and that one-two punch ought to knock you off your seat.
  14. So breathtaking is the action.
  15. This is filmmaking that's as rousing as it is strange.
  16. It's a movie that keeps flirting with greatness, but settles for being above average.
  17. At its most simplified, Sucker punches its way to the top of the Italian-western mountains, but never reaches the peak of its immortalized trilogy brethren.
  18. Resnais employs all the tools of studio-bound moviemaking, silent-era to post-modern, in a way that is not only is consistently dazzling in a purely visual sense, but contains an empathy that lifts the picture to tragic heights even at those points at which it seems practically weightless.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    We actually had the urge to dodge the sea snakes swimming right at us.
  19. One thing not open to question is that the real heroes of this movie are Johnston's family, particularly his aging parents, who for all their heartbreak are palpably full of love and forbearance for their disturbed and, yes, talented boy.
  20. The result is a film that's almost unremittingly bleak, but also consistently compelling.
  21. As much as I enjoyed much of it, I hope Grindhouse doesn't start any trends. Exploitation cinema is combustible stuff that only highly trained professionals should be permitted to play with.
  22. Three Burials is beautiful, authentic and brutally observant of human nature. With real Tex-Mex backdrops instead of the usual Monument Valley vistas and characters too complex to withstand simple white-hat/black-hat reductionism, Three Burials is a visionary portrait of the New West. This is the terrain of Eastwood and Peckinpah, saddled with the concerns of 21st-century life.
  23. Dullaghan's film is a bit too straightforward and introductory to be declared a definitive portraiture. The gold nuggets worth sifting for lie in the anecdotal minutiae.
  24. DiG! never delves deep enough to act as a true cautionary tale. It's an amusingly drunken PBS-worthy human-interest doc, unless you're too old or not cool enough to have played in the embarrassing hipster zoo, in which case DiG! may be the closest you'll ever get to the uncaged animals.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    On the surface, this might look like a typical teen movie, but Adventureland’s talented cast perfectly portrays the self-loathing and strong-minded characters in that transient post-college stage of life.
  25. The script's flaws are most keenly felt in the Jodie Foster storyline, to the point where her character seems more like a bumbling screw-up than a supposedly sought-after facilitator. Whenever Lee turns the camera back to Denzel and Clive though, the movie works.
  26. Has a warmth that’s utterly enchanting, and a tenderness that’s genuinely touching. This is a real gem.

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