ReelViews' Scores

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For 3,194 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Bonnie and Clyde
Lowest review score: 0 Feast
Score distribution:
3194 movie reviews
  1. This may sound depressing and, in a sense it is, but these things are part of life and Haneke conveys them with a simplicity that is heartbreaking.
  2. Stranger than Fiction is a wonderful cinematic experience - a welcome way to spend a chilly autumn evening.
  3. The tone is perfect; this is one of those rare films that, despite being rooted firmly in the world around us, is utterly absorbing and capable of reducing the immediacies of life into abstract thoughts in the back of one's mind.
  4. Although it would be an exaggeration to claim that Hanna "has it all," it is a richer and more compelling white-knuckler than the average roller coaster ride into tension and mystery.
  5. This is one of Levinson's best films, and the screenplay, co-penned by noted writer David Mamet (along with Hilary Henkin), is brilliantly on-target.
  6. The material is intellectual, but the treatment is not. Proof is a stirring motion picture that challenges our views on a great many things about life, some of which we take for granted. And, by opening up the play, Madden has made it less talky and more cinematic without losing the quintessential elements that made it such a success on stage.
  7. Ronin manages to remain focused on the plot and the characters, even while staging increasingly complicated pyrotechnic set pieces and offering its share of white-knuckle moments.
  8. Aronofsky's directorial style is simple and spare. There are no flourishes or attempts to convince us that he is a master of his craft.
  9. It offers a feel-good experience, but without the heavy dose of schmaltz that often accompanies such a production.
  10. The most important features of this "new" version are the digital cleaning of the print and the re-mastering of the sound. There are a few added scenes, but they are mostly insignificant and have been previously seen (at least by fans of the movie) on the laserdisc or DVD releases.
  11. From the first scene, however, it's obvious that the writing/directing team of Andy and Larry Wachowski are aiming for something considerably higher than rudimentary titillation. And, by taking chances and twisting conventions, they have hit paydirt.
  12. The Tree of Life falls short of masterful but retains a power that far too many motion pictures lack. It's about SOMETHING and, even when it fails, it does so in a manner that is interesting and not infantile.
  13. The movie not only represents the best effort from Eastwood since his Oscar-winning "Million Dollar Baby" but the finest acting we have seen thus far from two-time nominee Bradley Cooper.
  14. It's likely that 2004 won't offer a better movie about a mid-life crisis.
  15. The kind of expression of emotion that touches a deeper chord.
  16. A meditation on the pain suffered by a mother when her child turns out to be a monster, We Need to Talk about Kevin is the perfect tonic for holiday cheer.
  17. Magic on celluloid -- fresh, funny, romantic, and upbeat. You'll leave the theater with a smile on your face and perhaps a tear in your eye.
  18. A firecracker of a story - sharply written, superbly acted, and fast-paced.
  19. Although not without moments of sadness and tragedy, Brooklyn is sublimely uplifting and life affirming.
  20. Flipped is Rob Reiner's best film in 18 years, and includes echoes of two of his most accomplished efforts, "The Sure Thing" and "Stand By Me."
  21. Together, Crystal and Ryan really click. Even though their characters are polar opposites (or perhaps because of it), their interaction has a charm and warmth that most motion picture pairings lack.
  22. For those who have gotten their Harry Potter fix entirely through the cinematic incarnation, the script is lucid and fast-moving.
  23. With solid performances and a terrific screenplay, this movie offers solid, no-frills drama that feels organic and believable, not contrived.
  24. Even some who generally enjoy gangster films may be turned off by this one, with its focus on dialogue over action and its harsh style.
  25. This is easily the best family feature of the early year.
  26. Witness states its position about clashing cultures with eloquence.
  27. This is a deeply cynical movie and, in that cynicism, it finds truth.
  28. The purpose of Bully is to educate and promote discussion. If the problem is not solved, there will be more Columbines and additional stories like Tyler and Ty's.
  29. Putting aside all the controversy, however, viewers are left with an expertly-directed and well-acted historical epic that disappoints only in its shallow perspective of the Irish/British and Irish/Irish conflicts.
  30. Les Miserables understandably cuts some of the stage production's numbers, but all of the major anthems are intact and wonderfully presented.

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