ReelViews' Scores

  • Movies
For 2,743 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 3.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Contact
Lowest review score: 0 Captivity
Score distribution:
2,743 movie reviews
  1. It's likely that 2004 won't offer a better movie about a mid-life crisis.
  2. 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.
  3. This is a simple story of hope and triumph, of one girl with the drive to succeed defying the odds and following her dream. It's not an original tale -- movies like this abound -- but Nava's point-of-view is fresh.
  4. Cinematic magic.
  5. On the Waterfront may have baggage, but that doesn't prevent it from being one of the great American productions of the mid-20th century.
  6. This is most definitely NOT a date movie. But if you appreciate films that are more substance than style, that take challenges and don't follow formulas, and that feature Oscar-caliber performances, Closer is not to be missed.
  7. Isn't just fine family entertainment, it's superior family entertainment.
  8. It is a rich and challenging motion picture that both affirms life and emphasizes its fragility. Eastwood touches our hearts and energizes our minds without resorting to overt manipulation.
  9. The Sea Inside is uplifting. This is a movie that may cause viewers to both laugh and cry.
  10. This role could represent a career performance for Cheadle, whose forceful and multi-dimensional portrayal keeps Hotel Rwanda at a consistently high level.
  11. Everything in Out of Sight is smart -- the dialogue, the characters, and the storyline.
  12. The kind of daring feature that doesn't open every Friday at the local multiplex; its frank, sometimes politically incorrect approach towards the act and politics of sex is refreshing.
  13. A wonderful motion picture, even given the weaknesses of the source material.
  14. The film is so boisterously entertaining that it's easy for the unsuspecting viewer not to realize that there's a message here.
  15. Two and one- half hours of gripping entertainment.
  16. The Wings of the Dove is not a happy tale, but it is a vivid and unforgettable one, featuring multi- dimensional characters, beautiful cinematography, impressive set design, and accomplished acting.
  17. Downfall and Bruno Ganz are deserving of Oscars they will not get.
  18. There's no doubt that it's a flawed movie, but it's one of the most wonderfully entertaining flawed movies made.
  19. The most visually inventive comic book adaptation to make its way to a movie screen.
  20. Truly a tale for our time.
  21. This enigmatic and in some ways maddening motion picture has the power to haunt every viewer it reaches.
  22. Isn't just heartwarming and inspiring, it's a remarkable look at a group of children whose most noteworthy trait is that they are ordinary.
  23. Only now can we truly step back and admire the full tapestry that it has taken George Lucas and his ILM wizards nearly three decades to weave.
  24. The action scenes are, for the most part, kinetic and exciting - things that have rarely been true of fights and chases in the superhero's previous incarnations.
  25. From a pure entertainment perspective, it is arguably the most enjoyable motion picture of the season. Sky High is funny, smart, energetic, subversive, and has a few substantive things to say.
  26. Actually three movies in one: a wildlife film about how grizzly bears behave in their natural habitat, a character study of an eccentric environmentalist, and a chilling, voyeuristic narrative of how death stalks that man.
  27. Rude, raunchy, uproarious, yet with elements that are surprisingly sweet.
  28. 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.
  29. One of the most refreshing things about this movie is the manner in which it combines genres in unexpected ways.
  30. The exceptionally strong cast showcases American, British, and Australian actresses, all of whom show an astonishing willingness to appear in physically unflattering circumstances (no makeup, hair and skin caked with drying mud).
  31. The brilliance of Bennett's movie is that it concentrates on the characters and their interaction and never becomes a mouthpiece for one side or the other with respect to the death penalty.
  32. Despite an occasional narrative hiccup, this is a rich and moving motion picture.
  33. And, while there's nothing revolutionary or extraordinary about the dramatic narrative, the subtext gives Winterbottom's movie its force.
  34. Like other actors who successfully create a cinematic doppelganger of a real person, Strathairn gets under the character's skin.
  35. Taking advantage of the studio's breathtakingly intricate animation, directors Mike Gabriel and Eric Goldberg have breathed vitality into this, the fifth "new wave" Disney animated picture.
  36. Mandoki has given us a powerful motion picture. Even those who disagree with the film's politics will be haunted by its message.
  37. 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.
  38. Writer/director Mangold never compromises the integrity of his painfully-intense script. There isn't one crowd-pleasing moment in the entire movie, except perhaps the last scene, which offers a flicker of hope.
  39. Jarhead is about how the experience of being in the military fundamentally changes an individual. In this case, the focus isn't about the madness of slaughter in the jungle, but the madness of inaction in the desert.
  40. Of Austen's novels, none is more beloved than this one, so it's good to see it once again brought to the screen with the pride which it deserves.
  41. In today's environment, it's a rare thing to find a movie with interesting characters in dense, intelligent storylines, but that's what Syriana offers. It is one of the best films of 2005.
  42. Storaro and Bertolucci have fashioned a visual masterpiece in The Conformist, with some of the best use of light and shadow ever in a motion picture. This isn't just photography, it's art -- powerful, beautiful, and effective. (Review of 1994 Release)
  43. It offers a feel-good experience, but without the heavy dose of schmaltz that often accompanies such a production.
  44. The best of the trio of human performers is Naomi Watts. She also has the most difficult job - not only is the role physical, but it requires her to play off something that isn't there.
  45. Not only could one argue that this is the best "serious" work the director has ever attempted, but it's presented in a way that even the most seasoned Allen fan will have difficulty recognizing the iconic filmmaker's fingerprints.
  46. One of the best things about True Lies is that it's genuinely funny.
  47. It's an ingenious premise that first-time director Jan De Bont has turned into a tremendously well-executed motion picture.
  48. 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.
  49. Yet, even on those occasions when the screenplay falters, the actors are there to take up the slack.
  50. Not only was I touched by the characters and engrossed by their story during the 120 minutes they were on screen, but I could have easily spent another hour or two with them.
  51. It is Lee's job as a film maker to imbue these images with life, and that's a task he easily accomplishes.
  52. A beautiful film, not only in the way it was photographed, but for the manner through which the characters are revealed to us.
  53. V for Vendetta represents 2006's first memorable motion picture - a visually sumptuous concoction that combines political allegory, bloody action, and a few stunning cinematic moments into a solid piece of entertainment.
  54. These are two fascinating characters, and watching them thrust and parry proves to be as impossible to turn away from as observing a grotesque roadside accident.
  55. Superman Returns is not only a credit to the first two Superman movies; it may be the best of the series. Its combination of romance and fantasy adventure is unparalleled in superhero comic book-to-movie sagas.
  56. Superman II delivers on the promise hinted at in "Superman." Which is the better film? That's a hard choice to make, since both succeed in different ways.
  57. World Trade Center is Stone's most potent motion picture since "Platoon," and may be the most accessible across-the-board since "Wall Street."
  58. The film's look is impressive; it's the most successful rotoscoping effort to date (far surpassing Richard Linklater's duo of "Waking Life" and "A Scanner Darkly"), and causes every frame to drip atmosphere.
  59. The rarest of movies - a literary multi-character drama. From the erudition of the voiceover narrative to the three dimensionality of the characters, Field's film is the closest it's possible to get to a book without reading one.
  60. A solid starting point for those unfamiliar with Apted's greatest work, and a must-see for those who have been down this road before.
  61. Mehta has created a pair of memorable characters who are easy to empathize with, and who gratifyingly are never transformed from flesh-and-blood individuals into mere symbols.
  62. With Deliver Us from Evil, Berg has been uncompromising in the picture she paints. She pulls no punches and makes no apologies.
  63. With its rare mixture of intelligent plotting, flawless acting, and start-to- finish tension, Copycat is a force to be reckoned with.
  64. As embodied by Liam Neeson, Rob Roy is a tremendous protagonist -- a naive man whose belief in honor and whose love for a woman, family, and clan make him a figure to cheer for.
  65. The movie is funny, energetic, and enjoyable -- the perfect film for a night or an afternoon out, regardless of what mood you're in. While the plot and characters don't boast any special depth, there's enough freshness to hold just about anyone's interest.
  66. Its complex (yet not mystifying) storytelling, forceful character development, and superb cinematography make this a candidate for one of 2006's best offerings.
  67. Stranger than Fiction is a wonderful cinematic experience - a welcome way to spend a chilly autumn evening.
  68. This is no longer the James Bond we know from the '60s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. Welcome to the new world of MI6's most storied agent.
  69. With solid performances and a terrific screenplay, this movie offers solid, no-frills drama that feels organic and believable, not contrived.
  70. The best thing I can say about Apocalypto is that, despite belonging to an overpopulated genre, it's unlike any other movie to reach theaters this year and, because it is as visual an experience as it is visceral, it is best seen on a large screen.
  71. Dreamgirls is good and at times it touches greatness.
  72. De Niro pulls the viewer into the world he has created and holds him there, sometimes spellbound, until the story is over and the end credits roll.
  73. The lack of family friendliness does not diminish what del Toro has achieved with this magical motion picture.
  74. This is easily the best family feature of the early year.
  75. Ricci's performance is brave and effective - the most provocative in a career that has rejected Hollywood norms.
  76. Using black humor, blood, and a pair of tremendous performances, Freeway hones in on its targets and calculatedly skewers them one-by-oneā€¦This movie is both grimly funny and thought-provoking.
  77. The acting is uniformly excellent. For the roles of Ashoke and Ashima, Nair has employed prolific Bollywood stars Tabu and Irfan Khan, both of whom give performances of great range and empathy.
  78. Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle is a top-notch movie. Everything is in place -- a striking lead performance, solid supporting players, a well-written script, and, above all, expert direction to merge the ingredients.
  79. The story is timely and powerful, and the performances of Hanks and Washington assure that the characters will not immediately vanish into obscurity.
  80. Gut-wrenching, brutal, and powerful, American Me is not enjoyable in the conventional sense, but nevertheless stands out as one of the year's most impressive purely dramatic offerings.
  81. Black Book possesses a taut, exciting script that throws surprises at the viewer on a regular basis.
  82. An engrossing examination of the elemental forces that define human nature.
  83. De Niro successfully varies the tone, keeping it light and playful at times, dark and somber at others. A Bronx Tale is his triumph, and a testimony that all those years of watching the best in the business have borne fruit. If what is yet to come has any of the promise shown by this debut, we may be witnessing the birth of yet another directing talent.
  84. This is a film of tremendous scope and emotional depth that uncovers the soul of a novel and brings it to life on the screen.
  85. The tale related here isn't all that original, but the honest presentation lends impact to a wrenching scenario.
  86. With its refined wit and glorious vision, The Hudsucker Proxy is certainly deserving of a wide audience.
  87. Everything (not just the flesh) is vibrant with life.
  88. Witness states its position about clashing cultures with eloquence.
  89. I wouldn't go so far as to classify Jacob's Ladder as a masterpiece, but it is smart and compelling and unquestionably worth a first or second look.
  90. For those who enjoy the offbeat, The City of Lost Children is worth taking the time and effort to find.
  91. Georgia is a tour de force for Leigh, and her portrayal of the troubled, passionate Sadie lingers in the mind long after many of the movie's plot details have faded.
  92. This film is the complete package, and offers a thoroughly satisfying two-plus hours in a darkened theater.
  93. It delivers on everything it promises, from the modern day reverse-Cinderella fable to a fabric of low-key humor. [Review of re-release]
  94. Knocked Up could be one of the summer of 2007's sleeper hits. It certainly deserves the distinction.
  95. The movie is jovial without being silly; it retains the sense of adventure that characterizes the Western, but replaces the often somber mood with one that is airy and, at times, almost comedic.
  96. This is the kind of charming motion picture that can be viewed repeatedly without ever wearing out its welcome. With several triumphant musical numbers, an original villain, a smart and witty script, a cute romance, and a new, upbeat ending, this Little Shop of Horrors offers countless delights during its 94-minute running time.
  97. This is a beautifully-shot film, and director Robert Redford (who also provides the voice-over narration) has paid painstaking attention to detail.
  98. The latest offering from Edward Zwick, the director of "Glory," is the kind of movie that doesn't require much effort to surrender to and enjoy.
  99. Pump Up the Volume, in addition to presenting an engaging story, has tapped into a universal truth about rebels with causes.
  100. It's those moments and others and the way they are tied together by Shepherd's tongue-in-cheek narration that cements A Christmas Story as one of those rare must-see holiday movies, even for those who don't celebrate Christmas.

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