ReelViews' Scores

  • Movies
For 2,764 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 Jaws
Lowest review score: 0 Bachelorette
Score distribution:
2,764 movie reviews
  1. It offers genuine scares and chills without the self-aware, packaged feel of many horror/thriller films.
  2. It is involving and entertaining, and features an intriguing, independent heroine.
  3. If there's a drawback, it's that the plot is trite. Hero is an exemplary example of visual poetry. The narrative is clearly of secondary concern.
  4. The two actors, Daniel Day-Lewis and Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves), give such forceful performances and interact so well that it's impossible not to be mesmerized by their interaction.
  5. Inventing the Abbotts has the cast and characters to be something special; the script just isn't ambitious enough.
  6. A low-key holiday drama that's refreshing not only because it lacks the big discovery melodrama of most similar movies but because it's entirely believable.
  7. Despite its flaws, the movie is compulsively watchable, and few will be bored by it. It's a charming movie that falls short of greatness, but is still worth a solid recommendation.
  8. As the movie approached the end credits, I cared about what happened to these characters, and that made the coincidences and occasional missteps forgivable.
  9. Cuteness is the watchword here. The dark, eerie atmosphere that oozed from every frame of "The Empire Strikes Back" is gone. Instead, for Return of the Jedi, we have good triumphing decisively over evil, a too-pat resolution to a love triangle, and walking teddy bears.
  10. A respectable caper movie in the tradition of "The Sting" and David Mamet's "Heist."
  11. Understands baseball and the men who play it, and, for a film about the sport, that's half the battle.
  12. A crowd-pleaser.
  13. 70% style and 30% substance. It has a plot and characters, but those are almost beside the point.
  14. This is an unusual source of entertainment.
  15. A lot of people are going to describe it as a waste of time, yet there's a likeability to the quirky characters that held my interest while tickling my funny bone.
  16. The intelligence and subtlety of The Rainmaker took me by surprise. I don't know if this is because the novel is better than any of the prolific lawyer-turned-author's previous efforts, or if Francis Ford Coppola has performed a near-miracle in transforming the written pages into a screenplay.
  17. This is a film for anyone who prefers to leave the theater smiling.
  18. The Devil's Advocate is a highly-enjoyable motion picture that's part character study, part supernatural thriller, and part morality play.
  19. If you want daring or original, Fools Rush In isn't the movie to see. Like 90% of all romantic comedies, it follows a time-honored formula that allows little room for variation.
  20. The question hanging over Private Parts' financial success is whether enough non-Stern fans will venture to see what they may view as a "cult" or "niche" film. Most who take a chance, regardless of what prejudices they harbor against WXRK's top personality, will find themselves rewarded by a surprisingly pleasant two hours.
  21. Berg's picture is certainly an above average effort that provides a solid emotional punch.
  22. An intriguing and satisfying romance that may hold some appeal even for those who normally do not like films about affairs of the heart.
  23. Best of all, it proves that there are still directors cut from the John Waters mold who aren't content just to push the envelope -- they rip right through it.
  24. A harrowing experience for those to whom this sort of story appeals.
  25. Although there is violence and danger, this is less about the chase than it is about the relationship between the siblings.
  26. Saw
    Saw is for hard-gore horror aficionados only.
  27. After the Sunset is a mess, but it's a breezy, fun mess.
  28. Compelling and life-affirming.
  29. This is a fine motion picture with a couple of superlative performances. It is arguably the best, most honest bio-pic of the year.
  30. Starts slowly, but builds to a satisfying conclusion.
  31. If you think "Hero" is a sumptuous film, prepare to be blown away by House of Flying Daggers.
  32. Enjoyable, and will likely appeal to anyone who appreciated the 2001 film.
  33. A flawed but entertaining (and perhaps informative) tale.
  34. Manages to remain witty throughout.
  35. trong on characters and relationships, but weak on some of the details that would elevate it from merely "good" to "great."
  36. It's still a lot of fun, and I welcome any film that keeps me entertained for nearly the entire running length.
  37. Much of this movie seems like a retread of Jurassic Park (with a little King Kong thrown in at the end), not because director Steven Spielberg is intentionally copying himself, but because there's really not much more that he can do with the premise.
  38. It takes a confident actor to accept a role like this and to perform it to flawless perfection.
  39. Has two strengths to recommend it: strong character interaction and a viciously accurate depiction of the modern corporate philosophy.
  40. Bright, colorful, and exhilarating.
  41. The acting by Scarlett Johansson is so raw and sincere that the film leaves an impact despite its deficiencies.
  42. For the most part, this is a memorable portrayal of a woman who doggedly pursued, and died for, an ideal.
  43. The film makers understand that it's possible for a romantic comedy to appeal not only to the heart, but to the mind as well.
  44. The script doesn't do a great job with either the spiritual or the physical trek, but the spectacular action sequences occur with enough regularity that strong writing isn't necessary to keep Waterworld afloat.
  45. This movie is no masterpiece, but it is an electric, colorful production that roasts the media and those obsessed by it over an open flame.
  46. The movie that "Mars Attacks!" wanted to be, but wasn't. This is a snappy, clever, often-funny motion picture that provides the perfect blend of science fiction-style action with comic dialogue.
  47. Heartfelt, but not to the degree that it becomes cloying.
  48. Has its share of bitingly funny moments, and some of the comedy is quite inventive.
  49. For what it is, Assault on Precinct 13 delivers. It's not great art, but, for B-movie fans and those looking for a mid-winter jolt of energy, it's good fun.
  50. This movie ranks as better-than-par entertainment.
  51. This is a film of powerful ideas, impressive set design, and compelling performances.
  52. It's great fun, but certainly not great art.
  53. A wonderfully nostalgic, and occasionally insightful, window into the recent past.
  54. In fact, this is one of the best pure disaster movies ever made (not that it has much competition). Congratulations to director Mick Jackson for a job well done.
  55. Yet, although Stone has clearly made this motion picture with his tongue planted firmly in his cheek, he nevertheless manages to capture all of the tension and mystery necessary to hold the viewer's interest.
  56. Hitch is 2005's lone legitimate contender for a Valentine's Day movie date.
  57. An accomplished film that uses dark humor to leaven its serious topics.
  58. In many ways, the concept underlying Lolita is more provocative than the actual material, which tends to be a bit long-winded. This is more the fault of the book than of Lyne's approach.
  59. This movie probably falls within the purview of a "love it/hate it" subgenre of the psychological thriller.
  60. Hostage has suspense and momentum.
  61. Robots is more than a load of spare parts, but there are some sprockets and rivets missing.
  62. The Upside of Anger belongs to Joan Allen (for whom director/screenwriter Mike Binder developed the project).
  63. It's an uplifting motion picture that will bring smiles to faces, and Boyle's trademark irreverence keeps the feel-good experience from becoming too saccharine.
  64. Camilla Belle is an impressive newcomer - this could be her breakthrough appearance.
  65. Regardless of how you look at Oldboy, it's unlike anything you are likely to have seen before.
  66. It is for a particular audience - those who like films that concentrate on character rather than plot, and who aren't put off by subtitles.
  67. A curious mix of smarts and schmaltz.
  68. A cut above the average politically-based thriller.
  69. Viewers will discover that the film has something to offer nearly everyone, whether they are a novice or a black belt in kung fu cinema.
  70. Here's a pleasant little romantic comedy that doesn't try too hard and has the virtue of doing a few things differently.
  71. Kingdom of Heaven may have problems, but it delivers.
  72. At times compelling, at times devastating, and at times long-winded.
  73. Although targeted primarily for girls in the 12-to-19-year old range, there's enough truth about friendship, love, and life in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants to offer solid entertainment to almost anyone who gives it a chance.
  74. The film revels in blood and gore, but this is not just a run-of-the-mill splatter film. There's a lot of intelligence in both the script and in Alexandre Aja's direction.
  75. Miyazaki may not have achieved the level of "Spirited Away," but he's still ahead of the curve.
  76. 5x2
    5x2 is a little talky and the pace is slow, but, for this kind of motion picture, it's one of the best around.
  77. Offbeat, daring, and the kind of offering Hollywood will never come close to embracing.
  78. War of the Worlds is not vintage Spielberg, and it's on the grim side for a summer action blockbuster, but it's worth the time and money invested.
  79. The emotional resonance that results from the focus on several unique individuals is what makes this a worthwhile viewing experience.
  80. Lovers of Dahl's book will almost certainly appreciate what Burton has wrought.
  81. It celebrates art, hope, and dreams, and you don't have to like hip-hop to appreciate the message or the way in which it is delivered.
  82. Linklater has crafted an entertaining motion picture.
  83. Although not as expertly-crafted as "Die Hard" or "Speed," The Rock is exhausting in its own right -- and that's just one of several convincing reasons to see this film.
  84. There is sadness and humor here, but all understated.
  85. In the wasteland of August releases, this entry shines like a beacon lighting the way to a theater.
  86. Functions as much as a primer on how to conduct underground filmmaking as it does an offbeat romantic comedy.
  87. While these may not be the most unusual themes to fashion into a motion picture, Rudolph's atypical approach to the characters and their situations makes for an intriguing, if not always pleasant, movie.
  88. Brassed Off! is a traditional feel-good motion picture with an element of social commentary thrown in for good measure.
  89. Talky and intelligent, and never takes the cheap way out. It's also something of a downer.
  90. Rather than perpetuating racial stereotypes, Eve's Bayou defies them, creating several well-rounded characters and placing them in a deceptively complex story that builds to a forceful conclusion.
  91. Woo, who is known and appreciated for his unique stylistic approach to violence and bloodshed, creates a kinetic ballet of bullets and explosions that drives the adrenaline level through the roof.
  92. While Chris Brancato's script doesn't reveal anything new or surprising (students of history and fans of "The Cotton Club" already know how this film ends), it's a competent piece of storytelling that incorporates elements of human interest with the threat of escalating violence.
  93. The House of Yes is what happens when a film takes the dysfunctional family melodrama to its farthest reaches. It's a bold, gutsy movie that's definitely not for everyone.
  94. It's rare for homosexuals in mainstream motion pictures to be presented as individuals rather than icons; Love! Valour! Compassion! defies tradition by proffering its characters as real people with believable problems.
  95. An Unfinished Life isn't original, but, for those who enjoy this sort of drama, it's an opportunity to remember how, in the right circumstances, on-screen characters can touch our hearts.
  96. As animated films go, this is easily the best of a weak year.
  97. Thumbsucker is true to its nature, and that makes Justin's eventual transformation all the more rewarding.
  98. Despite some obvious overplotting, Oscar and Lucinda is a mostly effective and often affecting motion picture that touches our hearts while daring our minds to balk at its implausible coincidences.
  99. If there's anything special about the film, it's that on this occasion, the emotional realism of the characters, especially Slade, is heartwrenchingly believable.
  100. Although there's little wrong with the first two-thirds, A History of Violence slides onto a tangential path during its final act, and this misstep reduces the production's overall effectiveness.

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