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For 2,815 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 3.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Untouchables
Lowest review score: 0 Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
Score distribution:
2,815 movie reviews
  1. It's a little along the same lines as "Ocean's 11" in what it achieves and, like that film, there's plenty of Oscar power among the actors - a combined 15 nominations, to be precise.
  2. While Muriel's Wedding has its moments of exhilarating humor, it is, as often as not, downbeat and even mean-spirited.
  3. The pieces and parts assembled herein are familiar, but the manner in which Affleck puts them together results in an engrossing two hours of cinema.
  4. Understands baseball and the men who play it, and, for a film about the sport, that's half the battle.
  5. Not everything in City Island works - some of the secrets are obvious plot devices - but, in terms of feel-good, undemanding entertainment, this is as good as anything I have seen thus far in 2010.
  6. 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.
  7. Like a time-travel movie, but without the time travel, The Mothman Prophecies delights in playing with cause-and-effect relationships.
  8. The white hats are stained dark gray as if by ashes and soot. The villains are twisted, cruel, and vile. The heroes aren't much better.
  9. The Book of Life represents Guillermo del Toro's most hands-on foray (to date) into the realm of family friendly entertainment; this is closer in tone and sensibility to one of Tim Burton's offbeat animated films than one of Pixar's more "vanilla" productions.
  10. The film is unusual not so much because of its content - the man vs. nature story has always been a popular one, whether in print or on film - but in its restraint. Putting an actor, even an accomplished one such as Redford, alone on screen for more than 90 minutes is a risk.
  11. Paranoid Park is a rare breed: a movie about teenagers in which the characters talk like real teenagers, act like real teenagers, and are played by real teenagers.
  12. Oozes atmosphere. The humor keeps it from becoming too creepy, but there are still a few chills to be had.
  13. Living Out Loud is not a monumental motion picture. In fact, in many ways, it's quite the opposite - a quiet, unassuming story of friendship and love that uses richly-developed characters to charm its audience.
  14. 42
    Unfortunately, the generic bio-pic structure of 42 prevents it from ever becoming something great.
  15. St. Vincent may be a little kinder and gentler than the likes of "Bad Santa," but there's enough inappropriate behavior and comedic friction to fuel an entertaining 103 minutes.
  16. Those for whom Spirit was made will find this to be a thoroughly enjoyable production. As a "kids' movie", Spirit is a resounding success.
  17. Stoker is deliciously demented, and that's a good thing. This twisted coming-of-age tale takes us into "Carrie" territory without the supernatural element.
  18. It's lighter, brighter, funnier, faster-paced, and a whole lot more colorful than before.
  19. Offers a clear-eyed chronicle of a female friendship that is more complex and honest than anything represented in a Hollywood film.
  20. Quirky and stylish, but not in a manner that comes across as overly artsy or pretentious.
  21. Enjoyable enough that the sprinkles of artificial sweetness in the mix don't do lasting or irreparable damage.
  22. There are enough laughs to justify it being labeled as a comedy but a stronger storyline than one normally associates with this kind of film. It's an enjoyable diversion amidst the big guns of summer.
  23. Whatever social statement Ordinary People was making about its time has evaporated during the intervening years, leaving behind an open, honest drama lacking the emotional punch that would make it unforgettable today. Ordinary People should be devastating, but it's not. By any standards, it's still a good movie, but three decades have stripped away any pretense of greatness. [21 Feb 1999]
  24. An effective period piece thriller that incorporates love, lust, desperation, and madness into a stew thickened by a gothic atmosphere.
  25. The equation of "drugs+booze+sex=happy ending" applies. Then along comes Harmony Korine with Spring Breakers and subverts an entire genre.
  26. What sets this apart from its many competitors for teen dollars is that not only does the movie feature a surprisingly edgy and intelligent script, but it offers a group of characters capable of holding an audience's interest for more than 90 minutes.
  27. This feel-good motion picture is intelligently written and expertly directed.
  28. The great irony of this film, which is (at least on one level) about the power of writing, is that the words are of secondary importance to the overwhelming visual presentation.
  29. An entertaining thriller. That said, it's the weakest of the films, falling a length or two behind "The Girl Who Played with Fire," and considerably more than that with respect to "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."
  30. If there's a complaint to be made about Insidious, it's that the film's second half is unable to live up to the impossibly high standards set by the first half.
  31. Big Fish is a clever, smart fantasy that targets the child inside every adult, without insulting the intelligence of either.
  32. The trailers make Run All Night look like a fast-paced shoot-'em-up and, although those elements are present, this is a darker and grimmer experience.
  33. Berg's picture is certainly an above average effort that provides a solid emotional punch.
  34. It's airheaded just like the songs it embraces but, if you enjoy them, there's every reason to believe you'll appreciate the film.
  35. It engaged me throughout and I found the ending to be surprisingly hopeful.
  36. This represesents the smartest high-budget, high-profile science fiction film to have come along in quite some time.
  37. An intriguing and satisfying romance that may hold some appeal even for those who normally do not like films about affairs of the heart.
  38. The film's first 15 minutes are by far the most fun (and could be the best quarter-hour of any movie released this year), with Samuel L. Jackson and The Rock letting it all hang out.
  39. RED
    It's a lot of fun and, because of the high quality of the cast, there's no need to feel guilty about praising such an inherently silly motion picture.
  40. Has its share of bitingly funny moments, and some of the comedy is quite inventive.
  41. Nothing if not versatile. And, although perhaps not as funny as one might expect given the setup, it successfully grows the main characters beyond their stereotype roots.
  42. The ensemble cast is diverse and accomplished, but, because of the time constraints, no one has enough time to register much of a positive or negative impression.
  43. Has the potential to be a truly memorable film, and, for more than three-quarters of its running time, it is poised to live up to that potential. But then there are the final twenty minutes.
  44. Blomkamp's universe is a fascinating place to visit and the movie is stuffed with ideas - there's far too much here to satisfactorily explore in 109 minutes, especially when one considers that room must be made for action scenes. I departed the theater satisfied with what I'd seen but wanting more.
  45. A disturbing and compelling motion picture that depicts the forces that try to suppress the human spirit, and the strength of these girls in overcoming it.
  46. Ultimately, Clockers probably attempts too much, and ends up seeming overcrowded as a result.
  47. This is adult drama with an impeccable sense of period and a strong focus on character. With today's cinema sadly lacking in movies like this, it makes Inside Llewyn Davis all the more welcome, especially for those who care about the kind of music it honors.
  48. Part documentary, part parody, and part something indefinable, the film manages to succeed on its own terms and entertain on just about anyone's.
  49. For what Man on Fire delivers, it's worth enduring Scott's hyperkinetic visual techniques.
  50. It proves capable of doing something that many more artistically ambitious films fail at: entertaining an audience for nearly two hours.
  51. Crafted with flair and style, and without pretension, Confidence achieves the modest goal of being an entertaining cinematic adaptation of a B-movie script with an A-list cast.
  52. The director is a poet of images.
  53. One aspect of Let Me In that makes this motion picture unique is the sense of pathos underlying the various relationships.
  54. Has enough charm and whimsy to capture the attention and imagination of children and parents alike, and arguably represents one of the best live-action family films to enter theaters this year.
  55. An uncommonly intelligent espionage thriller that explores the moral and ethical dilemmas faced by agents who go deep undercover in the service of their country.
  56. It's more heavy lifting than some will be willing to engage in but there's something welcome about a motion picture that doesn't hand out a dumbed-down resolution in a neatly wrapped package.
  57. At first glance, Inherent Vice might seem to be a detective story. Look a little closer, however, and it becomes clear that this is Paul Thomas Anderson's idea of a comedy. There's slapstick, lowbrow material, and enough strange characters and "completely different" moments to make Monty Python smile.
  58. Perhaps the biggest surprise of all is that the film doesn't resort to an easy cheat at the end. It plays things straight, and still manages to satisfy, making this one of Sandler's most appealing outings to date.
  59. 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.
  60. While this is probably the actor's best turn since Rocky, and he does a credible job that may earn him the opportunity to do more "serious" work in the future, Stallone's performance is outshone on all sides. That's not a knock against him; it's an acknowledgment that the supporting cast is about the best that it can be.
  61. A fun, fantastic adventure, but, watching it, I had the sense that it could have been even better than it is. I was diverted and entertained, but never truly absorbed.
  62. Eminently watchable and consistently entertaining...It has a candor that is unexpected and refreshing in a sea of too-often generic teen-themed films.
  63. Gets the most bang for its buck by letting the camera linger on the spectacle, and allowing tension, not flashiness, to be its hallmark.
  64. A blistering satire of feel-good sports movies, this film makes its mark via the most direct route: it lampoons by adopting the tried-and-true "straight" formula and tweaking it a little.
  65. A wonderfully nostalgic, and occasionally insightful, window into the recent past.
  66. What's missing from Mockingjay - Part 1 is a strong through-story. The previous films were characterized by engrossing, well-constructed story arcs but Mockingjay - Part 1 meanders.
  67. This is not Schrader's finest work. The script is not tight, the ending disappoints, and there's a little too much drawn from "American Gigolo." But there are some great one-liners, compelling actors, and well-developed characters.
  68. As intense and as harrowing as any British thriller to emerge from the east side of the Atlantic in recent years, and there are some good titles vying for that distinction.
  69. Although This is 40 is too long and at times over-the-top, its essence is grounded in everyday moments and emotions that will have viewers nodding with understanding and recognition.
  70. An unabashed excursion into feel good territory.
  71. While Ernie's on-field accomplishments were extraordinary, it was the environment in which he struggled to achieve them that makes him the worthy subject of a motion picture.
  72. It's an unsettling piece that reminds us how even monsters aspire to living the American dream.
  73. When a director can take a reprehensible monster and, over the course of a scant 90 minutes, turn audience reaction from distaste to sympathy, that's the mark of an adept filmmaker. This occurs in Tsotsi.
  74. Enjoyable for a movie in which pretty much nothing happens.
  75. The film's emotional truth and honesty allows us to forgive a great many flaws.
  76. The two best words to describe the 2006 motion picture Miami Vice are "stylish" and "intense."
  77. By the time September arrives, This is the End will probably be in the running for "funniest comedy of the 2013 summer."
  78. This isn't vintage De Niro but at least there's more substance here than in a lot of his other recent projects. Michelle Pfeiffer, who flirted with this sort of a role 25 years ago in "Married to the Mob," is enjoying something of a renaissance after working only sparingly for more than a decade.
  79. A rare remake in that it's sufficiently different in the details to make it of interest to those familiar to the earlier endeavor.
  80. Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy may be the best possible movie version of the story, but it illustrates that the big screen is not the ideal medium for a tale of this complexity.
  81. A curious mix of smarts and schmaltz.
  82. Although the storyline is predictable, the intelligent dialogue and top-drawer acting more than make up for the possible deficiency.
  83. One of the better offerings to be found in a year that has seen a drop-off in the quality of animated films.
  84. For Your Consideration will not go down as one of Guest's crown jewels, but it's nevertheless engaging.
  85. Broken Arrow is "Speed" gone nuclear. Yet, despite all the explosions, violence, special effects, and other choreographed excesses, this film doesn't have quite the same impact. It's fun, to be sure, and the wild ride doesn't let up for a moment, but the level of tension isn't quite as high.
  86. A Game of Shadows is a stronger, better realized movie that builds upon the strengths of the original and jettisons some of the weaknesses.
  87. The movie's realistic portrayal of the ingredients that can lead to bullying and other forms of unkindness inflicted on outsiders by those in power, speaks strongly to viewers watching in the 21st century.
  88. Works uncommonly well because of the effective manner in which it blends together its various elements: the WW2 prison camp setting, the courtroom aspects, and the issues of honor, racism, and redemption.
  89. Rise of the Guardians is enjoyable as a stand-alone adventure - not groundbreaking animation but a solidly entertaining 90 minutes for older children and adults.
  90. A rich, multi- layered portrait of a director from Hollywood's Golden Age whose own life was as interesting as any of his movies.
  91. For those with the patience to sit through this kind of unhurried motion picture, Time Out offers a compelling character study of an individual under the kind of strain we can all relate to.
  92. This film offers a compelling scenario of what could have happened. And Burger's look back through the recent mists of time is certainly no less likely or fascinating that Oliver Stone's in "JFK."
  93. Blue Jasmine is an exercise in examining the lead character's mental degeneration. The end result, a performance-driven character study, offers an experience more akin to what one might expect from the late John Cassavetes than from the still very much alive Woody Allen.
  94. Overall this is a compelling and sometimes disturbing motion picture.
  95. Hawke has made this movie his way and the result is a story that is by turns romantic and disquieting. It's well worth the price of admission.
  96. A compelling piece of cinema.
  97. 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.
  98. The transformation sequences on their own are disturbing enough to upset sensitive viewers (even though the first one doesn't occur until an hour into the 97 minute film, making the first two-thirds of the movie relatively tame, with the exception of a few appearances by Jack, who looks like a "walking meatloaf").
  99. Gordon-Levitt wears three hats (director, writer, actor) and all of them fit.
  100. Although competently made and consistently engaging, there's nothing special about this animated superhero origin story.

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