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For 1,476 reviews, this publication has graded:
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On average, this publication grades 0.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Where to Invade Next
Lowest review score: 0 Kick-Ass 2
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1476 movie reviews
  1. Whatever Jia shows us and wherever he takes us, we’re always aware of being in the hands of one of the contemporary world’s great filmmakers.
  2. A War, as tough to watch as it can be, is an extremely rewarding and disquieting experience.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's a rich, raw, heartache of a film, a beautifully composed, soul-stirring drama about love, family, sex, sorrow, faith, and music.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Williams and director Dito Montiel are in tune with a pervading sense of tenderness, as the movie distinctly ruminates on connection, not love.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy wields a power that towers above many other small movies. It may not be the large definition of cinematic, but it is still a true film.
  3. Nina Forever subverts audience expectations at every turn and develops the kind of genuine emotional power that keeps it from being just another gory goof.
  4. The best part of Lars von Trier's fascinating, engaging and often didactic Nymphomaniac is that, despite the sometimes-grim tone and bleak color palate, it's an extremely funny film, playful, even.
  5. Ain't Them Bodies Saints is a film that will reward you for seeking it out.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The ethereal essay provides a bounty of poetry, in the form of a measured narration by international treasure Tilda Swinton, and an extensively labored assembly of 200 black-and-white film clips.
  6. The most fascinating thing about the film is how it leans into predictability rather than make a show of fighting it.
  7. It really is quite a movie: entertaining and engaging, but also mortifying; a good alternate title might be "American Horror Story."
  8. Post-Holocaust discourse frequently used the phrase “Never Again” as a slogan, specifically referring to persecution of the Jews but also denoting a prohibition against barbarism; the events under consideration in these films are dispiriting reminders that human progress in this area has been meager at best.
  9. As gorgeous and impenetrable as a dream.
  10. What this film may lack in terms of visual flamboyance, it more than makes up for in telling its simple and direct story with a raw, emotional power that doesn't need lavish spectacle in order to get its point across.
  11. Looking at the picture’s mostly sun-drenched and drolly cheerful surface layer, one marvels at Rohmer’s unerring sense of what drama kings and queens young people can be.
  12. A brutal but stirring fantasy.
  13. A remarkably full-bodied and frank character study that illuminates the old saw about the political being personal in a genuinely unusual way.
  14. The result, though not without flaws, is an invigorating and interesting observation of the man, his work and the entire medium of photography.
  15. A nearly great documentary about a national crisis, but its heart is a tragedy with a sickening ironic twist.
  16. I love this kind of backstage documentary, which is not surprising for someone who has "All That Jazz" and "All About Eve" on his all-time top ten list.
  17. Carol is often about its surfaces, their beauty contrasting with the scary duality of people, relationships. The surfaces in Carol are so seductive that one understands the ache to belong in that world.
  18. An intimate epic, Testament of Youth has great historical sweep yet remains focused on the human vicissitudes experienced by Vera and her circle.
  19. Mustang grabs you with its own sense of haunting melancholy, as well as an increasing feeling of urgency and outrage.
  20. It is about those human elements that transcend the five senses—loneliness, jealousy, fear, etc.—and how they are heightened in times of stress. However you interpret it, Vogt's film lingers, haunting like imagery that refuses to fade away in memory.
  21. Omar is a thriller and a romance, with unabashedly melodramatic elements (there's even a love triangle), all of which are brought into stark relief by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
  22. Unlike in Judd Apatow's "Knocked Up," with a similar circumstance and where abortion is not even mentioned by name (except for the cowardly "schma-shmortion"), Obvious Child is honest.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Balancing itself with an enviable self-assurance between drama, comedy, character study, and, in the last ten minutes, suspense, the film sends the audience out of the theater with a sense of shame for laughing when the narrative wanted us to.
  23. Easily the most daring and politically provocative film yet to emerge from Iran.
  24. Despite the harrowing stories that fill the film from start to finish, Dreamcatcher is not hopeless.
  25. This is the End finds a balanced tone most horror comedies fail to deliver. Grossout humor melds easily with grossout horror, sometimes at the same moment.

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