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For 878 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 The Great Beauty
Lowest review score: 0 Dumbbells
Score distribution:
878 movie reviews
  1. A good Woody Allen flick is a thing of joy these days and, at times, Blue Jasmine is even a great one, close to being an equal to 2005's "Match Point."
  2. The Artist and the Model is a simple, straightforward film about the wonder and awe that the natural world inspires in us.
  3. You've seen all this before, and many times. 2 Guns works because it's essentially several riffs on familiar material. Cliché is not a bad thing if it's done right.
  4. The beauty of Ecuadorian director Sebastian Cordero's film is the simplicity of its approach.
  5. Needless to say, the shapely Aniston pulls it off without a hitch — even if she never actually appears without a stitch. If this gutsy performance leads to better opportunities—a remake of Demi Moore's ill-conceived "Striptease," perhaps — I might sleep better at night.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    In a summer of antiseptic effects spectacles, Elysium stands out for its grime and intensity, as well as the bluntness of its class allegory.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Whether it's the wealth of meta-cinematic references to both Shetty's and Khan's other work, or the evolving romance between Khan and Padukone, or the handsomely mounted action, or the occasionally excellent songs, Chennai Express always has something up its sleeve.
  6. Daniels delights in his actors, all of whom accept the challenge of bringing something true and vibrant to their various sketchily written characters with the enthusiasm of celebrity competition-show contestants.
  7. The Grandmaster is a drunken love letter to experience, which helps us survive, and wisdom, which helps us face aging, loss and, ultimately, the abyss. Wong, who was called the coolest director in the world when he was much younger, is now 57. This film is about a man like him, who has proven himself in the world and enters mid-life exuding a new, sage kind of cool.
  8. Crazy, violent and shocking events go down in Paradise: Faith — events that will startle the devout and non-believers alike — but Austrian director Ulrich Seidl depicts them all with same sort of monotone detachment he uses in the film's more mundane moments.
  9. Our Nixon seems to be more interested in evoking emotional than intellectual responses.
  10. A pretty uneven film, lurching from comedy to violence to sentiment, but it's best when it sticks in the realm of flat-out farce.
  11. Even if you lack a wealth of rap knowledge, Sample This is still worth seeing. Like "20 Feet from Stardom" and "Standing in the Shadows of Motown," it focuses on the studio musicians whose contributions are well-known but whose identities are not.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The result is a work in which style and story unite to create a singularly mesmerizing look at a culture within a culture.
  12. As the saying goes, I may not know art, but I know what I like. I like this movie.
  13. All the artistry and absurdity, glamour and the grit of the fashion industry are on display in the documentary Mademoiselle C.
  14. After Tiller takes the politically divisive, emotionally charged issue of late-term abortions and portrays it with grace, understatement and humanity.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    People going to C.O.G. expecting a re-creation of one of Sedaris's reliably uproarious readings of his own material will be disappointed. People who approach it as a film in its own right, with its own rhythms and goals and pleasures, will be amply rewarded.
  15. The director was smart enough to take a trait that often caused an actor to be be typecast as a menacing figure and turn it into a strength.
  16. With such great music coming, one hit after after another, it's always a joy to watch.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's not a pretty picture, but it's a compelling one.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A.C.O.D. is a sharp, dark-ish character comedy, settling for a dry tolerance in its point of view that is very appealing and even admirable.
  17. Rarely goes so far over the top that it loses you completely. It is, to put it mildly, not subtle. But if you watch it expecting to see a dumb idea executed with appreciable skill, you'll have a blast.
  18. It's one of the most emotionally draining climaxes of the year.
  19. A dark, weird, smutty, fitfully amusing comedy that ultimately wears out its welcome. As a provocation, it's aces, especially if — like the film's writer-director, Randy Moore — you hate Disney and everything it stands for.
  20. For all the psychological realism of Carrie and Margaret's relationship, however, this remake has a comic book feeling.
  21. The film feels like a first draft. But then there is the music to celebrate.
  22. While there have been plenty of movie romances not unlike this, there's never been one told in such an ambitiously immersive way.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The result shows the human stakes and often punishing difficulties of challenging entrenched powers and interests.
  23. In the few moments where he's left to prank people on his own, Bad Grandpa doesn't treat him like the clichéd potty mouthed kid out for shock value. Instead, he uses his childlike innocence to make the adults more uncomfortable than his grandpa's raunchier shenanigans ever could.

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