RogerEbert.com's Scores

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For 970 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 La Sapienza
Lowest review score: 0 Kick-Ass 2
Score distribution:
970 movie reviews
    • 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.
  1. 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.
  2. Ain't Them Bodies Saints is a film that will reward you for seeking it out.
  3. 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.
  4. A brutal but stirring fantasy.
  5. A remarkably full-bodied and frank character study that illuminates the old saw about the political being personal in a genuinely unusual way.
  6. The result, though not without flaws, is an invigorating and interesting observation of the man, his work and the entire medium of photography.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Easily the most daring and politically provocative film yet to emerge from Iran.
  10. Despite the harrowing stories that fill the film from start to finish, Dreamcatcher is not hopeless.
  11. 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.
  12. Stritch is a documentary subject as fearless and raw as her stage persona.
  13. What is truly delightful about the film is its loopy, gently slapstick sense of humor, its use of continuous running gags that pay off cumulatively (no small feat), and the dreamy sense that Schilling's somnambulism is pierced through only by the insane incomprehensible behavior of others.
  14. The finest and most genuinely provocative horror movie to emerge in this still very-new century.
  15. One of the more tough-minded and effective war pictures of post-American-Century American cinema.
  16. An appealing comedy with an unabashed streak of melodrama, sharp dialogue, and a superb ensemble cast, anchored by a lead performance by Al Pacino in lovable scamp mode.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The Congress, playing fast and loose with a source novel by Stanislaw Lem, splits from its version of reality at the 45-minute mark, and at that point becomes a decadent post-modern classic.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Ultimately Leviathan may divide viewers between those who find its possible meanings too numerous and inchoate and others who welcome the challenges of helping create its meaning.
  17. While the cast may not include any names that are familiar in these parts, they are all effortlessly charming and engaging throughout.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If its account of Randi’s work as an exceptional entertainer and a zealous debunker were all that An Honest Liar gave us, it would be a tremendously fascinating film. But the movie also contains a third-act surprise – which won’t be revealed here – that makes it both unexpectedly revelatory and deeply moving.
  18. It's an extremely strong and upsetting film, yet another example of the fascinating things going on in Romania's new wave, with a breathtaking lead performance by Luminita Gheorghiu as Cornelia.
  19. The Case Against 8 beautifully reminds us of the human beings who opened up their lives to the world and became representatives for one of the most important movements for equal rights this country has ever seen.
  20. If you go in for allusive British humor that builds slowly from dry to uproarious, as executed by two absolute masters of the form, The Trip To Italy will work for you, I believe. I also think the film, directed, like the prior one, by the astute Michael Winterbottom, is a somewhat smoother trip than the first.
  21. An irrepressibly charming B-movie that never over-stays its welcome, and is both conceptually clever and admirably well-executed.
  22. Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street is abashed and shameless, exciting and exhausting, disgusting and illuminating; it's one of the most entertaining films ever made about loathsome men.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The film represents a formidable achievement for Fiennes as both actor and director.
  23. The Imitation Game is most on its game when it primarily sticks to being a John le Carre-lite espionage version of “Revenge of the Nerds.”

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