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Average Movie review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Auto Focus
Lowest review score: 0 Lost Souls
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2535 movie reviews
  1. Want to know what it's like to be in on the discovery of a new American classic. Check out Boyhood. Richard Linklater's coming-of-age tale is the best movie of the year, a four-star game-changer that earns its place in the cultural time capsule.
  2. From the first sight of German soldiers goose-stepping past the Arc de Triomphe to a postscript that spells out the fate of characters whose moral confusion is all too real, Army of Shadows is a movie of its time -- and ours.
  3. Del Toro never coddles the audience. He means us to leave Pan's Labyrinth shaken to our souls. He succeeds.
  4. You just don't expect Hollywood to produce a masterwork so early in the new year. And it hasn't. This slice of celluloid dynamite comes from Romania, and what you see will floor you.
  5. Proving himself a world-class director, McQueen basically makes slaves of us all. It hurts to watch it. You won't be able to tuck this powder keg in the corner of your mind and forget it. What we have here is a blistering, brilliant, straight-up classic.
  6. What makes Ratatouille such a hilarious and heartfelt wonder is the way Bird contrives to let it sneak up on you.
  7. You wanna feel all right? This is the holiday movie that will do it.
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  8. Sandra Bullock, in the performance of a lifetime, spends most of this wondrous wallop of a movie lost in space, alone where no one can hear her scream.
  9. Haynes' commitment to outcasts, then and now, makes Carol a romantic spellbinder that cuts deep. It's one of the year's very best films.
  10. Keep your eyes on Garfield - he's shatteringly good, the soul of a film that might otherwise be without one. The Social Network is the movie of the year. But Fincher and Sorkin triumph by taking it further. Lacing their scathing wit with an aching sadness, they define the dark irony of the past decade.
  11. Hang on tight. The knockout punch of the movie season is being delivered by Zero Dark Thirty.
  12. A Separation is a landmark film. No way will you be able to get it out of your head.
  13. Whatever a modern love story is, Before Midnight takes it to the next level. It's damn near perfect.
  14. A mesmerizer that will creep into your dreams whether you let it or not.
  15. Miyazaki is the Pied Piper -- see Spirited Away and you'll follow him anywhere.
  16. When E.T. debuts on DVD, you can choose between the new version, which better matches E.T.'s words to his lips, and the sweetly clunky, digitally deprived version redolent of penis breath. I don't need to phone home to know which one I'm buying.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The new King Kong of crime movies...Ferocious fun without a trace of caution, complacency or political correctness to inhibit its 154 deliciously lurid minutes.
  17. Leigh embraces the contradictions in Turner. And in tandem with cinematographer Dick Pope, a master of light, he shows us the world as Turner sees it. The effect is harsh and ravishing. Leigh's beauty of a movie touches the heart not by sentimental gush but by the amplitude of its art.​
  18. Here's the Iraq War movie for those who don't like Iraq War movies.
  19. You leave WALL-E with a feeling of the rarest kind: that you've just enjoyed a close encounter with an enduring classic.
  20. Pure movie bliss.
  21. This is a film in which ideas resonate as well as action. Gandalf’s words to Pippin about death have a muscular poetry.
  22. The idea has been tried — remember TV's "Herman's Head"? — but never with the artful brilliance of filmmaker Pete Docter (Up; Monsters, Inc.).
  23. The movie crawls hypnotically into the skin of this global assassin and astonishes you with its brazenly violent and sexual audacity.
  24. These two glam stars of French cinema – Riva in 1959's "Hiroshima Mon Amour" and Trintignant in 1966's "A Man and a Woman" – give performances of breathtaking power and beauty. Prepare for an emotional wipeout.
  25. What makes it such a mesmerizing, wickedly witty entertainment is the revealing portrait it paints of an era in which everyone is presumed guilty where greed is concerned... It's an often chilly movie, but the chill cuts to the bone.
  26. Ang Lee, a world-class director working at the top of his elegant form, has done something thrilling. For all the leaping action, it's the film's spirit that soars.
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  27. This landmark film takes a clear-eyed look at the digital future and honors the one constant that journalism needs to stay alive and relevant: a fighting spirit.
  28. Schindler's List, despite blatant compromises, is a rending historical document. But the film's near-certain victory is based less on merit than on the marketing of its ambitious intentions. The academy doesn't judge movies, it weighs them by subject matter. On that basis, Spielberg's epic tips the scales.
  29. A brilliant chronicle of the life and twisted times of a most unlikely bad boy, a skinny, four-eyed, sex-obsessed misanthrope with no weapons to fire back at the society that rejected him save one: The nerd can draw.
  30. One thing's for sure about this raw provocation from the Coens: Like the music, the pain runs deep and true. You'll laugh till it hurts.
  31. A marvel of delicacy and humor.
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  32. The movie will wipe you out. Schnabel's previous two films (Basquiat, Before Night Falls) also focused on artists. But this is his best film yet, a high-wire act of visual daring and unquenchable spirit.
  33. Fierce, funny and moving, The Class graduates with honors. It's unmissable.
  34. A fiercely poetic study of violence. Stunningly shot in black-and-white. [14 Dec 1989, p.23]
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  35. In terms of excitement, imagination and rule-busting experimentation, it's a gusher.
  36. Fellowship is the real deal, a movie epic that pops your eyes out, piles on thrills and fun, and yet stays intimately attuned to character.
  37. Why should you suffer through a 140-minute Russian film that is basically a contemporary remake of The Book of Job? Because it's a stupendous piece of work, that's why, and because it represents the kind of challenging, intimate filmmaking that transcends language and borders.
  38. A joy to behold.
  39. It's comic, touching and a visual knockout.
  40. One of the best and liveliest movies of the year - funny and touching in ways you can't predict.
  41. The result, with its flashing perspectives and stealthy wit, is unique and unforgettable.
  42. Unique and unforgettable.
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  43. Get ready to be knocked for a loop.
  44. Joel and Ethan Coen's adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's 2005 novel is an indisputably great movie, at this point the year's very best.
  45. The Gatekeepers cuts deeper than any political thriller. It's a powerhouse.
  46. Ida
    Ida is an art film in the finest sense of the term — it is austere technique counterbalanced by emotions that bleed.
  47. Rea and Davidson are incomparably good in an exceptional film that is by turns darkly funny and deeply affecting. Though Jordan's control sometimes falters, it's a small price to pay for his daring.
  48. Winter's Bone is unforgettable. It means to shake you, and does.
  49. This is the untamed Apocalypse that Coppola envisioned in 1979 before money and mental pressures made him fear he had created something too long, too weird and too morally demanding for the masses.
  50. Her
    Jonze is a visionary whose lyrical, soulful meditation on relationships of the future cuts to the heart of the way we live now.
  51. Leave it to a g-rated cartoon to give the live-action epics a lesson in action, fun and bracing originality.
  52. The year's most beguilling and touching surprise. Bravo.
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  53. The crazy-ass imagination at work in Being John Malkovich hits you like a blast of pure oxygen...this movie of constant astonishments will make you laugh hard and long.
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  54. There is something uniquely unforgettable in the way Linklater, Hawke and Delpy (equal collaborators on the script) find nuance, art and eroticism in words, spoken and unspoken. The actors shine.
  55. Bird has crafted a film -- one of the year's best -- that doesn't ring cartoonish, it rings true.
  56. A new crime classic.
  57. If you haven't already sold your soul to rock & roll, Almost Famous should seal the deal.
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  58. Not your typical biopic. But it is one of the best times you'll have at the movies this year.
  59. Gosford Park abounds in scenes to savor. It's a feast, and one of Altman's best.
  60. Far from being exploitive, the effect is inspiring: This is the best of us.
  61. It's a modern horror story that gets you where you live.
  62. For some, the silver linings in Russell’s movies represent a failure to embrace darkness. I see them as a humanist’s act of resistance. That’s why American Hustle ranks with the year’s best movies. It gets under your skin.
  63. The script, co-written by Antonioni and Peter Wollen, focuses on a TV journalist (a superb Jack Nicholson).
  64. Don't stall about seeing Sofia Coppola's altogether remarkable Lost in Translation. It's a class-act liftoff for the fall movie season. Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson give performances that will be talked about for years.
  65. The acting is electric. By the end of this haunting, hypnotic film, you feel you have watched lives being lived, not just imagined.
  66. Von Donnersmarck has crafted the best kind of movie: one you can't get out of your head.
  67. Forget "Hero" -- that cult hit was just Zhang Yimou's warm-up for this martial-arts fireball that throws in a lyrical love story, head-spinning fights and dazzling surprises.
  68. You won't know what outrageous fun is until you see Borat. High-five!
  69. From the theme of global downsizing, the filmmakers wring humor, heartbreak, suspense and stirring social drama. Cotillard, a consummate actress, fits like a natural into the workaday world of the Dardennes (Rosetta, The Son, The Kid With a Bike).
  70. There's nothing trivial about this Hungarian masterwork from first-time director László Nemes. You don't merely witness horror, you feel it in your bones.
  71. Mad Max: Fury Road kicked my ass hard. It'll kick yours. So get prepped for a new action classic. You won't know what hit you.
  72. The sad fact is that racial injustice is timelier than ever. Righteous fury is in the air. And that fervor to stand up and be counted is all over Selma.
  73. The Artist encapsulates everything we go to movies for: action, laughs, tears and a chance to get lost in another world. It just might leave you speechless. How can Oscar resist?
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Martin Scorsese scores again with his gritty, kinetic adaptation of Nicolas Pileggi's best-selling "Wiseguy."
  74. Chases so many ideas that it threatens to spin out of control. But with our multiplexes stuffed with toxic Hollywood formula, it's a gift to find a ballsy movie that thinks it can do anything, and damn near does.
  75. Eastwood's direction here is a thing of beauty, blending the ferocity of the classic films of Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai) with the delicacy and unblinking gaze of Yasujiro Ozu (Tokyo Story).
  76. It's a magical, beguiling wonder.
  77. Let the unsettling secrets of this outrageously funny and steadily engrossing meditation on the life of two high school misfits after graduation catch you by surprise. It's that good.
  78. Cuaron's hot-blooded, haunting and wildly erotic film revels in the pleasures of the flesh without losing touch with thought and feeling.
  79. Capote is a movie that doesn't pull its punches. It's a knockout.
  80. Beat the drums for a Simmons Oscar, and add a cymbal crash for Whiplash. It's electrifying.
  81. His (Anderson) abiding love for a vanished past, real and imagined, is at the core of The Grand Budapest Hotel. The thrill comes in watching as this rare talent gives his movie wings.
  82. Blue Is the Warmest Color sweeps you up on waves of humor, heartbreak and ravishing romance.
  83. It's a wow of a thriller with a soul that isn't computer generated. Poitras may be guilty of taking Snowden at face value, but she succeeds brilliantly in evoking a shadow villain intent on world domination. Big Brother is back, baby, and he's gone digital.
  84. Recoing gives a performance that won't soon be forgotten. Neither will Time Out. It's a great movie.
  85. Begins like an episode of "I Love Lucy" and ends with the impact of "Easy Rider."
  86. All the acting is first-rate -- Dukakis gives major dimensions to a supporting role. And Christie, a Sixties screen goddess in "Darling" and "Doctor Zhivago," shows that her spirit and grace are eternal. She's a beauty. So is the movie.
  87. Spectacular in every sense of the word, even if you don' t know an Orc from a Uruk-Hai.
  88. It may sound silly, but Lord and Park conjure up a world of visual miracles.
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  89. Two men alone create an epic landscape of feeling in one of the very best movies of the year.
  90. Up
    Up is a breathtaking ride into the realm of pure imagination.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Redford blows the dust off a 35-year-old scandal about rigged TV quiz shows and makes it snap with up-to-the-minute relevance.
  91. I'm jazzed by every tasty, daring, devastating, howlingly funny, how'd-they-do-that minute in Birdman. Like all movies that soar above the toxic clouds of Hollywood formula and defy death at the box office, Alejandro G. Iñárritu's cinematic whirlwind will bring out the haters. They can all go piss off. Birdman is a volcano of creative ideas in full eruption. Buy a ticket and brace yourself.
  92. Renier and Francois give deeply affecting performances that help soften the film's harsh blows. But only in the compassionate eye of the Dardennes do these three children achieve a state of grace.
  93. Filtered through Kaufman's searching mind and soulful brilliance, the result is a masterpiece.
  94. So fasten your seat belts for Gomorrah, just snubbed in the wussy Oscar race for Best Foreign Film (so you know it's dynamite).
  95. Brooklyn is easily the year's best and most beguiling love story. The surprise is that it also goes deeper, sadder and truer.
  96. What we have here is an exhilarating blast of a movie, full of heart but still punk rock. So don’t get all pissy because it’s in Swedish (with English subtitles) and you never heard of anyone in it and coming-of-age movies about girls make you puke.
  97. Incisively witty, provocative and acted to perfection, this sublime entertainment is a career peak for producer Ismail Merchant, director James Ivory and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.

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