Salon.com's Scores

For 2,927 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Lowest review score: 0 Speed 2: Cruise Control
Score distribution:
2,927 movie reviews
  1. Smolders with more reserved passion than "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."
  2. It's a deluxe vacation for adults with all frills included: glamorous settings, glamorous clothes, glamorous sex.
  3. It's an unapologetic dazzler, which is why it's never overwhelmed by its themes.
  4. Walking out of the theater, I felt so bereft that I couldn't speak. And it doesn't hurt any less thinking about the movie now, as I write this.
  5. Shot in sumptuous black-and-white by Dreujou, Girl on the Bridge might just be the most beautiful-looking movie of the year.
  6. It's a lean, mean movie, and not a pretty one, but it leaves no question as to Breillat's angular originality as a filmmaker.
  7. Wonderful...It's funny and offbeat, sometimes raucous, but it still manages to come at you in gentle layers.
  8. Anderson's Lily is the kind of heroine who earns our protectiveness by never begging for it; it's an astonishing performance.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A kinetic and unstoppable ride.
  9. Holds us in a state of horrified empathy.
  10. A masterful accomplishment...teems with its own sense of life, crackles with daring, walks the tightrope between satire and pathos with a rare assuredness.
  11. From moment to moment, O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a pleasure. But when the Coens are really cooking, when the acting and the conception and the music all come together, it's something more -- Dogpatch rapture.
  12. Affliction is a harsh experience, but the harshness isn't a matter of punishing the audience or of the director, Schrader, showing off his toughness: That unvarnished harshness is the very essence of the material.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So seamlessly buoyant and enjoyable that it's easy to miss how carefully and sensitively it's made.
  13. Turns a hysterical night of African-American humor into the hottest little picture of the summer.
  14. Hits every color note just right. It's a visual antidepressant.
  15. It's a difficult film to follow and at 172 minutes is maybe a half-hour too long. But simply as a sensory experience The Fast Runner is amazing.
  16. The movie has a crispness about it, an unwillingness to succumb to sentimentality.
  17. A narrative picture with many of the qualities of a documentary, not to mention a comic book -- is one of those rare, inventively made movies that isn't so taken with its own novelty it loses sight of its characters. Its warmth is for real, and it enwraps you.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An epic documentary...as rich and teeming as a Balzac novel.
  18. It's a funny, strange, sad and wonderful picture, packed with delightful performances by Hollywood stars and made by a director with a startling facility for the form and an expansive cinematic imagination.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The film is a pleasure, which the real thing was not. It's also a chilling adventure and a compelling story from beginning to end.
  19. This long shot pays off -- in spades. Not only has Jordan made a movie that's looser, hipper, freer and -- abetted by his great cinematographer, Chris Menges -- more sheerly beautiful to look at, he's also made the best movie of his career.
  20. Virtually nothing at all is wrapped up in The Lawless Heart, which is probably why it feels so satisfyingly whole by the end.
  21. What emerges is an astonishing debut, unlike anything else you'll see this year.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When you see The Piano Teacher in a movie theater you get a chance to go back in time, back to the days when French movies were titillating, provocative and kind of smart.
  22. Watching it is like being trapped in one of those nightmares where you need to get somewhere, fast, and you're distracted and delayed at every turn. Only in this case, the nightmare is happening to someone else, and it's costing an awful lot of money.
  23. Yes, there are some "middle-chapter" problems, but Peter Jackson's Tolkien adaptation hasn't lost its devastating humanity, its heart-stopping cinematography or its epic sweep.
  24. In his dazzling and luxuriant new thriller Femme Fatale, De Palma turns trash into chic. It's a sexy, violent, glamorous, sinfully funny movie with a surface as hard and brilliant as diamonds.
  25. It's the perfect marriage of music and animated movement. But even when there's no music playing in Waking Life, the movie's lyricism is sustained by the way it looks and feels.

Top Trailers