Salon.com's Scores

For 2,934 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: 63
Highest review score: 100 Cloud Atlas
Lowest review score: 0 Air Force One
Score distribution:
2,934 movie reviews
  1. 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.
  2. Together is the kind of picture that makes you feel that there are many good reasons to actually LIKE mankind.
  3. Above all a cracking good yarn that earns its laughter, its wonder and its tears.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This movie's cornucopia of humorous riffs and stunts never fails to amuse or enthrall because it never ceases to be unexpected.
  4. Never less than witty, charming, accomplished.
  5. (Coppola) connects with the essential purity of Eugenides' story, stripping it down to its bare essentials and cutting straight to everything that's wonderful about it.
  6. Surprising as it sounds, as far as examinations of trust, loyalty and identity go, the big metal dude's story winds up far more satisfying than the plodding Kubrick opus any day of the week.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Just as good as the original. In fact, it might even be better. Not only is it just as visually stunning and witty as the first, but it's funnier, more thoughtful and more grown-up.
  7. Extraordinary.
  8. A sprawling and adventurous tale of teen alienation, might just be the movie that pushes the Japanese new wave out of the film-geek ghetto.
  9. One of the most exciting Hollywood action films in years, and the best Vietnam movie since "Apocalypse Now."
  10. A work of astonishing delicacy and force, a tone poem about the Frankenstein jolts that all of us, at one time or another, have to live through.
  11. Consistently interesting without feeling essential until, in its last half-hour, it becomes utterly compelling.
  12. One of the finest cops-and-robbers thrillers of recent years.
  13. Claire Denis' baffling and exhilarating "Billy Budd" smolders with heat-blasted rhythms and supercharged acting.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Possesses that rarest of qualities: moral humility.
  14. For all its flaws, In the Bedroom is an unusual accomplishment, a serious drama about violence and morality that plays out with a fatalistic intensity somewhere between Greek tragedy and film noir.
  15. So intrinsically rich that it doesn't need any metaphors.
  16. LaBute, in his infinite and marvelous wrongness, infuses his movie with a delicacy of feeling that couldn't be more right for the material. LaBute obviously approached the project with his hands and his heart open: Frame by frame, it's a humble picture, a movie that isn't afraid to be an entertainment.
  17. You wouldn't mistake Donnie Brasco for a great movie or an important one, but it's something that's become almost as rare in American movies: a consistently absorbing and intelligent adult entertainment.
  18. As close to mainstream perfection as I've seen all year. It gives us everything we want, need and deserve without batting an eye.
  19. Isn't much more than marvelous entertainment -- but then, that's a lot right there.
  20. Every single actor here rises to the occasion.
  21. It's a dark and dazzling spectacle.
  22. Noyce takes a great deal of care with this adaptation. For one thing, he includes as much of Greene's potent shorthand as he can without weighing the movie down.
  23. It's a wholly amoral movie, but it's honestly amoral. And that's a relief for the audience.
  24. The thing is, it works. Or at least it works for me. I left the theater convinced that House of Fools is Konchalovsky's best work in almost 20 years (which it is) and that it might be something close to a masterpiece.
  25. This movie may not have the highest production values you've ever seen, but it's the work of an artist, one whose view of America, history and the awkwardness of human life is generous and deep.
  26. The chase scenes in The Italian Job are the most exciting ones I can remember seeing in a movie in a long time, probably because they're the only ones I can remember -- and that's saying something.
  27. A big movie for the ages, full to the brim with sympathy, imagination and sheer visual delight.

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