Salon.com's Scores

For 2,897 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 0.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Hours
Lowest review score: 0 Enough
Score distribution:
2,897 movie reviews
  1. What feels at first like a quiet, straightforward picture builds into one of the richest and most satisfying of the year so far, in any genre or any language.
  2. We need filmmakers who can move us forward even as they maintain a sense of the past. To that end, Grindhouse captures a bit of rowdy movie history in a bell jar.
  3. Stop Making Sense is so beautifully choreographed that in some ways it's more like theater than a rock show. [Review of re-release]
  4. It's a tremendous experience, whatever it is; the kind of thing supposed art-movie audiences used to tolerate and pretty much don't anymore.
  5. I was thrilled and transported by it. It's a two-hour movie, and I'm only sorry it isn't two or three times as long.
  6. Arias' blend of traditional cell animation and 3-D CGI effects is thoroughly mind-blowing, and the film's visual sensibility is utterly distinctive.
  7. Pitch-perfect social comedy.
  8. A wrenching, funny and wise little picture, with a diva-like junior star at its center.
  9. Imaginative and intricate, but it's also joyfully casual, maybe to the point of being a little messy in places. But even its flaws work in its favor.
  10. May well be the most exciting documentary of the year so far. I guess it took a British director, David Sington, to capture the story of the dozen American men who walked on the moon -- the only human beings in our species history yet to visit another celestial body.
  11. It's the most original picture by an American director I've seen this year, and also the most delightful.
  12. A dark and mesmerizing immersion into a distinctive world.
  13. It's the most ambitious and impressive Coen film in at least a decade, featuring the flat, sun-blasted landscapes of west Texas -- spectacularly shot by cinematographer Roger Deakins -- and an eerily memorable performance by Javier Bardem, in a Ringo Starr haircut.
  14. One of the most inventive and joyous movies of the year.
  15. It's rare to see a movie adaptation in which a filmmaker has taken so much care in translating the odd little qualities that make a particular novel special, to preserve the complex and fragile threads of feeling between characters that are often much easier to grasp on the page.
  16. What makes the movie memorable is the precision of its tone, its finely calibrated combination of bitterness and warmth. Of course the acting is tremendous, and you'd expect nothing less.
  17. May not hit every note perfectly, but the picture they've come up with is full-bodied and intelligent.
  18. Announces the arrival of a director radically out of step with the dominant conventions of American moviemaking, one who blends a social-realist vision and a passion for cinematic poetry.
  19. It's both happy and sad. That's exactly the way to describe Hou's marvelous film as well.
  20. A compact near-masterpiece that combines a slow-motion romantic comedy with a docudrama-style portrait of a remote, nomadic culture as it is gradually eroded by the tides of the 21st century.
  21. Eloquent and unassuming, it's a picture that hits home precisely because it doesn't overreach its grasp.
  22. It miraculously pulled off the effect of feeling like a surprise: The picture both fulfilled some vague, unexpressed hopes I didn't know I had and also left me with the sense that I'd just seen something I wasn't quite prepared for -- the kind of contradiction that great showmanship can bridge.
  23. This explicit movie about a sexually insatiable 19th century courtesan emerges like an erotic dream.
  24. An imperfect work of genius, a satire of Hollywood excess and vanity that dares to tread territory laden with minefields.
  25. Gibney's immensely funny and sad new motion picture Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson -- the "Dr." was a mail-order divinity degree -- is principally intended to rehabilitate Thompson and introduce his work to a new audience.
  26. Crisply and competently filmed, Tell No One is an intriguing sample of new-school French cinema at the more commercial end of the spectrum.
  27. Before I Forget is, in the broad sense, "gay-themed." But it's also one of the loveliest, most direct and most devastating pictures about aging that I've ever seen.
  28. A highly unusual combination of craft, emotion and integrity.
  29. If this actually were 1968, the pipe-smoking sophisticates of "Esquire" and "Playboy" would be proclaiming I Served the King of England a nettlesome masterpiece. For whatever good it does this film today, I'll stick my pipe in my mug and agree.
  30. Intimate, terrifying and positively riveting documentary.

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