Salon.com's Scores

For 2,952 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Gangs of Wasseypur
Lowest review score: 0 Spawn
Score distribution:
2,952 movie reviews
  1. If Alfred Hitchcock had grown up as a Palestinian, he might have made something like Hany Abu-Assad’s Oscar-nominated Omar, which is a tender love story, a haunting tragedy and an expertly crafted thriller with flawed, damaged and not entirely likable characters.
  2. An elegantly crafted entertainment, balanced between the psychological and the supernatural, that gets extra credit for not relying on computer effects.
  3. Masterfully paced and constructed, and the performances are memorable.
    • 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.
  4. An engaging and often wrenching film, Food, Inc. covers a wide range of material, including the horrific, the humorous and the exemplary.
  5. Anderson's Lily is the kind of heroine who earns our protectiveness by never begging for it; it's an astonishing performance.
  6. But at his best - and his new movie, The Day He Arrives, is among his very best - Hong offers a strange mixture of magic, mystery, rueful melodrama and dry comedy that's like absolutely nothing else.
  7. It's a deluxe vacation for adults with all frills included: glamorous settings, glamorous clothes, glamorous sex.
  8. Cowperthwaite builds a portrait of an intelligent but profoundly traumatized animal who was taken from his family in the North Atlantic as an infant, and has been driven to anger, resentment and perhaps psychosis after spending his life in a series of concrete swimming pools.
  9. It's a wholly amoral movie, but it's honestly amoral. And that's a relief for the audience.
  10. Inherent Vice is like that; you’ll have to enjoy it for the pileup of exquisite images and hilarious episodes, and let go of the need to hold the whole thing in your head, or you won’t enjoy it at all.
  11. What makes Tulpan remarkable are the extended unbroken scenes, both dramatic and comic.
  12. In a world of movies that try far too hard to move, entertain and dazzle us, the artistry of Hustle & Flow lies in the way it waits for us to come to it. We can walk as slowly as we want, but sooner or later, it's going to get us.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Possesses that rarest of qualities: moral humility.
  13. I love Jackson's "Rings" saga despite his propensity for whimsical animation whenever he tries to strike a chord of dread or menace.
  14. Aladag's point, I think, is that no matter how righteous we may feel about this kind of zero-sum cultural collision, for the human beings involved it often results in unbearable tragedy.
  15. A giddy madcap classic, one of the wildest and funniest American comedies in years.
  16. Intelligent, visually rich filmmaking.
  17. Intimate, terrifying and positively riveting documentary.
  18. It's a dark and dazzling spectacle.
  19. It's by far the funniest and warmest movie Araki has ever made, with much less juvenile angst and much more command of his craft.
  20. 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.
  21. A work of tremendous passion, daring and delicacy.
  22. An inexpressibly beautiful and moving film, even though (or because) it seems to be about someone unimportant doing something irrelevant, perhaps something silly, in the face of insurmountable odds and a world that doesn't care.
  23. This is a fine example of British commercial filmmaking at its highest level of craftsmanship.
  24. There's something grand and enveloping about Fearless.
  25. I can't imagine anyone not being both horrified and fascinated by Stanley Nelson's Jonestown: The Life and Death of People's Temple.
  26. A haunting and riveting work, unlike anything else you can see at the movies and as such an explicit challenge to the unambitious, anesthetic character of most contemporary cinema. But is it easy, or delightful, or fun? It is not.
  27. Dore does not gloss over the ideological excesses or internal quarrels of feminism, but more than anything else she captures the excitement of that era, the growing sense of solidarity as more and more women discovered that their dissatisfaction was not an individual matter.
  28. At a time when our country feels divided to the point of cracking, Dave Chappelle's Block Party feels like a salve. It's a defiant act of optimistic patriotism.

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