Salon.com's Scores

For 2,926 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 Ten
Lowest review score: 0 The Amityville Horror
Score distribution:
2,926 movie reviews
  1. 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.
  2. It's a highly original film made in a familiar context, and an exciting moviegoing experience you shouldn't miss.
  3. This movie's an absolute knockout. I know it's only June, but I'm damned if this isn't the breakthrough American film of the year.
  4. Her
    This is a handcrafted, passionate and sometimes impossibly beautiful film that argues for both the past and the future, with a poetic spirit that’s extremely rare in American cinema.
  5. The movie has a crispness about it, an unwillingness to succumb to sentimentality.
  6. Any way you slice it, it's a brave and brilliant act of defiance.
  7. Although there isn't a single kiss in this love story, it's intensely erotic -- and more to the point, it's not afraid of eroticsm's juicier and more forthright twin, carnality.
  8. The Incredibles has that rare quality of feeling modern and classic at the same time.
  9. 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.
  10. Isn't much more than marvelous entertainment -- but then, that's a lot right there.
  11. The Overnighters is a documentary about real people in a real place. This is both amazing and frustrating.
  12. A work of tremendous confidence and dazzling showmanship that may just be a delirious movie-as-drug-high or may, if you choose to read it this way, contain a level of commentary about the nature of America and the illusioneering of Hollywood.
  13. The connection between Bob and Charlotte, as Coppola shows it to us at the end of Lost in Translation, is a moment of intimate magnificence. I have never seen anything quite like it, in any movie.
  14. This is a graceful and enveloping feat of filmmaking.
  15. It's a cross between confidence and vulnerability that's hard for an actress to pull off, but Streisand hits the note perfectly. And her greatest moment of acting, I think, is also the picture's strongest musical number.
  16. Borat is an astonishingly entertaining picture, and it's a testament to Cohen's gifts that he can pull off a feat as extravagant and as fully realized as this one is.
  17. Stop Making Sense is so beautifully choreographed that in some ways it's more like theater than a rock show. [Review of re-release]
  18. Ida
    What makes Ida remarkable is how much Pawlikowski is able to accomplish in just 80 minutes, with a pair of mismatched female characters, a handful of wintry and desolate locations, the square-format cinematography of Ryszard Lenczewski and Lukasz Zal, and a soundtrack that combines modernism, Soviet-bloc pop music and a haunting performance of John Coltrane’s “Naima” that seems to capture all the emotional possibilities the characters cannot express.
  19. In the long and fraught history of Franco-American cultural relations, this movie is more than a peace offering; it's a loving, goofy, joyous French kiss.
  20. Offers an exquisite tour of the twilight zone between high school and the so-called real world, as well as between bohemian subculture and the even stranger culture of America at large.
  21. One of the most joyous movies I've ever seen, and one of the handful of great erotic films the movies have given us.
  22. What makes Tulpan remarkable are the extended unbroken scenes, both dramatic and comic.
  23. The first Holocaust movie that's actually about another Holocaust movie, and in some peculiar way it brings us closer to the terror and tragedy of the original event.
  24. It’s perhaps the first great love story of the 21st century that could belong only to this century.
  25. Sordi is an elegant comic actor in the vein of America's William Powell; the world may confound him, but it can never rumple him.
  26. This is a fine example of British commercial filmmaking at its highest level of craftsmanship.
  27. It might well be the most important film you see this year, and the most important documentary of this young century.
  28. Citizenfour is both an urgent tale torn from recent headlines and a compelling work of cinema, with all the paranoid density and abrupt changes of scenery of a John le Carré novel.
  29. 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.
    • 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.

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