Salon.com's Scores

For 2,971 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 1 point higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
Lowest review score: 0 House on Haunted Hill
Score distribution:
2,971 movie reviews
  1. This is a rigorously crafted film steeped in the French tradition, but it's meant to be a sensual and emotional experience, not a verbal or analytical one. Most of all, it's a spectacular eyeful.
  2. Sweetgrass memorably captures a dying way of American life, a marvelously untrammeled American landscape and at least two animals — men and sheep — that despite their millennia-long domestic relationship still have a spark of wildness in them.
  3. It's a dark and dazzling spectacle.
  4. You don't have to know or care anything about Formula One auto racing, or ever have heard of the legendary Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna, to become fully drawn into this film's universe.
  5. There's more drama, and more heartbreak, in March of the Penguins than in most movies that are actually scripted to tug at our feelings.
  6. I can't imagine anyone not being both horrified and fascinated by Stanley Nelson's Jonestown: The Life and Death of People's Temple.
  7. A startlingly effective and upsetting political melodrama.
  8. Every single actor here rises to the occasion.
  9. Fiennes' crackerjack Coriolanus stays true to the clever, almost mean-spirited twists and turns of the story, and preserves the authentic flavor and texture of the language.
  10. 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.
  11. An extraordinary and original creation. It belongs alongside "Amores Perros" and "Memento" on a shortlist of 2001's most exciting revelations.
  12. A movie so rousing, so real and so full of complicated emotions that it all feels brand-new.
  13. Kristen Stewart doesn’t screw it up. She’s in on the joke, but she never plays Valentine as a joke. She’s alive and alert and present in every second of screen time, alongside one of the greatest living European actresses, working not for herself but for the benefit of a strange, imperfect and sometimes brilliant film. There’s nothing more you can ask.
  14. Eloquent and unassuming, it's a picture that hits home precisely because it doesn't overreach its grasp.
  15. A surprising, puzzling and in many ways brilliant work.
  16. 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.
    • 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.
  17. Consistently interesting without feeling essential until, in its last half-hour, it becomes utterly compelling.
  18. An imaginative and largely intact retelling of this gory, troubling, uniquely sweet and uniquely dark vampire tale.
  19. Its combination of dazzling cinematic craft, psychological insight and black humor make this one of the year's moviegoing musts -- and even or especially at her most deranged, Kim Hye-ja's amazing mother is profoundly, passionately human.
  20. Not only does this film gloriously fulfill the potential that Ira Sachs has tantalized movie-lovers with for years, it also help explains what took him so long. Out of lost love comes a terrific work of art; it's the oldest story in the world, but it always feels new when it's done right.
  21. The most powerful documentary I've seen all year, and one of the two or three best films ever made about an artist or musician.
  22. Never less than witty, charming, accomplished.
  23. Manufactured Landscapes may tell you more about how the 21st century world actually works than you really want to know, but it's a heartbreaking, beautiful, awful and awesome film.
  24. One of the best movies of the year.
  25. Ultra-violent and ultra-stylish, Drive stands out in this year's Cannes competition for its calculated, hard-edged brilliance.
  26. Anderson's Lily is the kind of heroine who earns our protectiveness by never begging for it; it's an astonishing performance.
  27. 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.
  28. My Joy has a bleak, grotesque, near-perfect poetry in its soul.
  29. 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.

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