Slate's Scores

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For 1,614 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 53% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Fruitvale Station
Lowest review score: 0 Life Is Beautiful
Score distribution:
1614 movie reviews
  1. Williams plays this tired, disillusioned, chronically angry woman without a trace of actorly vanity. It's a performance noteworthy not just for its intensity but for Williams' ability to communicate inner experience at a micro-level of detail.
  2. May be the most necessary film you'll see this year. But if you go to the movies in search of emotion rather than edification, don't let that word necessary deter you, because this is also one of the most engaging films you'll see this year, full of vibrant, complex real-life characters whose troubles and joys will stay with you long after the movie's done.
  3. This is the essence of Get Out, which only grows more darkly relevant as the main story gets going, masterfully unfurling all of the real-life anxieties of Existing While Black while simultaneously mining that situation for all its twisted absurdity.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
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    The most delicious part of Raw is its rich metaphorical life. Rather than playing like a gross-out sideshow, the movie has viscera-streaked things to say about the terrors of young womanhood, sisterly initiation, French racism, the gruesome traditions of veterinary science, and the uneasy bond between women and gay men.
  4. Paddington is a wonder: warm, gentle, well-acted, funny without being stupid.
  5. It's a rich, impressive comic-book fantasy -- easily the summer's best "blockbuster."
  6. With the help of brilliant French actor Mathieu Amalric, Spielberg's longtime cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, and screenwriter Ronald Harwood (The Pianist), Schnabel has made a marvelous film that uses images with as much grace and flair as Bauby used words.
  7. Russell has always excelled at finding new ways to use familiar actors, and every performance in The Fighter is noteworthy if not outstanding.
  8. Of all the great vocal characterizations...the showstopper is Brooks, who hasn't had a part this good since "Lost in America" (1985). His Marlin is tender, cranky, hysterical, yet somehow lucid.
  9. One of the most enthralling three hours you'll ever spend at the theater.
  10. Guillermo del Toro is in a class with Peter Jackson as a fan-boy who gets it--a brilliant filmmaker who has a kind of metabolic connection to horror and sci-fi that helps him transform secondhand genre material into something deep and nourishing. Del Toro reaches into himself and finds the Wagnerian grandeur in schlock.
  11. Spotlight provides a wealth of exceptional performances.
  12. Beat by beat, scene by scene, gorgeous...at times emotionally devastating.
  13. Not one of your pass-the-popcorn date movies. It's a howl of rage.
  14. Much of the film’s power comes thanks to Moss, who after stealing Listen Up Philip unleashes the most vigorous, visceral performance of her career.
  15. The Ghost Writer is a triumph: elegant, accomplished, and (this is the hardest part to admit) occasionally even wise.
  16. This Pride & Prejudice (ampersand and all) a joy to behold.
  17. For all its slickness, School of Rock has a let's-put-on-a-show quality that touches you in the most direct way a movie can. It's as if the filmmakers had said, "I'd like to teach the world to kick butt--in perfect harmony."
  18. Has the note-perfect melancholy of a classic young adult novel.
  19. Retains the original Star Trek's spirit of optimism, curiosity, and humor.
  20. Perlman's Red is hilarious, combining the gritty delivery of a film noir cop with the physiognomy of a horned behemoth. And the script, by del Toro and Mignola, alternates action smackdowns with sweet, goofy moments, like a scene in which Red and the lovelorn Abe drink beer and croon along with a Barry Manilow record.
  21. Pure and universal.
  22. The Best of Youth doesn't have a boring millisecond. It isn't an art film, with longueurs; it's a mini-series with the sweep of a classic novel, with tons of plot.
  23. The most enthralling movie of the year.
  24. The movie becomes a nail-biter, the audience hanging on every letter. Who could have anticipated that a spelling competition would yield such a heartbreaking thriller?
  25. The sequel is simply a tour-de-force of thriller filmmaking.
  26. Might be the most perversely agreeable stalker picture ever made.
  27. This is the Bill Murray performance we've been waiting for: Saturday Night Live meets Chekhov.
  28. A monument to process -- to the minutiae of making art -- Topsy-Turvy leaves you upside down and breathless.
  29. It's a magnificent achievement—holes, tatters, crudities, screw-ups, and all.

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