Slate's Scores

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For 1,440 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Lowest review score: 0 The Amityville Horror
Score distribution:
1,440 movie reviews
  1. Obviously, this sort of taboo-flouting imagery isn't for everyone, but Park's vision is all of a piece.
  2. The documentary cannot be called muckraking, as the muck has already been well-raked, but Gibney's recounting has a touch of playful sadism that I quite enjoyed.
  3. hilarious, sometimes rueful, and strangely hip documentary.
  4. Because of its convolutions, Howl's Moving Castle isn't quite as transporting as "Spirited Away." But it's a moving bridge between his lyrical fancies and his outrage. Miyazaki is like a soulful cartographer of the soul, mapping our inner landscape, leaving us bedazzled.
  5. Admirable and wondrously strange--as well as gorgeous, funny, dreamlike, mesmerizing, squirmy, and occasionally annoying.
  6. Salles brings an explorer's eye and breathless curiosity to this fetid milieu, and he gets the most brilliant performances imaginable for this sort of movie.
  7. The script by Steve Faber and Bob Fisher is one of those high-speed, ping-pong-banter marvels in which you're still laughing from the last great line when you're hit by the next.
  8. Wholly unnecessary but highly enjoyable.
  9. An extraordinarily potent brew.
  10. There is a special kind of pleasure in hearing jokes that have no redeeming social value. I'd like to think that this IS their social value-an invitation to free the mind.
  11. It's rich, but slow, and children younger than eight (like mine) might get restless. But this big kid was lost in admiration.
  12. Makes for quite an emotional roller-coaster ride. You don't know whether to celebrate or mock, to laugh or weep.
  13. A minimalist exercise in maximalist suspense.
  14. A gratifyingly slick and fast-moving Flemish thriller, directed by Erik Van Looy, with superb acting.
  15. A passionate and rousing piece of filmmaking--a civics lesson with the punch of a good melodrama.
  16. Powerful and then some.
  17. It has its own explosively twisted originality. It's a geyser of exhilarating tastelessness.
  18. In spite of its standard biopic gaps and simplifications, Walk the Line gets the big things right.
  19. Never loses sight of its mission to be as silly, bawdy, and entertaining as possible.
  20. Return to Paradise doesn't boast many surprises. It's straight-on, morally uncomplicated. Emotionally, though, it's dense and twisty -- and smashingly potent.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The best Spike Lee movie to come along since 1992's "Malcolm X." It's also the first Spike Lee movie since "Malcolm X" to star Denzel Washington, and just as Jimmy Stewart and Alfred Hitchcock brought out the best in each other, Denzel and Spike need each other like vermouth and gin.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With a theatrical setting, a large ensemble cast, and musical numbers, Altman and his crew are in their own tailored version of heaven.
  21. The recent film it most recalls is "You Can Count on Me" (2000), another small treasure about a fractured family that managed to be moving without troweling on the sap.
  22. The world according to Mann is loud, dangerous, morally ambiguous, and more than a little greasy, but during the hours you spend there, there's nowhere you'd rather be.
  23. It keeps surprising us, mainly by being consistently smarter and sadder than inspirational-teacher movies usually let themselves be.
  24. It's an exquisitely crafted period picture that keeps promising more and more as it goes along--smarter ideas, richer themes, spookier plot twists--and keeps delivering on every promise, right up until the rug-pulling and overly hasty final sequence.
  25. Peter O'Toole is magisterial, blustering and sublime: His half-deaf duke still has a touch of Lawrence of Arabia's showstopping power.
  26. The movie is both clever and ruthless at exposing the ratings board's inconsistencies and hypocrisy.
  27. The final minute of the movie is one of the most bleak, and moving, endings I've seen in years.
  28. To me, the movie feels like a small but ingeniously crafted gift.

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