Slate's Scores

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For 1,523 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 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Score distribution:
1,523 movie reviews
  1. A gratifyingly slick and fast-moving Flemish thriller, directed by Erik Van Looy, with superb acting.
  2. Certainly the most genteel film Cronenberg has ever made, with period costumes worthy of Merchant/Ivory, no gore, and very little physical violence. But A Dangerous Method doesn't feel like a wimp-out or a sell-out at all. It's a fiercely thoughtful film, a movie of ideas that understands how powerful ideas can be.
  3. Like Someone in Love is a movie that never quite lets you through to the other side of the glass, but it’s dazzling to watch whatever drifts by on the surface.
  4. A brainy weave of satire and fantasy.
  5. That rare mainstream cop thriller that refuses to telegraph its outcome in the first 15 minutes or, for much of its running time, to tell you how to feel about its protagonists.
  6. Return to Paradise doesn't boast many surprises. It's straight-on, morally uncomplicated. Emotionally, though, it's dense and twisty -- and smashingly potent.
  7. 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.
  8. Beat by beat, Mamet turns out an immaculately staged, crisply paced, and elegantly acted movie. It's also a tad bloodless, but you can't have everything.
  9. Like a film noir siren Gone Girl is beautiful, sexy, and fascinatingly mean — a nasty but estimable piece of work.
  10. The TV Set is a little wonder of a movie, as smart and sad and true as any comedy I've seen this year.
  11. Hathaway transcends her usual complacency in this role and resists the temptation of using Kym's (and her own) wounded-bird appeal to let the character off the hook.
  12. In Cuarón's hands, the world of Harry Potter doesn't feel like a synthetic movie theme park anymore. It's almost real, Hogwarts and all.
  13. Rather than a birds’-eye procedural about a complex international mission, it’s a close-up of that mission from the point of view of the participant who understands it the least.
  14. There are a lot of stale -- and nefarious -- clichés in 8 Mile, but most of the time they're overwhelmed by the pulsing, grinding, hopped-up camerawork and the soulful star turn of Eminem.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Oddly enough, it's when the action of Ong Bak 2 stops that this funkadelic freakshow shines. The screen is stuffed with a gallery of grotesques, some of Thailand's best character actors, who spend their time bleeding, bellowing, and slurping up eyeballs.
  15. Mulholland Drive isn't a "puzzle" like "Memento," in which the pieces (sort of) fit together. There are some pieces here that will never fit -- except maybe in Lynch's unconscious. And yet -- and yet -- this distinctly Hollywood nightmare makes a deeper kind of sense.
  16. Young Adult doesn't fully work, but it's still one of the year's most memorable movies.
  17. As for Bardem: How can I do him justice? He is normally the most robustly physical of actors, with a plummy voice and an insolent sensuality. To see him immobile, ashen, his hair gone, de-bodyized: It's agonizing.
  18. Roberts has her most galvanic role, and she's sensationally appealing.
  19. A charming, hyper-energetic, and wittily self-aware action comedy about gorgeous girls.
  20. The film's best moments are the quiet ones in which Oldman's ironically named Smiley provides the story with its wise, unsmiling soul.
  21. A wonderful movie, observant and hilarious and full of sad and beautiful truths.
  22. Intimacy doesn’t answer the question, which makes it all the more tantalizing: This is an emotional puzzle movie.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Bill Cunningham captured here is a puckish, eightysomething man with electric energy and a wish to devour all of New York through his camera lens.
  23. Has a soft windup, but along the way are some of the best-constructed slapstick sequences since "There's Something About Mary."
  24. Never loses sight of its mission to be as silly, bawdy, and entertaining as possible.
  25. Wholly unnecessary but highly enjoyable.
  26. hilarious, sometimes rueful, and strangely hip documentary.
  27. It's all too neatly staged to make for dynamic cinema, even if the dialogue does crackle with a delicious nastiness.
  28. Fluid and lyrical and thoroughly transporting.

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