Slate's Scores

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For 1,453 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 Alien (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Life Is Beautiful
Score distribution:
1,453 movie reviews
  1. In dramatic terms, Osama couldn't be much simpler. The director is aiming for a sort of tone poem of repression, the girl robbed first of her childhood, then of her burgeoning womanhood.
  2. A fascinatingly strange and chaotic ballet set to familiar noir motifs.
  3. Fluid and lyrical and thoroughly transporting.
  4. The mixture of cartoony stylization and regional realism is completely original--and a testament to the genius eye for color of the great cinematographer Roger Deakins and the designer Dennis Gassner.
  5. For all its relative subtlety, Kill Bill, Vol. 2 remains a cartoon: Its wit is broadsword rather than rapier, and its motives are elemental. The banter is second-tier Tarantino: a cut above his imitators, but below the standard set by "Pulp Fiction" and "Jackie Brown."
  6. It's fun to see actors doing what they do and to see them through the eyes of a director.
  7. Fey's comic gifts mesh with Wiseman's first-hand research, and the wit becomes dazzling.
  8. Gojira is no masterpiece, but it has the power of a masterpiece: It's the most emotionally authentic fake monster movie ever made.
  9. Super-entertaining, super-disgusting documentary.
  10. Living Out Loud becomes an ode to openness, to letting in everything that the world throws at you.
  11. 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.
  12. The bad news is that Before Sunset is not as delirious an experience as its predecessor. The good news is that it's wonderful anyway, and in ways that tell us something about our romance with "Before Sunrise."
  13. Everything we love about biblical-movie kitsch is here, only concentrated and heightened.
  14. The whole movie, of course, is a setting for its jewel, Catalina Sandino Moreno as Maria: With her clear, round eyes, long dark hair, and radiant transparency, she brings to mind two of the loveliest ingénues of the last quarter-century -- Meg Tilly and Jennifer Connelly.
  15. I could quibble with the conventionally romantic ending and a couple of small but not-so-cosmetic alterations, but on the whole, this is just how I'd always imagined one of my favorite comic novels should look and sound.
  16. If his (Zhang's) fight scenes don't fully intoxicate, though, his color and compositional rigor compensate for much. See Hero on the biggest screen you can find, and sit close enough for all that spiraling silk to tickle your nostril hairs.
  17. A thriller that isn't kinky isn't much of a thriller. And Cellular has the best kinky phone gimmick since "Sorry, Wrong Number" (1948).
  18. Breezy, brief, and often a howl.
  19. Private Parts is so riotous that you almost don't remember how unfunny Stern can be on his radio show.
  20. I laughed all the way through Team America: Scene by scene, it's uproarious.
  21. The downside to all this stylishness: that A Very Long Engagement is Amélie Goes to War.
  22. But Cate Blanchett ... ahhhh. She doesn't impersonate Katharine Hepburn, she channels her.
  23. 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.
  24. Cheadle is extraordinary.
  25. The Woodsman should be pretty intolerable, but the writing-line by line-is heartfelt and probing, the direction gives the actors room to stretch out, and the performances are miraculous.
  26. This Merchant of Venice comes roaring to life--when it stops, in effect, apologizing for its terrible anti-Semitic worldview and just gives itself over to some of the most furious courtroom drama ever written.
  27. Unexpectedly delectable.
  28. A truly unformulaic comedy of lust and greed, a farce that seems to write itself, slap-happily, as it goes along.
  29. Somehow, Assisted Living jells. Maggie Riley is astoundingly convincing, and she and Bonsignore's Todd have an unforced chemistry that catches you off guard.
  30. Isn't as campy or as unhinged as the delightful Bailey and Barbato Tammy Faye Baker documentary, "The Eyes of Tammy Faye"; it's more like your standard HBO documentary (and HBO co-produced). But it's extremely entertaining.

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