Slate's Scores

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For 1,609 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 Metallica: Some Kind of Monster
Lowest review score: 0 Life Is Beautiful
Score distribution:
1609 movie reviews
  1. You don't want to watch this movie, you want to climb inside it and play.
  2. The movie we've been waiting for all year: a comedy that doesn't take cheap shots, a drama that doesn't manipulate, a movie of ideas that doesn't preach. It's a rich, layered, juicy film, with quiet revelations punctuated by big laughs.
  3. The Babadook creates tension not with jump scares or chase sequences but with judicious editing and slow-burn suspense—that is, until it descends into a final half-hour of harrowing emotional and physical intensity, an extended climax that made me gasp aloud, hide my eyes, and weep at least twice.
  4. As the couple’s widening rift exposes the gender and class assumptions that underlie their marriage... Force Majeure morphs into a biting critique of modern masculinity, of traditional parenting roles, and possibly of the institution of marriage itself.
  5. A clever, vividly imagined, consistently funny, eye-poppingly pretty and oddly profound movie … about Legos.
  6. This is the most intoxicatingly beautiful martial arts picture I've ever seen.
  7. It's hard to think of another American film with this range of moods: satirical, sometimes hilarious, yet suffused with a sense of loss and riddled with the kind of violence that makes you recoil and lean forward simultaneously.
  8. Watching the opening of A Hard Day's Night is like getting a direct injection of happiness.
  9. Mr. Turner does resemble "Topsy-Turvy" in its meticulous yet vibrant recreation of the past and its ever-expanding thematic amplitude. This is a movie not only about one particular artist, but about art as both a field of human endeavor and an object of shifting cultural and economic value.
  10. Brilliantly nasty little horror film.
  11. The director Todd Haynes and the novelist Patricia Highsmith fit together like a hand and glove - a beautifully manicured hand and a sleek gray-green leather glove, two images that figure prominently in Carol.
  12. Master and Commander hooks you from its nifty opening salvo to its nifty closing punch line.
  13. May not be the single best movie I've seen so far this year--though it's certainly a contender for the title--but it's without doubt the most surprising.
  14. Britain's diplomatic corps may be as clueless and impotent as In the Loop suggests, but British comedians are fully capable of taking over the world.
  15. Even when you're able to guess the next calamity, it's still a shock in its ejaculatory intensity. The Farrellys never throw in the towel. Pretentious Sundance independents could learn a lot from such pistols.
  16. It's the human struggle that makes this a sci-fi masterpiece.
  17. Not enough happens in it. And yet everything happens in it.
  18. This is finally the zombie flick as cautionary political tale, and as humanist parable. It's not the flesh-gouging zombie we have to worry about, the filmmakers suggest, but the soul-gouging zombie within.
  19. Riveting and so suggestive that you can't consume it passively: You have to brood on it.
  20. It strides above its crudeness like a colossus. It's smart people telling dumb jokes with a brilliant sense of irony. Anchorman gives you permission to laugh like an idiot.
  21. The smartest, funniest, and best-looking sci-fi comedy since the movies learned to morph.
  22. My first viewing left me dazzled but slightly confused; a second deeply impressed; a third rhapsodic. I wish I hadn't needed to rediagram it in my head to turn it into the masterpiece it so obviously wants to be.
  23. A near-perfect piece of popular entertainment, a children's classic.
  24. The movie is so Burtonesque that it verges on self-parody--but it's fun and stunningly beautiful anyway.
  25. No
    It’s the rare political satire that can sound the depths of irony as No does and still end on a note of ambivalent hope.
  26. Though Sweetgrass has moments of great beauty, the film is never nostalgic or idealizing about its human or ovine subjects. It shows the relationship of human and domesticated animal—and the relationship of both to nature—as a productive and symbiotic yet often brutal struggle.
  27. The Ram is sometimes--often, even--a manipulative, self-pitying man, but Rourke and Aronofsky paint his portrait with a rigorous dignity.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Who's this movie for, again? No matter: It's impossible to find more joy in the dark at the moment.
  28. Taxi is a subversive piece of underground filmmaking; for all its lighthearted banter and formal playfulness, the film maintains an undercurrent of anxiety and danger.
  29. Almost to a one, the people Guest casts are virtuosos, and he lets them hit notes they can't hit anywhere else.

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