Slate's Scores

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For 1,475 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 0.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Persepolis
Lowest review score: 0 Life Is Beautiful
Score distribution:
1,475 movie reviews
  1. This is an amazing movie.
  2. The best American movie of the year. Has a subtext so powerful that it reaches out and pulls you under. Even when the surface is tranquil, you know in your guts what's at stake.
  3. Isn't just the most explosively entertaining movie musical in a couple of decades. It's going to be the most influential: the one that inspires the rebirth of the Hollywood musical.
  4. An unassuming gem: an impishly funny, melancholy, absolutely delightful English ensemble drama.
  5. American satire rarely comes more winning than Election, an exuberantly caustic comedy that shows the symbiotic relationship between political go-get-'em-ism and moral backsliding.
  6. Watching the opening of A Hard Day's Night is like getting a direct injection of happiness.
  7. The best film of 2002.
  8. Igby Goes Down got a reaction from me: I think it's the movie of the year. I squirmed, I laughed a lot.
  9. The best movie of the last several years: the most evocative, the most mysterious, the most inconsolably devastating.
  10. 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.
  11. The exhilaration is slow to build. It doesn't come from any one thing but from countless crosscurrents, tiny bits of color that fill out the portrait.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A desolate, fast, funny, scary film, and it takes more risks than any recent film.
  12. Fashioned by a buff, The Lord of the Rings is a banquet for the buff in us all. I left exhausted, happy, intoxicated.
  13. By the climax, we can hardly breathe -- The outcome is less important than our utter and complete empathy with this man. As we await what he does, we breathe with him, in and out. This is an astonishing movie.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The scariest movie in history is actually a bit shy. The subtle, romantic score by Jerry Goldsmith is what keeps the tension at a simmer.
  14. It might be the cinema's most astonishing holy war film. The Lord of the Rings took seven years and an army of gifted artists to execute, and the striving of its makers is in every splendid frame. It's more than a movie--it's a gift.
  15. This is the best movie I've seen in a decade. For once it's no hyperbole to say, "Unforgettable!"
  16. The fact that Duvall gives such a glorious performance in The Apostle is likely to distract people from the fact that he has also written and directed a glorious movie--the most vivid and radiantly made of 1997.
  17. The band's implosion and reassembly makes for one of the most marvelous rock documentaries of all time.
  18. A collage of pain that breaks over you like a wave. Every second you can feel the cost to Caouette of what he's showing: The sounds and the images are like a pipeline from his unconscious to the screen.
  19. This is the most intoxicatingly beautiful martial arts picture I've ever seen.
  20. I loved it. Or, to put it another way, I loved it, I loved it, I loved it. I loved every gorgeous sick disgusting ravishing overbaked blood-spurting artificial frame of it.
  21. An absolutely magical fusion of deadpan Ealing comedy and Gothic horror.
  22. No, I couldn't be more pleased with what the screenwriter, Steven Kloves, and the director, Mike Newell, have wrought this time.
  23. Munich is the most potent, the most vital, the best movie of the year.
  24. Wildly funny. Its best jokes approach some savage, atavistic core of cultural taboo and make the viewer wonder: Is it really possible to laugh at this? But by the time you formulate that question, it's too late: You're already laughing.
  25. It's an intricate, ambiguous and deeply satisfying movie, a tautly plotted tale of state surveillance and personal betrayal that ultimately becomes an ode to the transformative power of art.
  26. I don't just mean it's one of the best movies of the past six years. Children of Men, based on the 1992 novel by P.D. James, is the movie of the millennium because it's about our millennium, with its fractured, fearful politics and random bursts of violence and terror.
  27. Feels fresher, leaner, and faster than any action movie in years.
  28. Offers the rare pleasure of watching a major director return to his own material and rework it 30 years later. This story of a pitiful jewel heist gone so profoundly wrong that it approaches the scope of Greek tragedy isn't quite a remake of "Dog Day Afternoon."

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