Slate's Scores

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For 1,418 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: 61
Highest review score: 100 The World's End
Lowest review score: 0 I'm Still Here
Score distribution:
1,418 movie reviews
  1. A completely different kind of animated movie that, even more than "Ratatouille," reimagines what the medium can do.
  2. For a story that's all about the harnessing of fateful chthonic forces, Paul Thomas Anderson has dug deeper than ever before, and struck black gold.
  3. Nolan turns the Manichean morality of comic books--pure good vs. pure evil--into a bleak post-9/11 allegory about how terror (and, make no mistake, Heath Ledger's Joker is a terrorist) breaks down those reassuring moral categories.
  4. Gus Van Sant and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black pull off something very close to magic. They make a film that's both historically precise and as graceful, unpredictable, and moving as a good fiction film--that is to say, a work of art.
  5. This unassuming movie will nail you to your seat.
  6. Up
    Up is Pixar's most ambitious attempt yet to take animation to higher (and deeper) places than it's been before, and Giacchino's sprightly music keeps the whole thing, impossibly, aloft.
  7. A film of great intelligence and quiet assurance, Goodbye Solo exhilarates without ever trafficking in easy uplift.
  8. After The Hurt Locker (which is without question the most exciting and least ideological movie yet made about the war in Iraq), everyone will remember Renner's name.
  9. Brilliantly nasty little horror film.
  10. You don't want to watch this movie, you want to climb inside it and play.
  11. A Serious Man is an exquisitely realized work; the filmmakers' technical mastery of their craft, always impressive, has become absolute. The script reads like a novel, densely allusive, funny, and terse.
  12. The rare film about the life of an artist that is itself a work of art.
  13. It's funny--bleakly, blackly so at times, but also tenderly funny with flashes of genuine compassion. The Maid is among the best films I've seen this year.
  14. On first viewing, Crazy Heart seemed like a pretty good movie with one great performance. After a second time through, it's sneaking up on the title of my favorite film of the year.
  15. Qualifies as one of my favorite movies of all time. This 1932 masterpiece, now digitally restored with retranslated subtitles and a newly recorded score, is a silent film that doesn't feel silent at all.
  16. 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.
  17. If you're interested in the history of the human race-if you're a member of the human race-you owe it to yourself to see this movie.
  18. See it because it's f---ing hilarious.
  19. Asghar Farhadi's A Separation serves as a quiet reminder of how good it's possible for movies to be.
  20. Fruitvale Station’s wrenching power lies in the specificity of its storytelling and the ordinary human warmth of the world it conjures. You walk out of it, not shaking your head over an abstract social problem, but grieving the senseless death of one flawed, complex, tragically young man.
  21. The World’s End not only makes a more than worthy conclusion to the Cornetto trilogy — it stands on its own as one of the sharpest, saddest and wisest comedies of the year.
  22. The way that Redford’s character — who for all his namelessness and near-wordlessness emerges as a distinct character, a calm, pragmatic, curious man with a dry sense of humor — struggles with that ultimate question is the beating heart of All is Lost, which somewhere in its second hour goes from being a good movie to being a great one.
  23. A grave screwball comedy. Its gags aren't just hilarious -- they have a weighty, plaintive soul.
  24. A monument to process -- to the minutiae of making art -- Topsy-Turvy leaves you upside down and breathless.
  25. Went down like a slice of warm pecan pie topped with two scoops of Ben and Jerry's Bovinity Divinity.
  26. A hilarious, poignant, lovingly ironic celebration of (Tammy Faye Bakker's) rise and fall and her refusal to be broken.
  27. Beat by beat, scene by scene, gorgeous...at times emotionally devastating.
  28. The world didn't need a remake of The Thomas Crown Affair. We didn't need it, but we got it anyway -- and it's pretty terrific.
  29. Gorgeously silly.
  30. Not enough happens in it. And yet everything happens in it.

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