The A.V. Club's Scores

For 5,356 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Ponyo
Lowest review score: 0 Sorority Boys
Score distribution:
5,356 movie reviews
  1. No one writes for ensembles better than Apatow, and his players are all skilled at giving his work a loose, improvisational feel.
  2. Corey Haim plus Corey Feldman plus Joel Schumacher doesn't seem like a foolproof formula for a good movie, but when the three oft-maligned figures united for 1987's horror-comedy The Lost Boys, the result was briskly entertaining.
  3. The affection audiences feel for A Christmas Story is related to the holiday spirit, yes, but specifically to Clark and Shepherd's awareness of how the true meaning of Christmas manifests in the real world, where a warm meal on a cold, dark day—and a surprising moment of parental grace—can ease a troubled mind.
  4. A peculiar and destabilizing tone that's far from the standard Hollywood oater, but entirely fitting for two larger-than-life characters fulfilling their roles in history.
  5. If nothing else, the film puts the lie to the notion that an abortion could ever be frivolous or lightly considered. On that point, everyone in Lake Of Fire agrees, whether they acknowledge the other side or not.
  6. The ultimate vision here is of a hard world in which civilization is the aberration, and the things we fear are always waiting for an excuse to make life normal again.
  7. Anderson's uncompromising masterpiece will continue to resonate as a harrowing cautionary warning to a country with oil pumping through its veins, clouding its judgment and coarsening its soul.
  8. Burton brings his signature visual style, and a pair of stock players for his stars, into this film adaptation, but he wisely follows Sondheim's lead, letting the music and spirit of the original piece show the way.
  9. 4 Months unfolds like one of those street-level Dardenne brothers movies (Rosetta, L'Enfant).
  10. With Standard Operating Procedure, the Iraq War finally has its Hearts And Minds.
  11. It's Pixar's most daring experiment to date, but it still fits neatly into the studio's pantheon: Made with as much focus on heart as on visual quality, it's a sheer joy.
  12. The film's capes and cowls suggest one genre, but it's a metropolis-sized tragedy at heart.
  13. It may be painful at times, but Rachel Getting Married sure is one heck of a party.
  14. At bottom, Silent Light is less about faith than matters of the heart, and in Reygadas' hands, the ache is bone-deep.
  15. The results are nothing short of magical.
  16. It’s essentially a stroll through a fantastically detailed pastel world, in which the plot is little more than an excuse for Miyazaki to dive into a world teeming with colorful (and sometimes prehistoric) life.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The movie seems like a perfect found object, as if it had always existed and was just waiting to be uncovered.
  17. The film evolves into a simple, intimate, acutely emotional portrait of a family reaching a painful crossroads.
  18. The film never lets banter, visual gags, or the usual manic kid-flick running about interfere with its more delicately handled thoughts on loyalty, longing, broken relationships, and generational continuity. It honestly earns its emotion, moment by painstakingly executed moment.
  19. There are many layers to the man and the movie, and it’s hard not to leave the theater shaken.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The result is not to make the emperor sympathetic so much as it is to tug at the mask of despotic glory. In the end, he is only a man.
  20. Haneke’s latest is essentially an inquiry into the roots of a certain kind of evil.
  21. Granik has no taste for noir archness, opting for a chilly, shot-on-decaying-locations naturalism that feels as lived-in as Lawrence's performance.
  22. It's an exhilaratingly unpredictable experience, and not an easy one to shake.
  23. It's an emotionally claustrophobic drama, played with frayed nerves and raw emotions, and it serves as an unrelenting glimpse into relationship hell. It could easily have devolved into sweaty, pretentious melodrama or ersatz John Cassavetes if Cianfrance and his actors didn't maintain perfect control over the material.
  24. A moving, gently reassuring tale that softens the boundaries between humanity and nature, life and the afterlife.
  25. Though it's dominated by two people walking and talking, after a point it's as difficult to parse what's real and what's constructed in Certified Copy as it is in the home stretch of "Inception" (although "Before Sunset" and Roberto Rossellini's "Journey To Italy" provide closer models).
  26. Meticulous and immersive, Meek's Cutoff feels like history in three dimensions.
  27. In terms of scale, The Tree Of Life recalls the mammoth ambition of Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey," but it's also more intimate and personal than Malick's previous films, rooted in vivid memories of growing up in '50s Texas.
  28. Poignant and powerful, complex and melancholy, the film ends with rehearsals for yet another money-grubbing comeback tour.

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