The Guardian's Scores

For 1,796 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 1 point lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Call Me by Your Name
Lowest review score: 20 Dead Man Down
Score distribution:
1796 movie reviews
  1. There are always some laughs to be had here, and Ben Stiller’s couture legend now has an endearingly muppety look.
  2. The real-time agony of the wedding day itself has an edge-of-the-seat factor, and Kooler gives a sensitive, emotionally generous performance.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Non-stop is the flimsiest of black box recorders, by contrast, that never threatens to make even intermittent sense, but it hangs together on the bulky shoulders of its star.
  3. Perhaps a more unassuming genre director would have tightened this movie’s cables a little, so that it had more tension and less revulsion. At all events, it delivers some nasty shocks.
  4. The movie's apocalyptic finale indicates that it's bitten off considerably more than it can chew in terms of ideas, but it looks good, and the story rattles along.
  5. There are no prizes for guessing what happens, but it’s a smart scary movie that relies on atmosphere and characterisation – not just jump-scares – for its effect.
  6. In keeping with the spirit of Sebald's writing, Gee's film is teasing, elegant and perhaps inevitably unresolved: an invitation as opposed to a destination.
  7. As a bit of anthropology offering a glimpse into Tibetan life today, it’s perfectly serviceable.
  8. It is a strange slo-mo farce, well directed, highly sexualised – shallow, but sleek.
  9. Even though The Wave is fiction, there comes a point where it ceases to be nail-biting fun and just an exercise in voyeuristic cruelty.
  10. It’s tough to take all the hardcore emoting seriously, particularly as the emotional heavy lifting is designed to be done by the occasional maudlin line in brief pauses between the explosions. For a film so concerned with its characters’ inner lives, there’s a fundamental disconnect going on here – enough to make you yearn for the lighter touch of the Marvel films.
  11. A sweet yet suspect romantic drama.
  12. I suspect a previous, wackier idea for the film was ditched in favour of a slick promotional video about their jaw-dropping global tour, but I also have to admit that this is a rather watchable record of a phenomenon.
  13. There's romance and tragedy, but little depth and no nuance.
  14. If Rise of the Guardians is finally never more than the sum of its parts, the parts themselves have real appeal.
  15. It is half turkey, half triumph.
  16. It’s a spectacular movie, watchable in its way, but one which – quite apart from the “whitewashing” debate – sacrifices that aspect from the original which over 20 years has won it its hardcore of fans: the opaque cult mystery, which this film is determined to solve and to develop into a resolution, closed yet franchisable.
  17. It's a likable scary story – with hints of Tim Burton and Steven Spielberg.
  18. The movie needed some more detachment – and brevity – but Wahlberg shows once again he has the comedy chops.
  19. This movie sure means well, and it’s just entertaining enough to (slightly) slip off the shackles of the great cultural conformity factory it ultimately represents.
  20. Gondry's argument – that pack mentality crushes individual expression – follows a similarly predictable route, but there's enough of his signature playfulness (especially in the use of mobile-phone footage to present flashbacks) to keep the journey entertaining.
  21. Whether you like this movie may depend very materially on how you respond to Franco himself, but I found his casting very astute.
  22. There are laughs found in almost every scene, though not many big ones. There’s also the problem that no amount of parody can top the real thing.
  23. Deeply strange and politically incorrect, ­baffling, and often funny.
  24. Various colourful characters including Freeway Rick Ross, the man who invented crack, and ex-cop Barry Cooper explain the tricks of the trade, but none of it will be news to anyone who's watched "Breaking Bad" or "The Wire."
  25. We get one or two outrageous sight gags and massive "getting progressively drunk" montages, and some neatly managed comedy on the laugh-with/laugh-at borderline.
  26. This is a case of good acting saving a movie from its own poor choices.
  27. The world needs people like Foley, and this film argues that cameras are every bit as important as firearms in the current struggle. This movie, despite its somewhat simplistic form, acts as a fine tribute to the man, his work and the bravery of others who are called to his field.
  28. [Jason Statham] has some nice, relaxed moments with onscreen daughter Izabela Vidovic, and gets to fulfil half his audience's fantasies in wiping the smirk from James Franco's face.
  29. All told The Zookeeper’s Wife is a story worth telling, even if there are a good number of not-so-hot spots along the way.

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