The Guardian's Scores

For 1,856 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 1.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Heaven's Gate
Lowest review score: 20 To the Bone
Score distribution:
1856 movie reviews
  1. A riveting excursion into fear and loathing on the campaign trail.
  2. Ex Libris rolls out like a collection of short films.... It’s like watching Wiseman skip along through the stacks of all accumulated human knowledge.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Telling a nearly three-hour story with an ending everyone knows, Bigelow and Boal have managed to craft one of the most intense and intellectually challenging films of the year.
  3. It is not free of plot-holes...but what a supremely stylish and watchable picture it is.
  4. It’s a thrilling, deeply necessary work that opens up a much-needed and rarely approached on-screen conversation about the nature of gay masculinity.
  5. There is such pure delicious pleasure in this film, in its strangeness, its vehemence, its flourishes of absurdity, carried off with superb elegance.
  6. The film, with its transcendentally beautiful visuals...is a rich and rewarding experience. [1 Sept. 2011]
  7. In Hall, [Campos] has the perfect actor to convey Chubbuck’s internal struggle in a manner that’s devastating.
  8. It is a beautifully acted, exquisitely considered chamber drama of subtlety and nuance: spellbindingly tender and utterly involving
  9. Call Me By Your Name is a masterful work because of the specificity of its details.
  10. Stark, visceral and unrelenting, 12 Years a Slave is not just a great film but a necessary one.
  11. This movie looks and feels superb, it is pure couture cinema. But there is also a excess of richness and bombast and for all its sleekness I felt that the spark of emotion was being hidden, and there is a kind of frustration in the operatic sadness.
  12. A stirring classic.
  13. It is a masterpiece of black-comic bad taste and a positive carnival of transgression. The secret is the deadpan seriousness with which everything is treated.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Levinson has always been acutely interested in the minutiae of human behaviour, and it's this concern that makes The Bay the triumph that it is.
  14. The Look of Silence — like The Act of Killing — is arresting and important film-making.
  15. Andrei Zvyagintsev’s Loveless is a stark, mysterious and terrifying story of spiritual catastrophe: a drama with the ostensible form of a procedural crime thriller. It has a hypnotic intensity and unbearable ambiguity which is maintained until the very end.
  16. Brilliantly written, terrifically acted, superbly designed and shot; it's a sweet, sad, funny picture about the lost world of folk music which effortlessly immerses us in the period.
  17. Under the Skin is perhaps best viewed as an icy parable of love, sex and loneliness.
  18. This Is Not a Film is a compelling personal document, a quietly passionate statement of artistic intent, and an uncompromising testament to his belief in cinema.
  19. It’s deeply silly but uproariously entertaining. At the end, I almost felt guilty for enjoying it all quite so much - almost.
  20. The idea of sacrifice permeates everything, along with the cruelty and horror. This is Cimino's masterpiece.
  21. Amy
    It is an overwhelming story, and despite everyone knowing the ending, it is as gripping as a thriller: Kapadia has fashioned and shaped it with masterly flair.
  22. Citizenfour is a gripping record of how our rulers are addicted to gaining more and more power and control over us – if we let them.
  23. It could be the finest hour for both of its lead actors.
  24. Some elements seem grotesquely dated, but this restoration of the 1939 classic finds the film as powerful and mad as ever.
  25. It’s a singular vision from an uncompromising director that happens to be about one of the most famous women in American history. Jackie is not Oscar bait – it’s great cinema.
  26. This is a dark, uncompromising film, thrillingly original and distinctive, with a visionary passion. It is a movie against which all directors, and all moviegoers, will want to measure themselves.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is one of the finest films about the process of movie-making, a bleak, complex work that gives Travolta his most challenging role.
  27. As horror it is ridiculous, as comedy it is startling and hilarious, and as a machine for freaking you out it is a thing of wonder.

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