The Guardian's Scores

For 1,927 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 0.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Threads
Lowest review score: 20 The Dinner
Score distribution:
1927 movie reviews
  1. Once upon a time, this wackiness had some novelty value. Now it’s tedious.
  2. For all of Mills’s cinematic tricks, he’s emerging as a great realist film-maker.
  3. Pure uncompromising yuckiness is what this comedy delivers. A grossout smack in the face. Deplorable. Unspeakable. Often funny.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Blinky’s cranked-to-11 embrace of Australianisms feels a little tacky, like looking inside one of those city shops that flog kangaroo keyrings and green and gold bucket hats. But it’s nevertheless refreshing to see an Australian movie so heart-on-sleeve about expressing national character.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There’s a soothing Altmanesque drift about this French drama.
  4. The complicated web of narrator-switches, flashbacks and POV-shifts seems clotted and Emily Blunt – usually so witty and stylish – is landed with a whingy, relentlessly weepy role in which her nose hardly ever resumes its natural colour.
  5. Clinton, Inc.’s director, Bill Baber, can’t even slander a dead woman without coming off like an idiot.
  6. A few small hiccups aside, 13th is very much not a Michael Moore film. It is organised, detailed and powerful.
  7. Masterminds is a bit of an interesting case study, as it is basically a Coen brothers film but put through a mechanism that removes all the wit, visual style or excitement. In its place are tortuously dull set-pieces, rambling dialogue and banal stagings.
  8. Macdonald grants us insight into the process and, as expected, it’s hardly as haphazard as sceptics might think.
  9. Split goes all-in on McAvoy slipping from persona to persona, and luckily he’s got the acting chops to sell it.
  10. Fire at Sea is masterly film-making.
  11. We get the playfulness of seeing quirky magic powers mixed with the familiarity of how a time loop plays out. Add in Burton’s authorial visual stamp and what we’ve got is an extremely pleasing formula. It gels as Tim Burton’s best (non-musical) live-action movie for 20 years.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    31
    A cinematic Jägerbomb: definitely not good for you, but gets the job done.
  12. Pesce asks viewers to go along with the absurdity while offering nothing to justify any of it. It’s a murder ballad gone out of tune.
  13. Everything about this picture is at such a deliberate arm’s length that it is hard to know what is meant to be whimsical and what is serious melodrama.
  14. It’s a carefully balanced and frightening film with Knox a terrifyingly unknowable character at the grisly centre.
  15. Some critics have expressed reservations about melodrama and overworked symbolism, but I found it gripping, with an edge of delirium.
  16. In all honesty The Untamed doesn’t seem to go anywhere special. But connoisseurs of oddness may cherish it.
  17. Maybe any biopic risks naïveté in suggesting the agony of postwar Africa can be soothed by a love story about a handsome prince. But this movie has candour, heartfelt self-belief, and an unfashionable conviction that love conquers all - though not immediately.
  18. At its core, it’s really just a workplace love story that grows increasingly uninterested in its plucky heroine’s journey in favour of hitting familiar rom-com notes – and to give audiences another reason to love Bill Nighy.
  19. Sheridan’s take on the material is solidly made but sorely lacking in subtlety.
  20. For what is, in essence, a by-numbers Disney sports flick, there’s endless freshness and vivacity to Mira Nair’s picture – her best in years.
  21. There’s something rather dusty about The Promise as George pushes his characters through a string of soapy machinations that feel incredibly familiar.
  22. At a tight 72 minutes, the film is a quick and dazzling burst of pleasure, pulling together so many opposing visuals, ideas and genres and coming up with something dazzling as a result.
  23. Kasper Collin’s I Called Him Morgan isn’t just the greatest jazz documentary since Let’s Get Lost, it’s a documentary-as-jazz.
  24. Ozon is often at his best when working with women, and he has a fabulous talent in Paula Beer to bring his protagonist, Anna, to vivid life. She’s stunning in the role.
  25. Under the workmanlike direction of Mick Jackson (The Bodyguard), what should have been a rousing and ragingly topical crowdpleaser, instead feels more like a Lifetime movie.
  26. Given the bizarro conceit, there’s something surprisingly, and frustratingly, safe about the film.
  27. This odd, nasty yet rather funny little film tears apart ideas of sisterhood and female friendship and replaces them with burning hate and gratuitous violence.

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