The Guardian's Scores

For 831 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 39% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 58% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Let's Get Lost
Lowest review score: 20 The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 54 out of 831
831 movie reviews
  1. There is release at the end of this fine film, but no euphoria; just a sense of having come through a period of evil, the memory of whose darkness will never entirely lift.
  2. The co-operation between Wenders and Salgado Jr works well, mixing the former's heavyweight presence as both interviewer and storyteller, and the latter's ability to harvest intimate, deep-buried subtleties that may otherwise not have seen the light of day. Together they have made a moving tribute to a peerless talent.
  3. Dreams of a Life is a painful film, a Christmas film with no feelgood message, but one which I think would in fact have interested Charles Dickens. Watching it is an almost claustrophobic experience, but a very powerful and moving one.
  4. It's a film to leave you reeling but cheered, too. It's about battling love, as well as illness. A universal story, extracted from a unique one.
  5. Joe
    Joe also stands as a reminder of what a terrific actor Cage can be when he is able to harness and channel his wilder impulses.
  6. The Lunchbox is perfectly handled and beautifully acted; a quiet storm of banked emotions.
  7. The Dictator isn't going to win awards and it isn't as hip as Borat. Big goofy outrageous laughs is what it has to offer.
  8. In the Fog is an intense, slow-burning and haunting drama.
  9. It's a gem: gentle, eccentric, possessed of a distinctive sort of innocence – and also charming and funny.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is the rare movie that realises that individuals are the sum of formative experiences some good, some bad, and some productive in their devastation.
  10. About Elly confirms Farhadi's shrewd judgment of pace, dramatic technique and formal control of an ensemble cast.
  11. The endlessly prolific Takashi Miike returns with this superbly acted revenger's tragedy.
  12. What The End of the Tour tries to sell, and sells well, is that Wallace’s big heart was just not made for these times.
  13. Follow the film-maker. Let him lead you by the nose. Lanthimos knows exactly where he's going.
  14. Calin Peter Netzer's Child's Pose is a gripping new drama from Romania and another demonstration of how that country's new wave is developing a distinctive kind of real-time slice-of-life cinema with characterisation in extreme, pitiless closeup.
  15. White God works as an ambiguous satire of power relations generally: eventually the lower orders will rise up. The film has a flair and a bite which I have found lacking in Mundruczó's earlier films.
  16. Gloria is a sad, painful romantic story.
  17. Its main focus is the sparky, shifting relationship between its two protagonists and its trump card the startling chemistry between its two main stars.
  18. A gripping documentary.
  19. Beasts of the Southern Wild is a vividly poetic and maybe even therapeutic response to one of the most painful and mortifying episodes in modern American history, second only to 9/11.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Alternately rueful and whimsical documentary.
  20. Despite the presence of grandfatherly Michael Caine, Kingsman’s tone is about as far from the Christopher Nolan-style superhero film as you can get. Verisimilitude is frequently traded in for a rich laugh. The action scenes delight with shock humour.
  21. An unexpected joy.
  22. People are unlikely to charge out of the cinema with quite the same level of glee as they did in 2009; but this is certainly an astute, exhilarating concoction.
  23. The robust acting and sharp sense of the Bay Area milieu glides us nicely over the film's few soft patches.
  24. The soundtrack's ironic bent might dissuade older viewers (Simple Minds are venerated), but they'd be missing out on one of the best musical comedies since A Mighty Wind. The song's the same, but Pitch Perfect is a great cover version.
  25. The film is unafraid of emotion, unafraid of plunging into basic human ideas: the need for trust, and the search for love.
  26. Vallée, in collaboration with screenwriter Nick Hornby, gives the film its energy by pulling the narrative apart. They create a two-hour hallucinatory montage of the hike and Cheryl's back story that's wound together with the songs, phrases and poetry that she recited to herself as she walked.
  27. The casefile remains open, but this considered investigation matches the Panthers' bravura with an organisational flair of its own.
  28. We call our House of Commons proceedings Punch and Judy: but the climate-change deniers on Fox News are Punch on steroids. It's a chilling and depressing picture.

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