The Guardian's Scores

For 834 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 40% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 57% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Inside Llewyn Davis
Lowest review score: 20 Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 54 out of 834
834 movie reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Never has grotesque wealth looked so unenviable, or its removal been so entertaining, as in this garishly watchable riches-to-rags documentary.
  1. '71
    It's a film that holds you in a vice-like grip throughout; only wavering towards the end with a faintly preposterous climactic shootout.
  2. This is an effortlessly excellent film, about a horribly hard subject.
  3. Webb's film is bold and bright and possesses charm in abundance. It swings into the future and carries the audience with it.
  4. JC Chandor’s period crime drama is rigorous, resourceful and as smart as a whip...But its canny tactical struggle remains a joy to behold.
  5. Rachel Weisz performs with enormous intelligence and restraint.
  6. Émilie Dequenne is the young actor who made a powerful debut in the Dardenne brothers' prize-winning film "Rosetta" in 1999, and what a superb performance she gives now in this inexpressibly painful drama.
  7. There are scenes of complete brilliance, Walken is better than he's been in years, cute plot loops and grace notes.
  8. Pacino's Manglehorn is a subtle master class in neutral shading, with none of the garish flashes that sometimes bedevil his work.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a resourceful, distinctive film that builds to a satisfying crescendo.
  9. Anderson has all manner of fun with the tale's whirling, blurring trajectory. His film is like a jubilant spin painting in which the characters have been scattered and splattered to the furthest reaches of the frame.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may be just more of the same from Fricke, but with his unique process, another incredible-looking lap around the world is more than welcome.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A stubborn charmer whose life was a magnet for tragedy, Hall is the emotional centre not only of the Muscle Shoals sound but of this film.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Telling the story through the eyes of the harried, bereaved but indomitable mother gives this calm, funny, only occasionally schmaltzy family film a maturity Twilight never reached.
  10. It is so laden with highly charged set pieces, so dappled with haunting ideas and bold flights of fancy that it finally achieves a kind of slow-burn transcendence.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hollywood has been waiting for this movie. Get ready for the year of the Tiger.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If only modern American politics were remotely as entertaining.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rather than simply charting the rise and fall of disco to a thumping soundtrack, the film presents an unexpected school of thought – that disco was actually a vehicle of liberation, a revolutionary tool used to end the oppression of women and black and gay people in 1970s America.
  11. It is invigoratingly freaky and strange, with a Death-Valley-dry sense of humour somewhere underneath — though a little derivative sometimes. More than once, Carruth gives us a close-up on a hand ruminatively stroking a surface: very Malick. And the shots of creepy creatures swarming under the skin are very Cronenberg.
  12. Director Kyle Patrick Alvarez deserves all the praise in the world for the way he cranks up this pressure cooker script. The Stanford Prison Experiment begins with giggles but ends in full psychological break.
  13. Exhilarating and moving. This is a very satisfying love story.
  14. More frightening (yet strangely entertaining) than most of today’s narrative horror films.
  15. An incredibly provocative piece of work, featuring a brave and vulnerable performance by Naomi Watts (who seems perhaps a little too young) and a career-high acting masterclass from Robin Wright (who is cast perfectly).
  16. Full credit to Korine, who sustains this act of creative vandalism right through to the finish. Spring Breakers unfolds as a fever dream of teenage kicks, a high-concept heist movie with mescal in the fuel tank.
  17. It certainly provides that rarest of things: relaxing enjoyment. In all its uncompromising goofiness, 22 Jump Street brings onstream a sugar-rush of entertainment.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ponsoldt elicits remarkably strong performances from his two young leads, who display a depth of feeling that's breathtaking in its simplicity and honest. There's an inherent chemistry here that's both disarming and refreshing.
  18. If it's possible for a picture to be at once ideal and imperfect, then Damsels fits the bill.
  19. In fits and starts, this is a stunning picture. At its best, Winter Sleep shows Ceylan to be as psychologically rigorous, in his way, as Ingmar Bergman before him.
  20. This is a fluent, confident and deeply felt movie: unmistakably, if not exactly nakedly, autobiographical.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The story of the ingenue who enters the fold and awakens deep feelings is nothing new, but Doremus makes it all utterly captivating. He mines just the right amount of drama and spontaneous comedy from each moment and the foreshadowing is perfectly weighted.

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