The Guardian's Scores

For 871 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 1.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Zero Dark Thirty
Lowest review score: 20 Café de Flore
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 57 out of 871
871 movie reviews
  1. From time to time, the script contextualises a little clumsily...but the playing and pacing are terrific.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We've rarely seen comedy this smart since Woody Allen and Seinfeld left New York.
  2. What’s terrific about The Duff is that Casey and Jessica may not have intentionally befriended the less attractive Bianca as a way to make themselves look better, but they don’t exactly deny that she serves that purpose.
  3. It's a richly conceived treat.
  4. Iron Man 3 is smart, funny and spectacular.
  5. Every frame pulses with hard-gained experience: it may be the most lived-in film of 2012, and certainly counts among the most moving.
  6. The brilliance of Quillévéré's direction is in the performances she coaxes from her cast, and the clear-eyed, non-judgmental way she presents them.
  7. It is an intricate and often brilliant drama, with restrained and intelligent performances; there is an elegantly patterned mosaic of detail, unexpected plot turns, suspenseful twists and revelations.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The film-makers have turned what could have been a detached news report into a moving human tragedy.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For all its abstruse content and excruciating length, the film has both the ambition and a sufficient amount of breathtaking cinematography to make even the boldest claims it makes for itself seem valid.
  8. The status-anxiety, fame-vertigo, sexual satiety and that all-encompassing fear of failure which poisons every triumph are displayed here with an icy new connoisseurship, a kind of extremism which faces down the traditional objection that films like this are secretly infatuated with their subject.
  9. This is a fine film, which cements Barnard's growing reputation as one of Britain's best film-makers.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A captivating examination of criss-crossing relationships permeated by incisive performances.
  10. For a film that champions talent that takes risks, Frank can sometimes feel a little too conventional. The real Sidebottom's wayward genius would be a hard fit for any story arc, but Frank does a good job of dipping into surrealism and pop in equal measure.
  11. With a very simple premise, rapper Ice-T – this film's presenter and co-director with Andy Baybutt – has created a very enjoyable and often fascinating movie.
  12. Nebraska may not be startlingly new, and sometimes we can see the epiphanies looming up over the distant horizon; the tone is, moreover, lighter and more lenient than in earlier pictures like Sideways. But it is always funny and smart.
  13. Zero Motivation is a shot of honesty, in which short-term goals are far more important than larger geo-political ones. Perhaps because they are the only ones over which we have any control.
  14. It is an intriguing confection of a movie, announcing its influences candidly, but exerting its originality too.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The movie culminates in a tense, protracted standoff that keeps the audience on edge for way longer than is comfortable. I mean that as a compliment.
  15. It's a fascinating story.
  16. You'd need a heart of stone not to be won over by Wadjda, a rebel yell with a spoonful of sugar and a pungent sense of a Riyadh society split between the home, the madrasa and the shopping mall.
  17. Calvary boasts a sharp sense of place and a deep love of language. It's puckish and playful, mercurial and clever, rattling with gallows laughter as it paints a portrait of an Irish community that is at once intimate and alienated.
  18. It's a guilty-pleasure romp of a documentary, filmed at last year's Cannes film festival, all about the gorgeous, deadly and heartbreaking business of cinema itself.
  19. An intelligent and resonant work from Norwegian director Joachim Trier, a movie that yields up its meanings and implications slowly.
  20. Meadows is clearly not interested in lifting the biographical lid on anyone, just getting alongside the band, and picking up on their energy, vulnerability and excitement. He has no agenda; he just loves the Stone Roses, and it's a great, heartfelt tribute.
  21. What a strange and intriguing film.
  22. This is a bitter, jagged, disaffected drama, pessimistic about China, pessimistic about the whole world. One characters asks another if he ever feels like travelling abroad. "Why would I?" he replies. "Everywhere is broke. Foreigners come here now." Jia Zhang-ke's movie gives us a brutal unwelcome.
  23. Among Jarecki's interviewees is David Simon (author of The Wire) who is incandescent with contempt for the system.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s grim, unfussy and deeply moving.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In the first movie, an injection transformed wimpy Steve Rogers into strapping Captain America; similarly, this sequel gives the flagging comic-book movie an adrenaline shot of relevance. You've got to hand it to them.

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