The Guardian's Scores

For 1,002 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 2.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Days of Heaven
Lowest review score: 20 A Fantastic Fear of Everything
Score distribution:
1,002 movie reviews
  1. The film functions as clammy thriller as well as poetic agitprop.
  2. It's a tough, absorbing and suspenseful drama, excellently acted by its three non-professional leads.
  3. This is a teenage movie that could in other hands have been precious; instead it has delicacy and intelligence.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For the animation studio's debut foray into fairytale, Pixar has delivered a rousing family melodrama.
  4. With this film, Anderson has built a thoroughly likable vision of a prewar Europe – no more real, perhaps, than the kind of Viennese light-operetta that sustained much of 1930s Hollywood – but a distinctive, attractive proposition all the same. It's a nimblefooted, witty piece, but one also imbued with a premonitory sadness at the coming conflagration.
  5. Let's hope Klayman gets to make a sequel.
  6. [McConaughey] delivers a twitchy, hostile performance on par with anything he's done since he escaped the rom com cul-de-sac.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Succeeds as a probing look into the mechanics of an epic lie, and because of the emotion at its heart.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Literary references and symbolism abound in Stoker. You can get tied up trying to figure out who is what. That is the idea. All the clues are there. You just have to look closely.
  7. It is superlatively well performed and well directed with a real narrative grip.
  8. From a subdued start Nightcrawler unfurls into a ghoulish and wickedly funny satire on journalism, the job market and self-help culture.
  9. It’s a quiet, deliberately paced film, but exquisitely shot, with nuanced performances and visual invention.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Frozen hews to real, recognisable plumb-lines and casts a lingering spell.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a mystery, Trash is compelling enough though its milieu and the outstanding performances at the centre of the movie are what set it apart.
  10. It's ambitious enough to aim at polished, intelligent character drama, and pulls it off successfully.
  11. The Desolation of Smaug is a cheerfully entertaining and exhilarating adventure tale, a supercharged Saturday morning picture: it's mysterious and strange and yet Jackson also effortlessly conjures up that genial quality that distinguishes The Hobbit from the more solemn Rings stories.
  12. It’s all operatically mad, and the city-destroying final confrontation is becoming a bit familiar, but Whedon carries it off with such joy and even a kind of evangelism.
  13. Though it begins as a murder-mystery, Kill Your Darlings may be best described as an intellectual moral maze, a story perfectly of its time and yet one that still resonates today.
  14. Not an easy watch, and something in which you must make an investment of attention – but a fascinating piece of work.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Director Brad Bird deserves praise for packing such big ideas into such an accessible, rip-roaring, retro-futurist adventure.
  15. One of the most fascinating, if inscrutable films of the year.
  16. A smart and beautiful meditation of fathers and sons (and the Father and Son) that is slow but never boring.
  17. As if from nowhere, a first-time British film-maker has appeared with a tremendously accomplished, subtle and supremely confident feature, authorially distinctive and positively dripping with technique.
  18. Child of God is a shocking tale of backwoods lunacy and one man's descent into hell. Perhaps the most shocking thing about it is that it's really rather good.
  19. When Abbot and Nixon start their sparring, Mond’s film takes on a magnificently physical and tactile quality.
  20. If it is an exercise in style … well, what style. With its retro-chic connoisseurship and analogue era rock, this is a brilliant haute-hippy homage.
  21. In its current state, Neighbors is filthy, nasty and a bit too sloppy. But it’ll scrub up lovely.
  22. The message is laid on slow and thick, but it's no less powerful for it.
  23. The tired old trope "erotic thriller" does no justice to how confrontationally and explicitly sexual this movie is — nor how thrilling, nor how menacing and complex.
  24. From time to time, the script contextualises a little clumsily...but the playing and pacing are terrific.

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