The Guardian's Scores

For 1,068 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: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Master
Lowest review score: 20 Rock of Ages
Score distribution:
1,068 movie reviews
  1. It's ambitious enough to aim at polished, intelligent character drama, and pulls it off successfully.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. One of the most fascinating, if inscrutable films of the year.
  7. A smart and beautiful meditation of fathers and sons (and the Father and Son) that is slow but never boring.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. When Abbot and Nixon start their sparring, Mond’s film takes on a magnificently physical and tactile quality.
  11. 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.
  12. In its current state, Neighbors is filthy, nasty and a bit too sloppy. But it’ll scrub up lovely.
  13. The message is laid on slow and thick, but it's no less powerful for it.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Maddin’s zeal for old cameras and stocks is matched only by his revelry in evoking an entire genre with a single image. The film’s apogee literally opens up The Book of Climax in a sequence of pure, knowing cinematic joy. Film-lovers, this ludicrous movie is for you.
  18. It's a richly conceived treat.
  19. Iron Man 3 is smart, funny and spectacular.
  20. Every frame pulses with hard-gained experience: it may be the most lived-in film of 2012, and certainly counts among the most moving.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Francofonia is a fascinating essay and meditation on art, history and humanity’s idea of itself.
    • 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.
  24. 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even if you’re cynical about Brand’s motives, or just think that he’s a bit of berk, the film convinces you of the almost alarming sincerity of his political mission.
  25. This is a fine film, which cements Barnard's growing reputation as one of Britain's best film-makers.

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