The Guardian's Scores

For 1,141 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 41% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 56% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Mr. Turner
Lowest review score: 20 The Sea of Trees
Score distribution:
1141 movie reviews
  1. Could Nasheed be the political Prospero to save the island – and the planet? Well, now he is out of power, and the Copenhagen summit was a disappointment. Perhaps his advocacy will help to bring the climate change issue back into political fashion.
  2. Gone Girl, finally, may be no more than a storm in a teacup. But what an elegant, bone-china teacup this is. And what a fearsome force-10 gale we have brewing inside.
  3. The weird oppression and seediness of the times is elegantly captured, and Hoss coolly conveys Barbara's highly strung desperation.
  4. What results is an immensely detailed overview of Marley's life and times, from the hillside Jamaican shack where he grew up to the snowy Bavarian clinic where he spent his last weeks in a fruitless attempt to cure the cancer that killed him in 1981, aged 36.
  5. Gerwig's performance is full of depth and nuance; self-conscious without being mawkish, clever behind the kook.
  6. It is effortlessly and unassumingly funny – and terrifically smart.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The whole thing proves unexpectedly entertaining.
  7. Temple's film is refreshingly free of cliché. A very heady experience.
  8. Dunham, who pads through much of this extremely well-written, often funny and very touching film in the semi-nude, doesn't give a damn about any of it.
  9. The Brand New Testament is a peppy, original and (importantly) very sweet story.
  10. For a directorial debut, Ross’s film is admirably odd and hard to pin down.
  11. The Aardman vision of contemporary England is generous, inclusive and - if a fast-moving film about a smart-alec sheep can allow itself such grandiose ambitions – genuinely inspiring.
  12. The way the allegory works out is not exactly subtle or unexpected, but is strangely moving, despite the gruesomeness that has gone before. All in all, a treat.
  13. Dolan's energy and attack is thrilling; his movie is often brilliant and very funny in ways which smash through the barriers marked Incorrect and Inappropriate.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a testament to Petzold’s sane head, steady hand and effortless storytelling skill that implausible plot-points are smuggled past us in their own blood-soaked bandages.
  14. Bujalski really has pulled off something extraordinary here.
  15. The film functions as clammy thriller as well as poetic agitprop.
  16. It's a tough, absorbing and suspenseful drama, excellently acted by its three non-professional leads.
  17. With its sheer warmth and likability, this good-natured documentary won my heart.
  18. 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.
  19. First with the telephone, then early cinema, the magic of wireless radio and, finally, television, Dreams Rewired bombards the senses with a thorough and clever montage of found footage from the 1890s to the pre-war era.
  20. 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.
  21. Let's hope Klayman gets to make a sequel.
  22. [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.
  23. It is superlatively well performed and well directed with a real narrative grip.
  24. From a subdued start Nightcrawler unfurls into a ghoulish and wickedly funny satire on journalism, the job market and self-help culture.
  25. It’s a quiet, deliberately paced film, but exquisitely shot, with nuanced performances and visual invention.

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