The Guardian's Scores

For 1,702 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 53% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Loveless
Lowest review score: 20 Freeheld
Score distribution:
1702 movie reviews
  1. I suspect a previous, wackier idea for the film was ditched in favour of a slick promotional video about their jaw-dropping global tour, but I also have to admit that this is a rather watchable record of a phenomenon.
  2. There's romance and tragedy, but little depth and no nuance.
  3. If Rise of the Guardians is finally never more than the sum of its parts, the parts themselves have real appeal.
  4. It is half turkey, half triumph.
  5. It’s a spectacular movie, watchable in its way, but one which – quite apart from the “whitewashing” debate – sacrifices that aspect from the original which over 20 years has won it its hardcore of fans: the opaque cult mystery, which this film is determined to solve and to develop into a resolution, closed yet franchisable.
  6. It's a likable scary story – with hints of Tim Burton and Steven Spielberg.
  7. The movie needed some more detachment – and brevity – but Wahlberg shows once again he has the comedy chops.
  8. This movie sure means well, and it’s just entertaining enough to (slightly) slip off the shackles of the great cultural conformity factory it ultimately represents.
  9. Gondry's argument – that pack mentality crushes individual expression – follows a similarly predictable route, but there's enough of his signature playfulness (especially in the use of mobile-phone footage to present flashbacks) to keep the journey entertaining.
  10. Whether you like this movie may depend very materially on how you respond to Franco himself, but I found his casting very astute.
  11. There are laughs found in almost every scene, though not many big ones. There’s also the problem that no amount of parody can top the real thing.
  12. Deeply strange and politically incorrect, ­baffling, and often funny.
  13. Various colourful characters including Freeway Rick Ross, the man who invented crack, and ex-cop Barry Cooper explain the tricks of the trade, but none of it will be news to anyone who's watched "Breaking Bad" or "The Wire."
  14. We get one or two outrageous sight gags and massive "getting progressively drunk" montages, and some neatly managed comedy on the laugh-with/laugh-at borderline.
  15. This is a case of good acting saving a movie from its own poor choices.
  16. The world needs people like Foley, and this film argues that cameras are every bit as important as firearms in the current struggle. This movie, despite its somewhat simplistic form, acts as a fine tribute to the man, his work and the bravery of others who are called to his field.
  17. [Jason Statham] has some nice, relaxed moments with onscreen daughter Izabela Vidovic, and gets to fulfil half his audience's fantasies in wiping the smirk from James Franco's face.
  18. All told The Zookeeper’s Wife is a story worth telling, even if there are a good number of not-so-hot spots along the way.
  19. As a demonstration of the banality of evil, The Iceman is certainly effective and Shannon's performance gives the film its power.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s a shame Kenan can’t muster his own bit of gothic shorthand for post-credit crunch America, but the film still has a fluid, 3D-orientated immediacy.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    They could have called it British Pie, but this TV sitcom spin-off updates the teen summer holiday formula surprisingly entertainingly, considering it doesn't subvert it one iota.
  20. This is a sympathetic, serviceable but respectfully unintrusive documentary about the Ukrainian dancer Sergei Polunin.
  21. Opinions will divide as to the film's final moments: some may find it all too much, and the film does not quite digest everything it wants to encompass. But there an energy and boldness in the debut work from Daniel Wolfe.
  22. The Snowden/social media plotline of this film does a bit to make Bourne more relevant. But the ingredients are basically the same.
  23. Perez’ style is like a less-serious David Lynch, which is a nice comparison for a first-timer. Not all of his scenes nail that eerie surrealism, but he’s got a knack for a well-placed prop and the right timing for a dopey gag to come in and pop the balloon of suspense.
  24. It's perfectly workable popcorn entertainment for the school holidays.
  25. The comedy is at odds, perhaps even at war, with the gravitational downward pull of bittersweet seriousness, and the sucrose content is pretty high by the end. But it's an entertaining film.
  26. Where to Invade Next is a romantic film, equally affecting and annoying in its simplicity.
  27. Sergey Shnyryov is superb as Petrov’s fictional counterpart, and the present and the past are smoothly sutured together by deft editing and an insistently mournful string score, although it’s sometimes a bit repetitive.
  28. Director Francis Laurence ekes a paltry story out. The special effects are limp and the script a little creaky, although somehow it still manages to thrill.

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