The Guardian's Scores

For 870 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 Foxcatcher
Lowest review score: 20 Jimmy P.
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 57 out of 870
870 movie reviews
  1. The Invisible Woman shies from propaganda just as Nelly shies from impropriety. Fiennes has done the right and proper thing here. He has, at 50, made a mature movie, prudent in the best possible sense.
  2. He lived until recently in bohemian chaos in one of the "artist apartments" in Carnegie Hall, and cares nothing for money or vanity. That's real class.
  3. Robin Campillo’s drama is sweet and neat, as ambitious as it is gripping.
  4. The adults' behaviour is almost as confusing for us as it is for her. It's a neat trick that reminds us these weighty adult issues are both life-changing and, in the moment, somewhat insignificant to someone Maisie's age.
  5. Blunt’s performance has an edge of steel. She brings off a mix of confidence, bewilderment and vulnerability, which functions very well against the alpha male characters higher up the chain of command.
  6. For all its flaws - in fact, perhaps because of them - Le Week-End is a work borne from, and provoking, real feeling.
  7. There is release at the end of this fine film, but no euphoria; just a sense of having come through a period of evil, the memory of whose darkness will never entirely lift.
  8. The co-operation between Wenders and Salgado Jr works well, mixing the former's heavyweight presence as both interviewer and storyteller, and the latter's ability to harvest intimate, deep-buried subtleties that may otherwise not have seen the light of day. Together they have made a moving tribute to a peerless talent.
  9. Dreams of a Life is a painful film, a Christmas film with no feelgood message, but one which I think would in fact have interested Charles Dickens. Watching it is an almost claustrophobic experience, but a very powerful and moving one.
  10. It's a film to leave you reeling but cheered, too. It's about battling love, as well as illness. A universal story, extracted from a unique one.
  11. Joe
    Joe also stands as a reminder of what a terrific actor Cage can be when he is able to harness and channel his wilder impulses.
  12. The Lunchbox is perfectly handled and beautifully acted; a quiet storm of banked emotions.
  13. The Dictator isn't going to win awards and it isn't as hip as Borat. Big goofy outrageous laughs is what it has to offer.
  14. In the Fog is an intense, slow-burning and haunting drama.
  15. It's a gem: gentle, eccentric, possessed of a distinctive sort of innocence – and also charming and funny.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is the rare movie that realises that individuals are the sum of formative experiences some good, some bad, and some productive in their devastation.
  16. About Elly confirms Farhadi's shrewd judgment of pace, dramatic technique and formal control of an ensemble cast.
  17. The endlessly prolific Takashi Miike returns with this superbly acted revenger's tragedy.
  18. The film is quiet, understated and gentle, allowing the audience to take pleasure in teasing out its narrative subtleties, and presented with wonderful freshness and clarity.
  19. What The End of the Tour tries to sell, and sells well, is that Wallace’s big heart was just not made for these times.
  20. It is such a strange film in its way, stranger still if you are not accustomed to Weerasethakul’s work, and it needs a real investment of attention. But there is something sublime in it.
  21. Follow the film-maker. Let him lead you by the nose. Lanthimos knows exactly where he's going.
  22. Calin Peter Netzer's Child's Pose is a gripping new drama from Romania and another demonstration of how that country's new wave is developing a distinctive kind of real-time slice-of-life cinema with characterisation in extreme, pitiless closeup.
  23. White God works as an ambiguous satire of power relations generally: eventually the lower orders will rise up. The film has a flair and a bite which I have found lacking in Mundruczó's earlier films.
  24. Gloria is a sad, painful romantic story.
  25. Its main focus is the sparky, shifting relationship between its two protagonists and its trump card the startling chemistry between its two main stars.
  26. A gripping documentary.
  27. Beasts of the Southern Wild is a vividly poetic and maybe even therapeutic response to one of the most painful and mortifying episodes in modern American history, second only to 9/11.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Alternately rueful and whimsical documentary.
  28. Despite the presence of grandfatherly Michael Caine, Kingsman’s tone is about as far from the Christopher Nolan-style superhero film as you can get. Verisimilitude is frequently traded in for a rich laugh. The action scenes delight with shock humour.

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