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 Son of Saul
Lowest review score: 20 Red Dawn
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 57 out of 870
870 movie reviews
  1. Nicole Kidman gives her best performance since "To Die For."
  2. The pure work-in-progress energy of all this is exhilarating, and if the resulting movie is flawed in its final act, then this is a flaw born of Jia’s heroic refusal to be content making the same sort of movie, and his insistence on trying to do something new with cinema and with storytelling.
  3. If ever a movie came from the heart, it was Giuseppe Tornatore's nostalgic Cinema Paradiso (1988) now getting a rerelease to celebrate its silver jubilee.
  4. With its pale, washed-out colour palette, its eerily slow, almost somnambulist pacing and occasionally bizarre emotional demonstrations, Post Mortem is strangely gripping.
  5. Kazan brings to the role a sweet and dignified vulnerability, keeping rigorously to plausible human behaviour.
  6. Hansen-Løve has an acute eye for the details of Paul’s world. Glamour is twinned with mundanity, beauty with boorishness and friendship with selfishness, while artistic endeavour is undercut by self-indulgence.
  7. The Wolf of Wall Street, for all its abundant appeal, is no Greek tragedy. It lacks the wildness of Taxi Driver, the jeopardy of GoodFellas and the anguish of Raging Bull. Far better to view this as a stylistic homage, a remastered greatest hits compilation, an amiable bit of self-infringement.
  8. Australian director Cate Shortland's drama is overflowing with such poetic visual touches, conjuring up a fairytale landscape of long shadows, wafting curtains and waving fronds.
  9. Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac bludgeons the body and tenderises the soul. It is perplexing, preposterous and utterly fascinating.
  10. In between songs there's a movie within a movie as Dane DeHaan silently takes on the forces of anarchy on behalf of the band. Awesome.
  11. The acting isn't perfect (which is perhaps understandable under the circumstances), and the film's dream states sometimes try too hard, but Escape From Tomorrow has an otherworldly atmosphere that both hooks and engages.
  12. Buckle up; it's quite a ride.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Never has grotesque wealth looked so unenviable, or its removal been so entertaining, as in this garishly watchable riches-to-rags documentary.
  13. '71
    It's a film that holds you in a vice-like grip throughout; only wavering towards the end with a faintly preposterous climactic shootout.
  14. This is an effortlessly excellent film, about a horribly hard subject.
  15. Webb's film is bold and bright and possesses charm in abundance. It swings into the future and carries the audience with it.
  16. JC Chandor’s period crime drama is rigorous, resourceful and as smart as a whip...But its canny tactical struggle remains a joy to behold.
  17. Rachel Weisz performs with enormous intelligence and restraint.
  18. Émilie Dequenne is the young actor who made a powerful debut in the Dardenne brothers' prize-winning film "Rosetta" in 1999, and what a superb performance she gives now in this inexpressibly painful drama.
  19. There are scenes of complete brilliance, Walken is better than he's been in years, cute plot loops and grace notes.
  20. Pacino's Manglehorn is a subtle master class in neutral shading, with none of the garish flashes that sometimes bedevil his work.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a resourceful, distinctive film that builds to a satisfying crescendo.
  21. The movie is a distillation of the assassin’s life of watchfulness, survival and fear. At other times, it has a dreamlike quality: a floating hallucination. The Assassin baffles, but more often it quietly captivates and astonishes.
  22. Anderson has all manner of fun with the tale's whirling, blurring trajectory. His film is like a jubilant spin painting in which the characters have been scattered and splattered to the furthest reaches of the frame.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may be just more of the same from Fricke, but with his unique process, another incredible-looking lap around the world is more than welcome.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A stubborn charmer whose life was a magnet for tragedy, Hall is the emotional centre not only of the Muscle Shoals sound but of this film.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Telling the story through the eyes of the harried, bereaved but indomitable mother gives this calm, funny, only occasionally schmaltzy family film a maturity Twilight never reached.
  23. It is so laden with highly charged set pieces, so dappled with haunting ideas and bold flights of fancy that it finally achieves a kind of slow-burn transcendence.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hollywood has been waiting for this movie. Get ready for the year of the Tiger.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If only modern American politics were remotely as entertaining.

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