The Guardian's Scores

For 1,576 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 55% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 The Club
Lowest review score: 20 Inferno
Score distribution:
1576 movie reviews
  1. About Elly confirms Farhadi's shrewd judgment of pace, dramatic technique and formal control of an ensemble cast.
  2. The endlessly prolific Takashi Miike returns with this superbly acted revenger's tragedy.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Follow the film-maker. Let him lead you by the nose. Lanthimos knows exactly where he's going.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Last Men in Aleppo is one of the most difficult documentaries you’ll see this year.
  7. Zero Days is an intriguing, disturbing watch.
  8. A terrifically enjoyable and exciting summer spectacular: savvy, funny, ridiculous in just the right way, with some smart imaginative twists.
  9. 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.
  10. Director Steven Riley’s film is a fascinating collage which profoundly probes its subject’s psyche.
  11. The physical suspense is all but unbearable: a sexualised hunger, fear and need. Fingleton writes and directs with gusto and flair.
  12. 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.
  13. The film is a bit stagey sometimes, but ambitious and insightful. Tovey is excellent as he shows someone progressing from innocence to fear and then to loneliness.
  14. Gloria is a sad, painful romantic story.
  15. Into the Inferno is an intriguing, unnerving documentary.
  16. Its main focus is the sparky, shifting relationship between its two protagonists and its trump card the startling chemistry between its two main stars.
  17. A gripping documentary.
  18. Perhaps no film can entirely compete with the simple fact of this novel/museum’s existence, but the movie circles around the dual conceptual artefact beguilingly.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. Mia Madre is a tremendously smart and enjoyable movie.
  22. It’s a shocking and compelling piece of work.
  23. An unexpected joy.
  24. Gage’s remarkably intimate portrait of female youth on the verge leaves you with a largely hopeful feeling that this particular group of women will make good on that advice.
  25. Saulnier’s ability to take a well-trodden road and fill it with grisly surprises is quite something.
  26. People are unlikely to charge out of the cinema with quite the same level of glee as they did in 2009; but this is certainly an astute, exhilarating concoction.
  27. The robust acting and sharp sense of the Bay Area milieu glides us nicely over the film's few soft patches.
  28. The soundtrack's ironic bent might dissuade older viewers (Simple Minds are venerated), but they'd be missing out on one of the best musical comedies since A Mighty Wind. The song's the same, but Pitch Perfect is a great cover version.

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