The Guardian's Scores

For 883 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 2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Berberian Sound Studio
Lowest review score: 20 Hot Tub Time Machine 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 58 out of 883
883 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rather than simply charting the rise and fall of disco to a thumping soundtrack, the film presents an unexpected school of thought – that disco was actually a vehicle of liberation, a revolutionary tool used to end the oppression of women and black and gay people in 1970s America.
  1. It is invigoratingly freaky and strange, with a Death-Valley-dry sense of humour somewhere underneath — though a little derivative sometimes. More than once, Carruth gives us a close-up on a hand ruminatively stroking a surface: very Malick. And the shots of creepy creatures swarming under the skin are very Cronenberg.
  2. Director Kyle Patrick Alvarez deserves all the praise in the world for the way he cranks up this pressure cooker script. The Stanford Prison Experiment begins with giggles but ends in full psychological break.
  3. Exhilarating and moving. This is a very satisfying love story.
  4. More frightening (yet strangely entertaining) than most of today’s narrative horror films.
  5. Tim Roth is excellent as David: impassive and enigmatic, withholding the truth about himself, but radiating in repose a sadness and a swallowed pain.
  6. An incredibly provocative piece of work, featuring a brave and vulnerable performance by Naomi Watts (who seems perhaps a little too young) and a career-high acting masterclass from Robin Wright (who is cast perfectly).
  7. Full credit to Korine, who sustains this act of creative vandalism right through to the finish. Spring Breakers unfolds as a fever dream of teenage kicks, a high-concept heist movie with mescal in the fuel tank.
  8. It certainly provides that rarest of things: relaxing enjoyment. In all its uncompromising goofiness, 22 Jump Street brings onstream a sugar-rush of entertainment.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ponsoldt elicits remarkably strong performances from his two young leads, who display a depth of feeling that's breathtaking in its simplicity and honest. There's an inherent chemistry here that's both disarming and refreshing.
  9. If it's possible for a picture to be at once ideal and imperfect, then Damsels fits the bill.
  10. In fits and starts, this is a stunning picture. At its best, Winter Sleep shows Ceylan to be as psychologically rigorous, in his way, as Ingmar Bergman before him.
  11. This is a fluent, confident and deeply felt movie: unmistakably, if not exactly nakedly, autobiographical.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The story of the ingenue who enters the fold and awakens deep feelings is nothing new, but Doremus makes it all utterly captivating. He mines just the right amount of drama and spontaneous comedy from each moment and the foreshadowing is perfectly weighted.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Slightly overlong and convoluted at times, it presents compelling, sexy characters spouting sharp, believable dialogue.
  12. At its best, Malick's cinematic rhapsody is glorious; during his uncertain moments, he appears to be repeating himself. But what delight there is in this film.
  13. Between the kung fu, the gunplay, a gentle romantic subplot and the extreme gastronomy – there's something for everyone.
  14. As for Violet, Emily Blunt brings to the role genuine sympathy, and she continues to thaw out the ice-queen hauteur of her earlier movies.
  15. This is a tough, muscular, idealistic drama that packs a mighty punch, and Shannon and Garfield are excellent.
  16. What could have been simply bizarre, sentimental or contrived here becomes an utterly absorbing love story.
  17. This director, in the past, has shown herself to be an ace with the teasing, hanging ending and Night Moves saves the best for last.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. The weird oppression and seediness of the times is elegantly captured, and Hoss coolly conveys Barbara's highly strung desperation.
  21. 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.
  22. Gerwig's performance is full of depth and nuance; self-conscious without being mawkish, clever behind the kook.
  23. It is effortlessly and unassumingly funny – and terrifically smart.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The whole thing proves unexpectedly entertaining.

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