The Guardian's Scores

For 833 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 39% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 58% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Blancanieves
Lowest review score: 20 After Earth
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 54 out of 833
833 movie reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Slightly overlong and convoluted at times, it presents compelling, sexy characters spouting sharp, believable dialogue.
  1. 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.
  2. Between the kung fu, the gunplay, a gentle romantic subplot and the extreme gastronomy – there's something for everyone.
  3. 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.
  4. This is a tough, muscular, idealistic drama that packs a mighty punch, and Shannon and Garfield are excellent.
  5. What could have been simply bizarre, sentimental or contrived here becomes an utterly absorbing love story.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. The weird oppression and seediness of the times is elegantly captured, and Hoss coolly conveys Barbara's highly strung desperation.
  10. 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.
  11. Gerwig's performance is full of depth and nuance; self-conscious without being mawkish, clever behind the kook.
  12. It is effortlessly and unassumingly funny – and terrifically smart.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The whole thing proves unexpectedly entertaining.
  13. Temple's film is refreshingly free of cliché. A very heady experience.
  14. Dunham, who pads through much of this extremely well-written, often funny and very touching film in the semi-nude, doesn't give a damn about any of it.
  15. The Aardman vision of contemporary England is generous, inclusive and - if a fast-moving film about a smart-alec sheep can allow itself such grandiose ambitions – genuinely inspiring.
  16. The way the allegory works out is not exactly subtle or unexpected, but is strangely moving, despite the gruesomeness that has gone before. All in all, a treat.
  17. Dolan's energy and attack is thrilling; his movie is often brilliant and very funny in ways which smash through the barriers marked Incorrect and Inappropriate.
  18. Bujalski really has pulled off something extraordinary here.
  19. The film functions as clammy thriller as well as poetic agitprop.
  20. This is a teenage movie that could in other hands have been precious; instead it has delicacy and intelligence.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For the animation studio's debut foray into fairytale, Pixar has delivered a rousing family melodrama.
  21. The film, based on a short story by David Constantine, is composed with rigour and exactitude and performed with a repressed, heartfelt passion.
  22. With this film, Anderson has built a thoroughly likable vision of a prewar Europe – no more real, perhaps, than the kind of Viennese light-operetta that sustained much of 1930s Hollywood – but a distinctive, attractive proposition all the same. It's a nimblefooted, witty piece, but one also imbued with a premonitory sadness at the coming conflagration.
  23. Let's hope Klayman gets to make a sequel.
  24. [McConaughey] delivers a twitchy, hostile performance on par with anything he's done since he escaped the rom com cul-de-sac.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Succeeds as a probing look into the mechanics of an epic lie, and because of the emotion at its heart.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Literary references and symbolism abound in Stoker. You can get tied up trying to figure out who is what. That is the idea. All the clues are there. You just have to look closely.
  25. From a subdued start Nightcrawler unfurls into a ghoulish and wickedly funny satire on journalism, the job market and self-help culture.

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