The Guardian's Scores

For 1,069 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 2.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Boyhood
Lowest review score: 20 Singh Is Bliing
Score distribution:
1,069 movie reviews
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    This is not a very good effort, seeming tired without being emotional. It looks like the end of the line...Superman III never flies as it should, or only does momentarily. [31 July 1983, p.21]
    • The Guardian
  1. Poor Princess Diana. I hesitate to use the term "car crash cinema". But the awful truth is that, 16 years after that terrible day in 1997, she has died another awful death.
  2. This has to be the year's most pointless remake: a boring and badly acted reboot of John Milius's gung-ho red-scare actioner from 1984.
  3. The inept script... makes for a perfect bedfellow with Egoyan’s flat TV movie direction and an overwrought score that sounds like a drunk impression of Bernard Herrmann.
  4. If there was just one extended sequence that crackled with originality you could at least say it has its moments, but, truly, there’s nothing besides repeated use of swear words in lieu of wit.
  5. This film is making a wheezing, spluttering sound: the sound of a profitable YA franchise running out of steam.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    This is less a caper than a trudge; a linear adventure that proceeds in fits and starts, with few surprises and fewer laughs. There's barely even a hangover.
  6. Director Niels Arden Orpev was in charge of the original "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," starring Rapace, but fails to create a revenge thriller with anything like the same focus.
  7. It’s a test of one’s tolerance for watching predominantly empty frames – the anonymous performers scarcely count – in the hope something will jolt us from mounting tedium.
  8. There can hardly be a bigger waste of time than this piece of twee nonsense.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    This is film-making at its most cynical. But none of it actually makes much sense.
  9. Sadly, Savages plays up to Stone's worst tendencies: machismo, bombast and self-indulgence, and the factor that could conceivably have made this movie tolerable – humour – is off the menu.
  10. For all its apparent sombreness and thoughtfulness, The Sea Of Trees is an exasperatingly shallow film on an important and agonisingly painful subject - depression and suicide. This it slathers in palliative sentimentality.
  11. It is a film so awe-inspiringly wooden that it is basically a fire-risk. The cringe-factor is ionospherically high.
  12. A jaw-droppingly self-indulgent, shallow, smug if mercifully brief feature with a plot that looks like the outline for a pop video.
  13. It’s difficult to know what subtitle to give this. Taken 3: Not Again, or Taken 3: Seriously? or Taken 3: This Is Getting a Bit Much Frankly.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    A tedious, misjudged marriage of Olympic opening ceremony, Eurovision half-time show and most recorded nightmares, Worlds Away is set in a mysterious land of make-believe.
  14. This is television-level moviemaking top to bottom, from its preposterous premise, scenery-chomping performances, idiotic sound cues and force-fed jump-scares. Deliver Us From Evil delivers formula, and in a formulaic fashion.
  15. It goes on for ever without getting properly started: an epic of depthless self-indulgence.
  16. Mon Roi, directed and co-written by Maïwenn (that is, film-maker and actor Maïwenn Le Besco) is an unendurable confection of complacent and self-admiring nonsense: shallow, narcissistic, histrionic and fake.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Interior. Leather Bar ultimately rings hollow in its diatribe and agenda because its chief instigator refuses to open up.
  17. The gimmick behind this excruciating propagandist movie about the US special forces' war on terror is that it features not actors but actual Navy Seals.
  18. This buttock-clenchingly embarrassing movie from director Valérie Donzelli is a pre-Revolutionary period drama from the quality end of the sugary French market – theatrically tricked out with one or two annoying and clumsy Brechtian touches of stylised self-aware modernity.
  19. As ever with a Sparks story, the action takes place in a sugary vision of small-town America that does not correspond with the real world at any point.
  20. The flat-out dullness of Arthur is the point of Dante Ariola's debut feature, but it's also its undoing.
  21. This movie is a case in point. It's a film which is so demeaningly bad, so utterly without merit, that there is a kind of purity in its awfulness. There is a Zen mastery in producing a film which nullifies the concept of pleasure.
  22. This tardy rehash of fairytale tropes finds sometime genre innovator M Night Shyamalan clinging in abject desperation to the found-footage movement’s careworn coattails.
  23. The two adjectives in the title should be replaced with "annoying" and "unendurably tiresome".
  24. It’s a crunching disappointment: a dull, crass, formulaic and frankly misjudged chiller.
  25. A real Christmas miracle would cause every copy of this film to spontaneously burst into flames.

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