The Guardian's Scores

For 834 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 2.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Inside Llewyn Davis
Lowest review score: 20 Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 54 out of 834
834 movie reviews
  1. What an astonishing achievement; what a beautiful movie.
  2. Stark, visceral and unrelenting, 12 Years a Slave is not just a great film but a necessary one.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Telling a nearly three-hour story with an ending everyone knows, Bigelow and Boal have managed to craft one of the most intense and intellectually challenging films of the year.
  3. Before Midnight is intimate and intelligent, and also undemanding in the best possible way,
  4. What a glorious film this is, richly and immediately enjoyable, hitting its satisfying stride straight away. It's funny and visually immaculate; it combines domestic intimacy with an epic sweep and has a lyrical, mysterious quality that perfumes every scene, whether tragic or comic.
  5. The icy message may be that love is not a consolation as we face death. Rather the reverse. Love will give your death meaning, but make it no less unbearable.
  6. It is a brilliant, subversive account of class relations and the changing times.
  7. The film, with its transcendentally beautiful visuals...is a rich and rewarding experience. [1 Sept. 2011]
  8. Brilliantly written, terrifically acted, superbly designed and shot; it's a sweet, sad, funny picture about the lost world of folk music which effortlessly immerses us in the period.
  9. Leviathan is acted and directed with unflinching ambition, moving with deliberative slowness and periodically accelerating at moments of high drama and suspense. It isn't afraid of massive symbolic moments and operatic gestures.
  10. The Look of Silence — like The Act of Killing — is arresting and important film-making.
  11. Polley tackles painful issues with candour and tact. She has a gripping tale to tell. It's a film that raises questions about the ownership of memory and ownership of narrative.
  12. An unmissable, transcendentally beautiful classic. [28 Aug. 1998]
  13. This Is Not a Film is a compelling personal document, a quietly passionate statement of artistic intent, and an uncompromising testament to his belief in cinema.
  14. It is a gut-churning film: and a radical dive into history, grabbing the past in a way a conventional documentary would not.
  15. A tense dramatic situation and a subtly magnificent central performance from Marion Cotillard add up to an outstanding new movie from the Dardenne brothers.
  16. Citizenfour is a gripping record of how our rulers are addicted to gaining more and more power and control over us – if we let them.
  17. What a bold, beguiling and utterly unclassifiable director Andersson is. He thinks life is a comedy and feels it’s a tragedy, and is able to wrestle these conflicting impulses into a gorgeous, deadpan deadlock.
  18. An enormous pleasure. The performances are so fresh and natural – yet so subtle and delicately judged. The direction is superb in its control and the cinematography creates a gripping docu-realist vision.
  19. This movie looks and feels superb, it is pure couture cinema. But there is also a excess of richness and bombast and for all its sleekness I felt that the spark of emotion was being hidden, and there is a kind of frustration in the operatic sadness.
  20. The themes may be contentious, but the handling is perfect. If there were ever a movie to cause the lame to walk and the blind to see, The Master may just be it.
  21. It is a beautifully acted, exquisitely considered chamber drama of subtlety and nuance: spellbindingly tender and utterly involving
  22. This is an extraordinary record. But be warned. Once seen, these images cannot be unseen.
  23. It's not exactly a documentary, more a lovingly-filmed homage, but some candid interview material allows scraps of Baker's story to emerge.
  24. Weird and wonderful, rich and strange – barking mad, in fact. It is wayward, kaleidoscopic, black comic and bizarre; there is in it a batsqueak of genius, dishevelment and derangement; it is captivating and compelling.
  25. Mitchell brings off some sensational setpieces of fear and suspense. I can’t remember when I was last so royally freaked out in the cinema.
  26. There is something exacting and audacious in it, something superbly controlled in its composition and technique. The clarity of her film-making diction is a marvel – even, or perhaps especially, when the nature of the story itself remains murkily unrevealed.
  27. It is extremely pleasurable to watch, and shows every sign of having been extremely pleasurable to make.
  28. With his two early features, "Distant" (2002) and "Climates" (2006), Ceylan has showed himself a superb film-maker. This is his greatest so far.
  29. It is a gripping film: horrible, scary and desperately sad.

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