The Hollywood Reporter's Scores

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For 7,373 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Tale of The Princess Kaguya
Lowest review score: 0 Dirty Love
Score distribution:
7373 movie reviews
  1. Gerard Johnstone, a first-time writer-director from New Zealand, demonstrates a sly command of deadpan humor along with an assured grasp of seasoned horror tropes.
  2. Anyone looking for subtlety, character development or layered plotting will be disappointed, but action fans will find plenty to amuse them with this film that makes "Hard-Boiled" look restrained.
  3. With fierce arguments, often drawn on partisan lines, raging across the country, The Lottery will be of vital interest to anyone interested in the topic, especially the parents of young children.
  4. With all farces, timing and rhythms are absolutely crucial and Zulawski — working with editor Julia Gregory — maintains a disarming brio from the very first seconds.
  5. Strong, entertaining portrait of a hard-to-pin-down online phenomenon.
  6. Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini's Ten Thousand Saints offers both a premise and a setting ripe for nostalgic sentimentality but indulges in little of it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Wholly one-third of the country, some 11 million people, watched the finale. Marking's film is too astute to pretend that such fleeting things can bring about peaceful democracy, but it's also perfectly aware that they certainly can't hurt.
  7. Funny, fascinating, and packing a surprisingly poignant twist, the doc will get plenty of free publicity and, for unsqueamish moviegoers, will live up to the hype.
  8. Rising well above the typical making-of feature, the documentary will fascinate buffs when shown alongside the operas themselves.
  9. Fugitive Pieces has a sharp, devastating story to tell.
  10. Past lives and ancient ancestors are evoked through conversations that are both cryptic and oddly matter-of-fact, in a work that has the realistic vibe of a documentary but the unearthly qualities of a sustained reverie.
  11. Making a convincingly assured feature debut, TV and web series writer-director Carey's script nails the raunchy-sweet tone required to bring off this R-rated teen-centered comedy with remarkable charm and relatability, mining a rich vein of girl-centered sexual curiosity and experimentation "loosely inspired" by personal experience.
  12. Elizabeth Olsen steps onto the radar as a seriously accomplished actor in this mesmerizing drama, which also marks an assured feature debut for writer-director Sean Durkin.
  13. Taken strictly on its own terms, Saving Mr. Banks works exceedingly well as mainstream entertainment.
  14. The director also pulls career-high performances from Mezzogiorno and Timi that are, respectively, tragic and mesmerizing.
  15. After building up a narrative head of steam, the film relaxes too much back into expository documentary form. What might have been thrilling is merely entirely engrossing.
  16. What distinguishes it are its intelligent, unsentimental screenplay, which only occasionally lapses into emotional manipulation; the assured direction by Yukihiko Tsutsumi; and the superb acting.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's an unforgettable, visceral journey into the heart of darkness.
  17. Amiel's greatest achievement is that Creation is a deeply human film with moments of genuine lightness and high spirits to go with all the deep thinking.
  18. As much as Don't Think Twice focuses on professional envy, though, it remains a love letter to this weirdo art form called improv.
  19. Although not exactly breaking any new ground with its by now all too familiar found-footage format, Paranormal Activity 3 hews to the formula in expertly crafted fashion, mustering up the requisite scares and then some.
  20. Entertaining and even poignant.
  21. Moving historical drama brings a fascinating chapter of art history to life.
  22. Unfolding like an espionage thriller but with a methodical journalistic skill at organizing a mountain of facts, the film raises stimulating questions about transparency and freedom of information in a world in which governments and corporations have plenty to hide.
  23. The blissfully silly Blades of Glory is one of those rare comedies that puts a goofy smile on your face with the premise alone -- and keeps it planted there right until its wacky finale.
  24. The directors never lose sight of the struggles and the hard work that go along with his calling.
  25. Zoo
    Whether meaning to or not, Devor and his accomplished crew expand our concept of the documentary film, which relegates this documentary to art houses, not porn theaters.
  26. Electrifying and alarming film.
  27. East meets West in a beguiling, old-fashioned romantic comedy set in today's global economy.
  28. My Golden Days more often privileges emotional truths over historical veracity. This helps not only to make the past dilemmas of the protagonists feel more immediate and real, but also suggests how, looking back, we see our lives as a succession of emotional experiences, not dry historical facts.
  29. Rock solid performances by up-and-coming German actress Julia Jentsch as Sophie and Alexander Held ("Downfall") as Mohr along with an excellent cast of supporting players insure that no one mistakes this for a lifeless docu-drama.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The same organic characterizations that marked Lawrence's acclaimed 2001 film "Lantana" will attract fans of strong adult drama.
  30. A "little" film with a great reach.
  31. Shines a much deserved spotlight on this unheralded artist.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Genuinely sweet, beautifully constructed documentary.
  32. While this may be the actor-director’s most polished feature yet, it’s far from a traditional suspense movie.
  33. It will never be confused with the groundbreaking "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," but when it comes to a zippy live-action-meets-animation kid flick with plenty of grown-up gags, Looney Tunes: Back in Action does not disappoint.
  34. Should be mandatory viewing for those interested in the dominant intersection between religion and politics.
  35. It's a typically poetic film, rich in powerful imagery, which sees a bitter personal tragedy unfold against the major events of 20th century Greece. Although the director doesn't mine any new ground here, either in terms of style or content, it's still a pleasure to sit through nearly three hours of perfectly controlled, visually evocative filmmaking.
  36. Historical drama set in the early days of the French revolution is intelligent Euro eye candy at its most lavish.
  37. The lovely, unpredictable comedy Duck Season marks the arrival of a fresh talent in writer-director Fernando Eimbcke. His script is vibrant with unforced humanist observations, the performances are natural and endearing.
  38. Tony Kushner's densely packed script has been directed by Spielberg in an efficient, unpretentious way that suggests Michael Curtiz at Warner Bros. in the 1940s, right down to the rogue's gallery of great character actors in a multitude of bewhiskered supporting roles backing up a first-rate leading performance by Daniel Day-Lewis.
  39. A compelling and illuminating story of four people who form an unlikely and momentary friendship of considerable depth.
  40. Wim Wenders' stylish 3D mirrors the bizarrely captivating world of choreographer Pina Bausch.
  41. David Lynch, The Art Life will entrance the director’s fans and, who knows, inspire budding, out-of-the-box creators in an artistic coming-of-age tale, told in his own words and deliberate tones.
  42. The extra weight that the actor has packed on gives him an air of vulnerability that makes his character's ultimate emergence from his seemingly impenetrable emotional shell all the more moving.
  43. A fascinating, mythological western.
  44. Sustains itself through terrific forward momentum and two glorious star turns by gifted actresses Frances McDormand and Amy Adams.
  45. So don't tell Spurlock he can't have his cake and eat it too. In Greatest Movie, he gleefully accepts his sponsorships on camera just to show you how wrong this all is.
  46. What makes the sharp-as-a-tack nonagenarian Apfel such splendid company is that beneath the busy prints and multi-layered accessories is a woman who is less an eccentric than an ineffably sane, sensible commentator on her own colorful life and the world she inhabits.
  47. It’s a marvelously imaginative conceit that transforms what could have been yet another dryly informative documentary into the realm of art.
  48. Joshua Z. Weinstein's charming Menashe immerses us in an authentic environment of ultra-Orthodox Judaism and makes it relatable by weaving a sweet story familiar in its general contours, of a single father struggling to hold on to the son he loves.
  49. Stiller manages his movie nicely so that all actors get their share of the comic spotlight. Seldom does an ensemble comedy not contain a single weak character or performance as does this one.
  50. Patterns emerge by virtue of repetition.
  51. Initially somewhat wispy-feeling, this 72-minute feature transforms in its final reel from an ironic divertissement to a work of considerable feeling and intensity.
  52. Accomplished and affecting art house fare.
  53. Unlike the last Scott-Washington matchup, "Man on Fire," Deja Vu boasts a muscular, fast-forward story that won't be overwhelmed by Scott's need for speed in the form of rapid cuts and all that visual fusion that have become his stylistic trademark. Here, the approach is perfectly suited to the picture's time-shifting, multitasking structure.
  54. Sensitive and stylish.
  55. The visual style and the natural, unaffected performances by a talented cast help create an atmosphere of verisimilitude that makes the story all the more powerful. [23 Oct. 1996]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
  56. It doesn't exploit our emotions about Sept. 11; it simply tells a story that exists because of what happened that day -- one that should resonate with a wide, appreciative audience.
  57. Heart-wrenching as well as spirit-raising.
  58. It’s a simple, somewhat mundane scenario that, in the hands of a terrific cast and two talented filmmakers, is transformed into a minor Greek comic-tragedy, with one fearless woman trying to stave off loved ones who smother her with guilt and affection.
  59. Filmmaker Devlin details this complicated series of events with clarity, a sense of drama and more than a few touches of dark humor.
  60. As Oscar, Jordan at moments gives off vibes of a very young Denzel Washington in the way he combines gentleness and toughness; he effortlessly draws the viewer in toward him.
  61. An ambitious film, and Guadagnino deserves praise for the risks he takes here.
  62. Tales of the Grim Sleeper is unusually somber and conventional by Broomfield's standards, relying more on slow accumulation of detail than caustic commentary or ambush interviews. But it has a quiet emotional force which pays off during the powerful final sequence.
  63. At times fascinating, at times not, its in-depth look at the administration, campus, students and faculty offers an insider's view into the way American academia functions.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Smart, funny and ultimately over-the-top spoof is more often than not, spot on.
  64. Actors blossom under Frears' direction. There is no false moment or off-key note in this movie.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pitched cannily at World Beat fans as well as martial-arts zealots, this Luc Besson production aims to please and nails its targets with more speed and style than most of its higher-priced competition.
  65. The film is essential viewing for anyone who cares about the fate of the mountain region and the legacy of the Dalai Lama.
  66. Captivating drama delivers literary flair and Louisiana music and great roles for a grizzled John Travolta and lovely Scarlett Johansson.
  67. Acted with smart restraint and shot with corresponding composure, this is a somber, slow-moving drama built out of small but acutely observed moments of naturalistic human behavior.
  68. Director Peter Berg and star Mark Wahlberg deliver the goods again with a rugged drama about an incident that created an environmental disaster and a worldwide scandal.
  69. At once impressionistic and precise,The Tiniest Place (El Lugar más pequeño) is a beautifully rendered memory piece that insists on the necessity of memory.
  70. La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus is just what the title indicates — and that turns out be an intimate and vivid report on a surprising connection between North and Central America.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Informative and, especially in its last hour, surprisingly dramatic.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Some of the film’s most effective moments are masterful in their visual storytelling skill.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Misunderstandings, new turns and stratagems mark the rest of this delightful divertimento, which navigates between burlesque and romantic comedy.
  71. As Precious, Sidibe is superb, allowing us to see the inner warmth and beauty of a young woman who, to her world's cruel eyes, might seem monstrous.
  72. Despite the obvious sadness at its heart, the doc benefits from an unforced optimism.
  73. A visually dazzling adaptation of the legendary – at least outside the US – comic book series by Belgian artist Herge.
  74. Perfect holiday entertainment, albeit for those small fry who can read English subtitles.
  75. Hakonarson observes all this with the practiced eye of a good documentarian but, in the compositions, the rigorous timing of the editing and the performances of the two leads, he lifts the material beyond the observational to a modestly accomplished work that not only neatly observes an obscure lifestyle but brings to life a most peculiar sibling relationship.
  76. Unfortunately, the narrative endgame is a mess, and should have been rethought in development, but there’s no denying Ezer has made a bold, audacious debut.
  77. Taken on its own undemanding terms and considered within its not very original framework, Joel Edgerton’s feature-length directorial debut is a pleasant — or pleasantly unpleasant — surprise, hitting its genre marks in brisk, unfussy fashion and raising a few hairs on the back of your neck along the way.
  78. What makes the film work is that this potentially lurid material is treated at all times with sensitivity and probing psychological seriousness.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The world's most famous acrobatic troupe delivers a feast of surreal beauty and moments of breath-catching wonder in the skilfully staged 3D film Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away.
  79. The writing is often clever and the overall production playful and intelligent.
  80. Resistance is futile. It's impossible not to be swept up into the uplifting world of Mad Hot Ballroom, a documentary that can be neatly summed up as the "Spellbound" of competitive ballroom dancing.
  81. Like other recent French cartoons — ranging from Persopolis to the Kirikou series — this one manages to maintain something personal within a broadly appealing framework: it doesn’t shy away from the dark side of life, and in the end, even allows us to enjoy it.
  82. Director Overbay, working from an effective screenplay by his wife Ginny Lee Overbay, slowly ratchets up the tension in quietly compelling fashion.
  83. This smart, aesthetically understated concert film from Jonathan Demme will transport Young's legions of baby boomer fans back to the future, as 1969 re-invents itself in 2005 for Young.
  84. The final installment of the immortal Bella/Edward romance will give its breathlessly awaiting international audience just what it wants.
  85. Though certainly not for everyone (and not for kids of any age), the regret-tinged film displays a distinctive voice and will be embraced by devotees of offbeat animation.
  86. The updated classic is a chiller of a political thriller in its own right.
  87. This challenging but refreshingly candid nonfiction feature is the debut of the talented Swedish-Danish filmmaking couple Frida and Lasse Barkfors, who have not only found a fascinating subject but who also manage to build a case against isolating sex offenders without resorting to such facile shortcuts as voiceovers or heavy editorializing.
  88. Star-stuffed, well paced and very funny.
  89. Manages to deliver more laughs than most of the competition.
  90. A likeably unpleasant slice of adults-only Texas noir, which aims at the funnybone as much as the jugular.

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