The Hollywood Reporter's Scores

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For 7,549 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: 61
Highest review score: 100 Sicario
Lowest review score: 0 Your Highness
Score distribution:
7549 movie reviews
  1. Noir never has been this dark.
  2. While the film depicts a world seldom far removed from grim reality, the sly strain of humor keeps it buoyant, nowhere more so than in Kaurismaki’s deadpan dialogue, delivered with affectless aplomb by his marvelous cast.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A superb murder mystery, with twists coming thick and fast yet always at the right moments.
  3. An enthrallingly intimate look at the brilliant, troubled and always charismatic screen legend.
  4. Delicious slapstick, droll wit and terrific characters make Aardman's first venture in CG cartooning a great success.
  5. A grand story of redemption, laced with barbecued wit and slopped with intrigue, Chrystal is a high heaping of brilliant storytelling.
  6. Boy Meets Girl is a funny and touching comedy/drama boasting a superlative debut performance by Michelle Hendley.
  7. A fantastical romp that proves every bit as transporting as that movie about the blue people of Pandora, his "Alice" is more than just a gorgeous 3D sight to behold.
  8. Brandishing an ambition it's likely no film, including this one, could entirely fulfill, The Tree of Life is nonetheless a singular work, an impressionistic metaphysical inquiry into mankind's place in the grand scheme of things that releases waves of insights amid its narrative imprecisions.
  9. Essentially, this is a film about existential emptiness, and yet it’s beautiful and alive, as filled with humor as it is with melancholy.
  10. A riveting Argentine thriller spiked with witty dialogue and poignant love stories.
  11. A delectable riff on transformation, desire and sexuality that blends the heightened reality of melodrama with mischievous humor and an understated strain of Hitchcockian suspense.
  12. Even at its most sorrowful, Marjorie Prime is suffused with warmth, the core of it emanating from Smith in two complementary iterations of the same character.
  13. A taut, involving drama centered around the mysterious disappearance of a young woman, About Elly confirms director Asghar Farhadi as a major talent in Iranian cinema whose ability to chronicle the middle-class malaise of his society is practically unrivaled.
  14. This impeccably assembled and argued film represents a brave, timely intervention into debates around the organization that have been simmering for some time.
  15. While the science behind Earle’s conservation project is fascinating, it’s her natural charisma and infectious enthusiasm that are most compelling onscreen.
  16. The result is an animated adventure that's funnier than "Shark Tale" and more charming than "The Polar Express."
  17. Noah Baumbach has followed up his acclaimed 2005 breakthrough "The Squid and the Whale" with another wryly observed, giddily cringe-inducing, bracingly original winner.
  18. A flawlessly executed character study.
  19. Working with non-pro actors, Hammer pulls authentic performances from the trio that are at times almost too painful to witness.
  20. The film's smart craftsmanship is ultimately less noteworthy than its humanizing, prejudice-challenging immersion into the lives of people who inhabit L.A.'s low-end drug and sex industry.
  21. This intense, painful movie lingers in the memory.
  22. Stephen Frears is in full possession of his filmmaking talent in Philomena, one of his most pulled-together dramas in years.
  23. Smartly shaped and vigorously told by prolific documentarian John Scheinfeld (Who Is Harry Nilsson, The U.S. vs. John Lennon), the film bulges with insights offered by everyone from family members and close collaborators to the likes of Cornel West and Bill Clinton.
  24. An edgy entertainment, the movie also remarkably has the feel-good warmth of an old-time Irish film.
  25. The story in itself is first-rate. However, it’s the very measured handling that makes it distinctive.
  26. A mesmerizing psychological thriller bulging with twists, turns, nasty insinuations and shocking revelations that might have leapt from the pages of a Patricia Highsmith novel, The Imposter is all the more astonishing because it actually happened.
  27. A crucial, profound strength of Newtown is its refusal to rush toward “closure” as necessary, or even to suggest that it’s possible. There’s a striking lack of the bromides that usually abound in such contexts.
  28. Uplifting without a drop of sap, the tale of a boy's obsession with a glittering swimming pool and how it changes four lives offers numerous pleasures and one of the most satisfying and resonant conclusions to be seen in recent cinema.
  29. Beguiling in its strangeness, yet also effortlessly evoking recognizable emotions such as loneliness and the feeling of being stuck in a dead-end town and life, this moody and gorgeous film is finally more about atmosphere and emotions than narrative -- and none the worse for it.

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