The Hollywood Reporter's Scores

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For 4,931 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Big Bad Wolves
Lowest review score: 0 The Human Centipede (First Sequence)
Score distribution:
4,931 movie reviews
  1. It's simply old-school stunts and movie magic.
  2. Transformers is a wet dream for fanboys, with vehicles that whiz and whir into alien robots, spectacular sci-fi stunt chases, glistening military hardware, overheated computer software and brainy, hot girls who love Popular Mechanics.
  3. Christian Bale plays Dieter Dengler and this is one of the actor's most complex and compelling performances.
  4. Audiences will eat it up: This is a postmillennial spy-action movie pitched to a large international audience. You hardly need subtitles.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An unnervingly powerful picture of atrocity.
  5. The value of this film, not just to moviegoers today but to future generations, is simply enormous.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cronenberg and screenwriter Steve Knight masterfully orchestrate an atmosphere of danger and dread for a descent into an underworld inhabited by the Russian mafia in London.
  6. A deeply reflective, quietly powerful work that is as timely as it is moving.
  7. Pungently atmospheric, brilliantly textured and featuring superb performances from every performer in parts big and small.
  8. It is more sad-funny than funny-funny, but Jenkins has enough empathy and wit to realize that even the sad parts are, somehow, funny.
  9. Noah Baumbach has followed up his acclaimed 2005 breakthrough "The Squid and the Whale" with another wryly observed, giddily cringe-inducing, bracingly original winner.
  10. De Palma's screenplay is outstanding, and he draws wonderfully naturalistic performances from his youthful cast.
  11. With compelling and charismatic performances by Keira Knightley and James McAvoy as the lovers, and a stunning contribution from Romola Garai as their remorseful nemesis, the film goes directly to "The English Patient" territory and might also expect rapturous audiences and major awards.
  12. Not only is the film a powerful historical record and a warning for future generations, it is an essential reminder to people, including many in Japan today, who might deny that this massacre ever occurred. As such, Nanking honors the highest calling of documentary filmmaking.
  13. The filmmakers were right to believe that a live-action version of this story would have failed to achieve the universality Persepolis does.
  14. Teaming with Depp, his long-time alter ego, Burton makes Sweeney a smoldering dark pit of fury and hate that consumes itself. With his sturdy acting and surprisingly good voice, Depp is a Sweeney Todd for the ages.
  15. Downey plays off his own bad-boy image wonderfully. The writers give him great lines to work with and ditto that for his Girl Friday, Gwyneth Paltrow's Pepper Potts, whose own svelte lines cannot be improved on.
  16. The stroke of genius is, of course, the film's hero -- the big, lovable bear that is the Chinese panda.
  17. Witty to the point of hilarity, blood-soaked and thoroughly politically incorrect, Mother of Tears: The Third Mother follows 1970s cult classics "Suspiria" and "Inferno" to complete Argento's "Mother" trilogy.
  18. Even a klutz could hardly make a bad movie about these compelling figures. Thankfully though, Guido Santi and Tina Mascara are superb filmmakers, fully alive in their terrific film Chris & Don: A Love Story to all the undercurrents of art, social class, sexual orientation, challenging relationships and, most especially, the touching love story at the heart of their film.
  19. Hilarious for those on Maddin's mad wavelength and more varied than his strictly fictional features.
  20. A biographical documentary doesn't get any better than this.
  21. Spicing up the entire package is a screenplay by Canet and Philippe Lefebvre that bristles with wit and energy.
  22. A winning mix of sharp comedy and touching bits that keeps the laughter -- a few tears -- flowing.
  23. It is a sumptuously told tale of childlike wonder in the face of darkest corruption and war, mixing high comedy, surreal sequences and genuine drama viewed from a wise, jaundiced perspective.
  24. 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.
  25. Alternately disturbing, laceratingly satirical and affectingly poignant, the film, which he adapted from the novel, Towelhead, by Alicia Erian, is very much a companion piece to the Ball-penned "American Beauty" in its unwavering examination of the dirty little secrets and raging hypocrisies lurking just beyond all those manicured suburban lawns.
  26. Working with non-pro actors, Hammer pulls authentic performances from the trio that are at times almost too painful to witness.
  27. In Changeling Eastwood continues to probe uncomfortable subjects to depict the individual and even existential struggle to do what is right.
  28. The film is superbly crafted, covering huge amounts of time, people and the zeitgeist without a moment of lapsed energy or inattention to detail.

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