The Hollywood Reporter's Scores

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For 5,919 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 2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Return to Homs
Lowest review score: 0 I Know Who Killed Me
Score distribution:
5,919 movie reviews
  1. A lazy ending mars this fine, if generic, take on a much-loved YA novel.
  2. Despite the story's elements of suspense, loss and determination, though, the picture has a mundane, low-stakes vibe that fails to make the most of its inspirational content.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The chosen style of animation leads to a distracting choppiness that renders the movements, gestures and facial expressions of the interviewees unconvincing. The other problem is that, memory naturally being something that returns in fits and starts, the film is rarely able to sustain any consistent narrative thrust.
  3. While it offers some mildly frothy diversions, the Pedro Almodovar-styled Cupcakes lacks the cinematic nutrition to overcome its empty calories.
  4. The film belongs to the women, with Knightley going from strength to strength (and showing she can sing!) and Miller again proving that she has everything it takes to be a major movie star.
  5. The film has enough originality to interest demanding fans of the genre.
  6. While it's well acted and has strong moments on a scene-by-scene basis, the film lacks an emotional center, keeping the impact cool and diffuse where it should be affecting.
  7. A decidedly old-fashioned war film that reaches for epic sweep but is often bogged down in cliched drama and two-dimensional characters.
  8. Full of incident but nearly devoid of dramatic tension, The Children of Huang Shi is a based-on-fact saga that has lost much of its power on the long road to the screen.
  9. Despite shortcomings and implausibility linked to their roles as written, Rogen and Banks come off with surprising charm and grace.
  10. Twisty enough to please many arthouse patrons, though some will be rolling their eyes by the end.
  11. Only the bravura of the cast, first and foremost Park and Lee (both veterans of Unbowed), generates sufficient interest to see the film through to its surprising conclusion, recounted in a respectful coda many years later.
  12. Shot in actual 3D rather than being the latest example of the horrible post-shooting conversion process, "Afterlife" undeniably looks terrific.
  13. AKA
    The technique adds little in the way of illumination and a lot in terms of inducing a migraine.
  14. This Spanish-lingo farce plays very much like an SNL sketch. The only problem is that it packs about as many laughs into its 85 minutes as a good skit does in eight or 10.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The movie is, arguably, too long and overladen with ideas. Klotz and Perceval are particularly keen on nailing the use and abuse of language in formatting human behavior.
  15. Although it has its involving moments, the watered-down Waugh fails to make any kind of lasting connection.
  16. While visually stylish and thematically ambitious, Secret Things is ultimately more preposterous than provocative, its vague explorations of sexual and class struggle failing to coalesce in a coherent manner.
  17. The simple but affecting film begins a weeklong award-qualifying run Friday before opening in stateside art houses Jan. 21, and is worth a look for its gutsy and commanding central performance.
  18. Takes a surprisingly gritty approach that gives the material some gravitas but also robs it of some of its fun.
  19. The main point of the film remains its style, which is so constantly and loudly reinforced that it’s often hard to concentrate on the story.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Stylized, pure cinematic retelling of this ancient tale of misogyny will enchant some and bore others.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The result is slightly less interesting and less appealing even as arthouse fare.
  20. In Channing Tatum, who also starred in "Saints," the film has a good-looking, magnetic hunk to draw a crowd. Terrence Howard lends the pedigree of great screen acting, and Zulay Henao adds charm and glamour.
  21. By avoiding sentimentality, Millions emerges as a simple tale told with sympathy for a child's point of view.
  22. Young actor Sitthiphon Disamoe helps keep the tale of a can-do kid from becoming too cute.
  23. This odd collection of oddballs doesn't quite play out as a satisfying movie.
  24. Ultimately falls short of reaching the pleasingly pulpy heights of an "L.A. Confidential" or a "Chinatown" despite those obvious aspirations.
  25. How She Move doesn't exactly break any new ground. But the terrific dance numbers on display should please its teenage target audience.
  26. There are sufficient pratfalls and Miley/Hannah quick-changes to satisfy the fans, while Cyrus retains that natural, unforced likability that made her a star in the first place.

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