The Hollywood Reporter's Scores

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For 8,283 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 2.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Zero Dark Thirty
Lowest review score: 0 Black Rose
Score distribution:
8283 movie reviews
  1. A wondrous flight of fancy, a stop-motion-animated treat brimming with imaginative characters, evocative sets, sly humor, inspired songs and a genuine whimsy that seldom finds its way into today's movies.
  2. A fully believable, flesh-and-blood (albeit not human flesh and blood) romance is the beating heart of "Avatar." Cameron has never made a movie just to show off visual pyrotechnics: Every bit of technology in "Avatar" serves the greater purpose of a deeply felt love story.
  3. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes manages to do at least three things exceptionally well that are hard enough to pull off individually: Maintain a simmering level of tension without let-up for two hours, seriously improve on a very good first entry in a franchise and produce a powerful humanistic statement using a significantly simian cast of characters.
  4. It is a work of great fantasy and charm that will delight children ages 3 to 100.
  5. The unique charm of Isle of Dogs is its bottomless vault of curios, its sly humor, playful graphic inserts and dexterous narrative detours.
  6. For Chazelle to be able to pull this off the way he has is something close to remarkable. The director's feel for a classic but, for all intents and purposes, discarded genre format is instinctive and intense.
  7. Youth is a voluptuary’s feast, a full-body immersion in the sensory pleasures of the cinema.
  8. A gloriously inspirational film documenting music’s healing power in Alzheimer patients.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An extraordinary motion picture, greater in dimension and significance than any similar film of our time, Ben-Hur is more spectacular than any of the previous spectacles. More importantly, it is at the same time a highly rewarding dramatic experience, rich and complex in human values: a great adventure, full of excitement, visual beauty, thrills and unsurpassed cinema artistry.
  9. A ferociously entertaining thriller with sympathetic characters, stunning set pieces and pulsating excitement.
  10. Hysterically funny yet melancholy comedy.
  11. A career high point for Ralph Fiennes as both an actor and director, this unfussy and emotionally penetrating work also provides lead actress Felicity Jones with the prime role in which she abundantly fulfills the promise suggested in some of her earlier small films.
  12. Perhaps returning to Apocalypse Now will reinvigorate the once brilliant storyteller. Certainly, the images, colors and design still astonish. And let's hope that Apocalypse Now Redux will become the definitive version. For the movie hits home even harder now. [14 May 2001]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
  13. The violence of the inter-American drug trade has served as the backdrop for any number of films for more than three decades, but few have been as powerful and superbly made as Sicario.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The ingeniously structured screenplay by Katz, Huyck and Lucas offers up a load of wonderful characters who whirl about in ducktail haircuts and shirtwaist dresses, lost in the obscenity of American culture. Thanks to some of the most spirited, daffy dialogue since Lubitsch, their sweetness is deliriously funny. No matter how high the dramatic stakes become, the movie never loses its sense of humor, and although it has a lot to say, it's gloriously free of pretensions.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Lucas Belvaux's Rapt is two movies, both excellent, for the price of one.
  14. It’s like watching a first-rate standup routine transformed into fiction, or in this case auto-fiction, as Rock has more on his mind than just making us laugh, offering up a witty celebrity satire that doubles as a love story set during one long and eventful New York City day.
  15. A remarkably vibrant and frank look at one precocious teen’s emerging sexual life — a film with the stuff of life coursing through its veins and sex very much on its brain.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    West Side Story is a magnificent show, a milestone in movie musicals, a box-office smash. It is so good that superlatives are superfluous. Let it be noted that the film musical, the one dramatic form that is purely American and purely Hollywood, has never been done better
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It is simply one of the most exciting and intelligent action films in years, probably the best good-cop film we can expect to encounter.
  16. Frame by Frame is a work of profound immediacy, in sync with the photographers’ commitment and hope.
  17. The film is a captivating, sobering look at the world’s endangered aquatic species, but it’s also a frightening revelation of what methane and carbon are doing to the ocean.
  18. A ferociously entertaining film.
  19. The best one yet.
  20. This is a wondrous and moving account of a remarkable life that puts us right there with Goodall to share directly in her discoveries.
  21. U2 3D takes the well-traveled concert film to exhilarating new heights.
  22. Featuring superb performances by the principal actors, Big Bad Wolves is mesmerizing from start to finish.
  23. Up
    Winsome, touching and arguably the funniest Pixar effort ever, the gorgeously rendered, high-flying adventure is a tidy 90-minute distillation of all the signature touches that came before it.
  24. This is one of the most wildly romantic movies in ages.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Doctor Zhivago is more than a masterful motion picture; it is a life experience.

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