The Hollywood Reporter's Scores

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For 5,522 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 2.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Lowest review score: 0 The Impaler
Score distribution:
5,522 movie reviews
  1. Such heart-tuggers have their appeal to some people in any era, but earnest hokum of this nature has become increasingly rare. And for a reason.
  2. Terse and understated, this is a spy vs. spy tale designed to minimize talk and maximize action, not at all a bad thing in movies but over-worked to near-exhaustion here.
  3. This soapy effort about a prosperous businessman having a midlife crisis finds Perry working in the heavily melodramatic mode that marks his weakest efforts.
  4. The movie has a hard time wrapping up its love story without feeling forced, however game the cast. Viewers won't be able to say they weren't given what they came for, but they might feel unsatisfied all the same.
  5. Effects work is slick, and Goddard keeps his foot on the accelerator with help from David Julyan's suspense-building score. It's just too bad the movie is never much more than a hollow exercise in self-reflexive cleverness that's not nearly as ingenious as it seems to think.
  6. A bland romantic comedy in the Richard Curtis style, The Decoy Bride is mainly notable for its proof, if any was needed after "Boardwalk Empire," that Kelly Macdonald is a major talent.
  7. As cartoonish as much of this is, Pickering's story is refreshing in its refusal to paint all Christians with the same brush,
  8. In his 4:44 Last Day on Earth, the auteur imagines the apocalypse from an aging NYC hipster's perspective, hitting melancholy notes that may ring true for a small segment of the art-house audience but, without the compelling presence of Willem Dafoe, would have little hope at the box office.
  9. Informative and lively if low on cinematic value, the documentary will play well on the small screen.
  10. Filmmaker Julia Haslett lacks focus in her ode to the French philosopher.
  11. Where the film falls apart is in trying to steer this nightmare out of dark fantasy into the cold light of logic.
  12. An exercise in opaque supernatural storytelling that's as frustrating as it is beguiling.
  13. As with many films of its ilk, Surviving Progress takes on more than it can comfortably handle, veering haphazardly from subject to subject.
  14. Despite the filmmaker's obvious good intentions in trying to impart valuable life lessons to younger viewers, We the Party suffers from any number of problems, including uneven acting (talent isn't always hereditary); stereotypical characters and situations; and a manic visual style featuring the sort of split-screen obsession that felt outdated decades ago.
  15. While superbly acted, the dramedy plays out like a tepid "Big Chill" at best.
  16. Amusing but scattered and unconvincing comedy.
  17. Some privileged nature footage from the African rain forest is dishonored by deeply silly narration in Chimpanzee.
  18. Subject matter this powerfully charged shouldn't feel like a study aid.
  19. While Downtown Express suffers from a derivative storyline, it offers enough musical authenticity to provide ample compensations.
  20. Though Safe initially seems a little darker and more thoughtful than the British star's previous comic-book escapades in "Death Race," "The Expendables" or the "Transporter" trilogy, it ultimately reverts to testosterone-heavy formula.
  21. This debut feature by Anne Renton doesn't quite find the proper tone to convey its heartfelt message.
  22. A niche theatrical run might draw fans of Goldthwait's previous work, this effort isn't likely to get as much help from critics as those sometimes did.
  23. A dicey blend that generates viewer goodwill but can't make its conflicting vibes gel, A Bag of Hammers will play best with the most soft-hearted viewers provided they don't mind rooting for unrepentant felons.
  24. Dark Shadows sinks its teeth half-way into its potentially meaty material but hesitates to go all the way.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The family drama The Cup revisits this popular win in a workmanlike fashion.
  25. Amid the would-be and actual laughs, the screenplay tries to drum up drama, but every disagreement and tension is treated superficially and summarily resolved.
  26. Has heart to spare, but little new to say.
  27. Corny, calculating and commercial...Their slickly executed culture-clash character piece is stuffed chock full of hard-knock life lessons that owe much more to the conventions of the screen than the tough realities of social deprivation and of the severely handicapped.
  28. Yes, it's a cartoon, but it's conspicuously unmodulated, with the volume set on high and the pacing all but pushed to fast-forward.
  29. Imagine a teenage lesbian love story directed by David Cronenberg and you'll have some sense of the weirdness of Jack and Diane. Bradley Rust Gray's attempt to weave horror elements into a fairly conventional narrative yields diminishing returns in this overly stylized effort.

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