The Hollywood Reporter's Scores

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For 7,840 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 Land of the Dead
Lowest review score: 0 Dirty Love
Score distribution:
7840 movie reviews
  1. The devastating effects of head injuries in sports are detailed in Steve James' wrenching documentary.
  2. Sad and disturbing, this smartly and conscientiously crafted film is a powerful wake-up call, heard but not yet implemented, by the “civilized” world.
  3. A brilliantly honed tale of dementia, starring a skeletal Christian Bale as a tormented insomniac wasting away and terrorized by his irreal existence.
  4. In a summer of remakes, reboots and sequels comes Inception, easily the most original movie idea in ages.
  5. The main performances are powerful, the visuals are bold and vivid, the final effect one of the gut having been punched and the mind stirred.
  6. Heineman offers up a double portrait of devastation, of a truly destroyed city and of partially decimated survivors, leaving the viewer with an empathetic sense of deep sorrow.
  7. One of Apprentice’s strongest selling points is how, in a very compact yet pleasingly dense way, it takes viewers into both the world of the executioners and the executed criminals’ family members who remain behind, two often almost ignored categories in films touching on capital punishment.
  8. Striking an elegantly sustained balance between intimacy and historical scope, director James Kent's WWI-set epic Testament of Youth encompasses nearly all of the virtues of classical British period drama and nearly none of the vices.
  9. What is admirable about Ivory Game is that it recognizes the complexity of the issues.
  10. The director mixes moods with a playfulness that is both brazen and carefree and yet precisely modulated, yielding results that amplify the specific content of the screenplay. This makes for a film that, however cheap it was to make, is incredibly rich to watch.
  11. Marley is sure to become the definitive documentary on the much beloved king of reggae.
  12. The elegiac Spettacolo is in some ways a familiar story, revolving around the universal tug of war between time and tradition.
  13. Cedar impressively creates a complex and intricately detailed portrait of the web of political, financial, social and religious affiliations that has everything to do with how the world works.
  14. Krisha Fairchild’s lead performance starts off as riveting and grows ever more compelling as the brilliantly off-center story unwinds.
  15. At once a powerful psychological thriller and a haunting allegory, The Return marks an auspicious feature debut for helmer Andrey Zvyagintsev.
  16. Depictions of custody battles have become a cinematic staple, but few register with the heartfelt emotion of Any Day Now.
  17. Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's final film about the West Memphis Three demonstrates how the first two docs played a role in galvanizing national support to free the wrongly convicted men.
  18. Thrillers don't get much smarter than The Interpreter.
  19. Superbly conveys its themes of despair and lost opportunities.
  20. It is irresistibly laugh-out-loud and feel-good.
  21. The result is a film both poetic and profound.
  22. It's a long movie that feels short: It grabs you in early scenes, intense though low-key before all hell breaks loose, then keeps you riveted to its mostly male characters.
  23. Director Carl Franklin has cranked up an unnervingly tight-triggered film. Screenwriters Billy Bob Thornton and Tom Epperson's scenario never relents from the out-of-control nature of the trio's bad acts. [7 May 1992]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
  24. The filmmakers were right to believe that a live-action version of this story would have failed to achieve the universality Persepolis does.
  25. 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Driven by director Tim Burton (Pee Wee's Big Adventure) and his fanciful imagination, the film is colorful, delightfully deranged and endlessly inventive — a grand-scale funhouse that can be enjoyed by children of all ages.
  26. A soft-spoken and perceptive film set in the Modernist small-town marvel that is Columbus, Indiana, this is a specialized art house treat that announces the arrival of a new director who combines small-scale, Ozu-like humanism with an impressive command of the formalist possibilities of film.
  27. The last couple of years in one tragically truncated life are chronicled with a winning combination of sensitivity and humor in I Am Breathing.
  28. No matter one's personal stance about what Snowden did, this revelatory work is fascinating and thought-provoking, if, at the same time, oddly lacking in tension; unlike the provocations of Michael Moore or Oliver Stone, the temperature of this film is very cool.
  29. Silence, more successfully than not, artfully addresses the core issue of its maker's lifelong religious struggle.

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