The Hollywood Reporter's Scores

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For 4,935 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 1.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Dark Knight
Lowest review score: 0 Material Girls
Score distribution:
4,935 movie reviews
  1. 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.
  2. Director David Weissman brings a rewardingly fresh and personal perspective to the subject.
  3. An eloquently shot and closely observed documentary about a poor family in modern-day Indonesia.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A riveting genre blend of thriller, domestic drama and supernatural horror propelled by a brilliant lead performance.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Being Elmo is a rare documentary that will connect across generations and cultures to delight viewers worldwide for years to come.
  4. Leave it to the folks who brought us "Wallace & Gromit," "Chicken Run" and "Flushed Away" to bring a delightful blast of fresh air to the conventional Christmas genre. Aardman's Arthur Christmas is that and more - an endlessly amusing 3D, CG-animated Yuletide romp with lively innovation at every turn and a dream voice cast headed by James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie and Bill Nighy.
  5. Artist evinces unlimited love for the look and ethos of the 1920s as well for the style of the movies. The filmmakers clearly did their homework and took great pleasure in doing so, an enjoyment that is passed along in ample doses to any viewer game for their nifty little conceit.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As in all the director's work, the cast is given top consideration and their realistic acting results in unusual depth of characterization.
  6. 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Danfung Dennis presents a powerful depiction of the horrors and daily violence of our ongoing war in Afghanistan.
  7. The actor literally takes the metaphors of his bull-headed character to the limits and is never less than believable or mesmerizing.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kindness is evident in even the most hurt or exasperated moments of de France's lovely performance as Samantha. But then, kindness couched in unblinking social realism is an intrinsic part of how these supremely gifted filmmakers view the world.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Marley is sure to become the definitive documentary on the much beloved king of reggae.
  8. This deeply humanistic, profoundly touching work representing independent cinema at its finest should be seen by far wider audiences.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The raunchiest, funniest and most enjoyably nonjudgmental American movie about selling sex since "Boogie Nights."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A mesmerizing psychological thriller bulging with twists, turns, nasty insinuations and shocking revelations that might have leapt from the pages of a Patricia Highsmith novel, The Imposter is all the more astonishing because it actually happened.
  9. Argo is a crackerjack political thriller told with intelligence, great period detail and a surprising amount of nutty humor for a serious look at the Iran hostage crisis of 1979-81.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cheerfully yet poignantly exposing the struggles, anxieties, disorders and obsessions of ordinary people, this is a film as odd as it is charming.
  10. The devastating effects of head injuries in sports are detailed in Steve James' wrenching documentary.
  11. Its sharp writing and essential credibility make this small, intimate tale fresh and involving.
  12. Dramatically gripping while still brandishing a droll undercurrent of humor, this beautifully made film will certainly be embraced as one of the best Bonds by loyal fans worldwide and leaves you wanting the next one to turn up sooner than four years from now.
  13. This absorbing drama provides Denzel Washington with one of his meatiest, most complex roles, and he flies with it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With a mix of retro eye-candy for grown-ups and a thrilling, approachable storyline for the tykes, the film casts a wide and beguiling net.
  14. A mismatched-friends drama whose overall sensitivity is belied by a couple of clumsily contrived plot points, Sean Baker's Starlet pairs story and setting perfectly.
  15. Few will be unmoved by this film's subjects, including the great niece of Herman Goering and the daughter of concentration camp commandant Amon Goeth, as they relate the heavy burdens stemming from their fateful lineage.
  16. Depictions of custody battles have become a cinematic staple, but few register with the heartfelt emotion of Any Day Now.
  17. Nutty, arcane and jaw-dropping in equal measure, this is a head-first plunge down the rabbit hole of Kubrickiana from which, for some, there is evidently no return.
  18. 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Neville unearths a treasure trove of archival TV, concert and film footage featuring many of these vocalists in their heyday, balancing the material with perfectly-lit contemporary studio interviews and performances shot in pristine digital cinematography, supplemented by more informal scenes depicting the frequent challenges of these musicians' careers.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Once the stardust settles and the generations of "Star Trek" fans pass in judgment, this splendid production may emerge as the best movie to date inspired by the multiple-series TV phenomenon created by the late Gene Roddenberry. [15 Nov. 1994]

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