The Hollywood Reporter's Scores

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For 5,866 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 Youth
Lowest review score: 0 I Know Who Killed Me
Score distribution:
5,866 movie reviews
  1. For Christopher Nolan to turn Batman Begins into such a smart, gritty, brooding, visceral experience is astonishing. Truly, Batman does begin again.
  2. That rare sequel that took its time -- 23 years -- so it not only advances a story but also has something new to say.
  3. A biographical documentary doesn't get any better than this.
  4. Berliner crafts a quietly touching and illuminating memento mori from the steady dying of an intellectual light.
  5. Undeniably, it's a strange and savage blend, and Altman has undressed the fashion world as a heap of dirty laundry. He has fashioned a super satirical sendup. [9 Dec 1994]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
  6. Atom Egoyan has delivered a big, slick and sexy mystery in Where the Truth Lies, turning the Rupert Holmes novel into a sumptuous tale of show business hype and duplicity.
  7. This is an art film in spades.
  8. James has done a wonderful job of telling a colorful life story.
  9. Most of all, Earhart wanted to be able to fly free as a bird above the clouds, and director Nair and star Swank make her quest not only understandable but truly impressive.
  10. Because Cutie and Boxer resists easy sentimentality, its view of life and love is all the more powerful.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mike Leigh has come up with a profound yet simple drama of family life generously leavened with comedy. [14 Oct. 1991]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
  11. Audiences will eat it up: This is a postmillennial spy-action movie pitched to a large international audience. You hardly need subtitles.
  12. What sets Code Black apart is that the filmmaker is himself a physician. His extraordinary access to life-and-death moments and his illuminating perspective on the medical system make for a powerful viewing experience.
  13. A tough-minded, bracingly blunt look at the sometimes debilitating cost of doing business that casts an unblinking eye on the physical, emotional and moral bottom line.
  14. Haneke echoes the theme of Hitchcock's "Rear Window": Moviemaking is basically an act of voyeurism. We secretly examine people's lives in every movie. But in this one, there is a hidden camera, a movie within the movie as it were, forcing us to observe a character along side a mysterious stranger.
  15. The devastating effects of head injuries in sports are detailed in Steve James' wrenching documentary.
  16. Sad and disturbing, this smartly and conscientiously crafted film is a powerful wake-up call, heard but not yet implemented, by the “civilized” world.
  17. A brilliantly honed tale of dementia, starring a skeletal Christian Bale as a tormented insomniac wasting away and terrorized by his irreal existence.
  18. In a summer of remakes, reboots and sequels comes Inception, easily the most original movie idea in ages.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. Marley is sure to become the definitive documentary on the much beloved king of reggae.
  22. At once a powerful psychological thriller and a haunting allegory, The Return marks an auspicious feature debut for helmer Andrey Zvyagintsev.
  23. Depictions of custody battles have become a cinematic staple, but few register with the heartfelt emotion of Any Day Now.
  24. 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.
  25. Thrillers don't get much smarter than The Interpreter.
  26. Superbly conveys its themes of despair and lost opportunities.
  27. The result is a film both poetic and profound.
  28. 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.
  29. The filmmakers were right to believe that a live-action version of this story would have failed to achieve the universality Persepolis does.

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