The Hollywood Reporter's Scores

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For 7,997 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 2.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Brooklyn
Lowest review score: 0 InAPPropriate Comedy
Score distribution:
7997 movie reviews
  1. Surrealism is one thing, but The Intruder appears so ill defined and random that it ends up looking simply inept.
  2. Filmed in permanent twilight with a static camera and no music, it is gloomy and unrewarding with an oblique and uninformative script.
  3. Basically the film consists of a bunch of techies in white shirts and glasses laboriously discussing their views, exchanges you get the feeling the filmmaker thought would come off as humorous.
  4. Despite the artistic flourishes, this is still an utterly repellent look at a psychopath who does not deserve the attention of the filmmakers or the audience.
  5. Pretty pictures alone do not in themselves great cinema make - not for the first time, Reygadas' waywardly wilful approach to screenwriting and structure severely outweighs whatever fleeting pleasures his movies may impart.
  6. This film neither really embraces the mechanics of primitive cinema nor creates a coherent syntax of its own.
  7. Pretentious to the core and lacking any context or credible characterizations.
  8. Crude, repetitive and rigorously single-minded, the popular actor’s writing and directing debut lays it all on a bit thick, as the few points the film has to make are underscored time and time again.
  9. Eden Lake has the trappings of a low-IQ thriller but it's really a contemptible tract feeding the prejudices of the U.K.'s rightwing tabloids that claim the country is overrun by teenagers wielding knives.
  10. Superficially provocative but ultimately pointless, this is one punishing vacation.
  11. This lushly and pretentiously made drama about a young American whose worst instincts are unleashed during a stay in Paris endeavors to entice with details of the seedy underworld of La Pigalle but is a turn-off in almost every respect.
  12. An embarrassment to all concerned, the film was written, directed and produced by Soderbergh for reasons that are not readily apparent.
  13. For all its manic energy, there aren't enough recreational drugs in the world to make Yakuza Apocalypse anything but a bloody silly bore.
  14. Longing makes you long for a good movie. Tedious and long-winded even at 90 minutes, this German film, written and directed by Valeska Grisebach, tells a mundane tale of adultery that lacks even the slightest insight.
  15. The film just looks a mess, apart from some of the rather pretty shots of banana slugs and redwoods. It doesn’t help that the characters, even accounting for how little developed they are, come across as entitled, self-absorbed brats, and that the very title is, on a first viewing, a complete enigma. At least it’s only 72 minutes long.
  16. Shallow is a mild word for it. Others would be silly, miscalculated, unconvincing, artless, pandering, hokey, ridiculous. Or just plain awful.
  17. In the end one would rather be back at one's own computer, tending to the tedious details of digital life, than watching this clique get pinged to death.
  18. A film that seems drained of life and ideas rather than sustained by them.
  19. Splinter is a bad idea, borrowing body parts, as it were, from old horror flicks to genuinely unsatisfying results.
  20. While the endless introspection may be therapeutic for those involved, it's not so wonderful for the innocent onlooker, who's subjected to the ponderous musings of the emotionally catatonic group while a series of similarly vapid flashbacks offer little in the way of relief.
    • The Hollywood Reporter
  21. At best a kitschy "Catch Me If You Can" and at worst a tedious comedy that grows more tiresome by every self-consciously irreverent minute.
  22. The production is over-stuffed with cutesy split screens, jarring dream sequences and a pushy score by Bright Eyes band members Nathaniel Walcott and Mike Mogis that succeed in dragging the proceedings from merely cloying to increasingly annoying.
  23. Ultimately, the film is as numbingly boring as, well, a lengthy train ride during which there's nothing to do but look out the window.
  24. Well, that didn't take long. Everything fun and terrific about "Iron Man," a mere two years ago, has vanished with its sequel. In its place, Iron Man 2 has substituted noise, confusion, multiple villains, irrelevant stunts and misguided story lines.
  25. The track records of the performers are impeccable, but Issit has obviously never watched an awards show or similar event where comedy actors appear unscripted. Placing the weight of such a preposterous storyline on their improvisational shoulders was a disaster waiting to happen. And it happened.
  26. The lameness of the gags and dialogue and the film's frequent deep dives for the bottom at the expense of real comedy speak to desperation in Hollywood to figure out the audience for contemporary naughty comedy.
  27. Snyder and writers David Hayter and Alex Tse never find a reason for those unfamiliar with the graphic novel to care about any of this nonsense. And it is nonsense.
  28. For the most part, the acting is shrill and cartoonish. Indeed, most of the actors appear to be, in the finest desi filmmaking tradition, from the filmmakers' close circle of friends and family.
  29. This Mexican action flick from director-writer Beto Gómez has all the makings of a great comedy only no one told the filmmakers.
  30. Laughs do not exactly pour forth from this dreary and frequently insulting picture.

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