The Hollywood Reporter's Scores

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For 5,230 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 1.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Ida
Lowest review score: 0 Material Girls
Score distribution:
5,230 movie reviews
  1. A truly moving meditation on identity, family and (as the title of his previous short immodestly put it) the meaning of life, Hertzfeldt's magnum opus is more cosmically satisfying than "The Tree of Life."
  2. For those willing to take the plunge, it is a deep and haunting work that lingers in the memory.
  3. Stranger by the Lake invites you into its alluring and peaceful world, only to gradually uncover the darkness beneath it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In telling this ancient story with style and humor, de Heer and his Aboriginal collaborators promote cultural understanding and acceptance by stealth, if you will.
  4. This is strikingly talented cinema from a notable international filmmaker.
  5. The results are always visually arresting, while the narrative, even by Maddin standards, is completely out in the ozone.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cronenberg and screenwriter Steve Knight masterfully orchestrate an atmosphere of danger and dread for a descent into an underworld inhabited by the Russian mafia in London.
  6. Although Vallee's remarkably assured film, which clocks in at more than two hours, proves that it's possible to have too much of a good thing, Canada's official Oscar submission for best foreign-language feature still manages keep up the entertaining yet emotionally satisfying pace sufficiently to earn audience accolades.
  7. Often gripping footage, and the finished product resembles a taut if at times confusing and inadvertently comic political thriller.
  8. Clever and fast-paced thriller.
  9. Director Tom Hooper ("John Adams") ably balances the games (surprisingly little football footage, actually), the personalities and the drama.
  10. Cody's dialogue has a definite rhythm and Reitman directs his actors to deliver the words in the rapid-fire precision of a '30s screwball comedy. Indeed all scenes develop a rhythm and inner logic that bring the movie to often startling revelations and insights.
  11. This is awareness-raising documentary cinema at its most urgent and necessary.
  12. It’s a marvelously imaginative conceit that transforms what could have been yet another dryly informative documentary into the realm of art.
  13. Elena is an elegiac cinematic essay that is both haunting and unforgettable.
  14. A riveting Argentine thriller spiked with witty dialogue and poignant love stories.
  15. Ultimately, the heavy-handed and annoyingly obvious aesthetic wears thin.
  16. The epic adventure, set during the Napoleonic Wars, boasts at least two artists at the top of their respective games -- namely filmmaker Peter Weir and actor Russell Crowe.
  17. Kells proves that in the increasingly high-tech world of feature animation, there still can be a place for old-time tradition.
  18. The period sets, costumes and cinematography all superbly recreate the brutal era, grand illusions and everyday suffering of the Poles under both the Nazis and the Soviets.
  19. No less impressive than the narrative mastery here, however, is the technical execution of this bold minimalist experiment.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Denis creates the threat of imminent danger through stillness and austerity rather than action. She's helped immeasurably by an astringent, fully committed performance from her leading lady, a gaunt, impossibly resolute Isabelle Huppert.
  20. Wonderfully understated, Station Agent is a masterful film and a bracing movie experience. Its power is in large part because of the performers, most prominently Dinklage as the solitary dwarf.
  21. All the movie's playfulness rubs off on the actors. Scenes crackle with life. The chemistry among all the actors is terrific.
  22. Bright Star may not be a joy forever but it will do until the next joy comes along.
  23. An exceptional animated feature from Spain, Wrinkles imaginatively and sensitively explore one of the major issues confronting most of the developed world: how to look after senior citizens in a rapidly aging population.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The frequently outrageous Il Divo follows the career of one of the best-known and most tenacious figures in Italian political history in a lively, sensory-overload, cartoonlike fashion reminiscent of "Amelie" and "Moulin Rouge." The fact that it's often over-the-top goes with saying, and is part of the fun.
  24. A highly original film of uncompromising, other-worldly beauty. Leviathan demands to be seen, even if it means you never eat seafood again.
  25. The film belongs to Jarvis, however, and she makes the most of it with expressive features that convey Mia's mixed-up emotions from raging temper to sweet vulnerability. She will go far.
  26. No
    Anchored by an admirably measured performance from Gael Garcia Bernal as the maverick advertising ace who spearheaded the winning campaign, the quietly impassioned film seems a natural for intelligent arthouse audiences.

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