The Hollywood Reporter's Scores

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For 6,268 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Particle Fever
Lowest review score: 0 The Impaler
Score distribution:
6,268 movie reviews
  1. While this near two-hour feature debut does betray occasional signs of inexperience, on the whole it's a work of striking confidence.
  2. What makes 20,000 Days on Earth distinctive is that it provides an overview of the man and his art while creating the illusion that this has come together organically -- out of poetic ruminations, casual encounters, ghost-like visitations and good old Freudian psychoanalysis.
  3. La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus is just what the title indicates — and that turns out be an intimate and vivid report on a surprising connection between North and Central America.
  4. Muylaert does a deft job here of plotting her story and setting up her characters and their predicaments in ways that immediately invite reflection.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The main drawback to this noble effort, just nominated for the foreign-language Oscar, is that the two-hour film is unrelievedly grim and tense.
  5. While the pleasures of the brief (65 minutes) Viola are modest, it displays an imagination and stylishness that marks the young filmmaker as someone to watch.
  6. All of the key creative personnel contribute to the movie's nail-biting tension and unexpectedly moving finale. Jon Harris's editing is matchless, and Rahman's score effectively heightens the emotion. Ultimately, however, it is the talents of Boyle and Franco that sock this movie home.
  7. Spicing up the entire package is a screenplay by Canet and Philippe Lefebvre that bristles with wit and energy.
  8. Although the film runs more than two hours, the story is so compelling and the production so beautifully controlled that we are gripped by the characters' quest right up to the shocking end of the story.
  9. As intensely personal and deeply felt as it is, however, Davies' attempt to breathe new life into Rattigan's 1952 play is a rather bloodless, suffocating thing, lent tragic passion more by its use of Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto than by anything achieved by his star Rachel Weisz and her leading man.
  10. Essentially, this is a film about existential emptiness, and yet it’s beautiful and alive, as filled with humor as it is with melancholy.
  11. Not only a great cautionary tale, it's a civics lesson that should be seen by every concerned citizen.
  12. Very much a work of its time, the documentary offers unique perspectives for fans of both the saxophonist and the pioneering filmmaker, but is unlikely to attract a broad audience beyond those camps.
  13. An elegy for the days when Taiwan was a major East Asian film production center.
  14. A newcomer to film, Michaletos grew up on a farm with cheetahs, so he can act natural around the animals while making this Huck Finn-like character more than credible.
  15. His (Fernando Meirelles) impressionistic, guerilla style of filmmaking works surprisingly well in capturing the hypnotic urgency of le Carre's fiction. And his viewpoint is less British and more Third World.
  16. A genuinely moving look at life in a group foster home that avoids most of the usual routes into viewers' hearts.
  17. Uses dark humor, incisive characterizations and social commentary to infuse its familiar detective tale with a distinctive flair.
  18. Atmospheric but pedestrian, it is a retelling of the classic tragedy of all civil wars, from the U.S. to Vietnam to England, where brother is pitched against brother.
  19. Turns Jane Austen's nimble satire into a lumbering gothic romance.
  20. The film hits another comic mother lode in the byplay between Black and Cusack.
  21. Office is undermined by a simplistic screenplay lacking the nuances and frisson one expects of a cutting-edge satire of a capitalist world propelled by graft and greed.
  22. It is hard to imagine a better cast or production values so the film should find audiences among sophisticated urban adults.
  23. 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.
  24. Trite, grim and feebly provocative.
  25. This deeply humanistic, profoundly touching work representing independent cinema at its finest should be seen by far wider audiences.
  26. [A Hijacking] illuminatingly and sensitively dramatizes an easily-overlooked global crime phenomenon.
  27. Without becoming a screed for victims' rights, the riveting film shows how in the face of terrible events a grieving parent is galvanized into activism.
  28. The project suffers badly from being largely improvised as the pair fall back on familiar impressions and old jokes. Lazy and indulgent, it smacks of being what the British call a "jolly," that is a freebie with no obligation to turn in work afterward.
  29. A deeper, darker, visually arresting and more emotionally satisfying adaptation of the J.K. Rowling literary phenomenon, achieving the neat trick of remaining faithful to the spirit of the book while at the same time being true to its cinematic self.

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