The Hollywood Reporter's Scores

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For 5,728 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 1.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Avatar
Lowest review score: 0 Movie 43
Score distribution:
5,728 movie reviews
  1. It provides both deep musical pleasures and a touching farewell to the former Beatle.
  2. Although the pace is slow, "Twilight" is a moving account of a family in crisis and the love that provides a short window of happiness for the father.
  3. While "Exorcism" focused on a murder-trial battle between the priest and a prosecutor, Schmid's film beautifully details the behavior, events and socio-religious pressures that lead to the decision to perform such an extreme ritual.
  4. 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."
  5. For those willing to take the plunge, it is a deep and haunting work that lingers in the memory.
  6. 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.
  7. This is strikingly talented cinema from a notable international filmmaker.
  8. 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.
  9. At times fascinating, at times not, its in-depth look at the administration, campus, students and faculty offers an insider's view into the way American academia functions.
  10. 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.
  11. Often gripping footage, and the finished product resembles a taut if at times confusing and inadvertently comic political thriller.
  12. Clever and fast-paced thriller.
  13. Director Tom Hooper ("John Adams") ably balances the games (surprisingly little football footage, actually), the personalities and the drama.
  14. 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.
  15. This is awareness-raising documentary cinema at its most urgent and necessary.
  16. It’s a marvelously imaginative conceit that transforms what could have been yet another dryly informative documentary into the realm of art.
  17. This impeccably assembled and argued film represents a brave, timely intervention into debates around the organization that have been simmering for some time.
  18. Elena is an elegiac cinematic essay that is both haunting and unforgettable.
  19. A riveting Argentine thriller spiked with witty dialogue and poignant love stories.
  20. It’s like watching a first-rate standup routine transformed into fiction, or in this case auto-fiction, as Rock has more on his mind than just making us laugh, offering up a witty celebrity satire that doubles as a love story set during one long and eventful New York City day.
  21. Ultimately, the heavy-handed and annoyingly obvious aesthetic wears thin.
  22. Ingrid’s complex and flawed psyche finally does come into view in the home stretch but it feels like Vogt’s kept his narrative cards too close to his chest for too long. It’s a shame, especially because Petersen (Troubled Water) is terrific in a very tricky role.
  23. 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.
  24. Kells proves that in the increasingly high-tech world of feature animation, there still can be a place for old-time tradition.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.

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