The Hollywood Reporter's Scores

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For 4,935 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 1.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Blue Is the Warmest Color
Lowest review score: 0 What Love Is
Score distribution:
4,935 movie reviews
  1. The two main characters are both so funny, human and touching that Sunset Story ultimately possesses an emotional quality missing from many similarly themed efforts.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fast and dangerous, Miss Bala is a hair-raising actioner.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What’s most disturbing about the film is indeed its placid, almost non-descript surface -- also echoed in the production design and camerawork -- and the knowledge that unspeakable things are happening offscreen and behind closed doors.
  2. Consequently, though it's difficult to work out what's going on, it's never boring.
  3. It's caustic, irreverent, constantly amusing and a tiny bit rude. Not a lot, though. This isn't the "Beavis and Butt-Head" or "South Park" movie. It's almost -- dare I say it -- charming.
  4. Nutty, arcane and jaw-dropping in equal measure, this is a head-first plunge down the rabbit hole of Kubrickiana from which, for some, there is evidently no return.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A "little" film with a great reach.
  5. A deeply dispiriting portrait of the systemic persecution of the LGBT community in Uganda, the country that seems to be ground zero for homophobia.
  6. This is a marvelous family story, tapping into all sorts of childhood dreams and nightmares involving Mommy, monsters and heroic youngsters. Selick's imaginative sets and puppets are in perfect pitch with Gaiman's fantasy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Thanks to the script which invests the smallest scenes with dramatic significance, Tokyo Sonata enthrals audiences for the first hour with the pacing of a thriller.
  7. Thoughtful and less sensationalistic than its premise might suggest, it's made for arthouses and offers a fine showcase for costar Rutger Hauer.
  8. Long deemed unfilmable, the 18th century novel finds the perfect interpreters in director Michael Winterbottom and actor Steve Coogan.
  9. Moviegoers who know their American political history will respond to the film's immediacy and forgive the film's tight focus and narrow view. Anyone hoping for an entertaining drama about newsmen and politics along the lines of "All the President's Men" will be disappointed.
  10. A stunning documentary that not only beautifully elucidates a nearly forgotten incident but touches on crucial themes involving isolation, sanity, self-worth, impossible dreams, the nature of heroism and limits of human endurance.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Arthouse audiences could drink this down like a glass of Chardonnay.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A brainy blend of farce and heart, this is one of those movies that veteran moviegoers complain they don't make anymore.
  11. Acutely observed but gloomy and lacking narrative, it tells of 12 months in the life of a decent but dull suburban couple and their friends, most of whom you would go out of your way to avoid at a party.
  12. It's tempting to call The Four Times documentary-like, except that documentaries usually explain what it is we are seeing. Instead, Frammartino uses his background as a video installation artist to create something that one could just as easily come across playing at an art gallery.
  13. Thorny, blood-boiling and finely made.
  14. Less a political movie than a boxing film without the gloves.
  15. Comprising seven individual films with a cumulative running time of more than 8 1/2 hours, Have You Heard From Johannesburg (the title comes from a Gil Scott-Heron song) naturally will find a more receptive home on television and home video, but New York's Film Forum, presenting it in three parts, is to be commended for giving the series its world theatrical premiere.
  16. The film, which received its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, no doubt will become a mainstay of university film courses.
  17. Which Way is the Front Line is more than a chronicle of a life and a brilliant ten-year career cut short at age 40. It’s also a strangely beautiful insight into one man’s distinctive way of looking at and experiencing war.
  18. Feels lavish by normal documentary standards and will have great appeal in such F1 hotbeds as Europe and South America.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Beyond the Hills is less fun than any film about lesbian nuns and their psychotic ex-lovers ought to be. But it is an engrossingly serious work, and confirms Mungiu as a maturing talent with more universal stories to tell than those defined by Romania’s recent political past.
  19. At once entirely frank and downright cuddly in the way it deals with the seldom-visited subject of the sex lives of people with disabilities, this well-acted and constructed film will, at the very least, turn the spotlight on this unusual topic.
  20. A nature documentary that captures the ferocity and heroism of nature.
  21. Through interviews with Jonestown survivors and rare footage of Jones himself, this sober documentary presents an unforgettable historical portrait.
  22. The film boasts a terrific newcomer in the lead role, exquisite widescreen photography and a powerful sense of place.
  23. Although overlong and diffuse, Oasis, written and directed by Lee Chang-dong, boasts many powerful moments.

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