The Hollywood Reporter's Scores

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For 5,152 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 Blue Caprice
Lowest review score: 0 Material Girls
Score distribution:
5,152 movie reviews
  1. Cheerfully yet poignantly exposing the struggles, anxieties, disorders and obsessions of ordinary people, this is a film as odd as it is charming.
  2. A moving and effective film whose subject may lack the hot-button boxoffice appeal of the director's "An Inconvenient Truth" but is at least a crisis practically everyone agrees actually exists.
  3. Retains considerable entertainment value on the strength of Herzog's never-dull, very personal narrating style.
  4. A fascinating account of its subject's self-torture over his inability to stop one of the 20th century's greatest tragedies.
  5. The arc and uplift of the story might be familiar, but thanks to DaSilva’s magnetism and skillful direction, this is way more than a conventional weeper.
  6. Closed Curtain is a moody, intellectually complex film that requires good will and brainwork on the part of the viewer to penetrate and enjoy.
  7. 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Michelle Williams does her best but she cannot prevent Kelly Reichardt's Wendy and Lucy, a weak tale about being broke and on the road in rural America, from dwindling into boredom.
  8. What makes this film such a warm and touching portrait is that it reveals a woman who, even at her lowest, never loses her sense of humor.
  9. Not merely a sitcom of cultural clash. Screenwriter Angus Maclachlan has delicately etched a compelling portrait of a way of life whose decencies and simplicities are often dismissed as being "unsophisticated."
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This poetic portrait of simple Japanese life immerses you in the elegance of the ordinary.
  10. No question, watching this film is a tough go. Horror films cause less seat-squirming.
  11. Three Times offers a careful examination of the changing ways people have reacted to each other during the past 100 years. As such, it's an interesting essay but certainly a minor work from a master.
  12. An affecting film that manages to find glimmers of beauty in the encroaching bleakness, and coaxing richly dimensional performances which, like Maria's photographs, transcend the conventionally black and white.
  13. There is no denying the emotional impact of the story, which is powerfully conveyed in this important, deeply moving documentary.
  14. The Queen of Versailles will prompt loathing not only among the so-called 99 Percent, but among those in the top 1 percent who would like someone more sane to represent them on camera.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Genuinely sweet, beautifully constructed documentary.
  15. By this time, cinematographer Fred Kelemen's mostly stationary camera has revealed about all there is to see in a fine array of textures in such things as the wooden table, the rough floors, the walls of stone, the ropes on the horse and the skin on the boiled potatoes. That does not, however, make up for the almost complete lack of information about the two characters, and so it is easy to become indifferent to their fate, whatever it is.
  16. If ultimately the highly talky Saraband comes across as a minor entry in the canon, it nonetheless marks a dignified farewell for one of cinema's greatest directors.
  17. Schickel's documentary, narrated by Sydney Pollack, breaks no new ground stylistically, but it is a well-organized, informative and inevitably entertaining portrait of the man who revolutionized screen comedy and who arguably became the first mass-market, commercialized media figure.
  18. A bold film both in its storytelling strategies and its filmmaking logistics.
  19. Well-made and acted Coen Brothers remake lacks the humor and resonance that might have made it memorable.
  20. Alternately haunting, inspiring and dreamily meditative, this is a visually majestic film of transfixing moods and textures.
  21. This everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach not only makes for pacey entertainment, it also allows director Christopher Bell to delve deep into the matter at hand.
  22. A delightful and uplifting study of kids and families by Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda.
  23. But even if What Richard Did is sometimes a little too understated for its own good, this is still a classy piece of work which convincingly captures the emotionally complex, morally murky texture of real life.
  24. If ever a film cried out for the 3D treatment, it's The Mill & the Cross, an ambitious but frustratingly flat attempt to explore, analyze and dramatize a masterpiece of 16th-century art.
  25. 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.
  26. Fast and dangerous, Miss Bala is a hair-raising actioner.
  27. Consequently, though it's difficult to work out what's going on, it's never boring.

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