The Hollywood Reporter's Scores

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For 7,414 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Work
Lowest review score: 0 Contract to Kill
Score distribution:
7414 movie reviews
  1. It's very much in "A League of Their Own" league, but what the inspirational sports drama Believe in Me might lack in freshness, it nicely compensates for in heartfelt, winning conviction and spirited performances.
  2. The non-linear structure works extremely well, making the drama a bracing emotional roller coaster of feel-good/feel-bad turns.
  3. The Source does hold enough anthropological value to please some audiences. Despite lacking the recognition factor and lurid tragedy of a phenomenon like Jonestown, the story should attract viewers on the small screen.
  4. Clearly intent on inspiring viewers, the informational film makes a fine sum-up for those who've found the last decade's geopolitics too much to keep track of, but isn't promising in commercial terms.
  5. More than the film that surrounds him, Jack Black is worth the price of admission in Bernie, an oddball May-December true life crime story that would have profited from being a whole lot darker and full-bodied than it is.
  6. An unambiguously partisan profile of controversial economics whiz Martin Armstrong — who spent a decade in jail on technicalities relating to fraud charges — it plays like a slickly elaborate sketch for a future Hollywood retelling in the Wolf of Wall Street mold.
  7. A complex and often compelling melodrama, at times almost verging on soap opera.
  8. The material doesn’t always feel fresh enough, despite the unique setting and cast of true-to-life characters.
  9. The script, by Beers and Mathew Harawitz, offers a little less invention in this endless-repeat scenario than it might have.
  10. ATL
    Several good ideas for a movie rumble around inside ATL, but they never coalesce.
  11. Sweaty Betty has a likable quality and an obvious affection for its subjects who maintain a resolute cheerfulness throughout their struggles. But it's hard not to wish that the shambling material had been constructed into a more cohesive whole.
  12. Director David Gordon Green’s latest unpredictable addition to his resume is offbeat and appealing on some levels but is neither as funny nor as trenchant as it might have been.
  13. Henry & Me is a heartwarming tale that should prove irresistible to young baseball fans.
  14. Utterly disposable but diverting, MacGruber manages to spin feature-length product out of an idea that few would try expanding beyond a "Saturday Night Live" skit.
  15. Brad Pitt delivers a capable performance in an immersive apocalyptic spectacle about a global zombie uprising.
  16. A lazy ending mars this fine, if generic, take on a much-loved YA novel.
  17. Despite the story's elements of suspense, loss and determination, though, the picture has a mundane, low-stakes vibe that fails to make the most of its inspirational content.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The chosen style of animation leads to a distracting choppiness that renders the movements, gestures and facial expressions of the interviewees unconvincing. The other problem is that, memory naturally being something that returns in fits and starts, the film is rarely able to sustain any consistent narrative thrust.
  18. While it offers some mildly frothy diversions, the Pedro Almodovar-styled Cupcakes lacks the cinematic nutrition to overcome its empty calories.
  19. Unfortunately, [Miike] never quite tops the hijinks of this film’s opening reel, and at nearly two hours, As the Gods Will grows gradually tiresome until it seriously drags during a lengthy and entirely kitschy closing battle.
  20. The film belongs to the women, with Knightley going from strength to strength (and showing she can sing!) and Miller again proving that she has everything it takes to be a major movie star.
  21. The film has enough originality to interest demanding fans of the genre.
  22. While it's well acted and has strong moments on a scene-by-scene basis, the film lacks an emotional center, keeping the impact cool and diffuse where it should be affecting.
  23. A decidedly old-fashioned war film that reaches for epic sweep but is often bogged down in cliched drama and two-dimensional characters.
  24. Full of incident but nearly devoid of dramatic tension, The Children of Huang Shi is a based-on-fact saga that has lost much of its power on the long road to the screen.
  25. Despite shortcomings and implausibility linked to their roles as written, Rogen and Banks come off with surprising charm and grace.
  26. Twisty enough to please many arthouse patrons, though some will be rolling their eyes by the end.
  27. Only the bravura of the cast, first and foremost Park and Lee (both veterans of Unbowed), generates sufficient interest to see the film through to its surprising conclusion, recounted in a respectful coda many years later.
  28. Shot in actual 3D rather than being the latest example of the horrible post-shooting conversion process, "Afterlife" undeniably looks terrific.
  29. AKA
    The technique adds little in the way of illumination and a lot in terms of inducing a migraine.

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