The Hollywood Reporter's Scores

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For 7,174 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 2.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Second Mother
Lowest review score: 0 Exists
Score distribution:
7174 movie reviews
  1. Both surreal and sinister, it feels like we are watching a real-life version of The Truman Show.
  2. Focusing on the notoriously aggressive orca Tilikum, this gripping film presents a persuasive case against keeping the species – and by extension any wild animal – in captivity for the purposes of human entertainment.
  3. Few will be unmoved by this film's subjects, including the great niece of Herman Goering and the daughter of concentration camp commandant Amon Goeth, as they relate the heavy burdens stemming from their fateful lineage.
  4. The toll the disease takes on the life of a brilliant linguistics professor is superbly detailed by Julianne Moore in a career-high performance, driving straight to the terror of the disease and its power to wipe out personal certainties and identity.
  5. Provocative and often fascinating, The Prison in Twelve Landscapes is an unsentimental look at the ways prisons shape life outside their walls, in places as disparate as Appalachia and Midtown Manhattan.
  6. Utterly compelling account of a true-life criminal investigation where "truth" can never be pinned down.
  7. Those who thought "Shakespeare In Love" was as good as it gets in intelligent costume romantic comedy will find that director Richard Eyre and writer Jeffrey Hatcher have taken the form to a higher level.
  8. The stroke of genius is, of course, the film's hero -- the big, lovable bear that is the Chinese panda.
  9. There's a beautiful, multi-tiered exchange among artists happening in Junun.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is neither a very happy or driving picture. But it is intellectually daring and marks an important breakthrough in the growing up of the Hollywood film.
  10. A riveting firsthand account of the Egyptian revolution presented with remarkable immediacy and filmmaking skill.
  11. Filmmaker Heineman vaults us into a true heart of darkness.
  12. The Dark Horse is an emotionally potent story of redemption anchored by a heart-piercing lead performance from Cliff Curtis.
  13. Noir never has been this dark.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A superb murder mystery, with twists coming thick and fast yet always at the right moments.
  14. An enthrallingly intimate look at the brilliant, troubled and always charismatic screen legend.
  15. Delicious slapstick, droll wit and terrific characters make Aardman's first venture in CG cartooning a great success.
  16. A grand story of redemption, laced with barbecued wit and slopped with intrigue, Chrystal is a high heaping of brilliant storytelling.
  17. Boy Meets Girl is a funny and touching comedy/drama boasting a superlative debut performance by Michelle Hendley.
  18. A fantastical romp that proves every bit as transporting as that movie about the blue people of Pandora, his "Alice" is more than just a gorgeous 3D sight to behold.
  19. Brandishing an ambition it's likely no film, including this one, could entirely fulfill, The Tree of Life is nonetheless a singular work, an impressionistic metaphysical inquiry into mankind's place in the grand scheme of things that releases waves of insights amid its narrative imprecisions.
  20. Essentially, this is a film about existential emptiness, and yet it’s beautiful and alive, as filled with humor as it is with melancholy.
  21. A riveting Argentine thriller spiked with witty dialogue and poignant love stories.
  22. A delectable riff on transformation, desire and sexuality that blends the heightened reality of melodrama with mischievous humor and an understated strain of Hitchcockian suspense.
  23. A taut, involving drama centered around the mysterious disappearance of a young woman, About Elly confirms director Asghar Farhadi as a major talent in Iranian cinema whose ability to chronicle the middle-class malaise of his society is practically unrivaled.
  24. This impeccably assembled and argued film represents a brave, timely intervention into debates around the organization that have been simmering for some time.
  25. While the science behind Earle’s conservation project is fascinating, it’s her natural charisma and infectious enthusiasm that are most compelling onscreen.
  26. The result is an animated adventure that's funnier than "Shark Tale" and more charming than "The Polar Express."
  27. Noah Baumbach has followed up his acclaimed 2005 breakthrough "The Squid and the Whale" with another wryly observed, giddily cringe-inducing, bracingly original winner.
  28. A flawlessly executed character study.

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