The Hollywood Reporter's Scores

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For 4,919 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 1.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 It Might Get Loud
Lowest review score: 0 Movie 43
Score distribution:
4,919 movie reviews
  1. The antithesis of “let’s-put-on-a-show” fluff, Whiplash...is about the wages of all-out sacrifice and commitment.
  2. Self-contained enough for theatrical audiences new to the series, it will play best with those who've come to care for these Brits over time.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not all violence and brutality. To allows his morbid sense of humor to shine through. There are moments of absurd hilarity that don't necessarily lighten the mood so much as bring it down to earth. The performances are strong all around.
  3. It's rare for a movie to be at once so biting and so moving. If Ryan's future seems bleak, there's something exhilarating about a movie made with such clear-eyed intelligence.
  4. U2 3D takes the well-traveled concert film to exhilarating new heights.
  5. Alternately haunting, inspiring and dreamily meditative, this is a visually majestic film of transfixing moods and textures.
  6. Kill Bill-Vol. 2 puts to shame doubts entertained about aesthetic strategies or structural imbalance provoked by "Kill Bill-Vol. 1." Now that the entirety of Quentin Tarantino's epic revenge melodrama is on view, "Kill Bill" emerges as a brilliant, invigorating work, one to muse over for years to come.
  7. It's difficult to think of another recent film so seamlessly rendered or that envelops an audience so completely in its period authenticity.
  8. Haneke echoes the theme of Hitchcock's "Rear Window": Moviemaking is basically an act of voyeurism. We secretly examine people's lives in every movie. But in this one, there is a hidden camera, a movie within the movie as it were, forcing us to observe a character along side a mysterious stranger.
  9. Smart, visually appealing, and consistently engaging.
  10. Often heartbreaking, Rich Hill presents real life as few filmgoers know it. In certain respects it’s almost as if cultural anthropologists descended on a foreign land, but, unfortunately, it’s a withered part of this nation that is rarely visited.
  11. It's a sympathetic portrait of a complex man driven by an anger that still bubbles beneath the surface.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Kimberly's ground-zero home video of the storm is what really makes the film exceptional, although much of it is of such rough quality and execution that it struggles to hold up on the big screen.
  12. Teaming with Depp, his long-time alter ego, Burton makes Sweeney a smoldering dark pit of fury and hate that consumes itself. With his sturdy acting and surprisingly good voice, Depp is a Sweeney Todd for the ages.
  13. Sweet Dreams delivers a rare uplifting story from a country that has seen more than its share of brutality and heartache.
  14. Because Cutie and Boxer resists easy sentimentality, its view of life and love is all the more powerful.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tracing the rise of digital movies via a wealth of charts, clips and candid testimonies, this Keanu Reeves-produced and narrated investigation offers a thorough analysis of what's very likely the most important cinematic development since the advent of sound.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The main drawback to this noble effort, just nominated for the foreign-language Oscar, is that the two-hour film is unrelievedly grim and tense.
  15. While the pleasures of the brief (65 minutes) Viola are modest, it displays an imagination and stylishness that marks the young filmmaker as someone to watch.
  16. All of the key creative personnel contribute to the movie's nail-biting tension and unexpectedly moving finale. Jon Harris's editing is matchless, and Rahman's score effectively heightens the emotion. Ultimately, however, it is the talents of Boyle and Franco that sock this movie home.
  17. Spicing up the entire package is a screenplay by Canet and Philippe Lefebvre that bristles with wit and energy.
  18. Although the film runs more than two hours, the story is so compelling and the production so beautifully controlled that we are gripped by the characters' quest right up to the shocking end of the story.
  19. As intensely personal and deeply felt as it is, however, Davies' attempt to breathe new life into Rattigan's 1952 play is a rather bloodless, suffocating thing, lent tragic passion more by its use of Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto than by anything achieved by his star Rachel Weisz and her leading man.
  20. Not only a great cautionary tale, it's a civics lesson that should be seen by every concerned citizen.
  21. Very much a work of its time, the documentary offers unique perspectives for fans of both the saxophonist and the pioneering filmmaker, but is unlikely to attract a broad audience beyond those camps.
  22. An elegy for the days when Taiwan was a major East Asian film production center.
  23. A newcomer to film, Michaletos grew up on a farm with cheetahs, so he can act natural around the animals while making this Huck Finn-like character more than credible.
  24. His (Fernando Meirelles) impressionistic, guerilla style of filmmaking works surprisingly well in capturing the hypnotic urgency of le Carre's fiction. And his viewpoint is less British and more Third World.
  25. A genuinely moving look at life in a group foster home that avoids most of the usual routes into viewers' hearts.
  26. Uses dark humor, incisive characterizations and social commentary to infuse its familiar detective tale with a distinctive flair.

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