Time Out's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,050 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 35% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 63% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Level Five
Lowest review score: 0 Vampires Suck
Score distribution:
3050 movie reviews
  1. His look at an Old World continent reeling from the New World values is both thrilling and damning.
  2. If this profile is marred slightly by thematic tidiness and a willingness to overglorify the champion's rise (Fischer didn't even write his best-seller, Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess), it still supplies a cracked, conflicted genius trapped in his ceaseless endgame.
  3. Deeply irresponsible, this a film that will give parents seizures-and Roger Corman a big old smile.
  4. This muted mobster story reminds us that the ties that bind can also gag you, garrote you and slowly deaden your soul.
  5. And by the time Thornton has deftly flipped the script regarding the titular Biblical parable's misogyny, you'll feel as if Aussie cinema has indeed discovered its next great voice.
  6. A complex final scene — in which everyone finally lets the tears flow — only deepens the sense that well-meaning mother love can be as poisonous as it is nourishing.
  7. In a world of portentous blockbusters getting ever darker, it’s a joy to see one throwing on the disco lights.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What it lacks in cohesion, City of Gold makes up for in its subject’s wit and wisdom.
  8. This is a life lived, perhaps not always well, but certainly to the fullest.
  9. Girls Trip is so successful because it lets its cast of improvisers ease into a bond that feels bone-deep.
  10. It’s a fun setup with a rousing finale that broadly compensates for a baggy middle section (at two hours, the film seems a little too long).
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A meandering middle and sticky-sweet third act can be overlooked if only for the savviness with which Favreau portrays the food world.
  11. It teases out the distinctly modern subject of celebrity profile-writing, a rare one for the movies, detouring into avenues of attraction and envy.
  12. A somber romance that’s as much about the cultural confluence of city life as it is about the unlikely couple who manage to find each other in it, Maxime Giroux’s Félix and Meira captures the dislocating loneliness of "Lost in Translation" without leaving its characters’ native Montreal.
  13. Walker integrates stranger-on-the-street testimony to further her general vibe of ignorance, thus pinpointing the true target of an agitated doc--our own blithe apathy.
  14. Brazilian filmmaker Júlia Murat's first narrative feature is a mesmerizing, slow-build marvel.
  15. Strikes an intelligent balance between funk-scored pride and a more universal story of activism threatened by in-fighting and accidental celebrity.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While most film romances feel like a fait accompli, Enough Said’s tentative fumblings toward bliss require, and merit, fighting for; its wanderings are never less than pleasant and its final moments pack surprising emotional power.
  16. Stations of the Elevated plays like a time capsule, particularly for having no dialogue or plot. It swings to Charles Mingus’s hardest bop and evokes a long-gone city, somehow more adult and confrontational even in silence.
  17. You'll be arguing with your friends about the ethics of secrecy and defense for hours; that's what makes these exit interviews so essential. They come late to the spy game, but are welcome regardless.
  18. It’s definitely a horror movie but a wonderfully witty one, not for gentle souls.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What makes things different is the way Blumberg strikes an assured balance between dour downward spirals and “work the program” uplift, gifting these flawed people with both a sense of hope and the knowledge that it will never be enough.
  19. For a movie that's essentially about a piece of hardware-the legendary Neve mixing console, an imposing slab of knobs and meters - this geeked-out documentary beats with more heart than could be imagined.
  20. The unspoken theme underlying Dickens’s prose--that the money-grubbing Ebenezer is conversing with semblances of his own self--finds near-perfect cinematic expression through Carrey’s efforts.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This teen drama from Ireland is split almost perfectly down the middle: First, 40 understated minutes following a local golden boy named Richard (Jack Reynor) as he enjoys his last summer before college, trailed by 40-odd gut-wrenching minutes surveying the fallout from a single violent act he foolishly commits at a party.
  21. The unveiling is unnerving, and suggests that some dangers are now permanently beyond our control.
  22. Almost as an afterthought to the ringingly true performances--and Marco Bellocchio’s unusually approachable direction--comes a deft analysis of fascism, likened to lovesickness, insanity and a gust of orchestral strings. It’s all of that and more, not to mention a lousy matchmaker.
  23. This isn't the kind of doc to explain everything (or anything, really)-it does honor its subject, though, and that's plenty.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The results do justice to a complex genius whose impact can scarcely be overstated.
  24. It’s another fascinating entry in the director’s ongoing exploration of the sadistic and masochistic facets of human behavior.

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