Time's Scores

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For 1,693 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Hugo
Lowest review score: 0 W.E.
Score distribution:
1,693 movie reviews
  1. Nemo, with its ravishing underwater fantasia, manages to trump the design glamour of earlier Pixar films.
  2. This is an original work in an antique mood. The actors and authors all have fun with the genre without making fun of it. Rather, they revive it.
  3. Intellectually austere but technologically and aesthetically riveting documentary.
  4. The sweetest and funniest of Guest's true-life fake-umentaries.
  5. Watch Murray's eyes in the climactic scene in the hotel lobby: while hardly moving, they express the collapsing of all hopes, the return to a sleepwalking status quo. You won't find a subtler, funnier or more poignant performance this year than this quietly astonishing turn.
  6. A movie that demands our surrender -- to its energy, to its bold-stroke moviemaking, to its acting (particularly by Cruise and Watanabe, who blend musing and graceful muscularity) and, above all, to its romantic vision of a lost world.
  7. Japanese Story is a simple, austerely told tale. But there is something memorable, even haunting, about it.
  8. Has a whirligig wit, and 11 songs crammed into its 67 minutes: that's more melodic content than in most Broadway musicals.
  9. Plenty of tech-noir savvy to keep infidels and action fans satisfied.[26 Nov 1984, p. 105]
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  10. Kaufman may be counting on the audience's will, insistence and yearning to create a coherent love story from the shards and shrapnel he provides us.
  11. This being a Tarantino film, the conversations are as long and lurid and finely choreographed as the martial-arts set pieces.
  12. The next time you hear a director complain about the studio or his stars or the weather or whatever, think of what Jorgen Leth achieved with Lars von Trier as his boss -- when five obstructions became five splendid opportunities.
  13. The performances are daring and assured, especially Lansbury's holy terror of Momism and Harvey's snide, pathetic pawn, brainwashed by both KGB AND CIA. [21 March 1988, p.84]
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  14. Sayles is a meditative storyteller, with a tendency to mute melodrama rather than letting it wail. But he is also one of the few filmmakers still ferreting out the strangeness and anxiety hidden beneath our poses of ordinariness. [22 July 1996, p.95]
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  15. A formally elegant, subtly savage and powerfully affecting film.
  16. What we come to care most about in writer-director Joshua Marston's film is how his heroine achieves the state promised by his title, Maria Full of Grace. Our emotional investment in her derives primarily from the astonishing performance of Moreno, 23.
  17. As bustling and impassioned as the best Sturges and Capra movies, this one captures both the purposeful edginess of Administration Pooh-Bahs (Martin Sheen, Michael J. Fox, David Paymer and Samantha Mathis--nice jobs, all) and the isolation of the President. [20 Nov 1995, p.117]
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  18. It proposes that you can make an extraordinarily satisfying comedy without writing a joke. Subtly played and elegantly directed, this is an Adults Only movie in the best sense of the term.
  19. Ray
    If there were an Oscar for ensemble acting, Ray would win in a stroll.
  20. Can a movie have too much good stuff? Not when it's stuffed like this one.
  21. Funny, hurtful, splendidly acted.
  22. The Incredibles has those characters, that heart.
  23. This is rapture in pictures. [22 December 1997, p. 81]
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  24. It is a powerful portrait of a slightly befuddled man who, when inhuman demands were placed on him, found within himself an unexpected response.
  25. The actor (Puri) and the film make something fine, winning and memorable.
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  26. Wry, richly layered, wonderfully observed Argentine film.
  27. One thinks of the great opening line of that great novel The Good Soldier: "This is the saddest story I have ever heard." Like many such tales, this one is worth taking to your aching heart.
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  28. What makes this movie work is the kind of cool that made Get Shorty go so nicely: an understanding that life's little adventures rarely come in neat three-act packages, the way most movies now do, and the unruffled presentation of outrageously twisted dialogue, characters and situations as if they were the most natural things in the world.
  29. Beautiful Girls is always in touch with reality but never drowned in it. [19 February 1996, p.64]
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  30. The perfect e-ticket for a flight of fancy into a world far more gorgeous than our own. The film doesn't halve itself to appeal to two generations. At its best, it turns all moviegoers into innocent kids, slack-jawed with wonder.

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