Time's Scores

For 1,857 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 The Man Who Wasn't There
Lowest review score: 0 W.E.
Score distribution:
1857 movie reviews
  1. 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.
  2. Getting full comic effect from its class-comedy abrasions, Philomena rises to poignancy and profundity as Dench reveals her control of a character stained by the loss of her child and troubled by her suspicion.
  3. An elegantly polished little film.
  4. An edgy exploration of role playing and sexual choice in a climate where all options are acceptable.
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  5. The most mature and satisfying work in a glittering, consistently surprising career.
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  6. The rhythm of rural life has rarely seemed so lucid and luminous.
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  7. A brilliant exercise in popular but palpable surrealism.
  8. A contemplative crime drama with a high startlement quotient.
  9. The whole rollicking adventure zips along a mile a minute.
  10. Director Ursula Meier's Sister is a penetrating study of familial bonds, quietly devastating in parts, beautiful on whole and destined to make you fall in love with a practiced and entirely amoral preteen thief.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It also accomplishes that rarest achievement, the breathing of life into an ossified art form. The '70s has its first great epic.
  11. Whatever city this one is showing in...move there.
  12. Glover, as usual, is phenomenal.
  13. Spielberg's sharpest, brawniest, most bustling entertainment since "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and the finest of the season's action epics.
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  14. It twists it, shakes it and stands it on its ear. But as before, the film's technical brilliance is the least of its appeals. Satirically acute, intricately structured and deftly paced, it is at heart stout, good and untainted by easy sentiment.
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  15. This being a Tarantino film, the conversations are as long and lurid and finely choreographed as the martial-arts set pieces.
  16. All in all, Nurse Betty is a wonderful movie, unpredictably alive to the fact that the American citizenry is a lot stranger than we like to admit.
  17. Wu is a fine, supple tabula rasa; McGregor (Trainspotting) shows again that he is one of the boldest, most charming young actors.
  18. If this madly entertaining movie has a fault, it's that it's too ingenious for the genre it ostensibly inhabits.
  19. Smaug is different: a really good movie, superior to the first in that it brings its characters to rambunctious life.
  20. The Squid and the Whale is domestic tragedy recollected as comedy: a film whose catalog of deceits and embarrassments, and of love pratfalling over itself, makes it as (excruciatingly) painful as it is (exhilaratingly) funny.
  21. The film is a gorgeous garland on an unknown soldier's grave.
  22. It is a measure of its complexity--and of the forces Penn and Sarandon have held in reserve during their hypnotic struggle for his soul--that its final moments leave us awash in emotion.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For all the dogged journalism and righteous indignation in the film, it’s this sense of intimacy, of community, of betrayal and misdirected allegiances — it was the Church, after all — that keeps the film from reveling too much in victory or triumph. That, in turn, makes it an emotional tour de force.
  23. Hollywood's smartest media satire in years--and a breakthrough for Jim Carrey.
  24. A picture about war and politics that has manages to be both rational and inspirational. It is also the year's funniest smart movie.
  25. The film is about joy--in conniving and surviving, in connecting with audiences, in its own fizzy, jizzy style.
  26. Insanely funny, if occasionally out-of-control, black farce.
  27. Results in about the nicest movie you could ask for at the holidays: a gently funny, sweetly adventurous film that makes you feel genuinely good, that is to say, entirely unconned by false sentiment or sharp, overmanipulative Hollywood practices.
  28. The film is more than a murder mystery and more than a study in character conflict. At its best, it is an intense and complex portrait of an urban landscape on which the movies' gaze has not often fallen.

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