Total Film's Scores

  • Movies
For 790 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Cinema Paradiso
Lowest review score: 20 47 Ronin
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 790
790 movie reviews
  1. Mixing candid talking heads with scarcely believable video footage, Miller’s taut narrative shifts gears (black comedy, thriller, even a love story), but is mostly driven by outrage at the powers that be.
  2. With film labs closing down and new formats springing up all the time, this is a timely stock-take of 21st Century cinema.
  3. A documentary that'll make more than just fashionistas smile.
  4. Denis’ sparse story delivers details on a need-to-know basis, right up to the finale. Strong on atmos, thanks to Tindersticks’ score, it’ll chill you to the core.
  5. Political without point-scoring, Jacir remains true to a child’s-eye view, with Asfa’s delightful, exuberant performance always upfront.
  6. Cooper’s performance grounds a solid, authentic drama – Eastwood’s best since Letters From Iwo Jima – that is less about one single field of combat than the price of war itself.
  7. The film never hides its uncomfortable truths in the shadows.
  8. If not wholly convincing as an ‘issues’ movie, this memoir is a triumph as an actors’ showcase; with McConaughey and Leto giving the performances of their careers.
  9. A bleak yet strangely heartening film.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A haunting, hypnotic collage of archive footage and period recreations charting the pre-history of the teenager.
  10. A vital, visceral antidote to Trump's slick PR machine.
  11. Funny and tense, rather than hilarious and terrifying, You’re Next doesn’t rip up the rulebook but it’s definitely read it. If all horror comedies were this good we’d be laughing – and squirming.
  12. It’s strong on the details of itinerant life, and allows plotting to take a back seat to character.
  13. Carruth’s furiously elusive second film skirts the line between nonsense and near-masterpiece, like Terrence Malick filleting "Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind."
  14. The finale, as Ai's Twitter tirades lead to a serious human-rights breach, will make your blood boil.
  15. Even if it lacks a stand-out turn it's still a grippingly authentic slice of life.
  16. If the Collette/Carell reunion suggests Little Miss Sunshine, it’s not quite that crowd-pleasing. But, crafted with much TLC and sympathy, it’s perfectly tailored to the tongue-tied teen in us all.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hardly the most original film of the year, but one of the most purely pleasurable. The ideal horror intro for fledgling genre fans – scary fun that definitely fills a hole.
  17. Jan Ole Gerster’s deceptively slender character study has a complex undertow, subtly linking its wallflower anti-hero’s acceptance of his failings with his country’s wider atonement for its World War II past.
  18. A master docu-maker gets the inside dope on a master dissembler. It requires stamina, but its charismatic subject exerts genuine magnetism.
  19. Capturing the essence of the source novel, this is a superior adult drama. Harrowing, heartbreaking but utterly compelling.
  20. Loving and lavish, Kenneth Branagh’s take will please traditionalists more than revisionists, but there’s enough here to enchant both young and old.
  21. Vogt’s droll, daring meta-drama flows in subtle, surprising fashion. Petersen provides a magnetic focus for a mischievous, moving debut.
  22. This blend of tongue-in-cheek exoticism and desire so strong it makes crocodiles melancholic amply rewards your patience.
  23. Imagine all of D-Fens’ fury in Falling Down squeezed into one short, then times it by six. A gloriously crazed compendium that fizzes with OMG and OTT moments.
  24. The best sci-fi trilogy you’ve never seen amalgamated into one organic whole. Surprising, exciting and, at times, strangely beautiful.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Besson is at his balls-out bonkers best in this genre-scrambling, mind-expanding exhilarator.
  25. Smart, literate and romantic, it's this year's (500) Days Of Summer, but with a few more shadows. Like Calvin, you'll find it hard to resist Ms Sparks.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Another shrewdly gauged study of our capacity for deception and self-deception from A Separation’s auteur. Emotionally devastating.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is hands-down the best Trek flick made so far.

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