Total Film's Scores

  • Movies
For 593 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 2.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Godfather: Part II
Lowest review score: 20 Free Birds
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 593
593 movie reviews
  1. Breathlessly tense, thrillingly orchestrated and intellectually complex, this damn fine piece of rigorous, meticulous filmmaking enhances Kathryn Bigelow's status as one of her generation's most accomplished directors.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Steeped in the bitter political divisions of the Civil War, Spielberg's thrilling film about hardwon freedoms is immersed in its own time, but speaks eloquently to ours.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Apatow's return creates a pleasantly sprawling, perceptive study of mid-life angst that never lacks for laughs. Promoting Rudd and Mann from Knocked Up's margins to centre stage proves to be a shrewd move.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A Disney flick that feels like on-form Pixar, blending knowing humour and sophistication with a large helping of heart. You'll want another go.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With film labs closing down and new formats springing up all the time, this is a timely stock-take of 21st Century cinema.
  2. No
    “We have to find a product that’s appealing to people!” says Garcia Bernal at one point. And that’s just what Larraín’s created with this Latin spin on "Mad Men."
  3. Shot on 16mm for less than $50,000, Sam Raimi's visceral debut remains a benchmark of modern horror. Plot and acting are minimal - five stooges inadvertently awaken demonic forces - but then this isn't about intellect or intricacy: it's about intensity and intestines. [1 Oct 2001]
  4. This oblique and understated tale of lost innocence conveys both an individual’s experiences and a powerful sense of a ruined nation.
  5. Playful, patient and finally poignant, Schreier’s deceptively placid odd-couple winner runs the risk of looking minor. But it carefully exceeds expectation, helped in no small measure by Langella’s wily, wistful lead.
  6. “Ever since I discovered art,” laments one participant, “this cell has truly become a prison.”
  7. Park Chan-wook brings operatic finesse to generic material in his tight-wound, wickedly weird US debut. And Mia Wasikowska nails it.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    [A] fresh, eerie twist on urban horror.
  8. Arduous yet always absorbing, Cristian Mungiu’s first full-length feature since 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days is inspired by a real-life case of a tragically botched exorcism in rural Romania.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For all its bleak edges, The Angels’ Share warms like a sip of the good stuff.
  9. To The Wonder doesn’t quite live up to the sky-high expectations set by his earlier films. But it’s still a brave, soul-stirring and sensitive work.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In his feature debut, Swiss director Baran bo Odar counterpoints the tranquillity of the landscape with the mental torment of everyone involved, and what could have been just another serial-killer whodunit becomes a complex study of grief, obsession and the persistence of guilt.
  10. The film belongs to Arena, outstanding as a man growing ever more delusional in his quest to acquire celebrity status.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What distinguishes My Brother The Devil is El Hosaini’s maturity in avoiding faux-doc grittiness, political grandstanding or flashy glorification in favour of an intimate, closely observed character piece.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Brave, brash and exhilarating, but lacking the insight and impact of the Korine-scripted "Kids" (1995). Too much fun for social commentary, this is what you wish school was like.
  11. Sprinting to the edge of preposterousness and back, this deliriously entertaining day-glo noir of fried brains and blown fuses denotes a director at the top of his game.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Packed with fine performances, this attack on suburban conformity is surprising, darkly hilarious and cleverly leaves the insanity judgement to its audience.
  12. The leads make sweet music in an affecting four-piece that, if not note perfect, plays well to their individual strengths. A marked improvement overall on this year’s other Quartet.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With largely improvised dialogue and a cast including genuine ex-offenders, Chapiron captures a powerful stench of authenticity.
  13. Gosling and Cooper use their star currency to power a slow-burn, heartsick drama. "Blue Valentine" director Cianfrance is a serious talent.
  14. It might not sound much on paper, but it’s all in the delivery, the appealing lead performances combining with Wheatley's sudden tonal shifts to produce a film that’s funny, sinister and strangely moving.
  15. An expertly calibrated drama confirming Marsh’s status as one of Britain’s most formidable filmmakers.
  16. Some metaphors score and some miss, but this is leap-of-faith cinema: the rewards entail some risks.
  17. Utterly assured, breathtakingly executed and riotously funny, this is a delight.
  18. Vinterberg keeps us guessing right up to and after an end shot that suggests how tough some viral rumours are to shake off.
  19. Dolan never flinches across this bold, brassy piece; it’s confidently directed, stylishly shot, passionately acted and evocatively scored.

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