Total Film's Scores

  • Movies
For 870 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Dear White People
Lowest review score: 20 The Christmas Candle
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 870
870 movie reviews
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Boasts sporadically electrifying visuals but a frustratingly messy mythology.
  1. Handsomely mounted and energetically played, this movie captures much of the real genius of James Brown... then obscures it with needless chronological fiddling.
  2. It’s a poetic elegy to a lost tribe that conjures up the Meryans’ secret lifestyle via surreal rituals and stunning widescreen visuals, although an over-explained voiceover and clunky symbolism sometimes weaken the spell.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Everything gets just too damn convoluted for its own good, and it’s hard to care what becomes of Haggis’ characters as they’re shifted around. Any one of the strands expanded alone might have worked better.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s impossible to escape the sense that Banville’s work is best experienced on paper.
  3. It’s technically a doc, but neither Rivers nor his inscrutable subject is interested in backstory.
  4. Reynolds moves on from Green Lantern in Satrapi’s psycho-romp, pitched awkwardly between funny-haha and funny-peculiar, but blessed with enough style and smarts to merit a look.
  5. Wahlberg finds his most interesting role since The Departed in a film that’s heavy on atmosphere and suspense but shy of a full deck when it comes to characterisation.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    [A] highly idiosyncratic semi-musical.
  6. Not quite up there with "Tangled," but a solid addition to the canon. Catchy tunes will have you humming, but the hunt for the next "The Little Mermaid" continues...
  7. One of the strangest mainstream releases of recent times, Dark Shadows' demented gothic melodrama/fish-out-of-water comedy/creature feature feels like you've slipped into a Burton fever-dream.
  8. Packed tight, Jacobs’ straightforward sequel may boast less up top than the Soderbergh-directed original, but still bulges where it counts.
  9. A fashion world Who's Who offer accolades, while Vreeland's vulnerabilities are revealed in interviews telling how, ridiculed by her socialite mother as ugly, she invented herself on her own terms.
  10. Longer than OHF and just as daft, WHD makes for a more entertaining watch before succumbing to the same bombastic overkill.
  11. It’s a step up from the garbled silliness of Wolverine’s first solo outing. Unlike Origins, the storytelling is more sharply focused here, ignited by flashes of stylised superheroism.
  12. It’s too raw and difficult for one target audience, but the erratic tone might leave sick puppies equally nonplussed. Gunn’s jibes at Bible-bashers and gun-nuts are as blunt as Frank’s attacks, and the clash of kooky comedy and violence is as awkward as it is ugly.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Scorch Trials ambitiously opens up its world with mixed results: gripping action, so-so script.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Director Isabelle Doval’s relentlessly upbeat take is warm and fluffy, but leaves the sugary sentiments for the tear-jerking final reel.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The well-worn platitudes and pained moralising are a bit much, but the music is tremendous.
  13. A sad, gloomy family drama dressed up as horror, Maggie proves that Schwarzenegger can act when he wants to – even if he still looks like he’d rather be blowing shit up.
  14. Broken? Not quite, but certainly damaged. City offers star power, dashes of dazzle and plenty of movie nods. But Hughes’ thriller fails to locate a life of its own.
  15. Jaden Smith takes centre stage in a futuristic rites of passager that plays like an extended episode of The Twilight Zone. Although "Oblivion" narrowly remains this summer’s better ruined-Earth actioner.
  16. It's probably the best three-star movie this month. An effortless, emotional, funny little indie that few people will see. Be one of them.
  17. It’s a crisp, cold little thriller with a real sense of the noose tightening around otherwise unremarkable lives.
  18. The resulting pickle may seem alien to many, but Yaron’s navigation of Shira’s struggles make it tangible.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    He might have lost his edge, but Parker hasn’t mellowed in his old age. A sunny, silly, violent revenger that puts Statham in good company.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The predictable plot gets an enjoyably venomous boost from Jemaine Clement’s revenge-obsessed cockatoo Nigel.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Gatsby fans will be unoffended yet untransported, but soundtracks will sell, DiCaprio will be on bedroom walls again and new readers may discover the book - which is no bad thing.
  19. Some will balk at Pinto's passivity, but Trishna again shows Winterbottom to be one of the few directors today who are liberated, rather than constricted, by classic literature.
  20. There’s an emotional vacuum at its centre but Welcome To The Punch is an adrenalin shot to the heart of the Brit-crime genre.

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