Total Film's Scores

  • Movies
For 796 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 37% 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 The Godfather: Part II
Lowest review score: 20 47 Ronin
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 796
796 movie reviews
  1. Just as bloody yet much more conventional, 300 #2 offers splashy thrills aplenty but fails to make a watertight case for its own existence. Green, however, ensures it stays afloat.
  2. 2 Days is a sparky, crowd-cheering gem buoyed by Julie Delpy's smart writing and Adam Goldberg's tart whining. Less swoony than Linklater's "Before Sunrise/Sunset," but Delpy nails the relationship humour.
  3. Hanks takes to Walt like a pair of cosy slippers, but it’s Thompson who adds layers to a classy but predictable slice of Disney schmaltz.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Despite top-notch visuals and versatile voice-work from Ty Burrell’s (Modern Family) doting doggy dad and Alison Janney’s monstrous social worker, it lacks the "Up"-style warmth to be best in show.
  4. Though we'd love to see how Aardman handle Defoe's followup, An Adventure With Communists, this amiable but overstretched diversion is unlikely to spawn a Caribbean franchise.
  5. It might sound like a lazy idea for an iPhone game but a few fresh jokes and lashings of creative gore help it stand out from the shuffling crowd.
  6. The results – achieved through small cameras clipped to nets, masts and the crew – will hook some and induce seasickness in others.
  7. Outrageous, outlandish and overboard, The Dictator will satisfy Cohen's army of fans. But it never feels as funny, full-on or fresh as "Borat" and "Brüno."
  8. Though awkwardly assembled, with an overemphatic voiceover, it’s chilling stuff.
  9. A grindhouse mix of "Wild Things," "Killer Joe" and "Streetcar Named Desire," The Paperboy won’t be for all. But it boasts a soupy atmosphere and Kidman’s best turn for years.
  10. One of the more solid ’70s horror remakes, but it lacks the verve and potency, romance and heartache of the original. Still, the haircuts are a vast improvement...
  11. Quillévéré’s elliptical plot isn’t always spot-on, skipping years to a near maddening degree. But treading a fine line between poetry and realism, it’s still heartfelt and harrowing.
  12. Director Erik Poppe’s worthy intentions are nearly undone by an undisciplined screenplay. Still, he marshals two strong performances.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Scrupulous but ponderous, this documentary account of avant-garde Spanish über-restaurant El Bulli's annual stint creating ker-aazy new recipes piques your interest but not your taste buds.
  13. All prologue and no pay-off, but compelling all the same, this curio plays out like Diary Of The Dead with more diaries and fewer dead.
  14. Sometimes bad, never boring and, at the last, completely bonkers, it’s proof at least that you can freeze cheese.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    In a film with obvious ambition, though, it’s a shame that it resorts to formula so quickly.
  15. Aside from the usual self-slamming doors and flying bodies, there are enough creepy kids and hiding knives to distract from a plot that's increasingly mobile yet running on the spot.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Some overripe dialogue and a well-worn plot are tempered by an admirable reluctance to humanise the terrorist.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With his trademark subversive playfulness and delight in human foibles, Ozon weaves together comedy, suspense and occasional intimations of darker emotional themes, aided by subtly gauged performances from his two principals.
  16. Like its title character, Chappie is stunning to behold and easy to like, but it’s still some way from fully developed.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A much-admired text is respectfully brought to the screen in a film that nonetheless struggles under the burden of its war movie clichés.
  17. An enjoyable, if boilerplate, boo-flick that maintains an enviable rate of scares per minute by throwing everything – demons, ghosts, snakes, loud noises – at the screen.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Amini’s film offers elegant pleasures and holds the interest – but it never grips as it should.
  18. Misses the energy and vitality of Gregg Araki’s best work, but there’s more going on here than immediately meets the eye.
  19. It’s not as epic as "March Of The Penguins," or as stunning as the BBC’s usual slo-mo nature porn – but with nary an animated tap dance in sight, it’s still king of the 3D penguins.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Anders Danielsen Lie gives a compelling, deep-etched lead turn, and you'll find yourself drawn in as he searches for a reason to continue living.
  20. A challenging watch, steeped in numbing horror.
  21. It’s wildly melodramatic, typified by the ear-assaulting score. But there’s something compelling about Dolan’s supreme self-confidence, even when misplaced. He takes risks – and that’s attractive.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Filmed in garish colours like an explosion in a paint factory, it’s more style than content, but diverting all the same.

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