Total Film's Scores

  • Movies
For 833 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 3.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Inside Out
Lowest review score: 20 Mortdecai
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 833
833 movie reviews
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Misses the energy and vitality of Gregg Araki’s best work, but there’s more going on here than immediately meets the eye.
  4. 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.
  5. A challenging watch, steeped in numbing horror.
  6. 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Smartly spoofy rather than sweetly nostalgic, this distractingly star-studded jaunt is fast and funny, but short on emotional punch.
  7. Saluting both America's national pastime and its oldest working icon, Curve is a solid heart-tugger that plays with a straight bat when it comes to plot, character and message.
  8. As cozy as a mug of Horlicks inside an electric blanket, Hoffman's film couldn't offend if it tried. Age, however, has yet to wither its veterans' undimmed star appeal.
  9. While the marriage of fluffy comedy and terminal illness was always going to be an uncomfortable one, this is an understated, genuinely poignant weepie bolstered by a top-drawer cast.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    More "oooh… aaah" than "ho-ho-ho", ROTG is so full of yuletide razzmatazz that only true Scrooges will have trouble stomaching it. If only Santa's workshop had given the script more of a tinker...
  10. Huard’s charm offsets the plots contrivances, while Ken Scott’s finely balanced direction humanises the high concept.
  11. Very tame, but saved from the remake scrapheap by Sam Rockwell's surprisingly touching performance and a final reel that – briefly – takes the material somewhere new.
  12. Great beginning, patchy middle, bum-note ending. Like the Roses’ 1980s-90s lifespan, Meadows’ loving report on a “live resurrection” is indeed alive and passionate, until too many gaps render it less than godlike.
  13. Two fine performances - particularly from an unhinged Winstead - almost elevate Smashed to greatness. But an under-worked script leaves you feeling groggy and bleary-eyed by the end.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Dreamworks’ sweet and cosy sci-fi comedy could have used more Oh-riginality but top-hole character design should ensure a Big Bang of Boov merchandise.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Gleeks and Glee-haters alike should rally around this raucous musical comedy. Rebel Wilson is hilarious, Anna Kendrick is terrific and there are as many gross-out gags as there are singing numbers.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Origins is an accomplished slice of comic-book entertainment, full of fights and action set-pieces impressive for a director touching big budget for the first time.
  14. Fear falls short of fantastic yet it’s a decent effort that, like Pegg’s beard, proves to be something of a grower.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Jaw-dropping in colour and splendour, but if the constant awe gets a bit tiring, at its best you can genuinely feel some great wheel turning.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Grisly and goofy, this ode to the Shaw Brothers' '70s-era kung fu epics serves up 96 minutes of murder and mutilation and not a lot else. Sweet soundtrack, though.
  15. Reversing his "Take Shelter" role, Michael Shannon convinces as her grounded husband and "Mad Men's" John Slattery offers good support as a fellow vet. But this is Cardellini's film, and she dominates with a terrific, tough-minded turn.
  16. Tough, stylish, violent and studded with stars – but like so many of its American gangsters, Killing Them Softly doesn't quite get the job done.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This honest, if not funny, comedy is all about Celeste. If anyone can make you sympathise with affluent LA yuppies, Rashida Jones can.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It may skip so quickly through historic events that it can feel rushed and flimsy, but excellent performances elevate it to serious Oscar contender.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It offers a surreal slant on post-Fukushima Japan where aggression lurks in every scene - even the romantic ones between high-schooler Yuichi (Shôta Sometani) and his stalker classmate, Keiko (Fumi Nikaidô).

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