Total Film's Scores

  • Movies
For 731 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 3.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 65
Lowest review score: 20 47 Ronin
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 731
731 movie reviews
  1. A documentary that'll make more than just fashionistas smile.
  2. 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.
  3. Political without point-scoring, Jacir remains true to a child’s-eye view, with Asfa’s delightful, exuberant performance always upfront.
  4. 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.
  5. The film never hides its uncomfortable truths in the shadows.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. A vital, visceral antidote to Trump's slick PR machine.
  9. 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.
  10. It’s strong on the details of itinerant life, and allows plotting to take a back seat to character.
  11. Carruth’s furiously elusive second film skirts the line between nonsense and near-masterpiece, like Terrence Malick filleting "Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind."
  12. The finale, as Ai's Twitter tirades lead to a serious human-rights breach, will make your blood boil.
  13. Even if it lacks a stand-out turn it's still a grippingly authentic slice of life.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. A master docu-maker gets the inside dope on a master dissembler. It requires stamina, but its charismatic subject exerts genuine magnetism.
  17. Capturing the essence of the source novel, this is a superior adult drama. Harrowing, heartbreaking but utterly compelling.
  18. This blend of tongue-in-cheek exoticism and desire so strong it makes crocodiles melancholic amply rewards your patience.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Besson is at his balls-out bonkers best in this genre-scrambling, mind-expanding exhilarator.
  19. 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.
    • 76 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.
  20. A finely etched character study, with Cumberbatch on towering form. Set coordinates for the Oscars.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Plays like an elegy for the demise of the cool, thick with the small-hours allure of addiction and infatuation but smart enough to see clearly.
  21. An expertly calibrated drama confirming Marsh’s status as one of Britain’s most formidable filmmakers.
  22. Dolan never flinches across this bold, brassy piece; it’s confidently directed, stylishly shot, passionately acted and evocatively scored.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite its hard-scrabble setting, eco-gloominess and dystopian story, this dark fairytale is engagingly vivid and life-affirming. An ambitious love letter to a Louisiana way of life that's being literally washed away.
  23. Maverick director James Toback (Fingers) and Alec Baldwin front this frequently hilarious insider doc.

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