Total Film's Scores

  • Movies
For 769 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 Breaking the Waves
Lowest review score: 20 47 Ronin
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 769
769 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Directed with straightforward economy, The Invisible War sheds much-needed light on a very dark secret.
  1. Some metaphors score and some miss, but this is leap-of-faith cinema: the rewards entail some risks.
  2. The one-liners are in evidence but this is more abrasive than you might expect. Blends rigour and vigour to join "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" and "Midnight In Paris" as the best of late-period Woody.
  3. “Ever since I discovered art,” laments one participant, “this cell has truly become a prison.”
  4. A loving, very funny valentine to undead pleasures, with Swinton and Hiddleston on top form.
  5. This strikingly original feelgood fable is artfully balanced between director Kim Mordaunt’s roots in documentary and a spellbinding magic realism.
  6. A low-budget, highconcept WTF thriller that might have been conceived by Rod Serling in the heyday of his Twilight Zone series. Spread the word.
  7. Sun, sex, psychosis, skinny-dipping: it sounds like genre tat, but Guiraudie’s dark, droll study of a risky attraction upends expectations. It plays by stealth, but its sly grip is sure.
  8. '71
    A brutal army thriller that feels like the truth, thanks to take-no-prisoners storytelling and a tell-no-lies performance from Jack O’Connell.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Friedkin's unflinching trailer-park noir features ugly characters, game performances, degradation and the obscene abuse of a chicken drumstick. Highly recommended, then.
  9. Wan has fashioned a nitro-fuelled thrill-ride that forms a fitting tribute to its blue-eyed bro.
  10. The details ring true and the performances smart in Mackenzie’s prison movie. You wouldn’t meet Jack O’Connell’s tasty glare in a boozer, but try taking your eyes off him here.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A simple, slight but delightful slice of life à la Leigh, with some heart-stoppingly committed performances and genuinely moving moments. It won't set the world on fire, but will smoulder in your brain long after you've left the cinema.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With a riveting portrayal by Cumberbatch at its heart, The Fifth Estate tells its story grippingly - but finally leaves us none the wiser.
  11. Not as groundbreaking as the original, nor as expansive as all the best sequels are. But with some excellent cast additions, and Miller on murky form, this still sizzles to the touch.
  12. A slice of raggedy realism with ultra-naturalistic performances.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With largely improvised dialogue and a cast including genuine ex-offenders, Chapiron captures a powerful stench of authenticity.
  13. The result? An accomplished, bittersweet drama that's more bitter than sweet.
  14. Driven by a committed turn from Witherspoon, Jean-Marc Vallée confirms himself as the go-to director for triumph-over-adversity character studies.
  15. An absorbing thriller that favours vivid characters, profound ideas and Old Testament morals over propulsive plotting and set-pieces. With lots of blood.
  16. Gyllenhaal is sensational headlining a pitch-black satire with its finger on the pulse.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For all its bleak edges, The Angels’ Share warms like a sip of the good stuff.
  17. As a portrait of a privileged, narcissistic sex addict, its magnificence and messiness are intertwined, while Gérard Depardieu’s (literally) naked performance offers a gurning, grunting bedfellow to Keitel’s Bad Lieutenant and Brando’s butterfat Last Tango In Paris protagonist.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Adventurer, narcissist or both? Marshall Curry’s riveting study of a momma’s boy turned freedom fighter never editorialises, leaving us to decide.
  18. Vikander brings fresh emotional weight to the familiar scenario of WW1 grief, ensuring that this mostly avoids the traps of dull, dutiful heritage cinema.
  19. Doesn’t have the heft of Zodiac or the verve of Se7en but Gone Girl is a masterful adaptation and a superior crime-thriller. As for Fincher changing the ending… See for yourself.
  20. This is a chilling portrayal of a deeply unsympathetic protagonist.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like "Martha Marcy May Marlene," this lo-fi psychodrama reaps the benefits of a mesmerising female lead, only this time as cult leader not disciple. Marling continues to impress.
  21. That rare breed of blockbuster that emphasises character over spectacle and slow-burn tension over relentless action sequences, Godzilla rewards patience with strong performances and sparing, spine-tingling set-pieces.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gray’s technique is effective, catching the moment one Indian scientist, Yusuf Hamied, stood up and got the moral ball rolling.

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