Total Film's Scores

  • Movies
For 821 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 Mr. Turner
Lowest review score: 20 The Smurfs 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 821
821 movie reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Snowden proves surprisingly sympathetic. His intentions appear to have no subtext, but sadly neither does the doc; the irony of an infodump approach to mass surveillance goes disappointingly unexploited.
    • 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.
  1. One of the strangest films you’ll see this (or any) year, it unsettles, bores, elates and amuses in equal measure. Not for everyone, but there’s plenty to chew on.
  2. The results – achieved through small cameras clipped to nets, masts and the crew – will hook some and induce seasickness in others.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Russell follows "The Fighter" with a softer, soapier family dysfunction drama, lightly comic enough to make for palatable Friday-night viewing. As its nutty lovebirds, Cooper and Lawrence save Playbook from the director's surprisingly mundane impulses.
  3. An impressive study of guilt, responsibility and the bad things that happen to good people.
  4. A sombre crimer that resists easy thrills, investing instead in grit, intelligence and complex characterisation.
  5. Keep The Lights On feels lopsided in its focus on Erik, with Paul remaining a strangely remote object of the former's romantic devotion.
  6. The resulting pickle may seem alien to many, but Yaron’s navigation of Shira’s struggles make it tangible.
  7. Assured, adult filmmaking from a writer/director who knows her way around the ups and downs of relationships.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The film strips away ideas of heroism mercilessly.
  8. Not the promised insider’s peek but Assayas and Binoche are still a potent combo, nailing the fragility of an actress facing the ageing process.
  9. The restlessness of the camerawork may drive you to distraction, but director/co-writer Calin Peter Netzer’s film is held steady by Gheorghiu’s staunch performance.
  10. It’s technically a doc, but neither Rivers nor his inscrutable subject is interested in backstory.
  11. The 3D is completely redundant and the action sporadic but unexpected gearshifts provide plenty of narrative meat.
  12. Though awkwardly assembled, with an overemphatic voiceover, it’s chilling stuff.
  13. 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Though set in a divided country, it’s an effervescent period piece, edited with verve: Persiel combines recreations with archive footage, animation and home videos.
  14. First-time writer/director Ritesh Batra deserves credit for mining gently captivating drama from a pitch that could have just ended with passive-aggressive Post-its left on the office fridge.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Mud
    More accessible than "Take Shelter" but not as powerful, Mud boasts stunning photography, a mesmerising lead and a strong evocation of Americana. McConaughey’s gold run continues…
  15. 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.
  16. Mostly, it’s a study of an analogue ghost turned digital star; yet because Maloof is vested in building Maier’s reputation, the film leaves some uncomfortable questions about the ethics of posthumous fame.
  17. Amy Schumer is a force to be reckoned with – but despite some belly laughs Trainwreck doesn’t quite transcend the romcom formula like the best of the genre.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If Eric Rohmer were British, this is the kind of film he’d make.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    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...
  18. 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.
  19. Although a bit over-neat in its contrasts between the respective families, Like Father, Like Son remains an affecting film, thanks to Fukuyama’s understated turn and Koreeda’s typically graceful visual storytelling.
  20. As much as Nicholas Jarecki’s debut feature simmers, it never quite boils.
  21. 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.
  22. What emerges is a touching study (in more ways than one) of the trials, terrors and triumphs of living with physical disability.

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