Total Film's Scores

  • Movies
For 1,072 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Finding Nemo
Lowest review score: 20 The Host
Score distribution:
1072 movie reviews
  1. Extraordinary in form, ‘ordinary’ in content, Boyhood is ambitious, intimate and unforgettable. It might just be the apex of Linklater’s life’s work.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Sensitive, subtle and heartfelt, Jenkins’ genre-buster is a significant work that will knock you out.
  2. Visceral, vital and anchored by its earnest performances, this is a potent portrait of a shameful historical truth.
  3. If ever there was a film that epitomised the saying ‘no pain, no gain’, this is it. Packs a real wallop.
  4. A stunning space saga that takes off for new technical frontiers without leaving its humanity behind.
  5. Under Haynes’ sure hand, Blanchett and Mara deliver a love story to melt to. Every glance means something, no strain shows: it’s filmmaking as natural as breathing.
  6. Breathlessly tense, thrillingly orchestrated and intellectually complex, this damn fine piece of rigorous, meticulous filmmaking enhances Kathryn Bigelow's status as one of her generation's most accomplished directors.
  7. A more-than-worthy, expectations-exceeding chapter in one of modern cinema’s finest love stories. As honest, convincing, funny, intimate and natural as its predecessors.
  8. One great British artist pays tribute to another in a lengthy but rewarding homage that boasts a titanic turn at its centre. Rarely has watching paint dry been so fascinating.
  9. Strikingly original, brilliantly acted, this serio-comic masterpiece constantly swerves expectations.
  10. Like the Toy Story trilogy, Inside Out is about leaving childhood behind. It’s not quite as moving as those films but it is A-grade Pixar, full of Sadness and Joy.
  11. The ambition is bracing, but critical hindsight obscures how exciting Malle’s noir thriller is on its own terms.
  12. A compassionate, masterful work that deservedly won Haneke a second Palme d'Or after "The White Ribbon's" 2009 victory. Best to avoid on a first date, though.
  13. Losey creates an atmosphere of deepening claustrophobic menace shot through with episodes of savage black humour.
  14. A rigorously detailed telling of an important story that never loses sight of the human devastation. Terrific turns from the ensemble cast.
  15. Could have been a grand folly but instead it’s just grand. Will make audiences break into grins like its characters break into song.
  16. Largely lensed in the window between sunset and nightfall, it’s a magic-hour masterpiece. [26 Aug. 2011]
  17. The Coen brothers on top sardonic form with a winning tale of an incorrigible loser. Hits the right note on every level, from period vibe to performance (human and feline).
  18. Amazing stories. Heart- tweaking, brain-teasing and hugely enjoyable, Polley’s tangled memoir confirms her as an unflinching anatomist of secrets and lies.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    From the pitch-perfect characterisation to John Williams’ soaring score to the magical effects, it’s every bit as good as you remember. [2002 re-release]
  19. Drawing on the testimonies of some fascinating interviewees, and filled with dazzling digital images of galaxies and landscapes, it’s a film that makes you ponder the mysteries of human existence anew.
  20. Her
    For all its techno-focus, a very human love story about our need for connection. Strange, witty, honest and curiously comforting.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Refracted through Holly’s naive, emotionally flat narration and Malick’s poetic visual style, this familiar tale is transformed into something strange and oddly beautiful. [29 Aug. 2008]
  21. An existential flipbook and a heartbreaking black joke: stickmen have never looked so alive.
  22. The H2O theme fits in with the main feature, its tale of a clownfish searching for his son constituting Pixar’s most effective amalgam of comedy, artistry and emotional pull.
  23. Drawing on revealing clips from Panahi's previous films, TINAF reveals not only the realities of artistic censorship, but its firework-laden finale shows how cinema thrives on spontaneity.
  24. A lunatic vision, as hilarious as it is hellish. And some of the greatest action ever put on screen.
  25. With the entire cast on their A-game, depths are found in characters that could’ve easily been caricatures.
  26. Patient, non-judgemental docu-making yields psychologically rich results in Jesse Moss’s potent dispatch from recession-hit America.
  27. Over-long, but a work of great artistry and emotion. As the woodcutter says upon finding our heroine: “A gift from heaven”.

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