Total Film's Scores

  • Movies
For 555 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Breaking the Waves
Lowest review score: 20 Silent Hill: Revelation 3D
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 555
555 movie reviews
  1. 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Creepier than "Catfish" and as cinematic as "Man On Wire," this is an unnerving story immaculately told and a strong contender for documentary of the year.
  2. You’re left marvelling at London’s capacity for renewal and reinvention.
  3. “Ever since I discovered art,” laments one participant, “this cell has truly become a prison.”
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Philosophically complex, spiritual but anti-religious, harrowing yet hopeful.
  4. A documentary that'll make more than just fashionistas smile.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Odd-couple chemistry from Dench and Coogan, a smart script and honed direction make this real-life story highly compelling. Blending comedy and tragedy, it secretes a potent sting.
  5. This oblique and understated tale of lost innocence conveys both an individual’s experiences and a powerful sense of a ruined nation.
  6. The 3D is completely redundant and the action sporadic but unexpected gearshifts provide plenty of narrative meat.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Though awkwardly assembled, with an overemphatic voiceover, it’s chilling stuff.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Vinterberg keeps us guessing right up to and after an end shot that suggests how tough some viral rumours are to shake off.
    • 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.
  7. 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.
  8. The film belongs to Arena, outstanding as a man growing ever more delusional in his quest to acquire celebrity status.
    • 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…
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As Jonathan Pryce reads passages and academic voices take turns to chew over Sebald's visionary opus, B&W footage of country roadsides and wind-blasted coastlines turns rural Suffolk into something truly otherworldly.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A loving, very funny valentine to undead pleasures, with Swinton and Hiddleston on top form.
  9. 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.
  10. Utterly gripping. Aided by two punchy lead turns, an Oscar-worthy script and stunning in-car footage, Howard’s race film delivers top-gear drama. A piston- and heart-pumping triumph.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Directed with straightforward economy, The Invisible War sheds much-needed light on a very dark secret.
  11. Catching Fire delivers on all the promise of Part 1 with a gutsier, tougher, better round of Games.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A touch too long, yet never slack, at three hours, TWOWS benefits from independent funding, Scorsese’s brass balls and an A-grade cast’s turbulent improvisations to emerge as an epic, boldly broad screwball comedy about the state of America, then and now.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The ending stumbles, but not enough to tarnish this study of life lived under society’s radar.
  12. Capturing the essence of the source novel, this is a superior adult drama. Harrowing, heartbreaking but utterly compelling.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Burton's finest, freshest film in ages is a welcome homecoming. You'd call it patchwork pastiche, if it weren't so zapped with energy, feeling and imagination. It's alive!
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Based on genuine cases, the film reveals its horrors in a matter-of-fact manner, taking care to show the characters grasping every chance for laughter - however inappropriate - amid the grimness.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A winning mix of deadpan comedy, retro stylings and escalating insanity. Too idiosyncratic for some perhaps, but this one-of-a-kind indie makes ’80s nostalgia feel new again.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    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.
    • 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...

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