Total Film's Scores

  • Movies
For 600 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Blue Is the Warmest Color
Lowest review score: 20 The Host
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 600
600 movie reviews
  1. 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.
  2. The ending stumbles, but not enough to tarnish this study of life lived under society’s radar.
  3. Capturing the essence of the source novel, this is a superior adult drama. Harrowing, heartbreaking but utterly compelling.
  4. 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!
  5. Singer has refreshed the series with blasts of his original entries’ X-factors: vim, levity, clarity and a sincere, soulful grip on the emotional stakes involved.
  6. 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
    • 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...
  7. Lowery’s understated authority lifts his tragic romance above mere Malick mimicry, while Affleck and Mara bring heart to the scrupulous artistry. All you need is a little patience...
  8. The film never hides its uncomfortable truths in the shadows.
  9. Herzog's tapestry testifies to life's light from death's darkness. Its honest humanity and sideways-on character bare his illuminating imprint.
  10. A simmering pressure cooker of a thriller, Prisoners is an unforgiving but emotionally rewarding experience sustained by powerhouse performances, taut scripting and Villeneuve’s tonally assured direction.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ben Wheatley’s strangest movie yet: mysticism, mystification and magic mushrooms in a English Civil War setting. Often confusing, occasionally infuriating – but audaciously original.
  13. Dolan never flinches across this bold, brassy piece; it’s confidently directed, stylishly shot, passionately acted and evocatively scored.
  14. As much as Nicholas Jarecki’s debut feature simmers, it never quite boils.
  15. Marshalling formidable technique and force of feeling, Bayona's tale of courage and empathy in the face of catastrophe fulfils his debut's promise, its harrowing conviction hammered home even harder by the spot-on casting.
  16. The result? An accomplished, bittersweet drama that's more bitter than sweet.
  17. 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.
  18. Even if it lacks a stand-out turn it's still a grippingly authentic slice of life.
  19. Green fashions a slow-burn charmer that’s a million miles from Pineapple Express in tone, pace and content. But just like that film, the odd couple interplay is beautifully judged.
  20. What emerges is a touching study (in more ways than one) of the trials, terrors and triumphs of living with physical disability.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While sympathetic to their plight, the directors prove alert to the story’s wider impact, speaking to proud parents and outraged opponents alike.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The stand-out, though, is Mikkel Boe Folsgaard as the King. Teetering on the edge of sanity, he is both detestable and sympathetic.
  21. Soderbergh lets his hair down with a frank, funny dramedy that bulges with humour, heart and smarts as McConaughey gives it everything he's got, in a potentially gong-grabbing turn.
  22. It’s strong on the details of itinerant life, and allows plotting to take a back seat to character.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nasheed may be a small fish in a big geopolitical pond, but his enterprise and optimism are a welcome complement to eco doc doom and gloom.

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