Total Film's Scores

  • Movies
For 626 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 3.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Life of Pi
Lowest review score: 20 Scary Movie 5
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 626
626 movie reviews
  1. As much as Nicholas Jarecki’s debut feature simmers, it never quite boils.
  2. 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.
  3. The result? An accomplished, bittersweet drama that's more bitter than sweet.
  4. 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.
  5. Even if it lacks a stand-out turn it's still a grippingly authentic slice of life.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. A super-entertaining, super-slick love/hate letter to horror with a final 20 minutes that's stunningly bonkers.
  11. A nice blend of Scandinavian sophistication and Hollywood slickness, Headhunters is an entertaining Nordic noir achievement – and sure to be tagged as this year's "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo."
  12. Utterly assured, breathtakingly executed and riotously funny, this is a delight.
  13. Hogg humanises the set-up with ripples of warmth, but it’s her evocation of a horror-style psychodrama through hints of domestic disquiet that lingers with you.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Gorgeous animation and inspired set design help patch over a lacklustre script. The horror hardcore will enjoy playing spot the homage.
  14. Mostly, this is fantastic fun: a two-hours-plus blockbuster that doesn’t bog down in exposition or sag in the middle. There are reversals and rug-pulls galore, most of them executed with whiplash skill.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A Disney flick that feels like on-form Pixar, blending knowing humour and sophistication with a large helping of heart. You'll want another go.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's something rotten in Denmark, as Mean Streets meets GoodFellas in Copenhagen, and while it could never rival either of the above, this striking, powerfully gritty tale about a week in the life of a drug dealer is still well worth seeing. A promising debut.
  15. This is a chilling portrayal of a deeply unsympathetic protagonist.
  16. It's probably the best three-star movie this month. An effortless, emotional, funny little indie that few people will see. Be one of them.
  17. Tiny Furniture announces Dunham as a talent to watch.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This strikingly original feelgood fable is artfully balanced between director Kim Mordaunt’s roots in documentary and a spellbinding magic realism.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In his feature debut, Swiss director Baran bo Odar counterpoints the tranquillity of the landscape with the mental torment of everyone involved, and what could have been just another serial-killer whodunit becomes a complex study of grief, obsession and the persistence of guilt.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What distinguishes My Brother The Devil is El Hosaini’s maturity in avoiding faux-doc grittiness, political grandstanding or flashy glorification in favour of an intimate, closely observed character piece.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Enchanting.
  18. Familiar territory, especially if you've seen "Hoop Dreams" and "Friday Night Lights," but the intimate style offers its own rewards.
  19. Two fine performances - particularly from an unhinged Winstead - almost elevate Smashed to greatness. But an under-worked script leaves you feeling groggy and bleary-eyed by the end.
  20. 2012 is the year of the Muppet, and we don't mean Ashton Kutcher. After Jason Segel's fur-filled revival, rejoice in a documentary to make you laugh and, yes, cry.

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