Total Film's Scores

  • Movies
For 833 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
Lowest review score: 20 The Host
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 833
833 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.
  2. “Ever since I discovered art,” laments one participant, “this cell has truly become a prison.”
  3. Smith casts non-pro Venkatesh Chavan alongside Bollywood star Nana Patekar to achieve credible chemistry, enhanced by his choice of quiet observation rather than Slumdog -style pizzazz and the delicate emotional kick and finespun simplicity of a short story.
  4. Imagine all of D-Fens’ fury in Falling Down squeezed into one short, then times it by six. A gloriously crazed compendium that fizzes with OMG and OTT moments.
  5. It’s technically a doc, but neither Rivers nor his inscrutable subject is interested in backstory.
    • 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.
  6. 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.
  7. This oblique and understated tale of lost innocence conveys both an individual’s experiences and a powerful sense of a ruined nation.
  8. The 3D is completely redundant and the action sporadic but unexpected gearshifts provide plenty of narrative meat.
  9. Though awkwardly assembled, with an overemphatic voiceover, it’s chilling stuff.
  10. 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.
  11. Vikander brings fresh emotional weight to the familiar scenario of WW1 grief, ensuring that this mostly avoids the traps of dull, dutiful heritage cinema.
  12. 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.
  13. Cool as you like one second, camp as Christmas the next, this entertainingly overpumped action-horror will have genre fans (and their mums) grinning from ear to ear.
  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.
  15. Driven by a committed turn from Witherspoon, Jean-Marc Vallée confirms himself as the go-to director for triumph-over-adversity character studies.
  16. You root for them as they bond, bicker and endure grim dangers – gangs, traffickers, police – but Quemada-Díez doesn’t play soft, and the stinging climax really sticks with you.
  17. The film belongs to Arena, outstanding as a man growing ever more delusional in his quest to acquire celebrity status.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mad, marvellous and all kinds of sci-fi magical, Guardians Of The Galaxy is Marvel’s riskiest but most surprising success yet.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    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…
  18. Gyllenhaal is sensational headlining a pitch-black satire with its finger on the pulse.
    • 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. Spy
    A whip-smart blend of savvy parody, elegant slapstick and zinger-packed dialogue makes for the year’s most rewarding character comedy so far, and McCarthy’s best showcase to date.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sharp as fangs, warm as fresh blood, this could be the funniest movie of the year. New Zealand’s answer to Edgar Wright.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Directed with straightforward economy, The Invisible War sheds much-needed light on a very dark secret.

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