Total Film's Scores

  • Movies
For 647 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 3.3 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 647
647 movie reviews
  1. The Expendables 3 marks a sizeable improvement on the first two outings.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Boasts sporadically electrifying visuals but a frustratingly messy mythology.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Amini’s film offers elegant pleasures and holds the interest – but it never grips as it should.
  2. Lawrence’s mechanised menagerie and the directors’ stereoscopic smarts entertain most.
  3. It’s unashamedly broad, sentimental and clichéd, but Cox anchors proceedings with wit and tenderness, while Smith (who can act and shoot at the same time) adds wonder.
  4. Exciting, in places, though a stranger to subtlety, it ticks all the genre boxes, but there’s something about its knowing noirisms that feels superficial rather than soaked-in.
  5. Though its influences (Badlands, early Coens) are writ large, and the denouement disappoints, the performances convince, the dialogue captivates and the sense of backwater boredom is overpowering.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Looser, more conventional, and highly dependent on the enjoyably rambling bro-banter of NickKurtDale Inc, Horrible Bosses 2 is a mostly-cosy caper that gives off rather less blackly comic energy than its predecessor.
  6. Shame that the plotting favours narrative intrigue over character depth, creating a film whose message is witnessed rather than felt.
  7. The cumulative effect offers a tender tribute to the resilience of his subjects’ spirits against the thrum of traffic.
  8. The thematic weight drags down the tension, yet just when it seems Janiak has forgotten the scares she pulls off a creepy finale.
  9. It might look as though Hallmark, Benetton and Richard Curtis have collaborated on a movie, but Chelsom’s lightly subversive, self-aware tone bolsters Pegg’s best shot yet at a mass-appeal crowd-pleaser.
  10. Mostly, it’s a study of an analogue ghost turned digital star; yet because Maloof is vested in building Maier’s reputation, the film leaves some uncomfortable questions about the ethics of posthumous fame.
  11. Francesca Gregorini’s film stands or falls on a central mystery as silly as it is surreal. Fair play to Gregorini, though, for avoiding the temptation to deliver an outré slice of suburban Gothic; by framing events as melodrama, she can better examine themes of grief and motherhood.
  12. The film’s cryptic style obscures insight; just as the condition provides a scapegoat for neglecting Abby’s motives, so it prevents Passon from developing a sustained dramatic network. Satisfaction is fleeting.
  13. As implausible as the stars' gleaming choppers.
  14. This voiceover is one of many perplexing elements in this ridiculously pumped-up military recruitment video, which intersperses brilliant and immersive combat scenes with excruciating comradely banter.
  15. To borrow a line Roberts spits at Collins, there's something about Mirror that's incredibly irritating. Fingers crossed Huntsman has more edge.
  16. Misguided in the extreme. A scene in which Kitsch and co aim blindly for the broadest of targets – and miss by miles – proves painfully apt.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Good performances, but it's difficult to give two hoots about Close's passion project when the story remains as pinched and hermetic as poor little Albert Nobbs himself.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Luc Besson's clunky, space-bound actioner apes '80s B-flick excess but skimps on all the good parts. Fans of really bad science and pixelated CGI won't be disappointed, though.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The pleasure of seeing a supergroup of Brit-veterans soon withers in an OAP comedy that plumps for light laughs over deeper insights.
  17. "Welcome to rock bottom!" sighs Hasselhoff at one stage, pretty much summing up this textbook exercise in sloppy seconds. Here's hoping the piranhas have a better agent than he does.
  18. In a summer hardly starved of comic-book properties, this redundant extension of a series that ran out of gas a decade ago doesn't need a neuralyzer to be forgettable.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Its overview of the baby experience is obscured by a family-values lens – no single/same-sex parents - resulting in an awful ensemble comedy to complete that "Valentine's Day" / "New Year's Eve" box-set, complete with sexist clichés.
  19. What [Bekmambetov] doesn't do is offer us any respite from his 3D CGI barrage, an assault on the senses that makes the bullet John Wilkes Booth fired into the real Abe's noggin seem calming by comparison.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Diaries is dark and gruesome, but with little in the way of genuine shock or surprise, you should expect the expected.
  20. You'd think Greta Gerwig's bones were hurting, so achingly hip is this irritating New York indie.
  21. Fake plastic trees, fake plastic entertainment? The Lorax is immensely colourful, catchy and cheery. Then again, it's also gaudy, bland and recycled. You can do better.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    360
    Banal, blundering and at times downright ludicrous, 360 is a full-circle misfire that Meirelles' lively images can't salvage.

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