Total Film's Scores

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For 1,373 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Only Angels Have Wings
Lowest review score: 20 Criminal
Score distribution:
1373 movie reviews
  1. An outlandish high concept is a recipe for hope and humour in a film that bears viewing more than once.
  2. Gyllenhaal is outstanding in this inspiring warts-and-all story of a Boston bombing survivor’s recovery battle.
  3. The action’s passable and Gillan makes a decent fist of an underwritten character. Otherwise, this Jumanji makeover’s a losing game.
  4. Filmmaker Jonathan Olshefski illuminates the rich, strife-filled lives of these extraordinary people.
  5. Poverty and poetry, delinquency and deluxe wonder… this child’s-eye view of lives on a knife-edge is terrific.
  6. Whether or not you’re a fan of Wonder Woman, this tale of her creation is rich, evocative and enlightening.
  7. Backdraft clichés notwithstanding, this is a stirring fact-based tribute to public servants putting it on the line.
  8. Musing on memory and machine-emotion, it echoes Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Her. But despite its fine portraits of loss, it never escapes its stage-play origins.
  9. Alain Gomis’ film paints a lacerating picture of a raucous, dangerous city.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Face crumpled, eyes darting, Jones captures the wounded humanity at the core of this psychological thriller. He feels the walls of his flat closing in; we feel the influence of Polanski and Hitchcock.
  10. The cast do decent work, but Clooney’s ersatz Fargo misses the mark. A Coen pastiche rather than the real deal.
  11. Vexingly, Ferrell flaunts his daft genius just enough to avert an entirely shite Christmas.
  12. This dreamily shot US indie is an insightful study of sexual repression and awakening, featuring a compelling lead performance from Brit newcomer Dickinson.
  13. Marx, Tristan Tzara, André Breton, Werner Herzog; Constructivism, Dadaism, Futurism… on it goes. Impressive, sure, but ultimately stultifying.
  14. With it comes admission into a stunning world of majesty and savagery; shame about the overbearing Philip Glass score.
  15. From multi-talented Belgian/Canadian duo Dominique Abel and his partner Fiona Gordon comes a slice of light-hearted whimsy.
  16. Stone and Carell ace it in this smart biopic, stylishly recreating the champ-vs-clown clash of the tennis titans that electrified ’70s America.
  17. Dennis Bartok’s sparse horror has a spooky central conceit, and just about overcomes its budgetary bumps, while Macdonald excels as the innocent.
  18. Justice League’s most significant shortcoming is how forgettable it all is. There’s barely a moment that sticks, not a single sequence to rival the standout superhero set-pieces of recent years.
  19. Does for Norman’s place what Room 237 did for the Overlook: reopens old haunts for welcome re-investigation.
  20. While the film lacks Christina Applegate’s razor-sharp delivery (though she gets a LOL-worthy cameo) and most of the plot doesn’t make sense, the older ladies warrant a Bad Grans spin-off.
  21. A superb satirical swipe at the worst excesses of the social media generation.
  22. A meditation on repressed desire with deep secrets, Thelma throbs with hypnotic intensity: it burns slow, but its magnetism holds right up to the teasing climax.
  23. Comprising archive footage and first-hand accounts, Claire Ferguson’s film feels vital in sharing harrowing stories of life in concentration camps.
  24. Kenneth Branagh finds interesting ways to grease the wheels of this new take on the oft-filmed novel.
  25. A feel good sequel only marmalade haters could resist.
  26. Disturbing and often distressing, but compulsively watchable.
  27. The film reveals how patriarchal values clash with the desires of its female characters to lead more emancipated lives.
  28. Peachy keen. A luminous, sun-kissed Italian love story brimming with warmth, passion and feeling. This is utterly unmissable.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a Marvel movie that knows when to embrace the ridiculous and when to puncture any pomposity, and it's a delight from start to big finish. And yes, you do need to stay to the very very end of the credits.

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