Total Film's Scores

  • Movies
For 873 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 4.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Dark Knight Rises
Lowest review score: 20 The Christmas Candle
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 873
873 movie reviews
    • 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.
  1. Brutally simple and brilliantly told, channeling everything from the Coens to Korean masters to create a blood-curdling black comedy.
  2. The lead character’s called Grace, but don’t be put off: Cretton’s tough-love snapshot of shattered youth is achingly moving rather than manipulative or mawkish.
  3. Tarantino's three-hour feast of Southern-fried trash cinema might be too much – and too bloody – for certain constitutions, but the rewards are plentiful. Be sure to hunt it down.
  4. Her
    For all its techno-focus, a very human love story about our need for connection. Strange, witty, honest and curiously comforting.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Best of all, though, is the uneasy ring of truth, which will definitely still be with you the morning after.
  5. The simple approach teases fascinating parallels between art and marriage: essential to both, it seems, are a thick skin and an optimism verging on madness.
  6. The ending stumbles, but not enough to tarnish this study of life lived under society’s radar.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With explicit sex and penetrating philosophy, this erotic odyssey requires close attention and an open mind.
  7. 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.
  8. Sticking tightly to its heroine’s everyday routines and rituals, this deft blend of humour and pathos fully earns its defiantly upbeat dance-floor denouement.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An emotionally rewarding reunion tour for established fans and a taut, sharp-tongued, character-driven thriller for all, Veronica Mars makes a compelling case for its heroine’s continued existence.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Enchanting.
  9. Funny, foul-mouthed and frighteningly on-the-money, Top Five is relentlessly amusing even while it’s super-indulgent and selfabsorbed. Rock on.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thought-provoking rather than arousing, both films explore the director’s ideas about love, sexuality and loneliness. The organ he seeks to stimulate most is your brain.
  10. With McAvoy acting as if his life depends on it, Filth is the Irvine Welsh film we’ve been waiting years for. Tastier than a deep-fried Mars Bar.
  11. Simple but effective, The Good Dinosaur doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it’s still damn fine family entertainment. Slow to get going, it comes into its own when its heroes buddy up.
  12. The leads make sweet music in an affecting four-piece that, if not note perfect, plays well to their individual strengths. A marked improvement overall on this year’s other Quartet.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The film’s only let down by its too-frequent recourse to narrative cliché.
  13. Populist fare from across the channel that will amply repay those ready to put the time in. The scenery, meanwhile, makes you want to run out and buy a timeshare.
  14. It’s not iconic sci-fi to match Alien or Blade Runner but it is a topical, supremely crafted, intelligent, heartfelt spectacle with gallows humour to die for. Strap yourself in.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The future as candy-coloured paranoid nightmare: not quite Gilliam’s best, but still the most satisfying movie he’s made for years.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It isn't perfect but this reboot's wins outweigh its wobbles. The leads charm, the action crackles and the grooves are well-laid for part two. Untold story? Next time, then.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The footage – discoveries made by the Allies in the liberated Nazi camps during 1945 – is graphic, terrible, unforgettable.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Directed with straightforward economy, The Invisible War sheds much-needed light on a very dark secret.
  15. Some metaphors score and some miss, but this is leap-of-faith cinema: the rewards entail some risks.
  16. The one-liners are in evidence but this is more abrasive than you might expect. Blends rigour and vigour to join "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" and "Midnight In Paris" as the best of late-period Woody.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Die Another Day simply blows the competition away. If you want excitement, laughs and pure sex appeal, remember one thing: Bond's really do have more fun.
  17. “Ever since I discovered art,” laments one participant, “this cell has truly become a prison.”
  18. A loving, very funny valentine to undead pleasures, with Swinton and Hiddleston on top form.

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