Total Film's Scores

  • Movies
For 1,212 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 4.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Days of Heaven
Lowest review score: 20 Playing for Keeps
Score distribution:
1212 movie reviews
  1. Intelligent, original and committed, it’s also a little meandering. But Records cuts a strikingly amoral figure, and the sight of Christopher Lloyd intoning poetry over dying embers reminds us what a wonderful actor he is.
  2. The drama gets overwrought but Shults stages the fallout artfully, stressing choppy montages and a nerve-rattling sound mix as tensions erupt.
  3. The best sci-fi trilogy you’ve never seen amalgamated into one organic whole. Surprising, exciting and, at times, strangely beautiful.
  4. Ambiguity is The Falling’s currency, and it’s all the richer for it.
  5. Besson is at his balls-out bonkers best in this genre-scrambling, mind-expanding exhilarator.
  6. Smart, literate and romantic, it's this year's (500) Days Of Summer, but with a few more shadows. Like Calvin, you'll find it hard to resist Ms Sparks.
  7. A gentle tale, tinged with melancholy told with all the loving attention to detail you expect from Studio Ghibli.
  8. Another shrewdly gauged study of our capacity for deception and self-deception from A Separation’s auteur. Emotionally devastating.
  9. Best of the mini-animation fashioned out of Suskind’s Walt-inspired scribblings.
  10. While their situation feels futile, the film is almost poetic in posing important questions.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is hands-down the best Trek flick made so far.
  11. Though not as dramatically rich or emotionally compelling as Skyfall, Spectre still ranks as a sleek, pulse-pounding if slightly overlong entertainment.
  12. The Pass is narratively simplistic but psychologically complex.
  13. A finely etched character study, with Cumberbatch on towering form. Set coordinates for the Oscars.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Plays like an elegy for the demise of the cool, thick with the small-hours allure of addiction and infatuation but smart enough to see clearly.
  14. An expertly calibrated drama confirming Marsh’s status as one of Britain’s most formidable filmmakers.
  15. Jurassic World is a fiendishly crafted blockbuster: old-fashioned thrills, heroism and romance, locked inside a smart, self-aware shell.
  16. Dolan never flinches across this bold, brassy piece; it’s confidently directed, stylishly shot, passionately acted and evocatively scored.
  17. Despite its hard-scrabble setting, eco-gloominess and dystopian story, this dark fairytale is engagingly vivid and life-affirming. An ambitious love letter to a Louisiana way of life that's being literally washed away.
  18. Both smart political primer and tense cautionary tale.
  19. Too slow for the mainstream, perhaps, this presents a disgusted worldview thats painstakingly plausible, however much we may wish differently.
  20. Not up there with key US influences "Annie Hall," "When Harry Met Sally" and "Jerry Maguire," but a romcom Brits can be proud of. Make a date of it.
  21. Maverick director James Toback (Fingers) and Alec Baldwin front this frequently hilarious insider doc.
  22. Amy
    Kapadia lays bare the tragedy of Winehouse’s story. It’s a tough, unfiltered watch but a thoughtful, thorough, feeling one.
  23. Based on a true story, it’s directed with beautiful, painterly restraint by Anne Fontaine (best known for pretty pieces such as Gemma Bovery), who lets powerful performances by Agata Buzek (as a nun of faltering faith), and fearsome abbess Agata Kulesza power the story.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This blistering, Oscar-nominated documentary tells how its members refused to let patients become pariahs.
  24. Scott operates on a suitably Biblical scale and grounds the spectacle with rock-solid turns from Bale and Edgerton.
  25. Avoiding the pitfalls of prurience and sensationalism, this dreamily photographed film reveals its young subjects to be vibrant and articulate individuals.
  26. Juggling heartbreaking frankness with uplifting scenes of love and solidarity, this is a sensitive exploration of family, faith and opposing cultures.
  27. Jack O’Connell’s, wiry, indefatigable Zamperini holds your attention without effort.

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