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
Highest review score: 100 Blue Is the Warmest Color
Lowest review score: 20 The Host
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 833
833 movie reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A taut, chilling little horror-thriller making maximum use of minimal resources to tap into our primal fears of the unknown.
  1. Despite suffering from middle-act wobbles, The Desolation Of Smaug nevertheless delivers rousing action, incredible visuals and one stupendous dragon.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It may skip so quickly through historic events that it can feel rushed and flimsy, but excellent performances elevate it to serious Oscar contender.
  2. It's definitely the 'other' Gordon-Levitt film out this month, but this silly cycler whizzes by amiably. Star charm helps: JGL's enjoyment in his job adds welcome levels of Levitt-y.
  3. Among the blood, sweat and (ahem) salty tears are musings on desire, family and emasculation, but this is Kim at his most mischievous, the laughs drowning all.
  4. With A+ acting, a solid script and sensitive handling, there’s enough here to move even the hardest of souls.
  5. Thoughtfully shot by first-time director Karl Markovics, the only warmth comes from the stiffening cadavers.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Gleeks and Glee-haters alike should rally around this raucous musical comedy. Rebel Wilson is hilarious, Anna Kendrick is terrific and there are as many gross-out gags as there are singing numbers.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Some overripe dialogue and a well-worn plot are tempered by an admirable reluctance to humanise the terrorist.
  6. Funny and tense, rather than hilarious and terrifying, You’re Next doesn’t rip up the rulebook but it’s definitely read it. If all horror comedies were this good we’d be laughing – and squirming.
  7. From the texture of the underground havens to the idea that our leads have to – literally – cling to each other lest gravity tears them apart, it’s a wonder of detail and ingenuity.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Fine turns from Streep and Jones bedrock this compassionate, quietly subversive drama.
  8. All prologue and no pay-off, but compelling all the same, this curio plays out like Diary Of The Dead with more diaries and fewer dead.
  9. Alexander Sokurov’s riff on Goethe’s tragedy is a bewildering but blazingly styled fever-dream epic.
  10. With echoes of the Dardennes and Lucrecia Martel, Corpo Celeste's acute sense of place, feel for adolescent confusion and miraculous resolution suggest that Rohrwacher is a talent to watch.
  11. Offering a fascinating window into a world often distorted and oversimplified, this is informative, stimulating and moving stuff.
  12. Sex, drugs, murder, radical verse and Radcliffe make persuasive bedfellows in Krokidas’ live-wire lit-pic. It gets busy, but fizzy direction and Rad’s rigour help to keep its pulse alive.
  13. Hanks takes to Walt like a pair of cosy slippers, but it’s Thompson who adds layers to a classy but predictable slice of Disney schmaltz.
  14. A low-budget, highconcept WTF thriller that might have been conceived by Rod Serling in the heyday of his Twilight Zone series. Spread the word.
  15. The thematic weight drags down the tension, yet just when it seems Janiak has forgotten the scares she pulls off a creepy finale.
  16. A moving morality tale set in a world rarely seen in western cinema, Metro Manila is an underdog drama that feels as authentic as it is original.
  17. Pixar falls back on the tried and tested in an entertaining caper that will be a surefire kid pleaser this summer. Old favourites are always welcome, but it would have been nice to see some more new ideas too.
  18. Though it covers similar thematic ground to Laurent Cantet’s haiti-set "Heading South," Seidl’s gruelling film proves his knack for leaving viewers emotionally discomfited.
  19. Propelled by Lust’s performance, this is a fascinating study of solitude and sociopathic obsession, up to a point.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Jaw-dropping in colour and splendour, but if the constant awe gets a bit tiring, at its best you can genuinely feel some great wheel turning.
  20. Flawlessly designed, with the beautiful 3D cinematography contrasting the clean white futurism of Prometheus' interiors with the black corporeal surfaces of the alien catacombs.

 It might not pack the unbearable menace or blazing horror of the saga's first two movies, but it utterly eclipses the last two. It's exciting, tense and fully impregnated for sequels.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Adventurer, narcissist or both? Marshall Curry’s riveting study of a momma’s boy turned freedom fighter never editorialises, leaving us to decide.
  21. A huge, CGI-heavy popcorner that still feels personal. Come for the epic monster-on-mecha showdowns, stay for the likeable humans.
  22. The cumulative effect offers a tender tribute to the resilience of his subjects’ spirits against the thrum of traffic.

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