Total Film's Scores

  • Movies
For 556 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Dark Knight Rises
Lowest review score: 20 47 Ronin
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 556
556 movie reviews
  1. Stirring and striking, Hooper's epic musical won't be wanting for awards and plaudits. Danny Cohen's cinematography is stunning and Hathaway's Oscar is guaranteed.
  2. Thorough if workmanlike documentary.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The vagueness won't win Dumont new fans, but his enigmatic allegory of intertwined good and evil does linger in the mind.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Drawing affecting performances from a fledgling cast, Defurne's film is a poignant snapshot of square-peg adolescent desire, vibrantly set against a colourful backdrop.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Brave, brash and exhilarating, but lacking the insight and impact of the Korine-scripted "Kids" (1995). Too much fun for social commentary, this is what you wish school was like.
  3. Choosing quantity over quality, intensity over tension and big-screen thrills over low-fi shocks – this is probably what the zombie apocalypse will actually look like.
  4. Though self-referential to a fault, the deadpan humour, frayed logic and monochrome dazzle cast their own richly peculiar spell.
  5. Funny, twisty and thrilling, this is shellhead’s most entertaining solo flight to date. It’s also an impressive pace-setter for this summer’s barrage of big movies.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Friedkin's unflinching trailer-park noir features ugly characters, game performances, degradation and the obscene abuse of a chicken drumstick. Highly recommended, then.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A bright, breezy Irish monster mash boasting gorgeous cinematography, appealing performances and great SFX, even if it’s a little slight for can’t-miss status.
  6. 2 Days is a sparky, crowd-cheering gem buoyed by Julie Delpy's smart writing and Adam Goldberg's tart whining. Less swoony than Linklater's "Before Sunrise/Sunset," but Delpy nails the relationship humour.
    • 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.
  7. A bleak yet strangely heartening film.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The minions give good mayhem and the twig-armed animation’s lovely. Despite the coolest submarine-car since Bond’s Lotus Esprit, though, Despicable Me 2 is light on gadgets – and surprises, too.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ted
    A fabulous first live-action effort, combining R-rated hilarity with skilled storytelling as it slips some real heart into the stuffing of a toy bear.
    • 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.
  8. It's a must see for fans of roar footage.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bigger and broader than before, Ron’s return occasionally feels like autocue’d sequel-making. But it spikes old news with enough fresh comic zip to keep you hooked through the self-indulgent stretches.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Scrupulous but ponderous, this documentary account of avant-garde Spanish über-restaurant El Bulli's annual stint creating ker-aazy new recipes piques your interest but not your taste buds.
  9. There are moments of sweetness and spontaneity with her BFFs (Alia Shawkat, Sarah Steele) but not enough to fill the hole where the film’s soul should be.
  10. Laying bare his characters, Seidl uncovers the doubt beneath the armour of religious belief.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Smartly spoofy rather than sweetly nostalgic, this distractingly star-studded jaunt is fast and funny, but short on emotional punch.
  11. Another silly but sturdy instalment that’s as well-oiled as The Rock’s muscles. If the ‘Letty in London’ story doesn’t exactly have that new-car smell, this is still the fastest soap opera on wheels.
  12. Succeeding against the odds and adroitly blending its disparate elements, this is a fine entry into the Eurodirector-gawps-at-America subgenre.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It’s a histrionic distraction from the band doing their thing. Watch "Some Kind Of Monster" instead.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sprinting to the edge of preposterousness and back, this deliriously entertaining day-glo noir of fried brains and blown fuses denotes a director at the top of his game.
  13. Assured if not inspired, Legacy keeps the Bourne engine ticking over without reaching top gear. The action's accomplished and Renner's fine. Without Matt Damon, however, it feels like a placeholder.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This perfectly alright actioner will entertain newcomers, while leaving Blomkamp fans in a holding pattern until his next project.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Impressively acted by the unknown cast, and eerily shot in black and white, Nolan successfully creates his own distinctive cinematic world, leaving en route a trail of objects which may or may not have any meaning.

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