TV Guide's Scores

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For 5,168 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Conversation
Lowest review score: 0 Zombie! vs. Mardi Gras
Score distribution:
5,168 movie reviews
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Much imitated, still unsurpassed. By critical consensus one of the best movies ever made, The Seven Samurai covers so much emotional, historical, and cinematic ground that that it demands to be viewed over and over again.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A searing example of writer-director Billy Wilder at his most brilliantly misanthropic. An uncompromising portrait of human nature at its worst, the film was so far ahead of its time in its depiction of a media circus and the public's appetite for tragedy that it was a commercial disaster when first released, but now stands as one of the great American films of the 1950s.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Captures the sleazy allure of Manhattan like no other film.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The one and only; an unqualified masterpiece and milestone.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    David Lean's splendid biography of the enigmatic T.E. Lawrence paints a complex portrait of the desert-loving Englishman who united Arab tribes in battle against the Ottoman Turks during WWI.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Only a spirited and extravagant production could do justice to the Robin Hood legend; this film is more than equal to the task. Korngold's score won a well-deserved Oscar, as did the editing and art direction.
  1. Stands separate from the rest, in a pantheon, a true cinematic masterwork of sight, sound, intelligence, and most importantly--passion.
  2. Manages to inject more than a little humor into this tension-filled genre classic.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Godfather is a generational saga; it's also an action film; but above all, it catches the imagination of audiences because it suggests that the career of a gangster is not so very different from the career of a businessman or a politician.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the greatest films of all time and one of the handful of masterpieces to emerge from the Italian neo-realist period, Umberto D is as cerebral as it is emotional, as bleak as it is warm.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Kubrick's liberal, anti-authoritarian reading of Anthony Burgess's very Catholic allegorical novel is morally confused but tremendously powerful... No serious moviegoer can afford to ignore it.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Director Steven Spielberg has achieved something close to the impossible--a morally serious, aesthetically stunning historical epic that is nonetheless readily accessible to a mass audience.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The film is a model of barely controlled hysteria in which the absurdity of hypermasculine Cold War posturing becomes devastatingly funny--and at the same time nightmarishly frightening in its accuracy.
  3. Serenely stunning.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    No other motion picture about Hollywood comes near Billy Wilder's searing, uncompromising and utterly fascinating portrait of the film community.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A wonderfully brooding, suspenseful revisitation of the land of film noir, Chinatown is not only one of the greatest detective films, but one of the most perfectly constructed of all films.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This great film, made with uncompromising honesty and devastating reality, is, according to Jean-Luc Godard, "the world in an hour and a half."
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Cinematographer Willis superbly captures the turn-of-the-century period, applying a seriographic tint to flashback scenes for a softer, richer look than the sharp image of the ongoing contemporary story.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the most powerful boxing films ever made.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Not a frame is wasted in this taut, superbly directed, masterfully acted film, the first so-called "adult Western." (Review of Original Release)
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A masterpiece. It is a credit to Cocteau's genius (and to that of his collaborators) that he has taken the unreal world of a fairy tale and made it as real as the world around us.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An undeniably brilliant, nightmarish portrait of one man's personal hell. (Review of original release)
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    If one masterpiece were to emerge from the recent glut of generally good quality Japanese horror movie, this chilling apocalyptic ghost story from Kyroshi Kurosawa is it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    Cheung gives a revelatory performance.
  4. But the real marvel is that beneath the ghoulish in-jokes and horror-geek allusions, there's a core of the same bittersweet truth that makes the best fairy tales resonate from one generation to the next.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    There are moments of such breathtaking grace and artistry that you'd be forgiven for thinking you're watching the most beautiful movie ever made.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    Actor-turned-writer Dan Futterman's smart, subtle screenplay, which explores both Capote's determination to turn murder into literature and the deeply troubling questions he raised in the process.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    Of all the feature films and documentaries to emerge since 9/11, few have been as bold, perceptive or as downright chilling as this thriller.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Sergio Leone's masterpiece. In Once Upon a Time in the West, Leone pulls together all the themes, characterizations, visuals, humor, and musical experiments of the three "Dollars" films and comes up with a true epic western. It is a stunning, operatic film of breadth, detail, and stature that deserves to be considered among the greatest westerns ever made. (Review of Original Release)
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    Beautifully acted, structurally sophisticated heart-tugger.

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