TV Guide's Scores

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For 5,170 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 2.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Lowest review score: 0 Strange Wilderness
Score distribution:
5,170 movie reviews
  1. In a film mercifully free of the usual warm and fuzzy movie sentimentality, director Maggie Greenwald and her fine cast shatter most hillbilly stereotypes.
  2. A comic masterpiece.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ford's performance is an underrated but remarkable achievement; he succeeds in fully embodying a comic-book style hero without ever descending into camp.
  3. For all the casual terribleness it records, it is entertainment; the characters are real and fleshed-out, and we care about what happens to them.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This tough, brilliant crime film features Hackman as the indefatigable Popeye Doyle, who passionately hates drug pushers.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Brutally memorable, The Deer Hunter is an emotionally draining production that draws a vivid portrait of its characters and their milieu--and succeeds in showing the devastating effect of the war on their lives, as well as their brave attempts at renewal. Unfortunately, the film falters when it comes to the larger questions of America's involvement in Vietnam.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Quietly devastating... Extremely unsettling, at times amusing, cold yet personal, Dead Ringers gradually and deliberately comes to horrify the viewer, rather than shocking outright.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Landmark gangster film that made a huge commercial and cultural splash.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A beautiful, confounding picture that had half the audience cheering and the other half snoring. Kubrick clearly means to say something about the dehumanizing effects of technology, but exactly what is hard to say.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Patton is a war movie of unusual depth and a landmark in screen biographies.
  4. Sharply observed, bittersweet and suffused with the kind of detail that only someone who lived through the era could summon up, Crowe's script is funny, heartfelt and very cool.
  5. A brilliant surrealistic joke about a group of friends whose attempts to dine are continually thwarted.
  6. Stunningly cinematic and audacious on every level, writer/director Tim Robbins's look at the collision of the Depression-era art world and politics may well be a masterpiece.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is a subtle and humane entertainment with a refreshingly serious view of the world.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The cast is universally strong. Hackman, Freeman and Harris don't do anything they haven't done before, but the roles suit their personae to a degree where they approach archetypal status.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Star Wars brought back for a new generation many of the most attractive elements of studio-era moviemaking, and it did so in breathless anthology form. For some young filmgoers this film acted as a doorway to the glory of the movies.
  7. Enthralling or infuriating.
  8. A radiant, heartbreaking film.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    The film's opening dedication to Pasolini acknowledges Arslan's debt to Neorealism, but the gritty, documentary style is offset by a charming bit of chalkboard animation that helps lighten the mood considerably.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    It's very funny, and the little woodland critters that make up the cast are a kiddie-pleasing bunch.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    A sad and sometimes funny tale of Alzheimer's, love and loss.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A fun and moving family film with a subtly dark feel rarely seen in kids' movies since the '80s, City of Ember succeeds despite its shortcomings, not only because of its fun and inspiring story, but because most of its flaws are things kids won't notice anyway.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    Directed with charming restraint by the acclaimed American producer Dan Ireland, the film is a quiet triumph for Dame Joan.
  9. It's the one movie so far this summer that demands to be seen on the big screen.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    There is plenty to amuse and delight here, including fine performances from Michelle Pfeiffer, Matthew Modine, and Dean Stockwell.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    Important, awareness-building documentary.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    It's a bit like a Chinese "Splendor In The Grass."
  10. While Rachel's story is fiction, many of its incidents are rooted in historical events carefully researched by Soeteman and the film's briskly staged action and stunning reversals of fortune ensure that its two and a half hours fly by.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    An unrelentingly powerful and seamless indictment of two brutal political systems.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    At a little over two hours, there's a lot of Langlois to digest. But cinephiles won't mind a bit: Richard includes tons of great anecdotes and clips from classic films that wouldn't exist if Langlois hadn't saved them.

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