TV Guide's Scores

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For 5,171 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
Highest review score: 100 Doubt
Lowest review score: 0 Staying Alive
Score distribution:
5,171 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    As the film makes pointedly clear, ALS is what is considered an "orphan disease," meaning drug companies aren't willing to devote their resources to finding a cure because they feel too small a percentage of the population suffer from it to make an effective drug profitable.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Bagdad Cafe is a visually exhilarating and consciously modern film, more concerned with projecting an atmosphere or spirit than with telling a story. It's hard not to fall in love with this comic fable about the magic that develops at the meeting of two cultures.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    A bracing cover of Ian Tyson's "Four Strong Winds," performed by no fewer than seven acoustic guitars, rounds out the set, but be sure to stick around for the credits.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    As Jim, Bale delivers a stunning performance; he appears in virtually every frame and truly seems to grow over the course of the film from a coddled rich child to a calculating, almost feral creature who will ally himself with whoever wields the most power in a given situation.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    Songwriter Jack Johnson's collection of laid-back, sunshine pop tunes unobtrusively support the sweet and surprisingly touching story line, rather than the other way around.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    That the film should have the look and feel of a classic teleplay by, say, Rod Serling, is probably no accident -- the style is one more reminder of just how regrettably short of Murrow's vision we've fallen.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Lopsided comedy turned tearjerker, saved by excellent performances.
  1. Danny Boyle's effective psychological thriller.
  2. The film rests entirely on Poupaud's shoulders, and he rises to the demands of a complex, deeply unsympathetic role.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    It shifts the focus from Charles and Sebastian's youthful idyll to the stronger, more provocative relationship between Charles and Julia, wherein lies Waugh's concerns with materialism and velvet-gloved dual grip of family and religion.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Ambitious, stylish, and ideologically confused, The Year of Living Dangerously falters in its attempts to succeed simultaneously as thriller, romance, and political tract, while also encompassing director Peter Weir's penchant for half-baked mysticism. Still, it's a gripping film.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    The theme song, a wonderful Portuguese version of Bread's soft-rock classic "Everything I Own," is by Dinah, a long-forgotten Brazilian singing sensation of the 1970s who deserves to be better remembered.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Controversial filmmaker John Waters finally hits his commercial stride in this film, parlaying his keen social observation and great compassion for society's outsiders into a colorful and engaging comedy full of dancing, music and heartfelt nostalgia.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The Man with Two Brains, which never ceases to amuse, is at its best when most outrageous.
  3. This tribute to old-fashioned hard-boiled detective fiction is laced with Hollywood satire and snappy, lightning-fast dialogue.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    An offbeat and in some ways, more daring variation on vampirism
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    If there's pleasure to be derived from the misfortunes of others, then Julian Fellowes' wickedly entertaining adaptation of Nigel Balchin's nearly forgotten 1951 novel is a barrel of fun.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    It's intriguing stuff, but Curtis overplays his hand when he underplays the existence of any real threat (Madrid? London? Amman?), proposes that Al Qaeda is a fiction and risks undermining the credibility of an otherwise compelling argument.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    A heartfelt sleeper from screenwriter Joe Eszterhas and director Guy Ferland.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The movie is thoroughly engrossing from the opening frame to the end credits, and it’s a beautiful viewing experience.
  4. Boon's film is both funny and heartbreaking, a supremely confident mix of political satire, free-floating paranoia, fractured family dynamics and the kind of comedy that regularly reconfigures itself into tragedy.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    Wonderfully droll, Cannes Camera d'Or winner.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    You may end up wishing for a little less show and a lot more substance.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    This might be the only documentary that will appeal to punks and Mormons alike.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The movie is a genteel, witty soap opera designed to make everyone feel the better for having not only seen it, but having had a bit of fun.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Australia goes for the absolute limit in terms of scope. And let's not be coy -- size may not matter, but it still helps.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Grand Canyon successfully recreates the random, haphazard ways in which individual lives intersect, and captures the sense of menace and disintegration that permeate contemporary urban life.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    Told mostly through haunting, often chilling visual fragments, this handsomely mounted and unusually gripping account amounts to an important exercise in biography: It faithfully restores Spielrein to her rightful place as a crucial contributor to the fields of child psychology and psychoanalysis.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    Tsai finds great beauty in streets of Kuala Lumpur particularly at night, making this gorgeous film one that should be seen on a large screen in the total darkness of a theater.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    Zombie delivers a scary horror movie immediately recognizable as his own -- something that will come as a welcome relief to fans who've diligently sat through seven "Halloween" sequels in hopes of one day reliving the original's terrifying magic.

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