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
Lowest review score: 0 Terror Firmer
Score distribution:
5,171 movie reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Director Weir and cinematographer Russell Boyd's re-creation of the invasion and battle action is stunning, but what makes Gallipoli such an affecting film is its intimate presentation of the friendship between Archy and Frank (wonderfully essayed by Lee and Gibson).
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    Cheung gives a revelatory performance.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    The title, by the way, is age-old slang for a soldier's complete combat gear, which for the U.S. soldiers in Iraq -- both real and otherwise -- weighs over 50 pounds.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    Powerful crime drama does more than just expose the criminal underbelly of South African township life.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A gorgeous, fluid, wonderfully exhilarating movie.
  1. But overall, Jackson goes for the magic by sidestepping every error of judgment and failure of imagination that brought the ponderous 1976 remake thudding to Earth before Kong ever did. He delivers three solid hours of breathless, enchanting entertainment.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    It's simply one of the most beautiful films he's (Hou Hsiao Hsien) made to date.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The craftsmanship, acting, and history lesson all make it among the most satisfying films of Ron Howard's career.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    Amalric is extraordinary, creating a character literally without moving a muscle.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    Jordan and McCabe's real triumph here, however, is the tenderness with which they imbues "Kitten," and the astonishing grace with which the extraordinary Murphy pulls it off.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    Shakespeare himself couldn't have written better or more complex characters, and far from strange, by the end of this extraordinary film you couldn't imagine Shakespeare performed anywhere else.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    Sicilian-born filmmaker Emanuele Crialese takes a huge leap forward from his pretty but simplistic "Respiro" with this highly original, startlingly beautiful and emotionally resonant film.
  2. Director Carl Franklin, who also adapted the screenplay from Walter Mosley's prize-winning novel, isn't particularly concerned with the machinations of mystery plots. Nor is he seduced by the temptations of noir visual style (although Tak Fujimoto's camera work is plenty stylish).
  3. The appealing Knightley goes in a promising young actress and comes out a star, but the faultless cast of veterans and fresh-faced newcomers imbues every character with flawed and immensely appealing humanity.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    It's full of humor, pathos and a deep humanism that comes as a warm blast in this age of lifeless, cinematic junk.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Gus Van Sant's direction here is supremely confident, fusing witty camerawork, neat editing, and a jazz-oriented score to make Drugstore Cowboy an exhilaratingly bumpy ride.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    With his carefully controlled pacing and superb use of sound, Sarkies draws the viewer deep into the experience of a town caught completely off-guard by a kind of violence they could never have expected, and won't soon forget.
  4. It concludes Park's trilogy on a dual note of circular tragedy and fragile hope, while working equally well as an introduction to his universe of retribution and repentance or as a stand-alone thriller with a darkly feminist twist.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    Burtynsky's keen sense of color, pattern and composition are obvious from his work, but equally acute are his thoughts on how he as an artist as well as an inhabitant of the planet fits into the larger scheme of things.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Deliriously expressionistic visually and aurally.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Visually stunning adventure. (Review of Original Release)
  5. Fincher gets it all right, and Donovan's hippie-dippy "Hurdy Gurdy Man," which bookends the story, has never sounded so hauntingly menacing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    n a remarkable directorial effort, Eastwood shows a great flair for atmosphere and composition and presents a nuanced, complex, humane portrait of Parker's talents, obstacles, virtues and failings. Whitaker gives a towering performance as the tortured musical genius, and Venora is equally impressive as the independent, compassionate Chan.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of Coppola's very best.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    Dunn's elegant, full-length debut presents a frightening and powerful argument against the kind of reckless, profit-driven land development that not only threatens natural resources, but life itself.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    Even Wong's detractors, who consider him more stylist than auteur, will have a tough time dismissing the extraordinary emotional depth he achieves here.
    • 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.

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