TV Guide's Scores

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For 5,167 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 The Graduate
Lowest review score: 0 Strange Wilderness
Score distribution:
5,167 movie reviews
  1. Stands separate from the rest, in a pantheon, a true cinematic masterwork of sight, sound, intelligence, and most importantly--passion.
  2. The movie's greatest strength lies in phenomenal performances that reach from the leads right down to the smallest supporting roles.
  3. Director Curtis Hanson keeps the hugely complicated story zooming along the boulevard of broken dreams without losing sight of the details that make the trip worthwhile.
  4. It's a mixed blessing, in some ways even richer and more atmospheric than the original version, in others attenuated and logy.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    The accents are thick and the soundtrack noisy, but even as the screen explodes in chaos, Greenglass maintains a solid grip on the story.
  5. An excellent guide to some of the highlights of post-World War II Italian cinema.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A massive, many-faceted film that continues to hold up, viewing after viewing.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Slow, but ravishingly beautiful and charged with a real poignancy.
  6. Piercing, sweetly melancholy and acted with a breathtaking eye for nuance.
  7. The colorful and kid-friendly characters are a delight, though very young children might be alarmed by some of the larger creatures, who tend to come into view teeth first.
  8. A loving, gently funny and slightly claustrophobic tribute to theatrical life.
  9. Bizarre, utterly original and truly indescribable comedy...You just have to see it for yourself.
  10. This sweet film is a genuine treat, even if there's little plot, no antic mayhem and its 90-minute running time is mostly consumed by nonstop, sometimes pretentious dialogue.
  11. The result is truly a family film, not a kiddie time-waster that throws the occasional sop to adults; whether you like or love it is a function of how vividly the material reflects your own childhood fantasies.
  12. 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.
  13. Pekar's autobiographical chronicle of day-to-day banality is a rich, if dingy, tapestry of ordinary life in all its infinite, homely peculiarity, which filmmakers Sheri Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini bring to uniquely eccentric life.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Allen has infused it with wit, a superb cast and his usual "the best direction is the least direction" style.
  14. Such a glorious cast, deployed to such trivial effect!
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    One of the most harrowing, viscerally upsetting films ever made.
  15. A cool indictment of television's near-irresistible pandering to the inner peeping tom.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    Never less than gripping.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Visually stunning adventure. (Review of Original Release)
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    The French-language voice cast is first-rate, although the film will also be released in the U.S. in an English-language version featuring Sean Penn, Iggy Pop and Gena Rowlands in addition to Deneuve and Mastroianni.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 60 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    It can be funny, but the humor is too often based in stereotypical perceptions of Asians (they're short, they're laughably polite, they eat weird food), and Coppola shamelessly invites us to laugh along with Murray's character, who, believe it or not, thinks it's hilarious when his hosts get their "r"s and "l"s switched.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    Rarely have six hours spent doing ANYTHING seemed so rewarding.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    A tense and tightly plotted fictional thriller is based on real tactics used by the Stasi -- East Germany's secret police force -- to spy on and interrogate their own citizens.
  16. Lee occasionally stumbles as a documentarian... But the material is so profoundly moving that it hardly matters.
  17. This film pivots on a romantic triangle as overwrought as it is stylized. It's like a Douglas Sirk melodrama ratcheted up with fists of fury and wrapped in apparently endless yards of shimmering silk.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A piercing satire of Italian investigative techniques, and an interesting meditation on the relationship between class and guilt.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    The film runs 95 minutes, and you'll be holding your breath for most of them.

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