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 2.3 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
  1. It's the rare action picture whose adrenaline-driven thrills neither overshadow the characters nor degenerate into cartoonish preposterousness.
  2. Beautifully acted, minutely observed story.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    Polanski's film is an unqualified success both dramatically and artistically.
  3. He (Anderson) manages to guide his cast of characters through an epic story of self-delusion with a skill and grace that many more experienced filmmakers would be hard put to match.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    Homelessness is all too familiar to many inhabitants of the world's wealthiest cities, but rarely has the situation seemed so hopeless, or its victims so desperate.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    Akin achieves a peaceful balance here –- alongside the death and seemingly senseless tragedy, there’s also a kind of reassuring equilibrium.
  4. The Savages is funny in the if-you-didn't-laugh-you'd-cry way and superbly acted by all involved, including the supporting cast of home-care attendants, nurses, hospital administrators, intake personnel and nursing-home staff.
  5. Documentarian George Butler ("Pumping Iron") wisely opted to stick to the cold, hard facts of the expedition's tale while layering in warmer material, like interviews with historians and descendants of the crew and narrator Liam Neeson's lilting bedtime-story delivery.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    It's extraordinarily sexy: The atmosphere is all cigarette smoke and Nat King Cole songs, silk suits and tight sheath dresses.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    Poignant and sometimes downright hilarious, much of the film unfolds in the small area outside the arena -- an "offside" penalty box for women who just won't behave.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    Apatow's clever comedy is a romance in reverse, and it works.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    Ghobadi has little use for sentimentality, and never flinches from the fate of these children.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    Exquisitely crafted drama.
  6. The result is a vivid record of live acts whose rough-edged immediacy is an integral part of their appeal.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    Superb drama from New York-based filmmakers Ryan Flek and Anna Boden.
  7. Born and raised in Minnesota, the Coens know their targets well and generally hit them squarely.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    It's a fascinating film, simultaneously enthralling, infuriating and guaranteed to make viewers ask how such a perversion of the political process could be taking place in America.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    While maintaining the appearance of clinical objectivity, this sad, occasionally horrifying but often inspiring film is among Wiseman's warmest.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    Extraordinary documentary.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    The writing is sharp and often blithely cynical, although not above using a shooting star to put a lump in the throat. The tone, however, is at times dangerously uncertain.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A dark, expertly contrived display of paranoid nastiness; it's so gleefully mean that only the most tender-hearted viewer could resist going along for the ride.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    Ever hear of a rock musical that actually rocked? John Cameron Mitchell's glorious adaptation of his acclaimed Off-Broadway show might be a first.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    The film is surprisingly satisfying and meaningful.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    Also featured are countless cameos from local superstars ranging from the Fall's Mark E. Smith to Mani of the Stone Roses, making the film an absolute thrill for fans of the Manchester scene.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    A rare adaptation that actually improves upon the original material: It's everything a good children's adventure tale should be, and a powerful fable for adults.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    For the most part, the result is a smashing success, filled with great performances and exquisite production design. But those final moments, in which the true nature of the story is revealed, are an unmitigated disaster.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    Never the most optimistic of poets, Sokurov does suggest the possibility of dialogue on the individual level, and the hope that by asking difficult questions of one another, these mortal enemies can find answers and reach an understanding everyone can live with.
  8. 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Often confusing, especially during the first half, but Gabin and Ventura are well cast as hoods.

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