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 2.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Days of Glory
Lowest review score: 0 Strange Wilderness
Score distribution:
5,170 movie reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    David Lean's splendid biography of the enigmatic T.E. Lawrence paints a complex portrait of the desert-loving Englishman who united Arab tribes in battle against the Ottoman Turks during WWI.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This great film, made with uncompromising honesty and devastating reality, is, according to Jean-Luc Godard, "the world in an hour and a half."
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Godfather is a generational saga; it's also an action film; but above all, it catches the imagination of audiences because it suggests that the career of a gangster is not so very different from the career of a businessman or a politician.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a gorgeous, fascinating account of the interplay between the personal and the social, directed with the kind of insight that only an aristocrat turned Marxist like Visconti could afford. (Review of Original Release)
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of Bertolucci's best films, The Conformist makes a provocative connection between repressed sexual desires and fascist politics. It's an intriguing, elegantly photographed study of the twisted Italian character of the 1930s. (Review of Original Release)
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Captures the sleazy allure of Manhattan like no other film.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The results are quite frightening and far superior to the lengthy gloom and doom that fill many earlier Bergman films. A magical movie, Fanny and Alexander is likely to be the achievement for which Bergman will be most remembered. (Review of Original Release)
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Much imitated, still unsurpassed. By critical consensus one of the best movies ever made, The Seven Samurai covers so much emotional, historical, and cinematic ground that that it demands to be viewed over and over again.
  1. Del Toro's film ranks with the best examinations of children's inner lives, but be warned: Its haunting insights are best left to adults.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What ultimately saves the film from both silliness and ponderousness is not its simplistic social message, not its now-stale theme, nor its disappointing characterizations, but rather the dazzling cinematic (and theatrical) bag of tricks which Lang and company employed to keep things moving.
  2. Manages to inject more than a little humor into this tension-filled genre classic.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    The film is bold stroke that hopes to push Romanian society forward by staring into the dismal failures of its recent past.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mel Brooks's first and funniest, a spoof of Broadway theater that has earned a deservedly devoted cult following.
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    After years of work-for-hire, writer-director Wong Kar-wai found his creative voice, discovered his themes and styles, and solidified his collaborative creative team with this brilliant examination of one-way love and crashed relationships. (Review of Original Release)
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This tough, brilliant crime film features Hackman as the indefatigable Popeye Doyle, who passionately hates drug pushers.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The film is a model of barely controlled hysteria in which the absurdity of hypermasculine Cold War posturing becomes devastatingly funny--and at the same time nightmarishly frightening in its accuracy.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    A clever, ingeniously animated film filled with many shining moments.
  3. Refreshing, innovative and immensely funny.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But it is Angela Lansbury's incestuous, power-mad mother who makes your blood run cold. This was the peak of the first part of her career, which depended upon these hardbitten kind of characters. Forget Hitchcock--here's the monster mother of all time.
  4. Serenely stunning.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the most popular movies ever made, E.T. translates religious myth into cute, familiar terrain.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Without its commitment to an idea of salvation, Pulp Fiction would be little more than a terrific parlor trick; with it, it's something far richer and more haunting.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Brilliantly conceived, imaginatively structured, superbly written, stylishly composed and photographed, and very often wryly funny, Killer of Sheep lives up to its official designation as a national treasure.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    It can hardly be called a children's film, but a masterpiece of feature-film animation for all ages.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What makes the movie's power creditable is Pontecorvo's ability to present combatants on both sides as multidimensional, nonheroic human beings, even though it's obvious where the director's own sentiments lie. (Review of original release)
  5. This is easily Payne's funniest film to date, yet the comedy never undercuts the difficult emotions with which the characters are dealing.
  6. Despite its length, the film only starts feeling as long at the end -- or, more correctly, ends. Serious fans of the novels will be prepared for the serial codicils, but the uninitiated are likely to think the film is over several times before it actually is.
  7. A brilliant surrealistic joke about a group of friends whose attempts to dine are continually thwarted.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Irons's canny performance dominates the film. He plays the role with apparent frankness and dignity rather than melodramatic villainy.
  8. The film satisfies on both visceral and emotional levels.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Director Steven Spielberg has achieved something close to the impossible--a morally serious, aesthetically stunning historical epic that is nonetheless readily accessible to a mass audience.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    After nearly three hours Fellini's relentlessly enigmatic, non-committal approach leaves you wishing for something more than poignant imagery and moody, self-obsessed characters. (Review of Original Release)
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An undeniably brilliant, nightmarish portrait of one man's personal hell. (Review of original release)
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Director Malick endows this simple, timeless story with the enormous scope and resonance of myth through a clear vision unclouded by sentimentality and by a deft juxtaposition of image, music, and character.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A remarkably revealing documentary.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    Builds so gradually you probably won't realize it's a near-masterpiece until it's over, but there are hints along the way.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    Amalric is extraordinary, creating a character literally without moving a muscle.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the most powerful boxing films ever made.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Jean-Luc Godard visited the world of young folk to create his most humane film. (Review of Original Release)
  9. Ambitious, deeply flawed and studded with sequences that achieve pure, majestic greatness.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A masterpiece. It is a credit to Cocteau's genius (and to that of his collaborators) that he has taken the unreal world of a fairy tale and made it as real as the world around us.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Clever, fast-moving and unobtrusively self-conscious.
  10. Above all, Jackson evokes an almost palpable sense of the will to power trapped within the ring. Without this evocation of the ring's insidious ability to sniff out the potential for corruption and capitalize on it, the entire enterprise would be precious drivel.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    The film could easily be reduced to a parable of post-Communist Eastern Europe, but the allegory digs deeper into the very order of things, exemplified by 17th-century musicologist Andreas Werckmeister's arbitrary imposition of a "tempered" tonal system over naturally occurring tunings.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    A marvelously entertaining, deeply moving treatment of a highly controversial practice: female genital mutilation.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    Not only is it a reintroduction to a fascinating culture that has survived 4,000 years in a remote and most inhospitable climate, but it's also the first film ever directed by an Inuit filmmaker and featuring an all-Inuit cast.
    • 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.
  11. The manic energy of the lively and outrageous opening sequence sets a tone and pace the film can't maintain.
  12. Mirren, who's played her share of queens in the past, is hypnotic.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Repulsion has often been compared to "Psycho," but Polanski's film, rather than presenting a portrait of a psychotic killer from outside, pulls the audience into the crazed individual's mind. (Review of Original Release)
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is a subtle and humane entertainment with a refreshingly serious view of the world.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 70 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    Denis dispenses with most of Melville's hefty Christian symbolism in favor of the story's other great theme -- repressed homoerotic desire.
  13. A radiant, heartbreaking film.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Patton is a war movie of unusual depth and a landmark in screen biographies.
  14. It's a hugely entertaining slice of sunbaked Gothic.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A wickedly funny black comedy that follows the increasingly bizarre series of events that befall hapless word-processer Griffin Dunne after he ventures out of his apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and goes downtown in search of carnal pleasures.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thematic issues aside, The Crying Game pulls off a tremendously difficult technical feat; its screenplay contains not one, but two, wrenching twists, each of which could easily derail the narrative in the hands of a lesser storyteller.
  15. Stands separate from the rest, in a pantheon, a true cinematic masterwork of sight, sound, intelligence, and most importantly--passion.
  16. The movie's greatest strength lies in phenomenal performances that reach from the leads right down to the smallest supporting roles.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Piercing, sweetly melancholy and acted with a breathtaking eye for nuance.
  21. 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.
  22. A loving, gently funny and slightly claustrophobic tribute to theatrical life.
  23. Bizarre, utterly original and truly indescribable comedy...You just have to see it for yourself.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. Lee occasionally stumbles as a documentarian... But the material is so profoundly moving that it hardly matters.
  31. 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.
  32. It's a fearless performance and yields some squirm-inducingly funny moments.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    The anger that fuels Ferguson's film is felt in nearly every frame.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    By common consensus, Stop Making Sense is the best concert film ever made.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Campion's eye is extraordinary. She searches out the detail that makes the image, and the image that tells the story more eloquently than words ever could.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Scorsese's rich tapestry is both broader in scope and more detailed than a mere recounting of the events in the trio's life of crime.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    For once, Carrey is more than merely tolerable. He's actually good, and the film that ebbs and flows around him is something you won't soon forget.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While the story is thin, Clouzot uses his immense skills to raise the picture above the standard for the genre.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Not a frame is wasted in this taut, superbly directed, masterfully acted film, the first so-called "adult Western." (Review of Original Release)
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    This is sentimentality of the best kind, a touching display of male bonding amid terror and aching loneliness worthy of Howard Hawks at his finest.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    Focusing strictly on stripped-down performances of great music and the charming chemistry between the two leads, it's a perfectly realized yet unassuming movie that deserves to find a big audience.

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