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 2.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Full Battle Rattle
Lowest review score: 0 Staying Alive
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.

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