Variety's Scores

For 8,460 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Home of the Brave
Lowest review score: 0 Rollerball
Score distribution:
8,460 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An intense, bloody, in-your-face crime drama about a botched robbery and its aftermath, colorfully written in vulgar gangster vernacular and well played by a terrific cast.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Seeps with atmosphere, unfolds at a deceptively relaxed pace, steadily accumulates noirish grit, then dizzily plunges into a Lynch-like plumbing of the dark passions and nasty secrets at the heart of Main Street, USA.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The kind of muted, anything-but-obvious psychological thriller Hitchcock would have loved.
  1. This beautifully crafted and lively romp around the 1880s stage world should enjoy its longest life as a vid classic.
  2. Elegantly constructed, deceptively complex documentary.
  3. This enjoyable East-meets-Western likely will succeed on its own terms as a sure-fire, long-legged crowd-pleaser.
  4. A massive undertaking and an accomplished piece of filmmaking in a solid tradition of intelligent, meticulous literary adaptations.
  5. A gently and genuinely observed film whose subject is a garish, artificial display of mayhem.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Meticulously detailed thriller.
  6. Like hard-edged "Masterpiece Theater."
  7. In the post-Columbine era, Koury's film has its finger on something particularly potent.
  8. Strikes a delicate balance of comedy and pathos with an uplifting final act that delivers a resoundingly satisfying emotional payoff.
  9. The balance between feeling and distance is never a contradiction here but, rather, the dynamic that makes this film an especially humanistic entry in the Maysles canon.
  10. Evidencing savvy visual flair and compelling storytelling skill, Goyer infuses heart and vigor into material that could have come off as overly familiar at best, sappily improbable at worst.
  11. The definitive screen chronicle to date of homosexual persecution under the Third Reich.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Taut and nuanced from start to finish, with memorable, lived-in central characters and an appealingly melancholy tone, helmer/co-scripter Nicole Garcia’s third feature has what it takes.
  12. Riveting, often haunting.
  13. A cogent human drama.
  14. A dense, emotionally satisfying portrait of a man, a time and a place.
  15. A stunning feature -- another hypnotic meditation on popular demagogy and mental manipulation.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is no denying Danny Hoch's talent. A monologist in the tradition of Eric Bogosian, Hoch assembles a cast of urban types and explores their dysfunctions and angst with a winning combination of sympathy, ironic point and dead-on mimicry.
  16. Despite the disappointing conclusion, it's hard not to be affected by the film, because of the director's frank approach to her subject and the sheer skill with which she tells her story.
  17. Barry Levinson goes deep with Liberty Heights, and the result is a grand slam.
  18. A feature debut that packs a knockout punch.
  19. A faithful adaptation that captures the haunting spirit and religious nature of the 1951 novel.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A standout picture.
  20. Takes the refined work of Iranian helmer Abbas Kiarostami up another notch to ever more metaphoric ground.
  21. A triumph of indie casting of unknowns, Good Housekeeping is knee-deep in delicious thesping.
  22. An uncommonly smart, sharp and irreverent American picture.
  23. Superior historical soap opera that shrewdly sidesteps all the cliches of British costume drama with its bold, often modern approach.

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