Variety's Scores

For 7,983 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 1.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat)
Lowest review score: 0 The Hottie & the Nottie
Score distribution:
7,983 movie reviews
  1. The poignant and candid Boys Don't Cry can be seen as a "Rebel Without a Cause" for these culturally diverse and complex times, with the two misfit girls enacting a version of the James Dean/Natalie Wood romance with utmost conviction.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Producer and screenwriter have added enough fictional flesh to provide director William Friedkin and his overall topnotch cast with plenty of material, and they make the most of it.
  2. Fierce, violent and searing in its observation, the film makes previous excursions seem like a stroll through the park.
  3. A barkingly funny new "mockumentary" that does for those canine pageants what the helmer's 1996 "Waiting for Guffman" did for smalltown theatrics.
  4. Technically superb and witty in an old-fashioned, veddy British way that will delight many adults but will sail over the heads of young audiences.
  5. An entrancing ensemble piece, directed with calm assurance, acted by a fine ensemble, and structured and scripted with wit and precision.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An engaging, often very funny fish-out-of-water story that provides Hugh Grant with his best part to date.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A delightful and delicate comic fable.
  6. A skillful blend of fire and ice that subtly conveys the emotional extremes fraught in the relationship.
  7. Toy Story 2 is to "Toy Story" what "The Empire Strikes Back" was to its predecessor, a richer, more satisfying film in every respect.
  8. Very much in line with his maiden screen efforts "In the Company of Men" and "Your Friends and Neighbors"...ends with a satisfying shudder of recognition at the extreme cruelty possible within human relationships, particularly those conceived by Neil LaBute.
  9. Pons has aimed for a performance-driven drama whose virtues are of the small-scale, low-key variety, with the director working within narrow dramatic limits as always but here doing so brilliantly.
  10. Emphasis on its combustible emotions, suspense and surprising humor should help draw sophisticated audiences who, once lured, will quickly find themselves hooked for the duration.
  11. Darkly comic, vastly entertaining and utterly original.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Exquisitely acted, tightly directed and impressively assembled.
  12. Rendered deeply moving by the director's peerless capacity to combine humor and compassion with honesty and despair.
  13. In the darkly humorous Fargo, iconoclastic filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen manage the precarious balancing act of respecting genre conventions and simultaneously pushing them to an almost surrealistic extreme. Very funny stuff.
  14. Ominously atmospheric study of police corruption dangles danger and sinister motives at every turn.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sings whenever Williams is onscreen.
  15. An intimate chamber piece for two, superbly acted by Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn, this is a mature, well-crafted movie.
  16. A flat-out hilarious mainstream comedy.
  17. Taped in stark black-and-white and clocking in 15 minutes shy of six hours, invigorating pic is big, passionate and brimming with compelling human details and broad sociopolitical idealism.
  18. It's hard to walk away unaffected from this heartfelt, well-researched, feature-length documentary.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Part III matches its predecessors in narrative intensity, epic scope, socio-political analysis, physical beauty and deep feeling for its characters and milieu.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Distinguished by superb ensemble acting, intelligent writing and stunning design.
  19. Imagine a live-action version of the "Dilbert" comic strip with a touch of Hal Hartley's deadpan absurdism, and you're ready for the frequently uproarious "Office Space."
  20. Few actresses can convey the kind of honesty and humanity that Zellweger does here -- it's hard to imagine the film without her dominant, thoroughly credible performance.
  21. A highly accomplished, compact feature, which, while it may be light on depth, is rich in humor, rhythm, energy and inventiveness.
  22. A spectacular demonstration of what modern technology can contribute to dramatic storytelling.
  23. Immensely entertaining and unabashedly inspirational.

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