Variety's Scores

For 8,564 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 1.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Inherent Vice
Lowest review score: 0 Reasonable Doubt
Score distribution:
8,564 movie reviews
  1. An intriguingly racy premise -- plays out to listless, unsatisfying effect.
  2. Fiction writer and debuting helmer Mary Kuryla is clearly after a Big Statement on abuse and strength of character, but falls short by creating a self-destructive monster in lieu of a sympathetic protagonist.
  3. Meant to be an offbeat, darkly comic tale of a triangle of losers desperately clinging to their versions of the American dream, pic comes across as a charmless high-concept indie.
  4. There are a few bursts of sheer, irresistible idiocy -- along the lines of "Wayne's World" or even "Pee-wee's Big Adventure"-- but not enough to sustain the more arid stretches.
  5. Except for Eisenberg's superb comic timing and his ability to make the familiar seem interesting, the high school scenes play like "Scream" outtakes.
  6. Del Toro clearly knows his way around the camera, but the shadowy eeriness that saturates the early going slowly becomes monotonous and winds up being just dull, and even partially obscures the action in the long underground finale.
  7. A movie as lacking in personality as its amnesiac protagonist.
  8. If auds swallow this odoriferous exercise in calculated career repositioning, they'll swallow anything.
  9. An unquestionably sincere but dramatically stillborn outing by veteran John Boorman.
  10. This black comedy on the making of a documentary about mail-order wives finally breaks down under the weight of its twists and turns, but mostly maintains a creepy fascination with its scuzzy characters.
  11. But behind its slick veneer and the glibness of its preposterous premise and dark twists, there's a yawning absence of charm or substance in this London-set love triangle, as well as a lack of chemistry between its three leads.
  12. If only as much thought went into the script for this listless comedy as its marketing calculus.
  13. The live event was hopefully more engaging than this dull adaptation.
  14. Rude, heavily contrived, pretty funny, just remotely connected to real-world youth life.
  15. Repetitive and needlessly prolonged tale does build to an inspired final scene, but it's too little, too late.
  16. 15 is Asian Kid Rebels 101. So predictable it could almost be a parody of the genre -- though that would require a sense of humor above and beyond the self-reflexive comedy on display here.
  17. Picturesque pic, however, lacks even a penalty kick's worth of tension and is paradoxically inert for a movie about guys running up and down the pitch for the glory of the U.S.
  18. Intermittently amusing.
  19. Too often depends on salty, adolescent one-liners that provide shock value guffaws but grow cumulatively wearisome.
  20. More often a noirish action drama, a melancholy meditation on history and nationalism, than the high-tech thriller promised by its hype and artwork.
  21. The stellar cast can do little to paper over the cracks in an awkward, unevenly-paced script that is composed of a series of sometimes-attractive scenes with little emotional undertow.
  22. Lofty ambitions and unaffected sincerity are not quite enough to sustain The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam, a reverentially pokey drama that plays less like a conventional movie than a lengthy series of hagiographic historical tableaux.
  23. For most part, The Perfect Man is too bland to merit anything more censorious than a stifled yawn.
  24. Messy admixtures of drama and mockery crucially undermine pic's serious message.
  25. Nora Ephron's attempt to reconceive the standard TV-to-bigscreen adaptation goes bizarrely haywire here, spinning out of control like a runaway broomstick.
  26. Yes
    Ultimately has nothing of any real depth or profundity to say, but a thousand self-consciously complex ways of saying it.
  27. The street action is vivid, but the dramatics are distinctly not, lending the film an unintended sense of fakery.
  28. The serious subject of forced female circumcision becomes the stuff of predictable melodrama in God's Sandbox.
  29. Tendency to go for art rather than action, and a leisurely pace that isn't bolstered by much dialogue or food for thought.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Reeves, with his beguilingly blank face and loose-limbed, happy-go-lucky physical vocabulary, and Winter, with his golden curls, gleefully good vibes and 'bodacious' vocabulary, propel this adventure as long as they can.

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