Variety's Scores

For 8,406 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 Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters
Lowest review score: 0 The Hottie & the Nottie
Score distribution:
8,406 movie reviews
  1. Significantly lacking in star wattage (including Perry’s own), this sluggish, relentlessly downbeat portrait of a young couple in crisis should play well to Perry’s fanbase.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Even die-hard Trekkies may be disappointed by Star Trek V. Coming after Leonard Nimoy's delightful directorial outing on Star Trek IV, William Shatner's inauspicious feature directing debut is a double letdown.
    • Variety
  2. A schlock supernatural shocker.
  3. Picture has some redeeming features, like its glossy, fashion-shoot-inspired black-and-white look, and a clutch of respectable performances among some very poor ones from the toothsome young cast, but the script is a mess, the characters barely sympathetic.
  4. Straining to be a distaff “Deliverance,” indie thriller Black Rock is unable to shock, much less convince.
  5. The resulting film is a trite piece of storytelling, with character development and plot points that feel not so much lived in as borrowed from other movies.
  6. Reducing an immensely disturbing, politically byzantine tale to a series of cartoonish vignettes, this celeb-studded biopic squanders a gutsy performance by Amanda Seyfried.
  7. This scrappy, draggy study in soul-crushing failure and disappointment is noteworthy primarily as a showcase for its lead actor’s most quintessentially Keanu performance in years.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The burning topic of Muslim (mis)representation in U.S. media is not well served by Michael Singh’s amateurish and ill-defined docu Valentino’s Ghost.
  8. The wallpaper emotes more than Ryan Gosling does in Only God Forgives, an exercise in supreme style and minimal substance.
  9. Even the hackiest of Hollywood writers would have known how to fix its considerable script problems.
  10. The tension rarely rises above a low boil.
  11. A romantic-comedy melodrama that’s too gentle by half.
  12. Shyamalan is clearly a director-for-hire here, his disinterest palpable from first frame to last. Nowhere in evidence is the gifted "Sixth Sense" director who once brought intricately crafted setpieces and cinematic sleight-of-hand to even the least of his own movies.
  13. Neither particularly fast nor furious.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Buried deep within The Keep’s mysterious exterior lies that chilling Hollywood question: how do these dogs get made?
  14. In an equally damning commentary on the acting and Roland Emmerich’s direction, Lundgren and Van Damme are both more realistic as stoic cadavers than they are once their memories start to return.
  15. A ludicrous melodrama that begs to be handled as an over-the-top sex farce is instead treated with the solemnity of a wake, albeit one with a rather lenient dress code.
  16. Lambert brings a forlorn dimension to his seductive young role, but Bell never really convinces as the older woman. Despite flirting with controversy, the actress seems reluctant to plunge fully into potential unlikability, nor does the film quite give her the chance.
  17. For once, truth in advertising: Dealin’ With Idiots spends 83 minutes doing exactly that.
  18. Like a school pageant with a Broadway-sized budget, this noisy production is a pileup of extravagant dance numbers, candy-colored sets and vintage props that, sans the requisite heart or hip factor, soon overstays its welcome.
  19. Easily one of the dopiest major studio releases since Elie Samaha got out of the business.
  20. Milkshake sucks all the flavor out of a tasty premise.
  21. Ass Backwards proves that no amount of comic talent can shine — or raise a chuckle — in the absence of even halfway decent material.
  22. Character actor Michael Cudlitz’s first leading role is the sole selling point of Dark Tourist, a well-acted but rote and ultimately repellent character study of a psychologically disturbed loner.
  23. The concept is thought-provoking but the execution is flat-footed.
  24. Granted, Landesman feels an obligation to history, but there’s something ponderously obvious about the way so many of these scenes are played.
  25. A sci-fi confection that, at best, momentarily recalls the dystopian whimsy of the director’s best-loved effort, “Brazil,” but ends up dissolving into a muddle of unfunny jokes and half-baked ideas, all served up with that painful, herky-jerky Gilliam rhythm.
  26. So fatally frontloaded with endless training montages, awfully written, indifferently acted drama, sports-film platitudes and jaw-dropping product placements that only the hardiest of viewers will make it through to the payoff.
  27. Chemistry you can fake, but charm is far harder to pull off, and Baggage Claim never quite succeeds on that front.

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