Variety's Scores

For 8,274 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 Vera Drake
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
8,274 movie reviews
  1. Ambitious but flawed comedy.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    While good to look at, is devoid of psychological depth or credibility, and further marred by weak, often risible performances.
  2. A collection of sentimental and emotional moments in search of a movie.
  3. Strictly a minor-league late fall entry.
  4. Has nothing much to say.
  5. Plays like a movie where the script went missing on the third day of shooting.
  6. A 2½-hour demo of auteurist self-importance that's artistically bankrupt on almost every level.
  7. Has shown its true colors as less a serious religious-themed film than a moth-eaten tapestry of foreign intrigue and badly miscast international stars.
  8. This small-scale, chamber piece, which boasts good acting from Moore, Skarsgard and Fichtner, has a strong built-in appeal for women but may experience harder times in going beyond the specialized arthouse circuits due to the narrowly-scoped, undernourished script.
  9. It's a timely, noble undertaking ill-served by a dry, history-textbook style that is at once too much and not enough.
  10. Fails to stir the emotions despite its heavily melodramatic drive.
  11. Visually gratifying but dramatically weak, the film falls short of its aspiration to be a sweeping romantic epic.
  12. A woefully under-realized story of small-time boxers enjoying perhaps their last moment in the spotlight.
  13. Will greatly peeve many hardcore fans.
  14. Not bad enough to qualify as a memorable dud, multinational production nonetheless misses mark on every level.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    [Parillaud] remains a totally uninteresting figment of Besson's blinkered movieland imagination, especially when she's in the company of Karyo and Anglade, who provide balance to her overacting.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    A relentlessly annoying clay duck that crash-lands in a sea of wretched excess and silliness.
  15. An erratic, psychobabbling jumble of scenes that never builds to any discernible point.
  16. Much of the confusion, as well as the lack of dramatic rhythm or character development, results directly from Bay's cutting style, which resembles a machine gun stuck in the firing position for 2 and a half hours.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    A silly, hackneyed college suspenser put across with all the contrived banality of a bad '70s TV movie.
  17. Misbegotten, unimaginative buddy pic.
  18. The sheer raggedness of the plotting -- and the pic's cynical disdain toward audiences -- is staggering.
  19. Depressingly parochial.
  20. Screwball elements feel overly theatrical -- one can almost see the actors waiting calmly in the wings for their breathless entrances.
  21. Evinces no interest in such niceties as credible dialogue, character motivation or forward momentum.
  22. Rates a notch below the KISS-centric "Detroit Rock City" and a couple above Jerry Springer's "Ringmaster" -- in other words, closer to stupid-fun than stupid-toxic.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The hallucination sequences are among the pic's creepiest.
  23. A strident, painfully repetitive and hopelessly stage-bound drama about self-indulgent twentysomethings on the fringes of the L.A. film scene.
  24. A hillbilly romantic comedy in which the hillbillies show up but the romance and comedy never do.
  25. Action pics rarely come much more blandly generic than Extreme Ops, an instantly forgettable snow-and-stuntwork extravaganza.

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