Variety's Scores

For 7,978 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 1.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Kill Bill: Vol. 2
Lowest review score: 0 Reasonable Doubt
Score distribution:
7,978 movie reviews
  1. The director has managed the difficult feat of making a nonlinear film that contains a handful of almost unbearably suspenseful sequences, each one undercut by bizarre black humor.
  2. A riveting, thematically probing, richly atmospheric and just occasionally troublesome work, a deeply inquisitive consideration of the extent of trust and mutual knowledge possible between a man and a woman.
  3. A resoundingly old-fashioned and well crafted study of evil infecting an American family, Frailty moves from strength to strength on its deceptive narrative course.
  4. Taking advantage of a splendid cast, a sharply focused script and the fresh English setting, "Gosford Park" emerges as one of the most satisfying of Robert Altman's numerous ensemble pictures.
  5. An intensely imaginative piece of conceptual filmmaking that also delivers the goods as a dread-drenched horror movie.
  6. Matthew Barney delivers his masterpiece in Cremaster 3, unquestionably the 35-year-old sculptor-performance artist-filmmaker's most linear, most narratively inclined work to date.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Costner's directing style is fresh and assured. A sense of surprise and humor accompany Dunbar's adventures at every turn, twisting the narrative gently this way and that and making the journey a real pleasure.
  7. The script is faithful, the actors are just right, the sets, costumes, makeup and effects match and sometimes exceed anything one could imagine.
  8. Belzberg's unsparing camera sometimes portrays a level of cruelty that tests viewers' tolerance, but her fearless aesthetic is also a measure of the film's brilliant indictment of any society that can allow its most vulnerable to slip into oblivion.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Scene after scene is filled with a ferocious strength and humor. Michael Lerner's performance as a Mayer-like studio overlord is sensational.
  9. Ten
    10 dazzling and perceptive snapshots of women with which femmes everywhere can identify.
  10. Scabrous, brutal and hip, Trainspotting is a "Clockwork Orange" for the '90s.
  11. An exquisite reflection on personal bereavement.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Crass, broad, irreverent, wacky fun - and absolutely hilarious from beginning to end.
  12. Scorsese's heartfelt love letter to Italian movies up to 1961.
  13. The rough power, as well as the humor and sensitivity, of pop phenom Eminem is delivered intact in 8 Mile.
  14. Exhaustively informative and powerfully emotional.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An unconventional biopic about a brilliant young pianist.
  15. George Lucas has reached deep into the trove of his self-generated mythological world to produce a grand entertainment that offers a satisfying balance among the series' epic, narrative, technological and emotional qualities.
  16. There's a kind of rawness on the screen that most movies never approach.
  17. Delivers enough thrills, kicks and cool moments to satiate geeks, fans and mere general viewers worldwide -- until the "Revolutions" installment wraps up the trilogy in November.
  18. If the satire feels familiar, and the dramatics often contrived, there's rarely a moment here when something funny, intense or cleverly interconnected doesn't keep one's synapses firing on overdrive.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Central to the film's success is a riveting, unfussy performance from Robbins. Freeman has the showier role, allowing him a grace and dignity that come naturally.
  19. This is not "E.T.," nor is it a kid's film nor even necessarily a major mass-audience film, although Spielberg's name, high public anticipation and the child-oriented campaign will make it perform like one.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mercilessly satiric yet good-natured, this enormously entertaining slam dunk quite possibly is the most resonant Hollywood saga since the days of "Sunset Blvd." and "The Bad and the Beautiful."
  20. A first-rate thriller with grit and intrigue to spare.
  21. A delightful experience.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most satisfying epicurean feast since "Big Night."
  22. A debut of enormous craft, surety and resourcefulness -- a superlative, soul-baring non-fiction work that will generate torrential word-of-mouth among auds lucky enough to catch it.
  23. Looks to please the book's legions of fans with its imaginatively scrupulous rendering of the tome's characters and worlds on the screen, as well as the uninitiated with its uninterrupted flow of incident and spectacle.

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