Variety's Scores

For 8,498 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 Free Willy
Lowest review score: 0 Movie 43
Score distribution:
8,498 movie reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Substance is here in spades, along with the twisted, brilliantly controlled style on which filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen made a name.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An outstanding rock documentary.
  1. Isn't only an outstanding documentary -- it's also a powerful personal drama.
  2. A wonderfully acted, acutely observed psychological drama.
  3. Looks and sounds wonderful, and while more information about these giants of African-Latin music might have been welcome, the music's the thing.
  4. The gleefully assured tale of a professional knife-thrower who finds a quirky new target... hits the bull's-eye.
  5. An irresistible treat with enough narrative twists and memorable characters for a half-dozen films.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A sexy, nuanced, beautifully controlled examination of how a quartet of people are defined by their erotic impulses and inhibitions.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the most entertaining, best executed, original road pictures ever.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A mesmerizing reconstruction and investigation of a senseless murder. It employs strikingly original formal devices to pull together diverse interviews.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Possesses a stylistic boldness and verisimilitude that is virtually matchless.
  6. The first-ever screenplay written in the Inuit language, Inuktitut -- and the first time's a charm.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Balkan probably gives her best performance to date to create a woman tormented by instability, sexual drive and psycho demons -- disjointedly portrayed in the script.
  7. Clint Eastwood has crafted a tense, hard-edged, superbly dramatic yarn that is also an exceedingly intelligent meditation on the West, its myths and its heroes.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A dazzlingly successful addition to his (Kurosawa's) distinguished career.
  8. Had the aura of an instant classic when it was released, and the good news is that it looks at least that good, if not better, on the eve of its 20th anniversary reissue.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In every respect it is outstanding.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Words can't do justice to the visual masterpiece Baraka.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A mesmerizing thriller that will grip audiences from first scene to last.
  9. An astonishingly good and daring film that richly develops several intertwined thematic lines, The Crying Game takes giant risks that are stunningly rewarded.
  10. Trenchantly witty and acutely insightful.
  11. A stunning work, revisiting controversial events with journalistic objectivity and a meticulous eye for detail.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    He (Allen) makes nary a misstep from beginning to end in charting the amorous affiliations of three sisters and their men over a two-year period.
  12. A gemlike picture crafted with rare and immaculate precision.
  13. Stunningly made and incisively acted by a large and terrific cast, Michael Mann's ambitious study of the relativity of good and evil stands apart from other films of its type by virtue of its extraordinarily rich characterizations and its thoughtful, deeply melancholy take on modern life.
  14. The film pulls no punches, takes no prisoners and flies in the face of feel-good pictures.
  15. Enormously ambitious and masterfully made, Traffic represents docudrama-style storytelling at a very high level.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A spectacularly entertaining piece of pop culture, Pulp Fiction is the "American Graffiti" of violent crime pictures.
    • Variety
  16. This spirited and often very funny lark accomplishes something that most films in the bygone Hollywood studio era used to do but is remarkably rare in today's world of niche markets: It offers entertainment equally to viewers from 4 to 104.
  17. A searingly visceral combat picture, Steven Spielberg’s third World War II drama is arguably second to none as a vivid, realistic and bloody portrait of armed conflict.

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