Variety's Scores

For 8,970 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 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Lowest review score: 0 Bio-Dome
Score distribution:
8,970 movie reviews
  1. There's no denying that viewers not prepared for the relentless stream of nasty personalities, profane invective and bone-crunching violence are in for a very long sit.
  2. The rest of Sabotage rarely rises to Schwarzenegger’s level, in large measure because the other characters (of which there are far too many) aren’t nearly as sharply drawn by Ayer and co-writer Skip Woods.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A fur-covered "A-Team" for the kiddies, G-Force is heavy on splashy pyrotechnics and predictably light on plot.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Grade-A pulp fiction. This erotically charged thriller about the search for an ice-pick murderer in San Francisco rivets attention through its sleek style, attractive cast doing and thinking kinky things, and story, which is as weirdly implausible as it is intensely visceral.
  3. It's too arty to cut it as a violent action pic and too gore-spattered to appeal to the arthouse crowd.
  4. An exercise in improv-derived filmmaking that simply proves once again that there's no substitute for a good script.
  5. Johnny Depp's impersonation of the Thompson figure is effective up to a point, but it's hard to imagine any segment of the public embracing this off-putting, unrewarding slog through the depths of the drug culture.
  6. There’s perilously little playfulness to be found either in the script or its otherwise handsomely ashen cinematic treatment.
  7. An insufferable, self-conscious cult movie, The Chumscrubber smugly heaps on half-baked ideas about media violence, the homogeneity of suburbia and the disintegration of the American family.
  8. Oddly misanthropic, occasionally amusing but thoroughly cheerless holiday attraction that is in no way a family film.
  9. Raze is a brutally monotonous fight-to-the-death-contest actioner whose novelty element — all-female competitors — is undermined by lack of imagination on every other level.
  10. Exceptionally strong cast is pictures beating heart.
  11. More entertaining than especially revelatory, this timely documentary adds a sprightly note to a somber subject.
  12. As lowbrow comedies go, it pretty much delivers.
  13. Intelligence, artificial or otherwise, is one of the major casualties of Chappie, a robot-themed action movie that winds up feeling as clunky and confused as the childlike droid with which it shares its name.
  14. Hop
    Why rock, rather than hip-hop, is anybunny's guess, though either way, the basic overnight-sensation pop-star fantasy will surely appeal to a demographic weaned on "American Idol."
  15. In the story's one major stroke of invention, the usual premonitions of death have been replaced with a set of photos.
  16. Shorn of eroticism, intensity or purpose... it strikes familiar beats in a manner more strained than inspired.
  17. Nearly every element here is wildly off-target, from Jonathan Lynn's ("The Whole Nine Yards") lazy helming and Lucinda Coxon's shambolic script to the embarrassed-looking perfs from usually excellent lead thesps Bill Nighy and Emily Blunt.
  18. The 1970s setting offers a retro feel that should strike appealing chords for fans of old-school horror, but there’s little here that’s exactly new or fresh.
  19. Not exactly an unholy mess, but still a rather too pious retread of classic sci-fi/action/horror riffs that lacks originality or pizzazz.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It meanders about as much as its eponymous pooch.
  20. Direly predictable, with candle-drip pacing and a pervasive unpleasantness.
  21. Once it’s evident that there’s hardly a point to all the random mischief — or that the point is precisely that there isn’t one — the idea of watching a pair of grown men inflect violence upon innocent bystanders feels awfully tedious
  22. Too muted to have much lasting impact, and remains modestly diverting only on a scene-to-scene basis. There's no quotable dialogue, no standout action sequence, no flashy supporting performances -- in short, nothing to lift Illegal Tender from the level of competent but inconsequential B-movie.
  23. The film toys with audience expectations and perceptions by playing fast and loose with circumstances and clues, while leading to an almost unavoidable and dismayingly obvious conclusion.
  24. Not helped by a wooden perf from Jim Caviezel as a humanoid alien who accidentally imports a real alien to eighth-century Earth.
  25. A markedly better picture than Roberto Benigni's far more sentimental Oscar collector.
  26. Routine, superficial manhunt stuff.
  27. Has a quasi-verite, improvisational feel that appears truthful. But it doesn't lend much sympathy, or depth, to characters who never seem worth knowing.

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