Variety's Scores

For 8,925 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 1.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Tree of Life
Lowest review score: 0 Vulgar
Score distribution:
8,925 movie reviews
  1. The beautifully modulated script, ripe with moments of liberating humor, builds to a crescendo of indignation, allowing Elkabetz several cathartic outbursts, but they’re no more riveting than the actress’ silences.
  2. An irresistible treat with enough narrative twists and memorable characters for a half-dozen films.
  3. A weightier, more nuanced and fulsome experience than the film the world has known up to now.
  4. A stunning work, revisiting controversial events with journalistic objectivity and a meticulous eye for detail.
  5. Scorsese's heartfelt love letter to Italian movies up to 1961.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A curious amalgam of the visually striking, the dramatically feeble and the offensively sadistic.
  6. Her
    What begins like an arrested adolescent dream soon blossoms into Jonze’s richest and most emotionally mature work to date, burrowing deep into the give and take of relationships, the dawning of middle-aged ennui, and that eternal dilemma shared by both man and machine: the struggle to know one’s own true self.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Badlands is a unique American fairy tale...and it's an impressive debut.
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  7. The result is as grim and unyielding a depiction of the Holocaust as has yet been made on that cinematically overworked subject — a masterful exercise in narrative deprivation and sensory overload that recasts familiar horrors in daringly existential terms.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Canadian writer-director Atom Egoyan's most ambitious work to date, The Sweet Hereafter is a rich, complex meditation on the impact of a terrible tragedy on a small town.
  8. Taped in stark black-and-white and clocking in 15 minutes shy of six hours, invigorating pic is big, passionate and brimming with compelling human details and broad sociopolitical idealism.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Basically an excuse for set pieces, some amusing, others overdone.
  9. Had James Thurber worked in animation, the waggish result might look and sound a bit like It’s Such a Beautiful Day, indie cartoonist Don Hertzfeldt’s alternately poignant and absurdist triptych.
  10. Very clever and imaginative indeed, and its pictures are so gorgeous that they alone could warrant a second viewing.
  11. Standing at his balcony, filming the revelry with his iPhone, he seems to be saying that directing is more defiant an act than lighting a firecracker or two. Truth be told, Panahi's poignant "Film" is infinitely more explosive.
  12. This beautifully crafted and lively romp around the 1880s stage world should enjoy its longest life as a vid classic.
  13. Devilishly inventive and so far out there it's almost off the scale.
  14. A savvy sequel that should speak to anyone who's let that one great love slip away.
  15. As deliriously smart escapist fare, The Incredibles is practically nonpareil.
  16. More gentle and modestly insightful than it is exhilarating or revelatory.
  17. Sad, tender, wise and beautiful film... It's a profound tribute to lives lived on the fringes of society -- to the introspective loners who are the most observant chroniclers of our times.
    • 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.
  18. Rachel Boynton’s extraordinary Big Men should come tagged with a warning: The side effects of global capitalism may include dizziness, nausea and seething outrage.
  19. 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.
  20. The result is a tense, documentary-style drama that methodically builds a sense of dread despite the preordained outcome.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Director Georges Franju has given this some suspense and not spared any shock details. But the stilted acting, asides to explain characters and motivations, and a repetition of effects lose the initial impact.
  21. While its tone is occasionally overly strident, Aferim! is an exceptional, deeply intelligent gaze into a key historical period, done with wit as well as anger.
  22. A gemlike picture crafted with rare and immaculate precision.
  23. There's a kind of rawness on the screen that most movies never approach.
  24. Above all, 45 Years is a drama of quiet restraint.

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