Variety's Scores

For 7,983 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 1.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Spider-Man 2
Lowest review score: 0 Divorce: The Musical
Score distribution:
7,983 movie reviews
    • 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.
  1. 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.
  2. Very clever and imaginative indeed, and its pictures are so gorgeous that they alone could warrant a second viewing.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    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.
  3. This beautifully crafted and lively romp around the 1880s stage world should enjoy its longest life as a vid classic.
  4. Devilishly inventive and so far out there it's almost off the scale.
  5. A savvy sequel that should speak to anyone who's let that one great love slip away.
  6. As deliriously smart escapist fare, The Incredibles is practically nonpareil.
  7. More gentle and modestly insightful than it is exhilarating or revelatory.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. The result is a tense, documentary-style drama that methodically builds a sense of dread despite the preordained outcome.
  12. A gemlike picture crafted with rare and immaculate precision.
  13. There's a kind of rawness on the screen that most movies never approach.
  14. It’s a rich, glorious mess, and its underlying craftsmanship is apparent in the characters’ beautifully delineated relationships, each with its own jangly rhythm and distinct feel.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nicholson plays the character with personal flair, as penetrating as Antonioni's handling of the film. (Review of Original Release)
  15. This autobiographical tour de force is completely accessible and art of a very high order.
  16. Never before has anyone made a documentary like The Act of Killing, and the filmmakers seem at a loss in terms of how to organize the many threads of what they capture...Still, essential and enraging, The Act of Killing is a film that begs to be seen, then never watched again.
  17. The film's unhurried pace will target it for discerning audiences only, but its wry humor and coolly amused observation of contemporary Japan should score with smart urbanites.
  18. At nearly six hours, pic's extreme length lets Giordana and screenwriters Sandro Petraglia and Stefano Rulli build up a novelistic rhythm, pulling the audience so deeply and forcefully into their story that it becomes like a enveloping dream; when it's over, parting with the characters is truly sweet and sorrowful.
  19. James cuts — as in all of his best work — straight to the human heart of the matter, celebrating both the writer and the man, the one inseparable from the other, largely in Ebert’s own words.
  20. Superbly cast drama… that looks to be a solid upscale attraction wherever the special chemistry of good writing and performances is appreciated.
  21. Lee takes a conventional, talking-heads-and-archival-clips approach to the material, but rewardingly establishes an intimate connection with his subjects by devoting considerable time to the personalities and families of the four victims.
  22. The tangled tale of love and disguise is awesome in its action sequences but doesn't touch the heart to the same degree.
    • 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.
  23. Anthony Chen is remarkably astute in his depiction of the class and racial tensions within such a household, his accessible style enabling the characters’ underlying decency and warmth to emerge unforced.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Barbra Streisand in her Hollywood debut makes a marked impact.

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