Variety's Scores

For 8,342 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 Dark Knight
Lowest review score: 0 Cabin Boy
Score distribution:
8,342 movie reviews
  1. 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.
  2. Raw but utterly enveloping.
  3. A triumph on every creative level, from casting to execution.
  4. An irresistible treat with enough narrative twists and memorable characters for a half-dozen films.
  5. A weightier, more nuanced and fulsome experience than the film the world has known up to now.
  6. A stunning work, revisiting controversial events with journalistic objectivity and a meticulous eye for detail.
  7. 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.
  8. What the film lacks in context it gains in visceral eyewitness value.
  9. 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.
    • Variety
    • 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Very clever and imaginative indeed, and its pictures are so gorgeous that they alone could warrant a second viewing.
  12. 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.
  13. This beautifully crafted and lively romp around the 1880s stage world should enjoy its longest life as a vid classic.
  14. Devilishly inventive and so far out there it's almost off the scale.
  15. A savvy sequel that should speak to anyone who's let that one great love slip away.
  16. As deliriously smart escapist fare, The Incredibles is practically nonpareil.
  17. More gentle and modestly insightful than it is exhilarating or revelatory.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. The result is a tense, documentary-style drama that methodically builds a sense of dread despite the preordained outcome.
  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. 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)

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