Variety's Scores

For 8,174 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 Shrek
Lowest review score: 0 Bio-Dome
Score distribution:
8,174 movie reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A standout picture.
  1. Theater veteran Recoing is utterly compelling. Both the script and the resourceful, subtle actor provide enormous insight into the troubled character.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even those who don't rally to pic's fed-up feminist outcry will take to its comedy, momentum and dazzling visuals.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Under Elia Kazan's direction, Marlon Brando puts on a spectacular show, giving a fascinating, multi-faceted performance.
  2. What Away From Her achieves is quite admirable-- a low-key, intelligent setting for performances marked by those same qualities.
  3. Charles Ferguson's sophomore film Inside Job is the definitive screen investigation of the global economic crisis, providing hard evidence of flagrant amorality -- and of a new nonfiction master at work.
  4. Has a sharper narrative focus and a livelier sense of forward movement than did the more episodic "Fellowship."
  5. Technically superb and witty in an old-fashioned, veddy British way that will delight many adults but will sail over the heads of young audiences.
  6. While far from easy, both roles provide a delightful opportunity for Firth and Rush to poke a bit of fun at their profession.
  7. Up
    A captivating odd-couple adventure that becomes funnier and more exciting as it flies along.
  8. A consummate nail-biter that never lags, it leaves you breathless from the chase yet anxious for the next bit of mayhem or clever plot twist.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The film's biggest limitation is its oversexed, underdeveloped male duo. Playing like a south-of-the-border version of Beavis and Butt-head, the teenagers have but one thought in their heads.
  9. Robert Redford's handsome, smartly constructed new film stands likely to capture the imagination of the educated, culturally inclined public.
  10. A captivating 1930s-set caper whose innumerable surface pleasures might just seduce you into overlooking its sly intelligence and depth of feeling.
  11. A seductive, fascinating tapestry of small-town life.
  12. Toy Story 2 is to "Toy Story" what "The Empire Strikes Back" was to its predecessor, a richer, more satisfying film in every respect.
  13. Kore-eda sketches the inner, spiritual and emotional lives of the children with subtlety and sensitivity, delivering the goods after a seemingly directionless first half.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a precise observation of British types and a virtuoso piece of carefully observed ensemble playing, the film would be hard to beat.
  14. Those masters of small-scale realism, Belgian brothers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, have created yet another beautifully acted, exquisitely observed morality tale in The Child.
  15. This handsomely produced period piece is easily the most emotionally effective bigscreen melodrama since "The Joy Luck Club," as well as the most intelligent.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Exquisitely acted, tightly directed and impressively assembled.
  16. Utterly unpretentious and deeply touching.
  17. The film is a brave act of witness complicated by the documaker’s decision to re-create his experiences using clay figurines, a tricky aesthetic device that raises fascinating and problematic questions of representation.
  18. Utilizing a mesmerizing documentary style that studiously avoids glamorizing the horrors, Garrone cherrypicks episodes from Saviano's muckraking tract, building to a chillingly matter-of-fact crescendo of violence, though interwoven tales tend to dissipate the full force of the criminal Camorra families' insidious control.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Federico Fellini, long a scripter, in his second feature film satirizes the 'wastrels', the do-nothing sons of middle-class Italian provincials whose life ranges from schoolroom to poolroom.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Superman II emerges as a solid, classy, cannily constructed piece of entertainment which gets down to action almost immediately.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Perhaps the best film made during the 30-year partnership of Ismail Merchant and James Ivory.
  19. Park and co-helmer Steve Box stay faithful to the cozy core ingredients that made the clay duo's kudo-reaping shorts and Park's previous pic, "Chicken Run," so well loved. "Curse" delivers a wholesome morsel, happily not too cheesy, that families will nibble on as a treat.
  20. A wise and impeccably controlled drama that finds Russian helmer Andrei Zvyagintsev in outstanding form.
  21. A virtually wordless film that speaks with grave eloquence and simplicity about the human condition. Nothing here feels fancy or extraneous, least of all Redford’s superb performance.

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