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 Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters
Lowest review score: 0 Problem Child
Score distribution:
7,983 movie reviews
  1. Remarkably funny and entirely convincing, film pulls off the rare accomplishment of being an in-drag comedy which also emerges with three-dimensional characters.
  2. Animism, apparitions, out-of-body experiences, sex with a catfish -- there's all that and more in Apichatpong Weerasethakul's wonderfully nutty Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.
  3. This ostensible gay Western is marked by a heightened degree of sensitivity and tact, as well as an outstanding performance from Heath Ledger.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The breakout here is 13-year-old Doret, the Dardennes' latest stunningly naturalistic, non-professional acting discovery.
  4. With its accelerated rhythm, relentless flow of incident and wizard-war endgame, "Part 2" will strike many viewers as a much more exciting, involving picture than the slower, more atmospheric "Part 1."
  5. For all their concentration on the human factor, the filmmakers by no means shortchange the aesthetic dimensions of LHC.
  6. Getting so close to real-life mental illness, via footage that spans many years, renders Tarnation a uniquely potent experience.
  7. A blast and a half -- as entertaining as mainstream American docus get.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An unconventional biopic about a brilliant young pianist.
  8. A brilliant portrait of adventure, activism, obsession and potential madness that ranks among helmer Werner Herzog's strongest work.
  9. An emotionally satisfying and brilliantly played take on the ups and (mostly) downs of a group of less-than-typical female friends.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A respectable, intelligent but less than stirring adaptation of an imposingly dense and layered novel.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While a hopelessly awkward-looking Hill provides fish-out-of-water laughs, Pitt gives a genuinely soul-searching performance.
  10. Brief Encounters reps a must-see for art lovers.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    James Cameron's vault into the big time after scoring with the exploitation actioner The Terminator makes up for lack of surprise with sheer volume of thrills and chills - emphasis is decidedly on the plural aspect of the title.
  11. This at first slow-moving and then wildly kinetic actioner possesses a cool classicism that will appeal to offshore audiences as well as those at home.
  12. Seems destined to go down in film history as a technical tour de force.
  13. A charming animated feature.
  14. The result looks as much like a Natural History Museum diorama as it sounds: a respectful but waxy re-creation that feels somehow awe-inspiring yet chillingly lifeless to behold, the great exception being Jones' alternately blistering and sage turn as Stevens.
  15. Takes the refined work of Iranian helmer Abbas Kiarostami up another notch to ever more metaphoric ground.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A sexy, nuanced, beautifully controlled examination of how a quartet of people are defined by their erotic impulses and inhibitions.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Performances by the entire cast, and particularly William Holden and Gloria Swanson, are exceptionally fine.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A major artistic asset to the film - besides script, direction and the top performances - is supervising editor Walter Murch's sound collage and re-recording.
  16. A riveting account of how a soldier's death in Afghanistan was spun into a web of public lies.
  17. Throughout, Payne gently infuses the film’s comic tone with strains of longing and regret, always careful to avoid the maudlin or cheaply sentimental.
  18. Driven by fantastic energy and a torrent of vivid images of India old and new, Slumdog Millionaire is a blast.
  19. Delivers continuous pinpricks of irreverent humor and subversive cultural commentary.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A half-baked love story, full of good intentions but uneven in the telling.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lynch has directed his most satisfyingly disciplined movie.
  20. Wickedly funny.

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