Variety's Scores

For 8,499 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 Citizenfour
Lowest review score: 0 Rollerball
Score distribution:
8,499 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Costner's directing style is fresh and assured. A sense of surprise and humor accompany Dunbar's adventures at every turn, twisting the narrative gently this way and that and making the journey a real pleasure.
  1. The script is faithful, the actors are just right, the sets, costumes, makeup and effects match and sometimes exceed anything one could imagine.
  2. Belzberg's unsparing camera sometimes portrays a level of cruelty that tests viewers' tolerance, but her fearless aesthetic is also a measure of the film's brilliant indictment of any society that can allow its most vulnerable to slip into oblivion.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Scene after scene is filled with a ferocious strength and humor. Michael Lerner's performance as a Mayer-like studio overlord is sensational.
  3. Ten
    10 dazzling and perceptive snapshots of women with which femmes everywhere can identify.
  4. Scabrous, brutal and hip, Trainspotting is a "Clockwork Orange" for the '90s.
  5. An exquisite reflection on personal bereavement.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Crass, broad, irreverent, wacky fun - and absolutely hilarious from beginning to end.
  6. Scorsese's heartfelt love letter to Italian movies up to 1961.
  7. The rough power, as well as the humor and sensitivity, of pop phenom Eminem is delivered intact in 8 Mile.
  8. Exhaustively informative and powerfully emotional.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An unconventional biopic about a brilliant young pianist.
  9. George Lucas has reached deep into the trove of his self-generated mythological world to produce a grand entertainment that offers a satisfying balance among the series' epic, narrative, technological and emotional qualities.
  10. There's a kind of rawness on the screen that most movies never approach.
  11. Delivers enough thrills, kicks and cool moments to satiate geeks, fans and mere general viewers worldwide -- until the "Revolutions" installment wraps up the trilogy in November.
  12. If the satire feels familiar, and the dramatics often contrived, there's rarely a moment here when something funny, intense or cleverly interconnected doesn't keep one's synapses firing on overdrive.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Central to the film's success is a riveting, unfussy performance from Robbins. Freeman has the showier role, allowing him a grace and dignity that come naturally.
    • Variety
  13. This is not "E.T.," nor is it a kid's film nor even necessarily a major mass-audience film, although Spielberg's name, high public anticipation and the child-oriented campaign will make it perform like one.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mercilessly satiric yet good-natured, this enormously entertaining slam dunk quite possibly is the most resonant Hollywood saga since the days of "Sunset Blvd." and "The Bad and the Beautiful."
    • Variety
  14. A first-rate thriller with grit and intrigue to spare.
  15. A delightful experience.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most satisfying epicurean feast since "Big Night."
  16. A debut of enormous craft, surety and resourcefulness -- a superlative, soul-baring non-fiction work that will generate torrential word-of-mouth among auds lucky enough to catch it.
  17. Looks to please the book's legions of fans with its imaginatively scrupulous rendering of the tome's characters and worlds on the screen, as well as the uninitiated with its uninterrupted flow of incident and spectacle.
  18. Gripping, highly dramatic thriller that more than confirms the distinctive talent of young Brit helmer Christopher Nolan.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A vastly amusing satire of heavy metal bands.
  19. Wickedly funny.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An intense, schematic, superbly made Vietnam War drama.
  20. A breathlessly involving tale of urban indifference, rampant hypocrisy and the difference a little human decency can make, superbly played pic is a black comedy that's frequently funny but never frivolous.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Repo Man has the type of unerring energy that leaves audiences breathless and entertained.

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