Variety's Scores

For 8,644 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 1.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Taxi
Lowest review score: 0 Rollerball
Score distribution:
8,644 movie reviews
  1. It's certainly an unusual movie, aiming more often than not for pathos rather than pratfalls while nonetheless maintaining a slapstick tone, but it remains resolutely unmemorable.
  2. Diverting in bits and pieces, but absent the heart, soul and ingenuity one associates with the best of Disney animation, the endlessly merchandisable picture could very well soar at the box office, but it won’t stick the landing where word of mouth is concerned.
  3. The entire star-crossed scenario is conveyed with the narrative simplicity of a musicvideo, lingering in an almost fetishistic manner on sensual details (boxes of chocolates, a blood-red ribbon) while compressing important elements of the story into clumsy montages.
  4. The film is hamstrung by its fidelity to real-life inspirational models.
  5. Earnest but prosaic.
  6. Neither scary, funny, nor anywhere near as clever as it seems to think it is, picture offers audiences few reasons to want to see it beyond its one-joke premise.
  7. A broad African-Amerian family comedy that manages to avoid many of the more predictable cliches of the genre, yet also leaves out the warmth and, too often, the laughs.
  8. Too familiar in its basic trajectory to be fresh or compelling.
  9. Lahti's feature directorial debut walks an innocuous middle line between the story's maudlin possibilities and its meaningful potential.
  10. A humorless, relentlessly ethnocentric docu about Jews in basketball.
  11. Intermittently enjoyable hokum at best.
  12. Breaks down when it gets to the distant future, which in this case isn't a good place to be stranded.
  13. The confused script makes this a tough film for audiences to dig into.
  14. This Dog won't hunt. Although well crafted and handsomely mounted, pic lacks sufficient sizzle.
  15. Has the frustrating feel of a rousing, epic oater sadly compromised.
  16. It's obviously intended as a star vehicle, but Broken Bridges turns out to be a rattletrap jalopy for country music performer Toby Keith.
  17. Clearly, director Nolan is aiming for something else. But the delight in sheer gamesmanship that marked his breakout "Memento" doesn't survive this project's gimmickry and aspirations toward "Les Miserables"-style epic passion.
  18. The live event was hopefully more engaging than this dull adaptation.
  19. Suffers from severe problems of tone, a surfeit of undeveloped plot points and characters, and bland direction.
  20. Since the new pic contains little that's genuinely amusing or minimally original, it likely will fail on its own merits.
  21. The result is a rough-edged, head-scratching mix of tones. Fortunately, musicvideo vet Rhein's competent helming skills counterbalance her off-putting dialogue and flat acting style so that the picture doesn't come off strictly amateur.
  22. This obsessive love story about a guy seeking closure after being dumped by his Latino boyfriend awkwardly juggles screwball and noir elements with macabre black comedy in a mix that calls for a far lighter, more stylish touch than the obvious one at work here.
  23. The filmmakers seem split between doing it straight and gleefully ripping up the genre, and never make up their minds.
  24. The Women is less about getting even than about inspiring that same mushy sense of female empowerment you might find in a Tyler Perry meller, complete with manic mood swings and full-blown diva moments.
  25. An annoying example of self-therapy posing as art.
  26. If the drably derivative, infuriatingly improbable police drama McCanick is remembered for anything, it will be for its uniformly overqualified cast.
  27. A dour study of terrorism, 1880s style, The Secret Agent represents an adaptation of Joseph Conrad's only London-based novel, the fidelity of which to the original text does not yield a terrifically exciting film.
  28. If auds swallow this odoriferous exercise in calculated career repositioning, they'll swallow anything.
  29. Icelandic helmer Baltasar Kormakur ("101 Reykjavik," "Jar City") injects notes of hysteria into the script's frenetic pileup of gratuitous cliches, as Dermot Mulroney pushes his square-jawed, desperate hero to near-masochistic extremes.
  30. Admirably ambitious but ultimately frustrating musical dramedy.

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