Variety's Scores

For 8,263 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 Arbor
Lowest review score: 0 Movie 43
Score distribution:
8,263 movie reviews
  1. There's precious little of that tension to be found between co-leads Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan, but more than enough between director Kevin Smith and the shoddy script he's elected to take on, and neither seems willing to budge.
  2. Rather than presenting a well-argued expose of the disturbing symbiosis that exists between Italo politics and TV, with Prime Minister Berlusconi being only the most obvious connection, the scribe-helmer gets sidetracked by marginal characters while keeping bare facts to a minimum.
  3. Comes off as a painfully old-fashioned, flatly directed exercise in passionless historical reenactment.
  4. This dire battle-of-the-exes action-comedy severely tests audience goodwill by running an indulgent 110 minutes, crammed as it is with half-baked thriller subplots and aimless supporting characters, as if to distract from the central duo's nonstop bickering.
  5. This appealingly cast movie seesaws from unlikely thoughtfulness to imbecilic vulgarity.
  6. A technically polished thriller marred by textbook filmmaking that grows increasingly dull as the plot wears on.
  7. Though the low-budget picture is not without interest, its uneven thesping, sound quality and special effects might prove more welcome on the fest fringe.
  8. A little less chatter and a little more splatter might have improved Godspeed, an initially intriguing but finally overwrought tale of murder, retribution and quasi-religious fanaticism set in the land of the midnight sun.
  9. This "Titans" reboot merely demonstrates that building a more elaborate mousetrap doesn't necessarily produce a more entertaining one.
  10. This moving but far from revelatory portrait of a beloved family figure registers as too slight and personal for significant theatrical play.
  11. While only the converted will likely see the redemption behind the manipulation, picture delivers a strong enough dose of spiritual saccharine to yield solid if not heavenly returns from its trusty target audience.
  12. It's an unabashedly corny but occasionally stirring dramedy based on the true-life story of scrappy young baseball players from Mexico who, in 1957, scored an improbable string of successes while playing their way from a Monterrey sandlot to the Little League World Series.
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    • 40 Critic Score
    Despite uninspired dialogue and direction, newcomer Catanzariti impresses as the oddball finding her niche. But the show, such as it is, belongs to top-billed Castle-Hughes.
  13. The picture's biggest stumbling block is its superhero hook.
  14. This undistinguished picture qualifies as an endangered species. As a digital babysitter, however, it may prove sufficiently efficient to generate fair-to-middling homevid sales.
  15. A picture too simplistic and sentimental for art seekers and too rough for general audiences.
  16. Jose Rivera and Tim Sullivan's script relentlessly piles on goopy conversation-stoppers like "Do you believe in destiny?" and "I didn't know that true love had an expiration date."
  17. Sherman's personal wounds feel fresh, which makes for a superficially beautiful but otherwise bitter story.
  18. Timothy Hutton's fine, loose-limbed perf as a man adrift lifts Multiple Sarcasms, frosh scribe-helmer Brooks Branch's male menopause apologia, out of cliche-ridden territory -- at least temporarily.
  19. The film's noisy, slam-bang approach and lack of imagination in all nonvisual departments will keep it from rounding up a fresh generation of thrill-seekers.
  20. Grown Ups delivers precious few laughs for the sheer volume of comedy talent on offer.
  21. With extended closing credits, Marmaduke clocks in at 88 minutes and feels longer.
  22. The documentary offers little genuine information and no investigative research, adopting a style even more polemical than Stone's earlier docus on Fidel Castro and Yasser Arafat.
  23. The magic here feels machine-made and depressingly state-of-the-art.
  24. A sequel to the Spanish cult hit that offers an explanation for something that was far more effective when left largely unexplained.
  25. With very little dialogue, and even less plot, five chapter stops lend the movie a skeletal structure: "Wrath," "Silent Warrior," "Men of God," "The Holy Land" and "Hell." But any discussion of the Dark Ages conflict between paganism and Christianity is reduced to just grunts or insults.
  26. Overlong and very Euro-flavored.
  27. A nearly incoherent all-stars-on-deck actioner that plays like "Grown Ups" on nitro or a brutish, blue-collar "Ocean's Eleven."
  28. This dull and humorless production won't reap the same critical support as the work of Miyazaki Senior.
  29. The script is never nearly as clever as the premise ought to allow, and the madcap fun is far too frequently derailed by tonal inconsistencies.

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