Variety's Scores

For 7,974 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 1.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat)
Lowest review score: 0 The Hottie & the Nottie
Score distribution:
7,974 movie reviews
  1. Taken together, "Flags" and "Letters" represent a genuinely imposing achievement, one that looks at war unflinchingly -- that does not deny its necessity but above all laments the human loss it entails.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An outstanding rock documentary.
  2. Dramatically spellbinding and intellectually stimulating, picture abstractly manipulates multiple layers of representation to shattering effect.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Chillingly hilarious.
  3. The mesmerizing performance of Phillip Seymour Hoffman as the celebrated writer dominates every scene, while director Bennett Miller and screenwriter Dan Futterman's penetrating study enthralls in every aspect.
  4. It stands as a unique film-within-a-film, of significance for the historical value of the raw images, the memories they spur and internal evidence of how the Nazis staged scenes long assumed to be real.
  5. '71
    A vivid, shivery survival thriller that turns the red-brick residential streets of Belfast into a war zone of unconscionable peril.
  6. It’s a simple, even predictable story, yet textured so exquisitely and acted so forcefully as to feel almost revelatory.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A standout picture.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Has a sharper narrative focus and a livelier sense of forward movement than did the more episodic "Fellowship."
  10. 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.
  11. Up
    A captivating odd-couple adventure that becomes funnier and more exciting as it flies along.
  12. 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.
  13. Robert Redford's handsome, smartly constructed new film stands likely to capture the imagination of the educated, culturally inclined public.
  14. A seductive, fascinating tapestry of small-town life.
  15. Toy Story 2 is to "Toy Story" what "The Empire Strikes Back" was to its predecessor, a richer, more satisfying film in every respect.
    • 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.
  16. A captivating 1930s-set caper whose innumerable surface pleasures might just seduce you into overlooking its sly intelligence and depth of feeling.
  17. 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Utterly unpretentious and deeply touching.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Perhaps the best film made during the 30-year partnership of Ismail Merchant and James Ivory.
  18. A wise and impeccably controlled drama that finds Russian helmer Andrei Zvyagintsev in outstanding form.
  19. At every turn, we can sense what’s going on behind Kumiko’s doleful, downcast eyes; Kikuchi pulls us deeply into her world.
  20. Exquisitely modulated and superbly mounted, the directing debut of skilled cinematographer Lajos Koltai went through an extended, unpredictable production history to emerge as a genuinely new way of looking at the Holocaust that is markedly different in tone from other such stories including "Schindler's List" and "The Pianist."
  21. Errol Morris delivers a compelling, thoughtful and entirely involving documentary in The Fog of War.
  22. Remarkably funny and entirely convincing, film pulls off the rare accomplishment of being an in-drag comedy which also emerges with three-dimensional characters.

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