Variety's Scores

For 8,205 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 Last Waltz (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Problem Child
Score distribution:
8,205 movie reviews
  1. 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.
  2. A wise and impeccably controlled drama that finds Russian helmer Andrei Zvyagintsev in outstanding form.
  3. At every turn, we can sense what’s going on behind Kumiko’s doleful, downcast eyes; Kikuchi pulls us deeply into her world.
  4. 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."
  5. Errol Morris delivers a compelling, thoughtful and entirely involving documentary in The Fog of War.
  6. Remarkably funny and entirely convincing, film pulls off the rare accomplishment of being an in-drag comedy which also emerges with three-dimensional characters.
  7. 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.
  8. It’s the rare film about adolescence that doesn’t seem exclusively targeted either to teens or to adults. Rarer still, it’s one that takes an interest in the nourishing qualities of female friendship.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An unconventional biopic about a brilliant young pianist.
  9. James cuts — as in all of his best work — straight to the human heart of the matter, celebrating both the writer and the man, the one inseparable from the other, largely in Ebert’s own words.
  10. A brilliant portrait of adventure, activism, obsession and potential madness that ranks among helmer Werner Herzog's strongest work.
  11. While a hopelessly awkward-looking Hill provides fish-out-of-water laughs, Pitt gives a genuinely soul-searching performance.
  12. Brief Encounters reps a must-see for art lovers.
  13. 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.
  14. Seems destined to go down in film history as a technical tour de force.
  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. Consistently fascinating and suspenseful.
  20. Wickedly funny.
  21. Staying at the top of his game when most of his contemporaries have long since hung up their gloves, Clint Eastwood delivers another knockout punch with Million Dollar Baby.
  22. Visually stunning even in its most banal moments and emotionally perceptive almost to a fault.
  23. Any negative stereotypes viewers might harbor about education in rural communities are sent packing by this magnificently lensed and cumulatively touching account from documaker Nicolas Philibert.
  24. The poignant and candid Boys Don't Cry can be seen as a "Rebel Without a Cause" for these culturally diverse and complex times, with the two misfit girls enacting a version of the James Dean/Natalie Wood romance with utmost conviction.
  25. Filtering the world's oldest paintings through the latest in cinematic technology, Werner Herzog delivers a one-of-a-kind art-history lesson in Cave of Forgotten Dreams.

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