Variety's Scores

For 8,840 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 The Assassin
Lowest review score: 0 Bio-Dome
Score distribution:
8,840 movie reviews
  1. Brief Encounters reps a must-see for art lovers.
  2. 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.
  3. Visually stunning even in its most banal moments and emotionally perceptive almost to a fault.
  4. Sans dialogue or translation, each interaction effectively becomes a puzzle to be solved, and Slaboshpytskiy is brilliant at using ambiguity to heighten rather than dull the viewer’s perceptions. Even when the meaning of a particular exchange eludes us, a greater sense of narrative comprehension begins to take hold.
  5. Seems destined to go down in film history as a technical tour de force.
  6. 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.
  7. A riveting account of how a soldier's death in Afghanistan was spun into a web of public lies.
  8. What the film lacks in context it gains in visceral eyewitness value.
  9. Throughout, Payne gently infuses the film’s comic tone with strains of longing and regret, always careful to avoid the maudlin or cheaply sentimental.
  10. Driven by fantastic energy and a torrent of vivid images of India old and new, Slumdog Millionaire is a blast.
  11. Consistently fascinating and suspenseful.
  12. Conventionally constructed but remarkable for the honest, intimate rapport it achieves with highly vulnerable human subjects.
  13. Wickedly funny.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. King of the Hill has all the rich satisfactions of a fine novel.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fonda himself has given this a fine production dress, with associate Bert Schneider, and the brilliant lensing, excellent music background ballads, especially Bob Dylan's "Easy Rider," are fine counterpoints to this poetic trip along Southwest America.
  18. A concise overview's clarity and an epic narrative shape, with a happy ending to boot.
  19. Ten
    10 dazzling and perceptive snapshots of women with which femmes everywhere can identify.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An outstanding picture.
  20. Sorrentino continues to tackle major topics using an extraordinary combination of broad brushstrokes and minute detail. Passion via the intellect has become his trademark, well suited to this dissection of empty diversions, indulged in by latter-day Neros fiddling while Rome burns.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Performances by the earnest Fox, the lunatic Lloyd, the deceptively passionate Lea Thompson, and, particularly, the bumbling-to-confident Glover, who runs away with the picture, merrily keep the ship sailing.
  21. Beyond the film’s immediacy, “Maidan” is an impressive, bold treatment of a complex subject via rigidly formalist means
  22. An exquisite reflection on personal bereavement.
  23. Enormously ambitious and masterfully made, Traffic represents docudrama-style storytelling at a very high level.
  24. The writer-director's typically eccentric sixth feature is a sustained immersion in a series of hypnotic moods and longueurs, an imposing picture that thrillingly and sometimes maddeningly refuses to conform to expectations.

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