Variety's Scores

For 8,406 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 Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters
Lowest review score: 0 The Hottie & the Nottie
Score distribution:
8,406 movie reviews
  1. Belzberg's unsparing camera sometimes portrays a level of cruelty that tests viewers' tolerance, but her fearless aesthetic is also a measure of the film's brilliant indictment of any society that can allow its most vulnerable to slip into oblivion.
  2. Jenkins brings a rigor, intelligence and eye for the slightly absurd to the proceedings that is instantly disarming.
  3. One of the assets of Stranger Things is its air of mystery, and the actors give the indelible impression that they have much locked away inside.
  4. Anderson’s seventh feature film is a groovy, richly funny stoner romp that has less in common with “The Big Lebowski” than with the strain of fatalistic, ’70s-era California noirs (“Chinatown,” “The Long Goodbye,” “Night Moves”) in which the question of “whodunit?” inevitably leads to an existential vanishing point.
  5. Uproarious. Line for line, minute to minute, writer-director Judd Apatow's latest effort is more explosively funny, more frequently, than nearly any other major studio release in recent memory.
  6. Ghobadi in this pic displays a complete command of his art as he shifts between -- and even blends -- wrenching tragedy and amusing comedy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A vastly amusing satire of heavy metal bands.
  7. An instant ancillary classic for music fan.
  8. A powerfully intimate domestic drama, Ordinary People represents the height of craftsmanship across the board.
  9. An inventive, meaty distillation of Le Carre's 1974 novel, picture turns hero George Smiley's hunt for a mole within Blighty's MI6 into an incisive examination of Cold War ethics, rich in both contempo resonance and elegiac melancholy.
  10. It's a thrilling, at times brilliant piece of staging that never forgets the emotional pull of either the tragic personal tale or the ramifications of history.
  11. In the darkly humorous Fargo, iconoclastic filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen manage the precarious balancing act of respecting genre conventions and simultaneously pushing them to an almost surrealistic extreme. Very funny stuff.
  12. Visually stunning even in its most banal moments and emotionally perceptive almost to a fault.
  13. The concert film has never looked or sounded classier than Jonathan Demme's superbly crafted Neil Young: Heart of Gold.
  14. Pacing is on the button, and the film moves inexorably, without any flat moments, toward the suspenseful, if morally indefensible, finale.
  15. Rarely has a book sprung so vividly to life, but also worked so enthrallingly in pure movie terms, as with Atonement, Brit helmer Joe Wright’s smart, dazzlingly upholstered adaptation of Ian McEwan’s celebrated 2001 novel.
  16. Though he's sure to deny it, Alexandra is Alexander Sokurov's most directly political work for years. Featuring a performance of monumental depth by opera legend Galina Vishnevskaya, pic presents war for what it is: brutal, crushing, and ugly, and yet Sokurov doesn't lens any battles.
  17. Reveals Soderbergh in peak form, as he endows Leonard’s postmodern yarn with a meticulously detailed mise en scene that helps each member of his terrific ensemble soar.
  18. Result is pure-grade art cinema destined primarily for the delectation of Malick partisans and adventurous arthouse-goers.
  19. Working on a richer and more intricate canvas than she's previously attempted, Kelly Reichardt has pulled off a rare thing with Meek's Cutoff -- a low-budget period Western with a bracing feminist spin.
  20. An impressive and artful cinematic thesis of palpable substance.
  21. The definitive screen chronicle to date of homosexual persecution under the Third Reich.
  22. Both fascinates and horrifies with its bold assertions about what it means to be a woman under a cruel, institutionalized patriarchy.
  23. The film is traditionally and effectively made; it also is superbly acted.
  24. Enormously satisfying, superbly crafted.
  25. Looks and sounds wonderful, and while more information about these giants of African-Latin music might have been welcome, the music's the thing.
  26. A gloriously cinematic documentay of epic, poetic sadness.
  27. A wonderfully acted, acutely observed psychological drama.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Enormously entertaining, Broadcast News is an inside look at the personal and professional lives of three TV journlists.
  28. An accomplished marriage of elaborate style and content.

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