Variety's Scores

For 8,237 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 Tootsie
Lowest review score: 0 Wrong Cops
Score distribution:
8,237 movie reviews
  1. An instant ancillary classic for music fan.
  2. A powerfully intimate domestic drama, Ordinary People represents the height of craftsmanship across the board.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. The concert film has never looked or sounded classier than Jonathan Demme's superbly crafted Neil Young: Heart of Gold.
  7. Pacing is on the button, and the film moves inexorably, without any flat moments, toward the suspenseful, if morally indefensible, finale.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Result is pure-grade art cinema destined primarily for the delectation of Malick partisans and adventurous arthouse-goers.
  12. 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.
  13. The definitive screen chronicle to date of homosexual persecution under the Third Reich.
  14. Both fascinates and horrifies with its bold assertions about what it means to be a woman under a cruel, institutionalized patriarchy.
  15. The film is traditionally and effectively made; it also is superbly acted.
  16. Love Is Strange never feels anything less than authentic, like a true story shared by close friends.
  17. In the hands of a master, indignation and tragedy can be rendered with clarity yet subtlety, setting hysteria aside for deeper, more richly shaded tones. Abderrahmane Sissako is just such a master.
  18. Enormously satisfying, superbly crafted.
  19. Looks and sounds wonderful, and while more information about these giants of African-Latin music might have been welcome, the music's the thing.
  20. A gloriously cinematic documentay of epic, poetic sadness.
  21. Chazelle proves an exceptional builder of scenes, crafting loaded, need-to-succeed moments that grab our attention and hold it tight.
  22. 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.
  23. An accomplished marriage of elaborate style and content.
  24. An arthouse film par excellence, a consummately made study of loneliness and frustration.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A blazing, cinematic comic book, full of virtuoso moviemaking, terrific momentum, solid performances and a compelling story.
  25. This full-bodied adaptation of Dennis Lehane's involved and involving 2001 bestselling crime novel about old friends in Boston's working-class Irish neighborhood finds Clint Eastwood near the top of his directorial game with a cast of first-rate actors.
  26. Picture's dour take on the dehumanizing process of medical treatment is leavened by black humor and dialogue that always rings true.
  27. This spirited and often very funny lark accomplishes something that most films in the bygone Hollywood studio era used to do but is remarkably rare in today's world of niche markets: It offers entertainment equally to viewers from 4 to 104.
  28. But the filmmakers have invigorated and enriched the story through the use of a thousand details, a strong sense of time and place, outstanding characterizations and a display of energy and cinematic flair that marks an advance on "My Left Foot."

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