Variety's Scores

For 8,974 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 1.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Timbuktu
Lowest review score: 0 Bio-Dome
Score distribution:
8,974 movie reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A respectable, intelligent but less than stirring adaptation of an imposingly dense and layered novel.
  1. While a hopelessly awkward-looking Hill provides fish-out-of-water laughs, Pitt gives a genuinely soul-searching performance.
  2. Brief Encounters reps a must-see for art lovers.
  3. An act of cinephilic homage that transcends pastiche to become its own uniquely sensuous cinematic object, Strickland’s densely layered, slyly funny portrayal of the sadomasochistic affair between two lesbian entomologists tips its hats to such masters of costumed erotica as Jess Franco, Tinto Brass and Jean Rollin, without ever cheapening its strange but affecting love story.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    James Cameron's vault into the big time after scoring with the exploitation actioner The Terminator makes up for lack of surprise with sheer volume of thrills and chills - emphasis is decidedly on the plural aspect of the title.
  4. 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.
  5. Visually stunning even in its most banal moments and emotionally perceptive almost to a fault.
  6. Seems destined to go down in film history as a technical tour de force.
  7. The result looks as much like a Natural History Museum diorama as it sounds: a respectful but waxy re-creation that feels somehow awe-inspiring yet chillingly lifeless to behold, the great exception being Jones' alternately blistering and sage turn as Stevens.
  8. 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.
  9. A riveting account of how a soldier's death in Afghanistan was spun into a web of public lies.
  10. What the film lacks in context it gains in visceral eyewitness value.
  11. Throughout, Payne gently infuses the film’s comic tone with strains of longing and regret, always careful to avoid the maudlin or cheaply sentimental.
  12. Driven by fantastic energy and a torrent of vivid images of India old and new, Slumdog Millionaire is a blast.
  13. Consistently fascinating and suspenseful.
  14. Conventionally constructed but remarkable for the honest, intimate rapport it achieves with highly vulnerable human subjects.
  15. Delivers continuous pinpricks of irreverent humor and subversive cultural commentary.
    • Variety
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lynch has directed his most satisfyingly disciplined movie.
  16. Wickedly funny.
  17. 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.
  18. A brave, challenging picture that makes the viewer complicit in the action, it is also perhaps the first film since the declaration of the Islamic Republic to confront so directly the brutality of the feared security apparatus.
  19. This meticulously designed and directed debut feature from writer-director Jennifer Kent (expanded from her award-winning short, “Monster”) manages to deliver real, seat-grabbing jolts while also touching on more serious themes of loss, grief and other demons that can not be so easily vanquished.
  20. The docu’s accomplished summary of tension-filled events as they transpired from minute to minute comes at the expense of wide-angle historical context.
  21. Sparked by wonderfully lived-in performances from Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right is alright, if not up to the level of writer-director Lisa Cholodenko's earlier pair of new bohemian dramas, "High Art" and "Laurel Canyon."
  22. 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Cronenberg handles his usual fondness for gore in muted style.
  23. For all its manipulations and self-imposed restrictions, Manakamana is expansive, intricate and surprisingly playful.

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