Variety's Scores

For 8,499 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 Citizenfour
Lowest review score: 0 Rollerball
Score distribution:
8,499 movie reviews
  1. Miyazaki is at the peak of his visual craftsmanship here, alternating lush, boldly colored rural vistas with epic, crowded urban canvases, soaring aerial perspectives and test flights both majestic and ill-fated.
  2. The pleasure is doubled in Spider-Man 2. Crackerjack entertainment from start to finish, this rousing yarn about a reluctant superhero and his equally conflicted friends and enemies improves in every way on its predecessor and is arguably about as good a live-action picture as anyone's ever made using comicbook characters.
  3. Tightly made and populated by a uniformly larger-than-life cast of characters , pic is a total delight for every second of its running time.
  4. Through immaculate use of picture, sound and time, the director adds another panel to his series of pictures about disaffected, disconnected youth.
  5. Offering further proof that the latest 3D technology is good for a lot more than just lunging knives and fantastical storylines, Wim Wenders' dance docu Pina reps multidimensional entertainment that will send culture vultures swooning.
  6. In attempting to make his first film for all ages, Martin Scorsese has fashioned one for the ages. Simultaneously classical and modern, populist but also unapologetically personal, Hugo flagrantly defies the mind-numbing quality of most contempo kidpics.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Pitch-perfect, terrifically written.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Carried by snappy dialog and a wonderful ensemble full of familiar faces.
    • Variety
  7. This slow but brilliantly sustained journey into madness is fronted by a remarkable performance from Ralph Fiennes and superb backup from Miranda Richardson in a triple role.
  8. Taxidermia sets a benchmark for body horror in the cinema.
  9. The film’s turn toward the tragic is hardly untelegraphed, but its emotional blows still land with crushing precision.
  10. The timing in the Clooney-Farmiga scenes is like splendid tennis, with each player surprising the other with shots but keeping the rally going to breathtaking duration.
  11. Originally conceived as one film, the two-parter that has finally emerged can now be seen as a truly epic work.
  12. Mike Leigh is at the peak of his powers with Vera Drake, a compassionate, morally complex drama that stands easily alongside his best work, "Secrets & Lies" and "Topsy-Turvy."
  13. An extraordinary docu achievement. Handsomely filmed on silvery 35mm and high-definition by Kaye himself, the shrewdly edited picture balances a full spectrum of views from all sides of the abortion debate without obviously taking a position itself.
  14. By getting Tyson to open up as he has, Toback has succeeded in illuminating one of the most polarizing, complex and -- the film almost forces one to admit -- misunderstood figures of our time.
  15. Love Is Strange never feels anything less than authentic, like a true story shared by close friends.
  16. Scabrous, brutal and hip, Trainspotting is a "Clockwork Orange" for the '90s.
  17. A wonderfully innervating cure for the common musical biopic, Bill Pohlad’s Love & Mercy vibrantly illuminates two major breakthroughs — one artistic, one personal — in the life of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson.
  18. Brandishes the sort of intelligent wit and bracing nastiness that will make it more appealing to discerning adults than to teens who just want to have fun.
  19. The film wrings an almost bizarre amount of political, humanistic and spiritual substance out of this limited frame. Kendall’s eye for untold stories, as well as his instinct for catching evocatively framed images on the fly, mark him as a name to watch.
  20. Although laid out with such clarity that any layperson could catch the gist of what's being discussed, Side by Side is not afraid to get nitty-gritty about more technical matters.
  21. Clint Eastwood has crafted a tense, hard-edged, superbly dramatic yarn that is also an exceedingly intelligent meditation on the West, its myths and its heroes.
  22. The film pulls no punches, takes no prisoners and flies in the face of feel-good pictures.
  23. A superior all-ages adventure pic made by a filmmaker who knows more than a thing or two about the genre.
  24. This compelling human drama finds fresh energy in the inspirational-teacher genre, constantly revealing new layers to its characters.
  25. This edition of the seminal example of genre sensationalism refined by the cream of Hollywood craftsmanship is more complicated than a standard director's cut.
  26. Visually stunning, practically dialogue-free and very family-friendly.
  27. The fun that Schlesinger and his first-rate ensemble must have had while working on this production is infectious, for there isn't one dull -- or quiet -- moment in the film.
  28. Michael Winterbottom's The Trip is about 20 minutes too long, but the other 90 are among the funniest in recent memory.

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