Variety's Scores

For 8,342 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 Shrek
Lowest review score: 0 Outta Time
Score distribution:
8,342 movie reviews
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. A riveting account of how a soldier's death in Afghanistan was spun into a web of public lies.
  4. For all its manipulations and self-imposed restrictions, Manakamana is expansive, intricate and surprisingly playful.
  5. Throughout, Payne gently infuses the film’s comic tone with strains of longing and regret, always careful to avoid the maudlin or cheaply sentimental.
  6. Driven by fantastic energy and a torrent of vivid images of India old and new, Slumdog Millionaire is a blast.
  7. Consistently fascinating and suspenseful.
  8. Delivers continuous pinpricks of irreverent humor and subversive cultural commentary.
    • Variety
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A half-baked love story, full of good intentions but uneven in the telling.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lynch has directed his most satisfyingly disciplined movie.
  9. Wickedly funny.
  10. 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.
  11. Visually stunning even in its most banal moments and emotionally perceptive almost to a fault.
  12. Any negative stereotypes viewers might harbor about education in rural communities are sent packing by this magnificently lensed and cumulatively touching account from documaker Nicolas Philibert.
  13. 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."
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. A concise overview's clarity and an epic narrative shape, with a happy ending to boot.
  18. Elusive and elliptical as it is, this is one of the most accessible films in Oliveira's recent repetoire.
  19. Beautifully acted by a diverse ensemble, this Good Machine production is carefully crafted and deliberately paced.
  20. Ten
    10 dazzling and perceptive snapshots of women with which femmes everywhere can identify.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An outstanding picture.
  21. A story of love and subterfuge in 1980 East Germany that never quite accelerates into an outright thriller, Barbara reps another assured collaboration between director Christian Petzold and his main muse, actress Nina Hoss.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As the film patiently (perhaps too much so for some) heads toward its foregone conclusion, Beauvois gradually raises his style to a level of baroqueness reminiscent of 1995's "Don't Forget You're Going to Die."

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