Wall Street Journal's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 2,523 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 56% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Mr. Turner
Lowest review score: 0 The Last Airbender
Score distribution:
2523 movie reviews
  1. Essentially a coming-of-age story set in working-class North Carolina in the 1970s. But it's so startlingly original that it transcends the genre. This is a wonderful film, from puckish start to momentous finish.
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  2. The most imaginative movie to come along in ages. [18 Oct 1994, p.A14(W)]
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  3. As wish-fulfillments go, this is a movie lover's dream.
  4. A drama of rare distinction, and wonderfully funny in the bargain.
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  5. This movie will stir your heart and open your mind. It's a group portrait of practicing patriots.
  6. The Ghost Writer is so rich you may feel you paid too little for your ticket when the whole thing meets its very Polanski-ish climax. Please don't tell anyone.
  7. James Marsh's documentary raises the bar for the genre to skyscraper height.
  8. One of those rare and complex dramas that you can enter, not simply watch.
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  9. A magnificent documentary.
  10. Excites us with words not spoken, passions not played out. A mood story more than a love story, it's all about sustaining a state of exquisite melancholy in the face of desire.
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  11. Felix (Duvall) simply wants to host his own goodbye, maybe have a band, and the reasons why are the reasons Get Low is essential viewing. That, and the acting.
  12. One of those rare collaborations that artists dream of, and that film lovers crave.
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  13. It’s a masterpiece — an overused word, but not the wrong one.
  14. Once proves to be as smart and funny as it is sweet; it swirls with ambiguity and conflict beneath a simple surface. In all of 88 minutes, Mr. Carney's singular fable follows its guy and girl through a week of musical and emotional growth that could suffice for a lifetime.
  15. There are not a lot of moments in documentary cinema that equal Citizenfour. Ms. Poitras was already at work on a film about government surveillance when Mr. Snowden presented himself, and she’s something of a lightning rod, too, one with little evident sympathy for Obama administration data mining.
  16. The characters are really minimalist masterpieces, sculpted, polished and uncompromisingly female.
  17. Damien Chazelle’s musical, consistently daring and occasionally sublime, does what the movies have all but forgotten how to do — sweep us up into a dream of love that’s enhanced in an urgent present by the mythic power of Hollywood’s past.
  18. It’s all too seldom that a feature film combines brilliant acting with a spellbinding flow of language.
  19. Thoroughly entertaining, startling and highly erotic film.
  20. The film doesn't play it safe, so neither will I. Instead, I'll say that it finds Mr. Tarantino perched improbably but securely on the top of a production that's wildly extravagant, ferociously violent, ludicrously lurid and outrageously entertaining, yet also, remarkably, very much about the pernicious lunacy of racism and, yes, slavery's singular horrors.
  21. The members of the cast represent ensemble, naturalistic acting at its finest.
  22. Against all odds, an unquenchable artist has made yet another piece of powerful art.
  23. This isn’t only a wise and graceful film but, in its tossed-off way, a great one, with a debut performance — by a young actress named Lou Roy-Lecollinet — that will prove to be unforgettable.
  24. What you call Mr. Shults’s first film is spectacular.
  25. Giddily funny in a singularly American idiom, and shot, by Lance Acord, with an eagle eye for cultural absurdities, Ms. Coppola's film is also a meditation on love and longing, shot through with a sensibility that's all the more surprising for being so unfashionably tender.
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  26. Brilliantly funny and moving comedy.
  27. The pulp-fictional hero is inhabited by the charismatic Andy Lau who, together with Chinese stars Bingbing Li, Ms. Lau and Tony Leung Ka-fai, makes Detective Dee the most purely entertaining film of our vanishing summer.
  28. Mr. Day-Lewis works famously, and phenomenally, from the inside out. The mystery at the core of his gorgeous performance, which is enhanced by Mr. Kushner's script, has to do with his masterly grasp of Lincoln's quicksilver spirit.
  29. Transcends its star's controversial career and, in the bargain, stands head, shoulders and heart above every other Hollywood movie that we've seen so far this year.
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  30. One of the great films of our time, or any other.
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