Wall Street Journal's Scores

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For 2,088 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 41% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 57% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Get Low
Lowest review score: 0 Premonition
Score distribution:
2,088 movie reviews
  1. What it's about is also what it requires for proper appreciation -- the ability of the human mind to hold, and even cherish, diametrically opposite thoughts.
  2. In the entertainment culture that surrounds us, words like "harrowing," "anguishing," "unfathomable" or "horrifying" don't sell movie tickets. Capturing the Friedmans is all of these things and more.
  3. Shrewdly conceived, confidently executed and outrageously entertaining.
  4. Ever since the movie made a brief appearance late last year to qualify for Oscar consideration, Mr. Caine's performance has been hailed as the best of his career, and surely that's true.
  5. Since you can't read my lips, read my words: See this movie.
  6. Ingeniously scary.
  7. A film that is both touching and generous of spirit - and funny as well. [15 Dec 1988, p.A16(E)]
  8. A romantic comedy of grace notes and mini-epiphanies -- mini, that is, except for Ms. McDormand's Jane, who is memorable to the max.
  9. This beguiling fable, with its darkly distinctive look, does DreamWorks proud.
  10. It's classic animation wedded to modern technology -- painted pictures that move in magical splendor.
  11. Nair's movie, far from being paste, is a string of small, exquisite gems.
  12. A glorious feature-length documentary -- This film will leave an indentment, and a deep one, on anyone who loves great, joyous music and cares about the people who make it.
  13. Rarely has so scary a thriller been so well made, and never has digital video -- by the English cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle -- been put to grittier use.
  14. Everything and everyone is observed sharply, succinctly and indelibly.
  15. Blissfully funny, terrifically intelligent and tender when you least expect it to be.
  16. This screwball comedy about a scrappy Hawaiian kid and the rabidly destructive little alien she mistakes for a dog is powered by ferocious joy. And, remarkably, it manages to incorporate traditional Disney values, such as the sanctity of the family, in a visually bold, subversively witty package that's as far from corporate as mainstream movies get.
  17. A movie of minimalist moments (Molly's tiniest gestures speak volumes) and lovely, almost holy tableaux.
  18. Smart, surpassingly odd, extremely funny and mysteriously endearing at the same time.
  19. The silliness of Jump Tomorrow takes your breath away, and I mean that as high praise.
  20. Charlotte Rampling is the best reason, though far from the only one, to see Swimming Pool, a mesmerizing mystery, plus a wonderfully sensuous fantasy.
  21. The links and resonances remain largely abstract -- to understand them isn't necessarily to be moved by them -- while the individual dramas of those three lives are often stirring, and the three starring performances are unforgettable.
  22. The most elegantly crafted and confidently directed of all his (Cronenberg's) films, it's a calm, chilling portrait of a blighted soul and, just as calmly but quite stunningly, an evocation of the thought processes behind the blight.
  23. An undersea treasure all the same, and a prodigy of visual energy.
  24. Operates in an orbit somewhere between Oliver Sacks and Lewis Carroll. I can't remember when a movie has seemed so clever, strangely affecting and slyly funny at the very same time.
  25. Seduces us with its leisurely pace and felicitous details into believing that something miraculous is afoot in a mundane rural community.
  26. A magnificent documentary that flies us along with migratory birds on their intercontinental travels, it's the polar opposite -- North Pole, South Pole and all latitudes in between -- of modern feature films that rely on special effects.
  27. It is, simply and stirringly, a kind of beau ideal of education, a vision of how the process can work at its best.
  28. Pieces of April would deserve your attention and respect even if all these colorful threads didn't come together into a luminous whole. But they do, beautifully and unaffectedly, because what's been on Mr. Hedges's mind is not just a comedy of alienation but a drama of acceptance and reconciliation.
  29. Calmly, almost serenely, Mr. Van Sant and his superb cinematographer, Harris Savides, reveal a vision of contemporary American youth quite unlike any other.
  30. Mr. Penn has been praised lavishly for his work in "Mystic River," in a role that was no reach for him at all, but this is one of the stand-out performances of his career, layered and exquisitely nuanced. And, remarkably, he's only one-third of a stellar ensemble.

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