Wall Street Journal's Scores

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For 2,136 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 2.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Moneyball
Lowest review score: 0 Legends of the Fall
Score distribution:
2,136 movie reviews
  1. Here's an iffy proposition. If A Hijacking was in English, or if U.S. audiences weren't finicky about reading subtitles, or if life was fair, this brilliant thriller, by the Danish filmmaker Tobias Lindholm, would be playing on multiplex screens throughout the country.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A loopy, endearing documentary.
  2. The Trip is probably too long, but I have to say "probably" because I would have been happy with an additional half-hour of Steve and Rob doing more impressions.
  3. The right word for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is wondersful -- as in full of wonders, great and small.
  4. George Clooney's film noir sensibility in the title role feels authentic, and admirably solid.
  5. As a piece of filmmaking, it's stunningly effective.
  6. A movie of uns — unforced, unhurried, unpretentious. Though it's sometimes underdramatized, this story of adolescents on the brink of adulthood is refreshingly, and endearingly, unlike the overheated features that have come to define the genre.
  7. A remarkably fine and genuinely frightening movie about a teenage vampire.
  8. Taxi to the Dark Side adds something new to our awareness -- interviews with soldiers who served as interrogators in Afghanistan, and in Iraq's notorious Abu Ghraib prison, and who, in some cases that ended in courts martial, served prison terms themselves.
  9. Footnote does function as a character study, an exceptionally rich one.
  10. The director, Kevin Macdonald, searches for clarity amid the contradictions of Marley's life and reaches no conclusions, but that's a tribute to his subject's complexity in a film of fascinating too-muchness.
  11. A severe and eerily beautiful German-language drama.
  12. An absolutely thrilling recreation, in documentary style, of a now-legendary story.
  13. The life that swirls around Kym before, during and after her sister's densely populated, wonderfully detailed wedding seems to have been caught on the fly in all its sweetness, sadness and joy. (In its free-form style the film constitutes an elaborate homage to Robert Altman.)
  14. Le Havre stands on its own fragile but considerable merits.
  15. A splendid war movie. The combat sequences are harrowing -- all the more so for the director's spare, sharp-eyed style -- and the performances are phenomenally fine.
  16. Since you can't read my lips, read my words: See this movie.
  17. A film that asks its audience to invest serious thought, and in return, bestows serious pleasure.
  18. Christopher Nolan's latest exploration of the Batman mythology steeps its muddled plot in so much murk that the Joker's maniacal nihilism comes to seem like a recurrent grace note.
  19. This is a debut feature, though you'd never know it from the filmmaker's commandingly confident style, or from the heartbreaking beauty -- heartbreaking, then heartmending -- of Melissa Leo's performance as a poor single mother who's living her whole life on thin ice.
  20. Though the picture by no means endorses drugs, and paints the junkie life as almost intolerably dull as well as destructive, it is a welcome relief from the mostly heavy-handed Hollywood pictures that tackle the subject. [05 Oct 1989]
  21. Deeply affecting.
  22. The Lego Film has a specialness all its own. There's never been a hodgepodge quite like it.
  23. The silents, as this film suggests, achieved aesthetic marvels before sound came along to set things back for a while.
  24. By the end, though, the production is engulfed by barely controlled frenzy -- all decor and no air, music as lo-cal ear candy, scenes as merchandise to be sold, people as two-dimensional props.
  25. Viggo Mortensen's performance is flat-out brilliant, and this relentlessly dramatic thriller represents a mid-life growth spurt for its director, David Cronenberg.
  26. This peculiarly predictable picture has been calculated, or miscalculated, to set up certain expectations, fulfill them, and then do the same thing again, thereby giving us a chance to see what's coming and, at least in theory, be shocked when it actually comes.
  27. Watching this surrealist silliness, I would have welcomed the sight of a geezer on a riding mower.
  28. I laughed myself silly through most of A Mighty Wind, and was pleasantly surprised when it took a turn toward genuine feeling near the end.
  29. It's a comedy of crisp, mordant wit and quietly radiating warmth, as well as a coming-of-age story with a lovely twist -- you can't always spot the best candidates for maturity.

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