Wall Street Journal's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 2,143 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 Zero Dark Thirty
Lowest review score: 0 Because I Said So
Score distribution:
2,143 movie reviews
  1. As odd as it may sound, it's a remarkably beautiful movie.
  2. Benjamin Button is all of a visionary piece, and it's a soul-filling vision.
  3. Unstrung Heroes is a revelation. [15 Sep 1995]
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  4. Everything and everyone is observed sharply, succinctly and indelibly.
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  5. Rousing, provocative film.
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  6. Ultimately an original film that forces us, time and again, to reconsider what we think we've just seen, and what we're sure we feel - not only about mere appearance, or fateful gender, but about who, under our skin, we truly are.
  7. Shall We Kiss? gives us storytelling as art. Emmanuel Mouret's romantic drama, in French with English subtitles, is expert, intricate, ineffably droll, ultimately provocative and entirely enchanting.
  8. Calmly, almost serenely, Mr. Van Sant and his superb cinematographer, Harris Savides, reveal a vision of contemporary American youth quite unlike any other.
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  9. 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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  10. 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.
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  11. Once in a great while a film seems right in every detail. Andre Techine's Strayed ("Les Egares") is such a film.
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  12. It's nothing less than a miracle that the director, Craig Gillespie, and the writer, Nancy Oliver, have been able to make such an endearing, intelligent and tender comedy from a premise that, in other hands, might sustain a five-minute sketch on TV.
  13. Who knew that Unstoppable would be sensational? Talk about well-kept- and welcome-surprises. Tony Scott's latest thriller turns out to be pure cinema in the classic sense of the term. It's a motion picture about motion, an action symphony that gives new meaning to the notion of a one-track mind.
  14. 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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  15. Truly transporting film.
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  16. The silliness of Jump Tomorrow takes your breath away, and I mean that as high praise.
  17. Mr. Tykwer's hands the movie changes almost magically from drama to chase to romance. As it does so its moral weight lessens; by the end there is less than what first engaged the mind. What meets the eye, though, is unforgettable.
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  18. It's a joyous movie, the best one I've seen in a very long time.
  19. Judged, though, as the action extravaganza it means to be, Rise of the Planet of the Apes wins high marks for originality, and takes top honors for spectacle.
  20. A drama of rare distinction, and wonderfully funny in the bargain.
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  21. This hugely entertaining thriller is what's needed to banish a winter-long case of movie blues.
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  22. Beautiful moments abound. In Departures, the contemplation of death prepares the way for an appreciation of life.
  23. One of those rare and complex dramas that you can enter, not simply watch.
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  24. A spectacular record of rehearsals for a show that wasn't to be.
  25. The actress gets immeasurable help from the writing: Lisbeth's anger is matched by her intelligence and her physical prowess, which enables her to administer as well as absorb pain in megadoses. But none of it would register without Ms. Rapace's singular combination of eerie beauty and feral intensity. She's a movie star unlike any other.
  26. It is marvelously funny - a screwball comedy with more layers than a pearl - and visually sumptuous.
  27. The film takes itself frivolously when that's appropriate--some of it is charmingly silly--and seriously when, as is often the case, all sorts of good surprises are unleashed.
  28. Joseph Levy's sneakily stirring documentary opens up feelings you would never have expected from the premise — a portrait of three American restaurants.
  29. A film that is both touching and generous of spirit - and funny as well. [15 Dec 1988, p.A16(E)]
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  30. Ingeniously scary.
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