Wall Street Journal's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 2,239 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 2.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Hurt Locker
Lowest review score: 0 Henry Fool
Score distribution:
2,239 movie reviews
  1. Daring in concept, occasionally daffy in execution and ultimately unforgettable, Mr. Malick's film offers a heartfelt answer to the question of where we humans belong - with each other, on this planet, bound by love.
  2. Kelly Reichardt's marvelous, minimalist epic, amounts to a master class in the power of observation.
  3. At the age of 27 Mr. Coogler seems to have it all, and have it firmly in place a clearsighted take on his subject (no airbrushing of flaws or foibles here, just confident brush strokes by a mature artist); a spare, spontaneous style that can go beyond naturalism into a state of poetic grace, and a gift for getting, or allowing, superb actors to give flawless performances.
  4. It's astonishing, and moving.
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  5. A magnificent documentary.
  6. A stunning drama about the desperate state of women in Iran.
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  7. Density of detail and intensity of experience are the twin distinctions of A Christmas Tale, a long, improbably funny and very beautiful film.
  8. This magnificent documentary, directed by David Sington and presented by Ron Howard, rises to the occasion by interspersing its interviews with NASA footage that evokes the grandeur of the whole Apollo adventure.
  9. Beguiling and endearing.
  10. A magnificent concert film of Latino jazz.
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  11. It's one of the best surprises of the holiday season.
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  12. The dialogue in "Broadcast News" is so quick and clever I wanted to see the movie again the minute it ended because I knew I couldn't have possibly caught it all. I caught most of it though, and certainly enough to know that this is one terrific movie. [15 Dec 1987, p.1]
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  13. A deeply serious and seriously hilarious fable of the lunacy of war.
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  14. So what's left for the audience to hook into? Only pounding action, elegant style, steady-state suspense, marvelous acting and, despite that droll pooh-poohing every now and then, haunting explorations of youth, age and personal destiny. It's a lot to claim for a sci-fi thriller, but I was blown away by Rian Johnson's Looper.
  15. This beguiling fable, with its darkly distinctive look, does DreamWorks proud.
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  16. A remarkable though sometimes frustrating film.
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  17. Rarely has a contemporary movie taken in so much life and revealed it with such depth of feeling.
  18. I thought "Topsy-Turvy" was perfection, a spirited evocation of the partnership of Gilbert and Sullivan, plus a blithely definitive depiction of the artistic process. Happy-Go-Lucky is perfection too, assuming you go along with its leisurely pace, which I did quite happily.
  19. The comedian has had his ups and downs recently, but the film is pure up, a wonderfully genial and inclusive record -- not that the music is devoid of anger or social protest -- of a day-long, freestyle show.
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  20. 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.
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  21. This classic tale of a little guy taking on giants benefits from being essentially true, and from accomplished filmmaking, but most of all from the beautiful vitality of Mr. McConaughey's performance.
  22. A documentary of stunning immediacy and marvelous images.
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  23. Terrifically funny and remarkably wise, a comedy that speaks volumes, without a polemical word, about the tension between rigid politics of any stripe and the imperatives of life and love.
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  24. This one is both demanding and extremely rewarding, because it's really a meditation on violence.
  25. Crazy Heart is blessed with so many marvelous moments, lovely lines and vivid characters.
  26. Much of the time, though, you're transfixed by the beauty of a spectacle that seems all of a piece. Special effects have been abolished, in effect, since the whole thing is so special.
  27. A captivating entertainment for the holiday season and well beyond.
  28. One of the great films of our time, or any other.
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  29. Star Trek goes back to the legend's roots with a boldness that brings a fatigued franchise back to life.
  30. I loved this movie, and I wish it could be seen by all those kids who turn out every weekend for shoddy studio comedies that show them who they'd like to be. Raising Victor Vargas shows young lovers as they are.
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