Washington Post's Scores

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For 6,660 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Addicted to Love
Lowest review score: 0 Darkness Falls
Score distribution:
6,660 movie reviews
  1. A movie for aesthetically hungry moviegoers: wildly amusing, sometimes sardonic and always touching. There's so much here, and all of it delightful.
  2. A beautiful story, told in measured cadences by a master of old-timey narrative compression and expression.
  3. A sophisticatedly sappy masterpiece that bucked the prevailing Hollywood vision of aliens as nasty invaders and recast them as friendly collectibles for children.
  4. The visual comedy is brilliant.
  5. A sequel that eclipses the original. The toys are back with even more hilarious vengeance. The story's twice as inventive as its predecessor.
  6. As quintessential a story of American ambition as Welles' own "Citizen Kane."
  7. Paltrow and Fiennes are so good and the script, referencing not only "Romeo and Juliet" but "Twelfth Night," is so consistently intelligent that seduction is inevitable.
  8. For those who enjoy cinematic visits to other, darker worlds, this blood's for you. Watching Ringers is not unlike watching a critical operation -- unnerving but also enthralling. [23 Sept 1988]
  9. There are so many good things to say about this film it's hard to find a statement that really nails it. Perhaps we can leave at this: Y Tu Mama Tambien is originality writ large.
  10. What gives About Schmidt its ultimate boost, what pushes it into the stirring heavens is Nicholson, who produces the most understated -– and one of the most powerful –- performances of his career.
  11. Hilarious…The joy of Beetlejuice is its completely bizarre -- but perfectly realized -- view of the world, a la Gary Larson's "The Far Side," or "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." [1 Apr 1988]
  12. Fabulously kinetic.
  13. The film's not only funny and weird, it's oddly poignant. I miss Hedwig already.
  14. That rare romantic comedy that dares to choose messiness over closure, prickly independence over fetishized coupledom, and honesty over typical Hollywood endings.
  15. From the performances by Rea, Davidson and Whitaker, to Jordan's endlessly original script, to Anne Dudley's melancholy score, and Lyle Lovett's closing rendition of "Stand by Your Man," The Crying Game enthralls and amazes us. It deserves to be called great.
  16. It's brilliantly acted. But best of all, it's brilliantly made.
  17. A gigantic achievement, an endowment of riches.
  18. A delectably naughty experience. This sort of wit and immediacy is extraordinarily rare in a period film.
  19. A guaranteed pleasure for anyone who ever loved pop music, owned a record collection or suffered in love
  20. If you don't fall in love with it, you've probably never fallen in love with a movie, and never will.
  21. The movie fixes you in its gravitational pull. It's an enveloping, walk-in vision... As rich and satisfying a movie as you're likely to see all year.
  22. A tour de force so haunting that other films can't exorcise the memory of its radiant cast, exquisite craftsmanship or complex system of metaphors. This, ladies and gentlemen, is a movie.
  23. It's a great pleasure that -- we get to ponder one of the most involving psychological mysteries in recent memory.
  24. An extraordinary film ... that's impossible to dismiss or leave unmoved.
  25. One of the smartest, most inventive movies in memory, it manages to be as endearing as it is provocative.
  26. A great American picture, full of incredible images and lasting moments.
  27. Jarecki has created a tour de force of narrative ambiguity, and in doing so has made one of the most honest reality shows ever.
  28. The film, which begins with a single, gorgeously sustained eight-minute camera move, is blissfully out of touch with contemporary trends in moviemaking...surprising, both in style and narrative.
  29. The narrative is lean, the supporting performances are solid, and, perhaps most crucially, the emotional tone of the piece is spot-on.
  30. Brilliant and brutal, funny and exhilarating, jaw-droppingly cruel and disarmingly sweet...To watch this movie (whose 2 1/2 hours speed by unnoticed) is to experience a near-assault of creativity.

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