Washington Post's Scores

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For 6,706 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 50% 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 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Lowest review score: 0 Whatever Works
Score distribution:
6,706 movie reviews
  1. With its spectacular scenery, stupefying effects and epic scope, is a dream come true.
  2. One of the most startling, grittily brilliant films in recent years.
  3. Something to treasure: a thriller whose style, structure and rhythms are so integrated with the story, you cannot separate them.
  4. Grand enough in scale to carry its many Biblical and mythological references, Blade Runner never feels heavy or pretentious -- only more and more engrossing with each viewing. It helps, too, that it works as pure entertainment.
  5. The most eloquent and exacting vision of the war to date... Inspired with technique rather than overblown with it, Kubrick, the filmmaker's filmmaker, lays one on you.
  6. A movie that appeals to the eye, mind, heart and funny bone; that's a pretty good quadruple for any movie.
  7. Searing, heartbreaking, so intense it turns your body into a single tube of clenched muscle, this is simply the greatest war movie ever made, and one of the great American movies.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    What the bright minds of Walt Disney have produced here is a must-see movie. Must-see, must-talk-about, must-plan-to-see-again.
  8. Through this miasma of pain and suffering, love may not flicker more strongly than a dim lamp. But it's the only beacon to consider. Can Barry find his? Thanks to Anderson's assured picture, a symphony of cinematic textures, that disarmingly simple question becomes incredibly compelling.
  9. May not be the first movie to examine the creative process. But it's the most playfully brilliant.
  10. With its deft intercutting of place and time, the film creates a powerful sense of mysticism and fate.
  11. Doesn't need the passage of time to become a classic. It's one already.
  12. The great joy of watching a Pixar production is how it rewards not only younger viewers but their older companions as well.
  13. One of the best performances -- and movies -- of the year so far.
  14. Hypnotically absorbing film.
  15. An exuberant, raucous and thoroughly endearing comedy
  16. Eastwood's elegantly directed Mystic River, a deeply textured drama in which the sins (or perceived sins) of the past weigh heavily on the present.
  17. Delivered with such high panache and brio, it's mesmerizing.
  18. The results are as riveting as any action movie ever made.
  19. Isn't just a fabulous seagoing spectacle. It's one for the ages.
  20. An extraordinary and brilliant (and almost wordless) film that takes us above ground and below it, up in the air and deep below water, to follow its conundrum of a story.
  21. This movie is not only a thrilling experience, it closes the book on a truly satisfying trilogy.
  22. It's funny, it's heartbreaking, it's scary, it's exhilarating. It's got love stuff and lots of laughs and cool gunfights. It's really long and it feels like it's over in 15 minutes. It does something so few movies do these days: It satisfies.
  23. It is sheer brilliance and testament to the vitality of an old master.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The aerial dogfight Dykstra and Stears have helped Lucas perfect as his climactic piece de resistance looks more exciting than its antecedents in live-action war movies. It’s the most gorgeous stylized combat sequence since the underwater battle at the end of "Thunderball," a project that won an Oscar for Stears.
  24. You emerge from this experience rather like a returning U-boat crewman -- drained, blinking in the light, but oddly triumphant. [Director's cut]
  25. Misanthropic, cruel, hostile, corrupt, blasphemous and basically pretty evil. I loved it.
  26. If you want to sample the sheer bouquet of great acting, you could get drunk on this movie.
  27. It's a comic book at heart, albeit a thoroughly, grandly romantic one in the end.
  28. This is an absolutely brilliant film but in a quiet way.

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