Washington Post's Scores

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For 6,806 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 3.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 The Babysitters
Score distribution:
6,806 movie reviews
  1. Like a bouquet of poisoned flowers -- beautiful, delicate and lethal. A trio of horror films from three "extreme" Asian directors, it shows how much evil fun talented bad boys can have on a very small scale.
  2. A killer concert film, an ecstatic testament to the joys of fandom and a tribute to the democratizing potential of moviemaking technology.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Initially cold and perverse to its core, the film transmutes into something warm and uplifting. Normal, even.
  3. Could hardly be more suspenseful if it were scripted.
  4. Engrossing and infectiously enthusiastic documentary.
  5. Held together by the intensity of its focus.
  6. Demonstrates that sometimes the simplest stories are the most profound, and certainly possess the most moral authority. It's a film that emphasizes loyalty and sacrifice, values that have become jokes in most other films these days.
  7. Where it succeeds best is not in describing how Luzhin got broken but how love fixed him, albeit temporarily.
  8. You may catch yourself trying to remember where you parked a little before the end.
  9. That's the movie: It's taking us inside the burqa to the woman.
  10. A compelling French Canadian drama.
  11. Matthau was merely worthless, while Thornton, God bless his soul, rises to the actual level of sociopathic. I love it when that happens.
  12. A two-hour pleasure cruise.
  13. Director Roger Michell and writer Hanif Kureishi take a deeper, edifying interest in the moral ambiguities that arise between Maurice and Jessie. And thanks to our warm investment in both characters, we're more than willing to sign up for this existential ride. We allow this relationship -- and the movie -- to take us places we'd never usually go.
  14. A touching documentary.
  15. Director Frank Oz has brought a devilish tang to the machinations here, and the actors bring a sense of a spoiled grandeur to their characters' mingy souls.
  16. Remains highly watchable throughout, for its atmosphere and the actors.
  17. Such a feast of outlandish pleasures it'll send you home steam-cleaned and shrink-wrapped.
  18. Engaging, witty and touching film, one that defies categories to become a romantic comedy, historical biopic and philosophical rumination, all in one.
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  19. Terrific family entertainment, an action comedy on a par with "Night at the Museum" and "National Treasure."
  20. Lee's finest, most unabashed labor of love.
  21. Cinema at its most intellectually honest and morally necessary.
  22. It's the best kind of movie: so alive in its storytelling that only in retrospect do you realize that the ideas represent a metaphysical inquiry.
  23. Carrey is not only under control, but funnier than ever.
  24. You don't have to love WWF scrapping to appreciate this movie.
  25. The sprawling cast, the naturalistic, overlapping dialogue (here by screenwriter Jenny Lumet, daughter of director Sidney) and the swirling action: it seemed pure Robert Altman.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An elegy for an aging rock pixie.
  26. Though far from a seamless work, the film is gorgeously crafted, and Silberling obviously has a passion for angels. But then these days, who doesn't?
  27. A smoothly executed jab in your solar plexus, a lean, smart film noir that pokes at you with quintessentially English disdain and sarcasm.
  28. Far from great but greatly entertaining.

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