Washington Post's Scores

For 7,938 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 3.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Under the Sand
Lowest review score: 0 Orphan
Score distribution:
7938 movie reviews
  1. Even at its most daft and infectiously ditzy, Mistress America is a sharp, aware and surpassingly kind portrait of the agony and ecstasy of becoming yourself.
  2. 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.
  3. A story that rips fleshy holes through your heart.
  4. Something to treasure: a thriller whose style, structure and rhythms are so integrated with the story, you cannot separate them.
  5. Insanely brilliant.
  6. You know a filmmaker is in supreme command of her medium when what she creates feels less like a movie than a candid glimpse of ongoing lives that will continue to play out long after the lights have come on.
  7. Coppola brilliantly conjures the young queen's insular world, in which she was both isolated and claustrophobically scrutinized.
  8. A sequel that eclipses the original. The toys are back with even more hilarious vengeance. The story's twice as inventive as its predecessor.
  9. Vallée, working with a lean, lively script by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack, neatly avoids excess, letting Woodroof’s terrific yarn stand on its own and getting out of the way of his extraordinary actors, who channel the story without condescension or manipulative cheats.
  10. To watch "Lives" is not just to enjoy a fabulously constructed timepiece; it's to appreciate a deft cautionary tale.
  11. This bracing movie...gets off to a spirited start and rarely lets up, sharing with viewers a little-known chapter of history as inspiring as it is intriguing.
  12. Won't break your heart -- it will make it soar.
  13. A small masterpiece of a documentary that takes us into the heart of a complex darkness.
  14. Taut, unsettling, haunting and powerful.
  15. It's the best sports documentary since "Hoop Dreams," a great piece of work."
  16. An instant slapstick classic from Disney and Steven Spielberg. Already, it's a hare's breadth away from legend. [22 June 1988]
  17. Captain Phillips is such an impressive dramatic achievement that it comes as a shock when it gets even better, during a devastating final scene in which Hanks single-handedly dismantles Hollywood notions of macho heroism in one shattering, virtually wordless sequence.
  18. Merchant and Ivory have regathered many of the cast and crew from their earlier films to work on this reproduction to exquisite effect.
  19. Misanthropic, cruel, hostile, corrupt, blasphemous and basically pretty evil. I loved it.
  20. A great American picture, full of incredible images and lasting moments.
  21. Inherent Vice unfolds so organically, so gracefully and with such humanistic grace notes that even at its most preposterous, viewers will find themselves nodding along, sharing the buzz the filmmaker has so skillfully created.
  22. It’s a richly engrossing drama, so long as you understand that it’s aiming for the head, not the gut.
  23. With its spectacular scenery, stupefying effects and epic scope, is a dream come true.
  24. An exhilarating, often mind-blowing history of surfing.
  25. In some ways Soderbergh does a much better job than Tarantino. He handles the time shifts more adroitly, always keeping us on track; he goes easy on the violence, and when he does unleash it, it's short, fast and ugly.
  26. This cinematic Macbeth possesses a terrible beauty, evoking fear, sadness, awe and confusion. Presented with the aesthetic of a dark comic book, it’s also a mournful masterpiece, rendering Shakespeare’s spectacle with all the sorrow and majesty that it deserves.
  27. In providing audiences a chance to bear witness to unspeakable suffering as well as dazzling defiance and human dignity, Sissako has created a film that’s a privilege to watch.
  28. Captain Fantastic leaves viewers with the cheering, deeply affecting image of a dad whose superpowers lie in simply doing the best that he can.
  29. Rich Hill doesn’t just make you feel like you know these boys; it makes you care about them.
  30. You know you're in the hands of a superbly gifted filmmaker when he can pull off a talking dog.

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