Washington Post's Scores

For 7,037 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: 59
Highest review score: 100 A Simple Plan
Lowest review score: 0 Darkness Falls
Score distribution:
7,037 movie reviews
  1. Even if it weren't in pristine shape for its current re-release, it would still qualify as one of only a handful of films made in the past 30 years that truly deserve to be called great. (Review of 1994 Release)
  2. Jarecki has created a tour de force of narrative ambiguity, and in doing so has made one of the most honest reality shows ever.
  3. The result is a perfect combination of slapstick and satire, a Platonic ideal of high-and lowbrow that manages to appeal to our basest common denominators while brilliantly skewering racism, anti-Semitism, sexism and that peculiarly American affliction: we're-number-one-ism.
  4. With its deft intercutting of place and time, the film creates a powerful sense of mysticism and fate.
  5. Where Elizabeth really triumphs over its dusty source material is in transforming all this boring history into a real, rip-roaring adventure tale.
  6. A wonderful thing to snuggle into, as full of heart and pep and innocence as the title character himself.
  7. There's a lot in this movie, simple, big, small and exciting. It's the year's first serious contender for big prizes. What's not to like about this picture?
  8. Boomerang is the funniest, most sophisticated movie of Eddie Murphy's career; it's a sleek, dexterous satire, with a slew of rich comic performances that remind us of everything we loved about Murphy in the first place.
  9. But the movie has a great deal of zest and charm, and Yakusho gets so exactly that crest of melancholy that is a man’s early 40s, until he decides to go for another kind of life, that the movie is infinitely touching.
  10. Actually, the film's more serious side is beautifully balanced by the joy we experience as both Jesse and Willy come into their own.
  11. This movie, directed with precision and an appreciation for (relatively) rich character texture by Sam Raimi, remembers all the fine elements of the original film (and the comic book story). It reprises them perfectly, including wonderfully choreographed, skyscraper-hanging fights.
  12. Superb.
  13. Want to see something strange, funny, twisted, brilliant and macabre? Sure you do.
  14. This Tarzan doesn't bellow, he kvetches; he doesn't dominate, he persuades; he doesn't rule, he seeks consensus. He isn't the king of the apes, he's a citizen of the animal planet.
  15. Anamaria Marinca delivers an utterly transfixing performance as Otilia, a young woman who helps a friend (Laura Vasiliu) obtain an illegal abortion in the waning days of Romania's communist Ceausescu regime.
  16. As much as any earnest historical drama, Secret Ballot serves as an eloquent argument for civic life, showing its human elements to be no less flawed for being so necessary.
  17. The acting is superb, particularly from the three principals.
  18. An exceedingly loopy satire of the entire American political circus, and could be viewed as offensive to the sensitive-souled in either camp. And time hasn't in the least softened its bite. [Re-release]
  19. A movie that dares you to slow down and enjoy the subtleties of life.
  20. Lilya's struggle to make a life for herself is both heartbreaking and heart-stirring.
  21. A deliciously mordant French spine-tingler.
  22. Director Jonathan Demme has nailed one with this playful, but dangerous, gangster farce.
  23. The 11-year-old Osment evokes the boy's terror and awful predicament so memorably, you'll never forget him.
  24. A beautifully textured, disarmingly simple movie about romantic devotion.
  25. Sinfully watchable ensemble movie.
  26. One of the great movie satires. And if it isn't the funniest rock spoof ever made, it certainly shares the title with "The Rutles."
  27. When you think you've figured out Bielinsky's great game, that's when you're in the most trouble: He's the con, and you're just the mark.
  28. If Mystic River is just a bit overplayed, a tad too highly pitched, it still resonates with grief and fury and feeling.
  29. The summer's most rousing action picture.
  30. One of the more accomplished and beautiful films released thus far this year.

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