Washington Post's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 6,681 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 Grizzly Man
Lowest review score: 0 The King and I
Score distribution:
6,681 movie reviews
  1. Has a refreshingly keen ability to see everything from multiple angles.
  2. The sexiest movie of the year.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are some things the French do better than we do, and this small movie is one.
  3. So elegantly layered and emotionally restrained, it makes the horror at its center all the more disturbing.
  4. Brilliantly played by Denzel Washington
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Anyone interested in serious film should absolutely not miss it.
  5. Profane, sacrilegious, pornographic, sadistic and Sade-istic, titillating and the most honorable movie of the year.
  6. A chalice of unpretentious delight, flowing over with goodwill, a cheeky love for soccer and, uh, Buddhist humor.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is one fan's valentine to the music he loves. It just happens that the fan is a terrific filmmaker and the music loves him back -- and we get to see it and hear it all. What a treat.
  7. It's a brilliant, profound movie, but it's almost no fun at all.
  8. What's best about Faithless is its honesty, its lack of desire to ingratiate itself with the audience.
  9. On one level, Yi Yi is classic soap opera, with a suicide attempt, a wedding ceremony, even a brutal 11 o'clock news murder, all in the mix. But Yang's direction is so admirably restrained, it lends rich heft to everything.
  10. A three-ring circus of visual pleasure, showing us the beauty of Korean garment, custom and national character.
  11. To appreciate the movie, you have to be okay with vampire violence. I don't mean subtle little nips at the neck and, ooooh, it's directed by Werner Herzog.
  12. There are so many things to enjoy here.
  13. Majidi has discovered a wonderful cast of players to bring this gentle allegory to life, especially Naji as the irascible but generous Memar, who displays nearly perfect comic timing.
  14. Demonstrates what writer-director Levinson does best: evoke the sights, smells and atmosphere of his youth with intelligence, humor and a keen sense of social perspective.
  15. Although the cast is uniformly strong, the real revelation here is "The X-Files' " Anderson, who plays Lily with subtle gradations of emotional depth unexpected from someone who has made a career out of deadpan.
  16. Passionate, literally shimmering movie.
  17. Surprisingly powerful and universal: the search for meaning and small blessings in the face of life's utter randomness.
  18. The Blue Angel it's clear to Von Sternberg, and to us, that he's connected with some pure being of cinema, whose power to ignite an audience was unstoppable. She became a great star.
  19. It's sad, funny, shocking and completely unlike any movie in a dozen years.
  20. Wins you over with its devastating simplicity.
  21. A movie that dares you to slow down and enjoy the subtleties of life.
  22. His (Tarkovsky's) pictures, and his sounds -- such as the symphonic drip of raindrops in a wooded pond -- tell more than just the immediate story; they rejuvenate the mind.
  23. Guilty, deftly orchestrated fun.
  24. Where Elizabeth really triumphs over its dusty source material is in transforming all this boring history into a real, rip-roaring adventure tale.
  25. Climb into this rig and you'll be sweating bullets.
  26. A canny (and profoundly sexy) movie.
  27. A memorable and devastating indictment of the oppression facing many women in Iran.

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