Washington Post's Scores

For 6,910 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 3.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Chicago
Lowest review score: 0 Formula 51
Score distribution:
6,910 movie reviews
  1. A canny (and profoundly sexy) movie.
  2. This is a spectacularly well-made thriller. It is an odd thing, really -- the movie is sexy and at the same time a warning about the costs of sex.
  3. Ten
    Shows us, in an extraordinarily simple way, the hopes and frustrations of one woman's life.
  4. Like all good fairy tales, this outsize celebration of perseverance and moral triumph contains within it a deeper idea -- in this case, the relative nature of what we think we know, and what's worth knowing at all. No doubt Dickens himself would approve.
  5. Sure, the heroes and villains are arranged in a convenient moral gallery. But the performances, Weir's adroit direction and John Seale's superb cinematography take care of that banality.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a bittersweet story, no question. But to the son's great credit, what emerges from his patient investigation is a remarkably rich, even sympathetic, portrait of the father.
  6. Ponyo isn't Hayao Miyazaki's greatest film -- that would be a tall order in a 30-year feature career that includes the Oscar-winning "Spirited Away" -- but his beautiful, quirky fable has magic other children's movies can't touch.
  7. So full of pep you can't help surrendering to its creative energy.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    After watching Gibson and Glover grow accustomed to each other, develop trust and confidence in each other and charge bullheadedly into dangerous situations, you can't help but hope there's a "Lethal Weapon II." It would be one of the few times a sequel would make sense and dollars.
  8. There's an extra dimension here, not present in the other comedies. Not only is the material amusing, it's charmingly engaging.
  9. Every moment of the way, there is a delectable sense of subtle menace and, at the center of it all, Huppert's haunting expression, part sphinx, part grace and maybe part scary.
  10. And that's the surprise of the movie, beyond even the humor and humanity of its inside look at contemporary American Indian culture. It's really the oldest and most primal story forms, the one about the old man and the boy.
  11. Not since "Ghostbusters" have the spirits been so uplifting. [30 Mar 1988]
  12. Profane, sacrilegious, pornographic, sadistic and Sade-istic, titillating and the most honorable movie of the year.
  13. Climb into this rig and you'll be sweating bullets.
  14. A hugely absorbing social drama that is, by turns, excruciating, sad and sardonic.
  15. The French originals are always much breezier, the characters more genuine and the actors subtler even if the situations are just as silly.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the most extraordinary films of the year.
  16. 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.
  17. An elegant drama about power and its frightening uses, The Cat's Meow is the bee's knees.
  18. Down in the Valley is exactly what we don't have enough of: It's singular, unusual, unexpected, fresh and familiar at once.
  19. Written by former deejay Audrey Wells, the observant and funny script includes some wonderful scenes for the leading ladies.
  20. Infectious and inspiring, despite one's best efforts to resist its charms.
  21. Takes you down paths full of primitive, almost biblical implications, but it also finds comic relief in moments of palpable tension.
  22. A witty, raunchy comedy, which proves that a well-written piece of business – oozing with sex, wit and nasty intrigue – works for any generation.
  23. Explodes in a burst of energy, musical chops and an eerie political prescience that makes it feel like something beamed from some past-is-future time warp.
  24. One of the most thought-provoking documentaries of recent times.
  25. The news is good for Bridge to Terabithia fans. The beloved children's book has not just survived but thrived in its adaptation to the screen.
  26. I love the unsettling details.
  27. That tale gets a first-class Hallmark Hall of Fame treatment in Kevin Reynolds's swaggering The Count of Monte Cristo, which is old-form moviemaking at its best.

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