Washington Post's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 6,732 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 50% 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: 58
Highest review score: 100 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Lowest review score: 0 Tideland
Score distribution:
6,732 movie reviews
  1. 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.
  2. Guilty, deftly orchestrated fun.
  3. Where Elizabeth really triumphs over its dusty source material is in transforming all this boring history into a real, rip-roaring adventure tale.
  4. Climb into this rig and you'll be sweating bullets.
  5. A canny (and profoundly sexy) movie.
  6. A memorable and devastating indictment of the oppression facing many women in Iran.
  7. It's a new new thing, classic myth from both literature and the movies, commingled, set to great folk music, and untrammeled by any sense of predictability, urgency, realism or believability but hypnotic, graceful and seductive.
  8. Go
    One of the most exhilarating movies ever made about absolutely nothing.
  9. Never has an actor embodied the passing down of violence and bitterness from father to son more powerfully.
  10. A witty, raunchy comedy, which proves that a well-written piece of business – oozing with sex, wit and nasty intrigue – works for any generation.
  11. The dance between authenticity and storymaking works beautifully.
  12. The movie's pace is unhurried by Hollywood standards, but it's all the richer in character detail.
  13. The trick of this movie is that it's so changeable: You think you've got it nailed and it slithers away to become some other new, fabulous thing.
  14. One of the most enjoyable experiences of the year.
  15. A wonderful thing to snuggle into, as full of heart and pep and innocence as the title character himself.
  16. It's simple, sizzly and very funny.
  17. 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.
  18. A movie made by filmmaker working in sync with his times -- an exciting, disturbing, provocative film.
  19. Takes both its characters and the audience to the depths, but it's a journey Kidd redeems with wit and fluency and, ultimately, a deeply persistent humanism.
  20. You realize this is a story about the life beyond this movie, about the great changes in life we never give ourselves time to consider. And for a moviegoing experience, that's a lot of bang for your buck.
  21. A big, sexy, sun-splashed thrill ride, is what a summer movie ought to be: not totally mindless, but more interested in jangling your nerves than engaging your brain.
  22. Anguish ranges from gritty and realistic to the tragicomic soap opera found in Pedro Almodovar's films.
  23. The movie equivalent of a great read. It's a masterfully conducted concert of characters...already head and shoulders above most of the competition.
  24. Steers refreshingly clear of the usual cliches. Character takes the wheel and dictates the action, not the other way around.
  25. 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.
  26. Pure energy, a perfect orchestration of heroism, villainy, suspense and comic relief.
  27. Unabashed, streamlined entertainment, and you won't hate yourself in the morning for liking it.
  28. Martin Scorsese brings honor back to the remake. He shines up this reprise of the original with original brilliance
  29. A modern epic that fuses myth with hard-edged reality, it's a one-of-a-kind, thoroughly engaging experience.
  30. Mullan's movie is admiringly uncompromising. He refuses to augment the horrors with relief.

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