Washington Post's Scores

For 7,457 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 3.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Brooklyn
Lowest review score: 0 Zoolander 2
Score distribution:
7457 movie reviews
  1. One of the more accomplished and beautiful films released thus far this year.
  2. The director has created a not-to-miss gem for the discriminating viewer.
  3. Each revelation seems more disturbing than the next. But Chinese treatment of Tibetans is only half the heartbreak. The other is the amazing resilience of the Tibetans, who are overwhelmingly Buddhist.
  4. Profoundly affecting.
  5. All in all, A Good Woman retains ye olde Wilde's zing, his sense of pace and place, but most of all his snappy one-liners, and it finds a new way to showcase them brilliantly.
  6. It is through the genius of Frears, screenwriter Jimmy McGovern and this talented cast that Liam lets no one off the hook, least of all the audience.
  7. From the very first seconds a viewer believes totally in Downfall.
  8. The movie equivalent of a great read. It's a masterfully conducted concert of characters...already head and shoulders above most of the competition.
  9. Unforgettable, especially in Pearce's startling performance.
  10. You will laugh. Then you will laugh some more. Then you will laugh still again.
  11. A canny (and profoundly sexy) movie.
  12. 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.
  13. Ten
    Shows us, in an extraordinarily simple way, the hopes and frustrations of one woman's life.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. So full of pep you can't help surrendering to its creative energy.
  18. Lethal Weapon opens with a shot of Mel Gibson in his birthday suit and just gets better. Likewise we meet costar Danny Glover in the bathtub, fĂȘted by his family on his 50th birthday. This endearing double exposure introduces us to the vulnerabilities of these superduper heroes, an odd couple of cops who mature into friends as they quell crime.
  19. There's an extra dimension here, not present in the other comedies. Not only is the material amusing, it's charmingly engaging.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Not since "Ghostbusters" have the spirits been so uplifting. [30 Mar 1988]
  23. Profane, sacrilegious, pornographic, sadistic and Sade-istic, titillating and the most honorable movie of the year.
  24. Climb into this rig and you'll be sweating bullets.
  25. A hugely absorbing social drama that is, by turns, excruciating, sad and sardonic.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. An elegant drama about power and its frightening uses, The Cat's Meow is the bee's knees.

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