Washington Post's Scores

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For 6,682 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 Win Win
Lowest review score: 0 Isn't She Great
Score distribution:
6,682 movie reviews
  1. Brings kinetic, stylistic and even sexy dimension to the Bram Stoker legend.
  2. The movie may take five extra minutes to end and could do with one less sunset but . . . other than that it's damned near perfect.
  3. The next worst thing to being there. That's how real it feels.
  4. It's a highly professional project complete with exquisite production details and superb actors, yet its subject matter is so far out of the mainstream, it feels almost radical.
  5. Maybe Thomas Wolfe was right: You can't go home again
  6. A darkly enjoyable roller-coaster ride -- Clooney and Kaufman deftly interweave the macabre with lightheartedness.
  7. The nail-biting quality of Shackleton's true story outdoes any dramatic fiction on the market.
  8. Viewers who come to this delicate creation with expectations of just another quaint or sad story are in for a surprise.
  9. Succeeds where 100 studio-generated teen romances -- starring the bland, the blunt or the blow-dried -- have failed.
  10. Makes compelling, provocative and prescient viewing. You can draw your own conclusions.
  11. It feels like real life unfolding before your eyes.
  12. 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?
  13. A disconcertingly assured tango between tenderness and brutality.
  14. Raimi offers all the fantasy, camp and hardcore horror you devoured in the comics. You can feel the pen-and-ink drawings coming to life. Dipping wittily into myth, the macabre and the modern, it's an effervescent adventure that's as amusing as it is genuinely gripping. [19 Feb 1993, Weekend, p.n38]
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  15. Dogme 95 at its best: open-ended and exciting, with a grand sense of experimentation.
  16. One truly, madly, deeply satisfying creep-out.
  17. It eases up on you, lazy as a cloud, and carries you off in a mood of exquisite delight. To borrow W.P. Kinsella's phrase, it has the thrill of the grass.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Using home movies, photos, a brilliant soundtrack and candid, articulate interviews, director Stacy Peralta (one of the original Z-boys) details the birth of a pop culture phenomenon.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Still a marvel of verve and bone-dry wit, the movie has been treated kindly by time.
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  18. It's a kind of 18th-century "Dead Man Walking" but with that earlier film's foreground arguments against capital punishment pushed to the background here.
  19. Exults in the hard-riding romanticism of classic Westerns, but it takes revisionist stock too. It dismounts at places usually left in the dust -- the oppressed lot of women, the loneliness of untended children, adult illiteracy and the horrible last moments of the dying.
  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. The film is a strictly no-bull proposition.
  22. The longest, hardest sit of the season -- you are stuck there, a single tube of puckered muscle, waiting for the extremely ugly violence to occur -- but it is driven by performances of such luminous humanity that they break your heart.
  23. A smart cartoon about the life of the mind. It's about the fuzzy border between dreaming and living. It's thoughtful, provocative, liberating and fun.
  24. Outstanding entertainment for little ones but just as rewarding for their adult companions.
  25. Though brilliant, Menace II Society is definitely a film to guard yourself against. There's not a trace of softness or sentimentality. At times, the picture takes on the scary you-are-there verisimilitude of a tabloid-TV show.
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  26. Takes you down paths full of primitive, almost biblical implications, but it also finds comic relief in moments of palpable tension.
  27. It is difficult to watch, but it's also impossible to take your eyes off the screen. It does not blench at the things that Hollywood routinely blenches at: substance abuse, dying, family dysfunction, love.
  28. A well-orchestrated nightmare that keeps you on edge until the very end.

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