Washington Post's Scores

For 7,954 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 3.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Time Bandits
Lowest review score: 0 Formula 51
Score distribution:
7954 movie reviews
  1. When Gray brings things to a narrative conclusion, the movie feels perfectly structured. If it were any longer, it would tip the overindulgence scale, and lose its effectiveness. But at 80 minutes, the film feels compact and pithily observed. And you're quite prepared to meet Gray on his next flight of self-absorbed fancy. [30 May 1997, p.N41]
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  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. Zhang Yimou's Curse of the Golden Flower is a kind of feast, an over-the-top, all-stops-pulled-out lollapalooza that means to play kitschy and grand at once.
  4. Truly a movie for world audiences with a message that's devastatingly subtle.
  5. It's a magnificent comic experience.
  6. In thriller terms it's close to irresistible and enormously entertaining. And the movie's lack of weight is part of what makes it work, part of its gripping purity. What this movie, which as a political thriller has more in common with "Three Days of the Condor" or "Seven Days in May" than "All the President's Men," has going for it is a great premise: the mainspring of this big clock is built to run.
  7. An extraordinary film in many ways, the least of which is its unorthodox casting.
  8. About as good a picture of a writer's real life as we are likely to get. It is wide-ranging, it is fair, it is thorough, and although it admires, it is also tough enough to condemn.
  9. Holofcener is honest enough to present human foibles, not just as weaknesses but as unexpected sources of humor and strength.
  10. I don't think "Queimada" is as great a movie as "Battle of Algiers," but it retains its vitality, its outrage, its savagery and its spirit.
  11. By land or by sea, there aren't many movies that can move you like that.
  12. 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.
  13. Bewitching.
  14. I'm talking cheap visual gags, painfully embarrassing moments and other sophomoric humor guaranteed to get you and your friends almost vomiting with laughter.
  15. A director with a more sensationalistic temperament might have milked this last section of the picture for melodramatic effect, but Russell's direction becomes, if anything, more brisk and more clipped.
  16. 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.
  17. Lures us in with extraordinary subtlety. Keeping sound effects and incidental music to a relative minimum, it builds its suspense almost subliminally. So when something scary or shocking does occur -- deprived of those Hollywood-style cues -- we are truly startled.
  18. A hilarious fantasy, about a plucky piglet that learns how to tend sheep, Babe is a barnyard charmer.
  19. All about undertones, obliqueness and expectancy, about the scent, if you will, of something no one can stop
  20. The movie's stroke of sheer genius is its wondrous ending.
  21. As an example of the art of casting, the movie is brilliantly engineered. It allows two major stars to each play the showy villain for a time, and also for each to do an imitation of the other.
  22. In the end, we're about a third of the way through the great Khan's life; he hasn't even begun to take down the cities of Cathay or spread his seed. That suggests two sequels. I, for one, can't wait.
  23. Despite all of Van Sant's narrative feints and coy protestations, the audience is left with one searing memory after seeing Last Days, and that memory is of Cobain. Was he, as Gordon's character suggests at one point, simply a rock-and-roll cliche? Or was he a visionary genius, as the name of Pitt's character implies?
  24. A stunner -- as big and messy as a war, as small and perfect as a diamond.
  25. Thanks to Caine's subtly nuanced performance, there's a deeper dimension to everything. He's snappily ironic at times, sometimes amazingly delicate, always engaging.
  26. Jack is just one of a dozen enormously appealing personalities in Out of Sight.
  27. X marks the G-spot perhaps, for this is an orgiastic comedy of terrors and errors.
  28. A spiritually enriching testament to the human capacity for change -- and surely Spike Lee's most universally appealing film.
  29. The film is a strictly no-bull proposition.
  30. Joyous redemptive romantic comedy.

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