Washington Post's Scores

For 7,863 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 Reservoir Dogs
Lowest review score: 0 An American Werewolf in Paris
Score distribution:
7863 movie reviews
  1. It takes the rock movie into regions it has never been before.
  2. Although fictionalized, it feels depressingly real. It's a 90-minute newsreel with a broken heart.
  3. Frances McDormand enjoys the comedic role of her career.
  4. The movie's intense watchability can be traced directly to superb performances by Jennifer Connelly and Ben Kingsley.
  5. Small, quiet movie that imperceptibly takes its viewers by their throats and doesn't let go
  6. It's an exhilarating, funny, very sweet movie.
  7. Yet much of the movie's validity stems from time and place recreated with such authenticity that you can sense the wet chill in the morning air and the new wax pungent on the old gym floor. [27 Feb 1987, Weekend, p.n29]
  8. The best advice to filmgoers who appreciate smart, mature, humanist movies is, simply, Go.
  9. Makes for fascinating cinema.
  10. Unabashed, streamlined entertainment, and you won't hate yourself in the morning for liking it.
  11. Sean Penn sings a powerful and poetic hymn to America with Into the Wild, his sweeping, sensitive and deeply affecting adaptation of Jon Krakauer's best-selling book.
  12. I don't pretend to understand a darned thing about Jean-Luc Godard's In Praise of Love...But it's undeniably powerful and, if you're up for the experience, exhilarating.
  13. Exploding on the screen in a riot of movement, music and color.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is one fan's valentine to the music he loves. It just happens that the fan is a terrific filmmaker and the music loves him back -- and we get to see it and hear it all. What a treat.
  14. Tells a tale of fortitude that comes not from muscle but from the ineffable, bungee-like sinew that is the human spirit.
  15. Paris is a funny, sad, romantic and deeply felt love letter to a great city. If you can't book a trip now, it's the next best thing.
  16. Van Sant's sensibility is wholly original, wholly fresh. "My Own Private Idaho" adds a new ingredient: a kind of boho sweetness. I loved it.
  17. It's sad, funny, shocking and completely unlike any movie in a dozen years.
  18. A brilliantly amusing couple of hours.
  19. 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mysteries still surround many aspects of bird migration. This film unravels exactly none of them. Rather, in some of the most remarkable footage you'll ever see, the film lets you look over the shoulders of migrating birds.
  20. The movie, a lyrical blend of documentary and fiction filmmaking techniques, offers a bold example of the rewards of crossing boundaries -- stylistic, cultural, temporal and even commercial.
  21. Fabulous mental escape. It's fun and playful, rather than dark and foreboding. And there doesn't seem to be an original cyber-bone in the movie's body. But it's put together in a fabulous package.
  22. Anyhow, either as history at its most inspiring or moviemaking at its most exciting, The Tunnel is a trip.
  23. For my generation, Revenge of the Sith is a brilliant consummation to a promise made a long time ago, far, far away, in a galaxy called 1977.
  24. Observed mostly from Remy's rat's-eye view, Gusteau's kitchen is a memorable world-in-miniature with its vivid old-fashioned stoves, bright, brassy pots and general air of frenzied industry; never did sliced red onions or simmering soup look so fresh and real.
  25. So full of creativity, so subversive, so alive.
  26. May be too much suspense for some, but it's vividly powerful.
  27. 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mississippi Burning speeds down the complicated, painful path of civil rights in search of a good thriller. Surprisingly, it finds it

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