Washington Post's Scores

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For 6,643 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 The Maid
Lowest review score: 0 Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000
Score distribution:
6,643 movie reviews
  1. A terrific piece of filmmaking. It's taut, believable as it unspools. It's charismatic, with a slow buildup of tension in near-real time that finally explodes into a blast of violence.
  2. Sure, the animation work is great, but it's the actors and their subtle, complex vocal performances that make us care about these fairy-tale characters. Shrek 2 is all about fantasy, but its characters are rousingly, affectingly real -- not to mention real, real funny.
  3. Manchurian, with its fatalistic, dreamlike quality, comprises two of [Frankenheimer's] finest hours. [Re-release]
  4. An exhilarating, often mind-blowing history of surfing.
  5. A story that rips fleshy holes through your heart.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Most of Festival Express resonates with the power and passion, even the innocence, of the era.
  6. Watching this masterwork allows you to return to the filmmaking sensibility of the 1960s, when epics looked like epics.
  7. Few movies have evoked the happiness of a good, strong family as genuinely as this one. And this affecting atmosphere makes the eventual outcome resonate with great power.
  8. Wickedly funny and devilishly subversive. It is satire at its most fearless.
  9. Moolaade, in short, is a movie to rock the soul.
  10. There's not a false note here, and the entire supporting cast -- is uniformly excellent.
  11. To watch Bad Education is to revel, along with Almodovar, in the power of cinema to take us on journeys of breathtaking mystery and dimension and beauty.
  12. Its themes of passion, heartbreak and the inexorable passage of time are eternal.
  13. The sheer joy of letting go as a tale overwhelms your senses and drives the known world away -- that's the story.
  14. It's easily the best and brightest family-friendly movie of the year.
  15. Exquisitely textured film.
  16. Maintains its artistic magnificence after more than 30 years.
  17. In some ways Soderbergh does a much better job than Tarantino. He handles the time shifts more adroitly, always keeping us on track; he goes easy on the violence, and when he does unleash it, it's short, fast and ugly.
  18. It's a terrific movie.
  19. Kidman grabs center stage and never relinquishes the position. Playing mercilessly against her pinup girl image, she's an unforgettable, comic archetype—a more slapsticky corollary to William Hurt's bumbling, handsome newscaster in "Broadcast News."
  20. It hasn't aged so much as triumphantly metastasized. (Review twenty years after release).
  21. [The children's] remarkable lack of self-consciousness ... and Kore-eda's quasi-documentary style give this movie a stunning credibility.
  22. It's a soaring achievement, without ever leaving the ground.
  23. Two hours and six minutes has never seemed so much like two and six-tenths seconds. It's pure pulp metafiction.
  24. A movie with the visual expanse of a John Ford western and the ensemble grandeur and long takes of a Robert Altman picture. The movie is definitely Chinese in content, but it exudes American style and spirit.
  25. It's the best sports documentary since "Hoop Dreams," a great piece of work."
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It would be difficult to identify a single frame in Saraband that is not a distinguished composition in itself; Bergman has the eye of a latter-day Vermeer.
  26. Wings is a soaring vision that appeals to the senses and the spirit. (Review of Original Release)
  27. A small masterpiece of a documentary that takes us into the heart of a complex darkness.
  28. The genius of the film, besides Hoffman's stunning performance, is that it knows exactly how much is enough. It never overplays, lingers or punches up.

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