Washington Post's Scores

For 7,453 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 3.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Dallas Buyers Club
Lowest review score: 0 Simply Irresistible
Score distribution:
7453 movie reviews
  1. Vallée, working with a lean, lively script by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack, neatly avoids excess, letting Woodroof’s terrific yarn stand on its own and getting out of the way of his extraordinary actors, who channel the story without condescension or manipulative cheats.
  2. To watch "Lives" is not just to enjoy a fabulously constructed timepiece; it's to appreciate a deft cautionary tale.
  3. This bracing movie...gets off to a spirited start and rarely lets up, sharing with viewers a little-known chapter of history as inspiring as it is intriguing.
  4. Won't break your heart -- it will make it soar.
  5. A small masterpiece of a documentary that takes us into the heart of a complex darkness.
  6. Taut, unsettling, haunting and powerful.
  7. It's the best sports documentary since "Hoop Dreams," a great piece of work."
  8. An instant slapstick classic from Disney and Steven Spielberg. Already, it's a hare's breadth away from legend. [22 June 1988]
  9. Captain Phillips is such an impressive dramatic achievement that it comes as a shock when it gets even better, during a devastating final scene in which Hanks single-handedly dismantles Hollywood notions of macho heroism in one shattering, virtually wordless sequence.
  10. Merchant and Ivory have regathered many of the cast and crew from their earlier films to work on this reproduction to exquisite effect.
  11. Misanthropic, cruel, hostile, corrupt, blasphemous and basically pretty evil. I loved it.
  12. A great American picture, full of incredible images and lasting moments.
  13. Inherent Vice unfolds so organically, so gracefully and with such humanistic grace notes that even at its most preposterous, viewers will find themselves nodding along, sharing the buzz the filmmaker has so skillfully created.
  14. It’s a richly engrossing drama, so long as you understand that it’s aiming for the head, not the gut.
  15. With its spectacular scenery, stupefying effects and epic scope, is a dream come true.
  16. An exhilarating, often mind-blowing history of surfing.
  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. This cinematic Macbeth possesses a terrible beauty, evoking fear, sadness, awe and confusion. Presented with the aesthetic of a dark comic book, it’s also a mournful masterpiece, rendering Shakespeare’s spectacle with all the sorrow and majesty that it deserves.
  19. In providing audiences a chance to bear witness to unspeakable suffering as well as dazzling defiance and human dignity, Sissako has created a film that’s a privilege to watch.
  20. Captain Fantastic leaves viewers with the cheering, deeply affecting image of a dad whose superpowers lie in simply doing the best that he can.
  21. Rich Hill doesn’t just make you feel like you know these boys; it makes you care about them.
  22. You know you're in the hands of a superbly gifted filmmaker when he can pull off a talking dog.
  23. Thanks to Cuarón’s prodigious gifts, Gravity succeeds simultaneously as a simple classic shipwreck narrative (albeit at zero-gravity), and as an utterly breathtaking restoration of size and occasion to the movies themselves.
  24. Only someone with intimate knowledge of the Midwest’s singular cadences, social codes and confounding emotional stew (er, covered hot dish) of aggression and politesse could pull off something as masterful, meaningful and poetic as Nebraska.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As played by the captivating Mariana Loyola, Lucy is a life force, cut from similar cloth as the perky schoolteacher of Mike Leigh's "Happy-Go-Lucky": unsinkable, unswervable and more than a little irreverent.
  25. The narrative is lean, the supporting performances are solid, and, perhaps most crucially, the emotional tone of the piece is spot-on.
  26. Up
    The result is a soaring, touching, funny and altogether buoyant movie that lives up to its title in spirit and in form.
  27. The Piano is dark, sublime music, and after it's over, you won't be able to get it out of your head.
  28. A mesmerizing cinematic journey that is often as arduous and spare as the lives of its hard-bitten protagonists.
  29. The Class is not just the best film released thus far this year. It may be the most gripping.

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