Washington Post's Scores

For 7,562 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 3.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Howards End
Lowest review score: 0 Boxing Helena
Score distribution:
7562 movie reviews
  1. The Look of Silence is as beautiful as it is bleak.
  2. Moolaade, in short, is a movie to rock the soul.
  3. Like most of Rohmer’s movies, A Summer’s Tale is comic, humane and much more complicated than it seems at first. The fresh-faced actors, realistic dialogue and naturalistic performances suggest a casual approach, but as the story progresses, the filmmaker’s control is increasingly evident.
  4. Chomet's vision is singularly strange and somber, and one of enormous originality and promise.
  5. Preserves and resuscitates the hard-boiled genre.
  6. Mirren's finely calibrated performance reveals a complex woman coping with a bewildering world, and Blair's growing sympathy for his beleaguered monarch gradually becomes ours. This nuanced compassion may not impress the real Queen Elizabeth II, but, for us commoners, it makes for a richer experience.
  7. With its ingenious structure, seamless visual conceits and mordant humor, Stories We Tell is a masterful film on technical and aesthetic values alone. But because of the wisdom and compassion of its maker, it rises to another level entirely.
  8. Spielberg has always demonstrated extraordinary aptitude for filmmaking, but "E.T." is far and away his most satisfying work to date. He knows how to transform the raw material of his childhood into an appealing popular fable. There are sequences that touch you to the quick in mysteriously casual ways
  9. Some of the characters make more of an impression than others, and the vignettes aren’t always entirely thrilling or well-acted. But Panahi’s movie remains a political coup considering his significant constraints.
  10. A movie made by filmmaker working in sync with his times -- an exciting, disturbing, provocative film.
  11. A thinking person's horror movie, about real horror and horrifying echoes: The parallels between the Holocaust and the massacres are pronounced.
  12. A magnificent melodrama that draws both tears and laughter from the everyday give-and-take of seemingly ordinary souls.
  13. I appreciate No Country for Old Men for the skill in the film craft. I understand No Country for Old Men for its penetrating disquisition on narrative conventions and its heroic will in subverting them. I admire No Country for Old Men for the way it tightens its grip as it progresses, taking us deeper and deeper into a hellish world. I just don't like it very much.
  14. Gracefully moving between the infinite and the practical, the celestial and the implacably grounded, Guzman has created a sensitive, richly textured portrait of time and place that transcends both those conceits.
  15. Ida
    Each and every detail accrues to create a vivid, unforgettable portrait, and all are absorbed and reflected by Anna, portrayed by Trzebuchowska with the transparency and wonder of a woman for whom not just history but secular life itself is almost totally abstract.
  16. Small moments take on larger meaning in this exquisite memoir. That’s as true of the plot — in which nothing terribly significant happens, except life — as it is of the visuals.
  17. An intriguing yarn.
  18. Its relatively minor imperfections seem more glaring when compared to the near flawlessness of the film's lyrical, scorching start.
  19. A tough movie to love.
  20. Despite the seemingly uncinematic nature of this inert, even claustrophobic scenario, the film mesmerizes, utterly.
  21. The documentary I Called Him Morgan, which charts his brief life and career, offers classic tunes and a vivid history of the New York jazz scene, while never quite managing to sell the drama inherent to its tale.
  22. There are so many things to enjoy here.
  23. The more you see of Apocalypse, the more obvious its triumphs AND mistakes.
  24. As a terrifying example of what can happen when too many angry people are crowded into too small a space, it's a gripper.
  25. Her
    What’s surprising is that Jonze has taken what could easily have been a glib screwball comedy and infused it instead with wry, observant tenderness and deep feeling.
  26. 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.
  27. The chronological looseness is part of the pleasure of the piece, which magically reassembles in the last reel into something strong, lucid and compellingly powerful.
  28. The great joy of watching a Pixar production is how it rewards not only younger viewers but their older companions as well.
  29. A 160 minute work of sustained brilliance and delicacy.
  30. So full of creativity, so subversive, so alive.

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