For 4,738 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 74% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 24% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Roger Ebert's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Lowest review score: 0 I Spit on Your Grave
Score distribution:
4738 movie reviews
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Roger Ebert
    This is a disappointing, misguided movie that has all of the parts in place to be a much better one.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Roger Ebert
    The high-tech stuff is absorbing. Harrison Ford once again demonstrates what a solid, convincing actor he is, and there's good supporting work from Archer, Thora Birch as the Ryans' precocious daughter, and the irreplaceable James Fox as a British cabinet minister. But at the end, when a character is leaping into a burning speedboat in choppy seas, I wondered if this was exactly what Tom Clancy had in mind.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    It would be easy to tear the plot to shreds and catch Kramer in the act of copping out. But why? On its own terms, this film is a joy to see, an evening of superb entertainment.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Roger Ebert
    All great farces need a certain insane focus, an intensity that declares how important they are to themselves. This movie is too confident, too relaxed, too clever to be really funny. And yet, when the cowboys sit around their campfire singing a sad lament and then their horses join in, you see where the movie could have gone.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Roger Ebert
    The 'Burbs tries to position itself somewhere between Beetlejuice and The Twilight Zone, but it lacks the dementia of the first and the wicked intelligence of the second and turns instead into a long shaggy dog story.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 Roger Ebert
    Blame It On Rio has the mind of a 1940s bongo comedy and the heart of a porno film. It's really unsettling to see how casually this movie takes a serious situation. A disturbed girl is using sex to play mind games with a middle-aged man, and the movie get its yuks with slapstick scenes where one guy goes out the window when the other guy comes in the door. What's shocking is how many first-rate talents are associated with this sleaze.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Roger Ebert
    Whoopi Goldberg is the only original or interesting thing about Jumpin' Jack Flash. And she tries, but she's not enough.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Roger Ebert
    The reader of a pulp crime thriller might be satisfied simply with the prurient descriptions, and certainly this film visualizes those and has as its victims Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson, who embody paperback covers, but the dominant presence in the film is Lou Ford, and there just doesn’t seem to be anybody at home.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    What an affecting film this is. It respects its characters and doesn't use them for its own shabby purposes. How deeply we care about them.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Roger Ebert
    As an achievement, Computer Chess is laudable. As a film, it's missable.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    It is a full-bodied silent film of the sort that might have been made by the greatest directors of the 1920s, if such details as the kinky sadomasochism of this film's evil stepmother could have been slipped past the censors.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    This is a brave, layered film that challenges the wisdom of victory at any price. Both of its central characters would slip easily into conventional plot formulas, but Bahrani looks deeply into their souls and finds so much more.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Roger Ebert
    This film is a documentary about the young man's devilment. He seems perfectly happy — ecstatic, even — seated at a table in front of a three-sided mirror and practicing card moves over and over and over again. As a kid, he learned moves from his grandfather. He moved away from home in his early teens.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Roger Ebert
    There will be many who find To the Wonder elusive and too effervescent. They'll be dissatisfied by a film that would rather evoke than supply. I understand that, and I think Terrence Malick does, too. But here he has attempted to reach more deeply than that: to reach beneath the surface, and find the soul in need.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Roger Ebert
    The artistry is peaceful and comforting to the eyes but not especially stirring. Given the pictorial extremes that Studio Ghibli has gone to in the past, "Up on Poppy Hill" is weak tea.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 63 Roger Ebert
    The Host is top-heavy with profound, sonorous conversations, all tending to sound like farewells. The movie is so consistently pitched at the same note, indeed, that the structure robs it of possibilities for dramatic tension.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Roger Ebert
    Although Jack Kerouac's On the Road has been praised as a milestone in American literature, this film version brings into question how much of a story it really offers.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Roger Ebert
    It's a portrait of a time and place, characters keeping company around a simple kitchen table, and the helplessness adolescents feel when faced with the priorities of those in power. What I'll take away from it is the knowledge that now the Fannings have given us two actresses of such potential.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    Starting with Le Petit Soldat, Godard was forging his own individualistic art and becoming the most relevant director of our time.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    A few great directors have the ability to draw us into their dream world, into their personalities and obsessions and fascinate us with them for a short time. This is the highest level of escapism the movies can provide for us.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    Carl Franklin's film is true to the tone and spirit of the book. It is patient and in no hurry. It allows a balanced eye for the people in its hero's family who tug him one way and another.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Roger Ebert
    There's an unlikelihood so large in Future Weather that it nearly derails the film. That was what I admired the most about it.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Roger Ebert
    A film is a terrible thing to waste. For Roman Coppola to waste one on A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III is a sad sight to behold. I'll go further. For Charlie Sheen to waste a role in it is also a great pity. I stop not: For Bill Murray to occupy his time in this dreck sandwich is a calamity.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Roger Ebert
    Imagine music for a sorcery-related plot and then dial it down to ominous forebodings. Without Thomas Newman's score, Side Effects would be a lesser film, even another film.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 88 Roger Ebert
    Sometimes it's all about the casting. The notice of a screening came around, I read the names Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin, and it didn't matter in a way what the movie was about - although it didn't hurt that it was a crime movie.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    It is a mystery, this business of life. I can't think of any under cinematic undertaking that allows us to realize that more deeply.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Roger Ebert
    This movie will no doubt be pitched to the same audiences that loved "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel." It even brings Maggie Smith along. But it lacks that film's life, intelligence and spirit. It has a good heart. I'll give it that. Maybe what it needs is more exotic marigolds.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Roger Ebert
    Do we need a fourth film? Yes, I think we do. If you only see one of them, this is the one to choose, because it has the benefit of hindsight.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Roger Ebert
    LUV
    Here is a film about African Americans that sidesteps all the usual, hopeful cliches and comments on how one failed generation raises another.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Roger Ebert
    A three-year labor of love from a mother for her daughter. It is a touching movie that, at first, might seem like a public service announcement, but eventually takes us into some touching personal struggles.

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