Too High/Too Low December 31, 2015

This stats column is different from the usual ones in that I’ve gathered the most notable instances throughout the lifetime of this site where Critics Round Up’s score for a movie differed sharply from both Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic. These are examples of movies where there is a wide gap between the mainstream critical consensus and hardcore critics. Think of it as the best of Consensus Comparison, our weekly stats column. I hope to do this every year, or at least as long as this site stays operational.

The stats are in parentheses in this order: Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic, then Critics Round Up.

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Too High

Gravity by Alfonso Cuarón (97 • 96 • 71)
12 Years a Slave by Steve McQueen (96 • 97 • 79)
Dallas Buyers Club by Jean-Marc Vallée (94 • 84 • 67)
Red Army by Gabe Polsky (97 • 83 • 67)
Big Eyes by Tim Burton (72 • 62 • 45)
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst by Andrew Jarecki (94 • 76 • 44)
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (83 • 74 • 58)
Dope by Rick Famuyiwa (88 • 72 • 50)
The New Girlfriend by François Ozon (81 • 74 • 56)
Steve Jobs by Danny Boyle (85 • 82 • 64)
Beasts of No Nation by Cary Fukunaga (91 • 79 • 64)
The Danish Girl by Tom Hooper (71 • 66 • 43)
Trumbo by Jay Roach (70 • 60 • 41)
The Big Short by Adam McKay (87 • 81 • 63)
The Revenant by Alejandro G. Iñárritu (82 • 75 • 60)

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Too Low

To the Wonder by Terrence Malick (46 • 58 • 77)
The Lone Ranger by Gore Verbinski (31 • 37 • 61)
Passion by Brian De Palma (35 • 53 • 79)
The Canyons by Paul Schrader (23 • 36 • 63)
Bastards by Claire Denis (23 • 36 • 63)
The Counselor by Ridley Scott (34 • 48 • 68)
Jimmy P. by Arnaud Desplechin (52 • 58 • 76)
Pompeii by Paul W.S. Anderson (28 • 39 • 69)
Jersey Boys by Clint Eastwood (52 • 54 • 75)
Transformers: Age of Extinction by Michael Bay (18 • 32 • 65)
Dumb and Dumber To by Peter & Bobby Farrelly (29 • 36 • 68)
Thou Wast Mild and Lovely by Josephine Decker (67 • 66 • 83)
Miss Julie by Liv Ullmann (48 • 56 • 77)
Blackhat by Michael Mann (33 • 51 • 80)
Da Sweet Blood of Jesus by Spike Lee (41 • 52 • 72)
Cymbeline by Michael Almereyda (32 • 54 • 79)
Gerontophilia by Bruce La Bruce (43 • 48 • 66)
Saint Laurent by Bertrand Bonello (52 • 52 • 76)
In the Name of My Daughter by André Téchiné (52 • 57 • 77)
The Princess of France by Matías Piñeiro (64 • 65 • 88)
Magic Mike XXL by Gregory Jacobs (61 • 60 • 88)
The Kindergarten Teacher by Nadav Lapid (71 • 68 • 86)
She’s Funny That Way by Peter Bogdanovich (39 • 45 • 60)
Crimson Peak by Guillermo del Toro (69 • 66 • 85)
Tokyo Tribe by Sion Sono (50 • 58 • 73)
By the Sea by Angelina Jolie (32 • 44 • 71)

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