Criterion has a deserved reputation as releasing some high quality films. More often than not, I give their releases a positive rating. Sometimes I wonder if my rating scale is too lenient, because I feel like I’m always praising these releases. I think it’s just that the films are that good. Over time, they’ve assembled an impressive collection that includes some of the best films ever made.
Tastes are subjective, but of course this blog is about my taste. Some films I like more than others. Some films I love might not be appreciated as much by others, and that’s fine. Hopefully in the text of each write-up, I’ve made a good case for why I choose to rate a film highly.
This section is where I “canonize” the films that I review. Every film that has a 9/10 or higher deserves a place on this page. This is based on film rating only. Some of these have not had the best supplements and I might rate the Criterion lower than 9. Because of the caliber of Criterion releases, my guess is that a third of every film I see will have a place on this page.