What the critics say

A look at how the best pic contenders scored

“Black Swan”
Metacritic Score: 79
Rotten Tomatoes: 88
Worldwide B.O.: $120 million
The good:“What a brazen, bold riff on the cost – physical, emotional – of art.” – Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
The bad:“Despite ‘Black Swan’s’ visual splendor and bursts of grand guignol, this emotionally inert movie never does grow wings.” — Dana Stevens, Slate

“The Fighter”
Metacritic Score: 79
Rotten Tomatoes: 84
Worldwide B.O.: $83.8 million
The good:“‘The Fighter,’ its heart full to bursting, is an emotional powerhouse that comes close to spilling over.” — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
The bad: “Takes a heavy swing at us, and misses.” — Anthony Lane, The New Yorker

“Inception”
Metacritic Score: 74
Rotten Tomatoes: 86
Worldwide B.O.: $823.6 million
The good: “That rare film that can be enjoyed on superficial and progressively deeper levels.” — Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
The bad: “A clunking script, crammed with expository exchanges and urgent blather.” — Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

“The Kids Are All Right”
Metacritic Score: 86
Rotten Tomatoes: 94
Worldwide B.O.: $29.4 million
The good: “This gem features five topnotch, multidimensional performances in one of this summer’s most engaging films.” — Claudia Puig, USA Today
The bad: “The kids are all right; the script, not so much.” — Rick Groen, Globe and Mail

“The King’s Speech”
Metacritic: 88
Rotten Tomatoes: 96
Worldwide B.O.: $140.5 million
The good: “‘The King’s Speech’ is the best movie of 2010.” – Steve Persall, St. Petersburg Times
The bad: “Complacent middlebrow tosh engineered for maximum awards bling and catering to a nostalgia for the royalty we’ve never actually had to live with.” — Ty Burr, Boston Globe

“127 Hours”
Metacritic: 82
Rotten Tomatoes: 93
Worldwide B.O.: $23.5 million
The good: “The darker it gets, the more enthralling it becomes.” — Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
The bad: ” ‘127 Hours,’ about an unimaginably unbearable experience, is pretty much an unbearable experience of its own.” — Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

“The Social Network”
Metacritic Score: 95
Rotten Tomatoes: 97
Worldwide B.O.: $213.8 million
The good: ‘Terrific entertainment – an unlikely thriller that makes business ethics, class distinctions and intellectual-property arguments sexy.” — Bob Mondello, NPR
The bad: “A hyper-capitalist homage to Facebook, and an infomercial in biopic clothing.” — Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze

“Toy Story 3”
Metacritic Score: 92
Rotten Tomatoes: 99
Worldwide B.O.: $1.06 billion
The good: “The story mixes comedy, drama and action with impressive skill, except this is beyond skill — this is inspired.” — Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
The bad: “It’s for non-thinking children and adults.” – Armond White, New York Press

“True Grit”
Metacritic Score: 80
Rotten Tomatoes: 95
Worldwide B.O.: $151.2 million
The good: “Great filmmaking. Great acting. Great movie. Saddle up.” — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
The bad: “In the numbing hands of pretentious filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, history does not repeat itself in any way whatsoever.” — Rex Reed, New York Observer

“Winter’s Bone”
Metacritic Score: 90
Rotten Tomatoes: 94
Worldwide B.O.: $7.8 million
The good: “The movie heroes who affect me most are not extroverted. . .Ree Dolly is such a hero.” — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
The bad: “The main reason for ‘Winter’s Bone’ to exist is that it delivers a little voyeuristic thrill — a bit of poverty porno. . .” — Kyle Smith, New York Post

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