Metacritic's 2nd Annual Movie Studio Report Card

  • Publish Date: February 3, 2011
  • Comments: ↓ 2 user comments

Universal

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Summary of 2010 Films
Metascore Breakdown
Good / So-So / Bad:
4,5,6
Quality: Performance:
D D+

What can we say? We like your studio tour, but your movies? Not so much. For 2009, we assigned the studio grades of D+ and D, and Universal managed to match those marks again last year, improving its box office performance slightly while releasing an even worse lineup of films.

The animated Despicable Me was one of Universal's few bright spots last year, becoming a genuine (and quite profitable) global hit and also earning the studio its best reviews of 2010. But only Little Fockers and Robin Hood also managed to exceed the $100 million mark domestically, and the former is easily the worst-performing film in the Fockers trilogy, while the latter isn't quite the hit that it seems when you consider that production costs alone were around $200 million. And while Scott Pilgrim vs. the World was a generally well-liked cult hit, it was just that: a cult hit; early hype and a $60 million production budget means that the film was a major failure by earning less than $50 million worldwide. (And the less said about MacGruber, the better.)

A Metascore average of 49.3 in 2009 dropped to 45.6 last year, with 3 in every 5 Universal releases earning a Metascore below 50 in 2010. Here's hoping that Universal's new corporate overlords (better known as Comcast) can turn things around in a hurry.

2010 Film Quality Overview - Universal
Total Releases # Great # Awful Avg. Metascore Avg. User Score
15 0 0 45.6 5.7
Low - Median - High: 25 - 43 - 72 Score Distribution: 25,32.5,43,58,72

In the Score Distribution chart, half of all scores (from the 25th percentile to the 75th percentile) fall within the shaded box, with the vertical line in the middle of the box representing the median. The Metascore is a weighted average of scores from top professional critics, on a scale from 0 (bad) to 100 (good). The User Score is an average of scores submitted by Metacritic users, on a scale from 0 (bad) to 10 (good).

2010 Releases for Universal
Film Studio Worldwide Gross* Metascore User Score
Despicable MeUniversal Pictures$542,013,985727.7
Scott Pilgrim vs. the WorldUniversal Pictures$47,577,972698.3
Get Him to the GreekUniversal Pictures$91,390,982657.1
Green ZoneUniversal Pictures$94,875,650636.6
Robin HoodUniversal Pictures$321,669,730536.2
Nanny McPhee ReturnsUniversal Pictures$93,245,302524.5
DevilUniversal Pictures$56,832,288446.3
The WolfmanUniversal Pictures$139,789,765434.8
MacGruberUniversal Pictures$9,322,895435.5
Charlie St. CloudUniversal Pictures$47,728,821374.5
Leap YearUniversal Pictures$32,607,316335.6
Repo MenUniversal Pictures$18,409,891325.5
Little FockersUniversal Pictures$297,162,456274.2
SkylineUniversal Pictures$65,070,978263.3
My Soul to TakeUniversal Pictures$19,829,957254.9

* Worldwide Gross includes box office receipts through January 30, 2010 for films still in theaters. Source for grosses: Box Office Mojo.

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Comments (2)

  • G Pay  

    Where does Focus Features fit into this?

  • Mitch Tough  

    Tough year for Universal.... again! Who the heck is picking movies over there. There's got to be one dude in a little bungalow - like Tim Robbins' character in "The Player" who greenlights movies. Seriously - an abysmal job. Then again, this year truly sucked for movies on the whole. The King's Speech is the favorite for best picture? Wow. Good little flick - heartwarming, but it didn't stun me with its greatness by any stretch. I put it all on these movie studio execs. Pick better movies to make!

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