Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 5,318 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 68% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 30% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Far From Heaven
Lowest review score: 0 Crime and Punishment in Suburbia
Score distribution:
5,318 movie reviews
  1. Little more than a plodding celebration of global television trumping everything in its midst.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    Cute, but there's no movie here -- just a transcultural replication.
  2. Buscemi is stymied here by the inertia of his material.
  3. Director Gaspar Noé proved a shock poet in "Irreversible" (2003). In Enter the Void, he's a shockingly tedious show-off.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    Linney is too sensitive and capable an actress to play a stock villain like this. That everyone in the movie dislikes her makes you dislike everyone in the movie.
  4. Presents undercover law enforcement less as a profession than as an accessory, an excuse to pout and glower chicly, to stand around in nightclubs acting like a sullen version of the Last American Rebel.
  5. The dumbing down of low-IQ sentimentality.
  6. The role of a poised daddy's girl is a dull one for Holmes, who looks pained, in a nonspecific way, throughout her capers; the movie itself, with a screenplay by Jessica Bendinger and Kate Kondell, is a dull one for director Forest Whitaker.
  7. This is a movie of fake conflict, fake heart, even fake doggy love.
  8. What slays them in the second balcony, though, flattens on the screen.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    The result is a Halloween movie in horror limbo.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    Another pulpy Creepshow movie would be more welcome than a second installment of this stiff stuff.
  9. A drippy, uninvolving movie adaptation.
  10. The sides to consider in Taking Sides are all but obscured by cinematic pomposity at best, Holocaust porn at worst.
  11. A cumbersome dud, grows draggier with each new revelation.
  12. The lushness of a Modigliani is largely absent from Modigliani.
  13. The film is so committed to its view of Ezra as a pawn in the psychotic game of postcolonial Africa that he is never allowed, as a character, to become more than a pawn.
  14. After a brisk start, the script turns out to be a rough and humorless beast slouching its way towards utter ludicrousness.
    • 1 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    Even with the low expectations any reasonable viewer brings to a Shore flick, this rates only stupid-plus. The bongs-and-pajamas set, though, should be riveted.
  15. If any actor could reveal the squirmy soul of a war criminal, it's Caine, so it feels like a cheat when The Statement gives him nothing to portray but self-condemnation.
  16. There's nothing overtly better or worse about this sequel. But the ''kids'' look to be pushing 30 now -- an awkward age for theme-park performers.
  17. This suburban gothic is a logy, convoluted mess.
  18. The faux espionage plot, with its winks at terrorism, is really just a convoluted plea for the relevance of precious indie artistes (i.e., Hal Hartley).
  19. Keeps teasing you with intimations of the libidinous animal within.
  20. Best to forget the movie version exists and keep your happy childhood memories intact.
  21. Parents can trust that none of their wee ones will ask for a stuffed water horse for Christmas. The star of this Scottish fable, about the mythical Loch Ness monster, looks like a raw chicken breast with teeth when he hatches.
  22. It's a shame that this glossy production doesn't seem to realize it's actually promoting an altogether different message: when moms dare to leave the house, everything goes wrong.
  23. The Nativity Story is a film of tame picture-book sincerity, but that's not the same thing as devotion. The movie is too tepid to feel, or see, the light.
  24. The movie, a piece of luridly baroque metaphysical trash, is about a Vietnam veteran who keeps getting jolted by demonic visions.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    A movie based on a doll line, is an M&M-colored high school fantasia for aspirational 10- and 12-year-old girls who'll be shocked (or, hopefully, delighted) when they get to ninth grade and find out life isn't so super-Bratz-fabulous.

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