Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 6,020 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 3.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Oslo, August 31st
Lowest review score: 0 Accidental Love
Score distribution:
6020 movie reviews
  1. In her sassy but scrubbed way, Bynes is a real charmer, and What a Girl Wants is a likable throwaway.
  2. This is feel-good filmmaking, to be sure, but the culture clash here is more than a meaningless vehicle for fizzy wish fulfillment. The not-unpleasant result is hearty Italian fare with the half-life of Chinese takeout.
  3. The movie is a guzzle of yahoo-Mountain Dew empty-calorie satisfaction: A quick blood-sugar high, an eyeful of bikes and bosoms, and you're out of the theater in 80 minutes. And on a bleak winter's day, that can be meal enough.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    A hopelessly stupid movie that should appeal to baked couch potatoes everywhere.
  4. Witherspoon can easily carry an entire movie in her dimples, but it’s hard not to measure Alice against a role as richly written as her recent turn on "Big Little Lies." Here, she’s mostly just a winsome proxy for midlife wish fulfillment — a bubbly brunch mimosa you drink up before the fizz is gone.
  5. I can't imagine what Dali or Buñuel would have made of such bourgeois sentimentality.
  6. Struck by Lightning sticks to generic character sketches of high school student types - the jock, the goth, the cheerleader, etc. - and gives Carson the best lines. In between, some charming, buzzy talents pitch in on this short little lark.
  7. The Purge clearly has a lot on its mind, but it never really manages to express it.
  8. The title gives one hope.
  9. Stand Up Guys reminds you that these three are still way too good to collapse into shticky self-parody, even when they're in a movie that's practically begging them to.
  10. It happens more often than it should: A cast of sterling actors is assembled for a movie that doesn’t come close to equaling the sum of its parts.
  11. Hart's exasperated dervish shtick has moments of real live-wire anarchy, including one priceless gag at a firing range. Will it be enough to make Hart a household name? Maybe. But both he and his fans deserve better.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Uninspired, sure, but sporadically, spasmodically funny.
  12. If only for the sake of adults, couldn't the folks behind the Alvin films have had the good grace to turn Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel into a musical?
  13. Though a great deal of this material (e.g., Troopergate) seems like old news, Broomfield is so dogged that he makes 
 a case, in a deeper way than we've seen, that there's a 
 terrifying remorselessness to Palin's feuding nature.
  14. Has all the mood enhancing flavor of a tropical cocktail made with watered down rum and fake fruit juice.
  15. Stumbling adaptation of a Sam Shepard play about men, horses, chance, and lies.
  16. The real mission is product placement, of course: The movie seems to be set against the silvery backdrop of the Sharper Image catalog.
  17. The old-pro twosome of Streisand and Hoffman make such sexy and inviting ethnics (as a certain kind of movie likes to think of a certain kind of Jewish character) that they blithely prevail over the been-there-done-that gags.
  18. As with his previous film "Fireflies in the Garden," writer-director Dennis Lee scratches the skin of family bonds until it bleeds. This time, he uses whimsy as a salve.
  19. You could dismiss this swankily shot Latin American trifle as an upscale soap opera, but that would be an insult to soap operas.
  20. If Tyler Perry ever wanted to turn "Dog Day Afternoon" into a treacly after-school special, it would probably end up looking a lot like this.
  21. The countdown-to-Armageddon structure generates almost no tension, but Olympus Has Fallen does have lots of squalidly bloody hand-to-hand action, all of which is so pulpy and standardthat the film actually makes you grateful for the presence of Gerard Butler, gnashing his teeth in the Bruce Willis role.
  22. Moretz, who is 16 now, can't manufacture the same that's-so-wrong jolt she managed the first time around. Back then, it was hilariously taboo to see a little girl spout arias of profanity. Now, she's just another teenager swearing. Like the rest of the film, what was once shocking now just elicits a shrug.
  23. Eventually I gave up on meaning and began instead to study the profuse imagery -- and also the flat characters and anchorless performances.
  24. Phenomenon (directed by Jon Turteltaub, the guy who sedated us with "While You Were Sleeping") would be pretty unbearable were Travolta not so consistently charming.
  25. Spun is accomplished, but it's also numbing. It's hard to have much connection to people who never connect with each other.
  26. Becomes yet another lame sports farce.
  27. When the children in Carpenter’s Village flash their glowing eyes, hypnotizing the hapless grown-ups into committing a series of increasingly lurid suicides, the kids don’t seem much more bizarre — or frightening — than your average 10-year-old Nintendo freak.
  28. A failing-grade comedy about the wishful triumph of high school dorks over high school bullies.

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