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For 1,506 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The People vs. Larry Flynt
Lowest review score: 0 Double Take
Score distribution:
1,506 movie reviews
  1. The film is confusingly and sloppily put together, edited down to the point that the few genuine jokes of Let’s Be Cops are given precious little time to breathe, before zipping into the next sequence of increasingly irrational events.
  2. Tina Fey is in the film, for heaven’s sake, and I love her to pieces, but by now we know to expect something humdrum when she’s on a movie screen.
  3. A slumming Spike Lee is still better than most directors at the top of their game, but Oldboy isn’t just Lee’s worst movie, it’s practically his “Wicker Man”.
  4. While the art of action filmmaking depreciates, Harlin remains steadfast in his classicism, even if the movie doesn’t have the foundation to support him.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 39 Critic Score
    Even the love story doesn’t work, because Moretz and Blackley exhibit zero romantic chemistry, and it’s never exactly clear why the pair love each other so much.
  5. The absolute antithesis to the pioneering punk spirit it tries to portray.
  6. In fact, The Internship rivals the aggressively bland “Larry Crowne” for sheer tepidness, if not worse due to the exhaustive product placement for a company whose real-life presence is unlikely to soon wane.
  7. There is a legitimate film in here somewhere, buried deep beneath the rubble of its terrible script and editing.
  8. Not every book should be made into a film and, as appears to be the case with Winter’s Tale, not every book can be (especially this one).
  9. Hollow, uninteresting and false.
  10. The Smurfs 2 is not so much of a film as it is a collection of images and sounds that bludgeon you.
  11. A shapelessly propulsive mess of pop psychology and poor drama.
  12. The first sixty minutes of Pompeii are awful, bordering on unwatchable... The final forty-five minutes of the movie however are, by sheer force of will, irrefutably entertaining. At least there’s raining death in the form of fireballs smashing up the place.
  13. A film that inserts banal plot devices and endless cutesiness in place of where the “good parts” should be.
  14. The sound is great, the explosions are great, the look and feel could have been turned into something special. It’s the words and plot that are huge negatives here.
  15. Thanks for Sharing can’t quite find its footing as either a drama or a comedy, and near the end it’s actively sliding off the rails.
  16. Sound nonsensical? It is.
  17. Not recommended for anyone but the hardiest of animation completists, this one is a definite skip. There’s nothing to note, nothing to grasp, nothing in which to find mirth. You could Escape from Planet Earth, but you’re better off just ignoring it.
  18. An active affront to logic, placing us in a world we firmly know doesn’t exist.
  19. Like a swollen boxer's eye, it should have been cut.
  20. Embarrassing and weird.
  21. The Wolverine reveals itself to be a film in desperate need of a point, in dire need of consequences and in a wandering search of any semblance of emotional weight.
  22. Not a very good movie; it's sentimental, pandering and psychologically anorexic.
  23. Too self-consciously dark, too aware of its long, murky, art-designed descent into the underbelly of America's addictive personality.
  24. Limp direction, laughable production values, accent-heaving acting and dialogue and more lumps than three-day-old oatmeal.
  25. Stardom just doesn't have enough anger or conviction to carry it to a satisfying finish.
  26. Nymphomaniac Vol. 1 is the worst thing Lars Von Trier has ever associated himself with.
  27. The fact that isolated bits are amusing shouldn't keep us from strongly noting that this movie really is pretty awful -- not at all worthy of guilty pleasure status.
  28. Afailed attempt at a hipster screwball comedy. Very failed.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    So relentlessly vanilla that it never springs to life.
  29. Loses touch with its characters.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Seems to be an exercise not unlike the phone-booth stuffing of the '50s; namely, let's see how much plot we can fit into a movie before it bursts.
  30. Full of sound and fury, signifying absolutely nothing, End of Days is the loudest and least of the year's end-of-the-world movies.
  31. Ephron is still a director whose movies veer uncomfortably between the good -- make that adequate -- "You've Got Mail", the bad "This Is My Life" and the ugly Lucky Numbers. Pity.
  32. Mangold ultimately can't displace memories of "An Angel at My Table," "Lilith," "The Snake Pit," "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden" and other, stronger accounts of young women placed in mental institutions.
  33. A dud. Neither sweet nor low-down enough by half.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Lurches on for the better part of two hours with a ludicrous plot and even worse dialogue, interspersed with what look like excerpts from a music video made by some naughty Catholic-school graduates.
  34. It's very much like a porn film without the porn, and that's about as bad as it gets.
  35. It's insulting and devalues the experience of watching not just this film but all films.
  36. Drop Dead Gorgeous eventually shows that it doesn't like anybody -- in the movie or in the audience.
  37. About an hour after you've seen it, you'll already be fuzzy on just who was screwing who, and why
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Vatel is really about production design, so if you're not absolutely passionate about 18th century table-settings, wigs and bodices, you might as well just stay at home and watch the Food Channel.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Stretched too thin, looks cheap, and can't quite go the distance.
  38. Gun Shy can't rise on wobbly legs, and its real potential is lost for good.
  39. The film isn't very good. The Million Dollar Hotel is an uneasy melding of Hollywood shtick and art-house sensibilities.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Appears to be several different movies spliced together, with unfortunate results.
  40. But as objectionable as its subject matter is, the most objectionable thing is that it's not funny.
  41. The movie is a mess.
  42. A big disappointment.
  43. Simplistic and non-controversial, and thus is virtually guaranteed commercial success.
  44. Recycled "Steel Magnolias."
  45. Utterly unnecessary sequel.
  46. Looks plain silly without an appropriate tone or sustaining context.
  47. Hopefully, the next time around, Chadha's imagination will be in the service of not just excellent casting and directing, but a script to match those other cinematic components.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The screenplay is far too obsessed with the setup, and not at all concerned with making the villains even the least bit believable or scary.
  48. An amazing compendium of dumb behavior, bad dialogue, and incoherent direction.
  49. Overpraised, intellectually soft, narratively unfocused, and thematically ambivalent.
  50. Derivative, cliché-ridden and old hat.
  51. In all, this film is a major disappointment with a few powerful highlights.
  52. There is no obvious reason for the film's meandering existence: it's a series of beautifully photographed postcards of Africa.
  53. It has every element necessary to be a classic, and it never comes anywhere near achieving that potential.
  54. Never more than a dull, paint-by-numbers, overly literal transcription of the book.
  55. Misbegotten comedy-drama.
  56. Mud-stained, blood-soaked and completely useless.
  57. Computer technology may be the actual phantom menace, after all.
  58. The humor is, at best, thudding. At its worst, it's breathtakingly stupid and offensive.
  59. The prolific 76-year-old British creator of character-rich, social dramas steeped in natural realism (usually) has whiffed it and whiffed it hard with this one. It’s not that it’s just “lesser Loach.” It is, in my opinion at least, humiliating.
  60. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles isn’t a movie; it’s a brand re-launch that’s going to satisfy stockholders far more than it’s going to entertain the people who paid to watch it.
  61. Floating this material slightly above the assembly-line level is the energetic cast and the efforts of writer-director Kris Isacsson.
  62. A standard morality tale, and looks especially weak in the shadow of "Eyes Wide Shut" and "Fight Club," which it resembles.
  63. Visually stunning but emotionally shallow.
  64. A nonsensical mishmash.
  65. Has some good throwaway gags -- but far too often, the moviemakers don't throw them away soon enough.
  66. An often gorgeous, dizzying assault of ideas and visual's just not very good.
  67. It just doesn't work. Worse, it's downright offensive.
  68. An excruciating misfire.
  69. One of the least endurable films of 1999.
  70. So very general in its characters and story that it actively keeps you from enjoying the simple pleasures of a movie like this.
  71. Cripplingly lifeless.
  72. I can't imagine why De Niro, who is a fine comedian, is still coasting on his gangster act, and surely Crystal can do something other than play feels a little like an exercise in laziness.
  73. A painfully unfunny movie.
  74. The whole picture is lifeless and without consequence.
  75. The real problem is that it's not a very good Hollywood film, and its flaccid style, cardboard characters, and paint-by-the-numbers plot make watching it a chore.
  76. The visual fireworks and catchy score just underline the extreme superficiality of the material.
  77. A long portrait of someone who outstays his welcome fairly early on.
  78. Doesn't have the courage or inclination to go inside of Dick's ideas, or offer any kind of structured or detailed approach to his thinking or writing.
  79. You'll laugh, but you'll hate yourself by the time you're out of the theater.
  80. We all have childhoods to remember. Art needs to do more than just remind us.
  81. As with most non-Disney animated features, Trumpet of the Swan does make the Mouse look like a genius.
  82. This overdone project dissipates its energy in strange ways (sudden shifts to black-and-white, as though hailing the spirit of Oliver Stone and that other Costner JFK movie), and makes you wish its makers had shown the same restraint the government did during the crisis.
  83. What we have here is a small story in an oversized setting.
  84. Little entertainment value.
  85. The new dud from Miramax's Dimension label.
  86. It may have a good liberal conscience, and genuine sympathy for the rare perspective of a homeless person, but this movie is a fundamentally sentimental exercise.
  87. It's all quite precious, just not in a good way: "Postmodern" to a fault, deeply shallow, infuriatingly trite.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    A terrible, tired piece of filmmaking.
  88. It’s just boring – and boring in a way that apparently has no endgame.
  89. Charlize Theron has charm and skill, but no actress could survive this role, which has the gravity and verisimilitude of a sketch from a late-sixties Nancy Sinatra TV special.
  90. A largely unenlightening work.
  91. A One-Joke Show.

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