Miami Herald's Scores

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For 3,481 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 2.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Pan's Labyrinth
Lowest review score: 0 Halloween III: Season of the Witch
Score distribution:
3481 movie reviews
  1. A Jerry Bruckheimer production, which gives the movie a disquieting sense of stupidity.
  2. Born American was made in Finland, a first feature by two Finnish directors. Their government reportedly stopped financing the project in mid-production and eventually disowned it. The guess here is that the reason for this was not so much fear of offending the Great Red Neighbor as it was simple embarrassment. [01 Sep 1986, p.D5]
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  3. Gives romance a bad name.
  4. PG? Please. Might as well take a kid to Hannibal. At least that one was funnier and didn't implicate any noble breeds in its violence -- just humans.
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  5. With Kaboom, Araki takes a huge step backward from the maturity and restraint he demonstrated in 2004's "Mysterious Skin," his best and most-assured film to date.
  6. There are several cameos in For a Good Time, Call… by famous actors portraying the girls' phone-sex clients, including Kevin Smith and Seth Rogen, but they've been clearly been left to improvise, and they don't put much effort into their routines.
  7. Taxes the patience of even the most willing viewer with its sheer nonsense: It's distractingly illogical.
  8. A star rises in the east. A savior is born. Two thousand years later, a surprisingly dull film is made.
  9. Just My Luck is way too long for such a slight premise, and Lohan, so appealing in Mean Girls, is years too young for the part.
  10. Just plain bad. Really, really bad.
  11. A spectacularly mediocre movie.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    All of this, of course, has been done before and much better. Heartbreak Ridge isn't as interesting a training film as An Officer and a Gentleman nor as exciting as Top Gun. Watching paint dry might be less interesting than sitting through Heartbreak Ridge, but only slightly. [6 Dec 1986, p.D1]
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    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Stoops well below substituting style for substance.
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  12. What ultimately sinks The Visit is that Shyamalan, who had previously come up with new and ingenious ways to frighten us, resorts to familiar jump-scare tactics in which things suddenly pop into the frame, accompanied by loud sound effects. There’s no real sense of danger, no menace.
  13. A devastating lack of romantic connection between its two stars. Lopez had more chemistry with "Enough" co-star Billy Campbell, and for most of that film they were beating the hell out of each other.
  14. This Must Be the Place is as emotionally zonked-out as its protagonist, and just as difficult to warm up to.
  15. With such a large cast, none of the actors is able to turn her character into a fully realized person.
  16. Two for the Money, which was written by Dan Gilroy (Freejack, Chasers), is so badly constructed and illogical that its inanities manage to drown the actor (Pacino) out.
  17. Charmless and grating and immediately forgettable.
  18. The formulae of gal-next-door and big game are followed so slavishly that it's hard to laugh at Teen Wolf even on the rare moments when it is original. The script and the direction are simply too lazy, too contemptuous even of adolescent audiences. [24 Aug 1985, p.C5]
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  19. Sober, this kind of material is an acquired taste at best and downright unbearable in stretches. And yet, the movie has the makings of an instant cult classic, sure to grow funnier among its devoted fans with each successive viewing.
  20. The characters in Secretary never feel the least bit human. Their quirks, sexual and otherwise, are all on the surface. Inside, where it counts, nobody's home.
  21. Too bad, though, that whenever the characters stand still to talk, Knight and Day induces stupor in the viewer.
  22. The kind of schlocky, disposable time-killer that once might have starred Jean-Claude Van Damme, The Impostor is a relentlessly dull chase flick with an inexplicably high-toned cast.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    It's not the sort of movie you watch; it's the sort that assaults you.
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    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Cosmatos' constant device of setting up the audience, releasing the tension and then setting up again gives the movie a pacing that is all manipulation. [22 May 1985, p.D1]
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  23. The sort of entertainment that makes you happy to be grown up and able to avoid the current onslaught of trite, lazy, unimaginative films aimed at tween-agers.
  24. It's up to O'Donnell to carry the show, and he's simply not up to the task.
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  25. Sadly, Jupiter Ascending turns out to be the exact opposite: the worst movie the Wachowskis have ever made.
  26. An unsalvageable wreck.

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