Movieline's Scores

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For 693 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 69% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 29% 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: 65
Highest review score: 100 Somewhere
Lowest review score: 5 The Roommate
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 41 out of 693
693 movie reviews
    • 17 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    You want to tell Six that yes, we get it already. But then subtlety isn't exactly his thing.
  1. 1911 isn't propaganda but more a relentless, serious, fiercely nationalistic bit of historical mythmaking.
  2. It's as if, after years of playing characters with temper issues, Sandler has finally let some of that repressed rage leak out toward the audience.
  3. "A Short Cuts" full of self-pitying sociopaths, Answers to Nothing follows its characters toward a succession of increasingly queasy conclusions it tries to pass off as heartfelt and human.
  4. Less a film than a product, New Year's Eve is so carefully calculated as to be, in its own way, admirable.
  5. Number of chipmunks who speak fluent chola when necessary: three. Number of Spider-Man/Pepe Le Pew mash-ups I can't really get into: one.
  6. The reality of The Devil Inside is that it's a half-hearted patchwork of ideas blatantly lifted from better films, with characters who have to act increasingly foolish in order to allow the action to go forward and an ending so anticlimactic and abrupt that the audience at the screening I attended erupted in enraged boos as the credits rolled.
  7. Safe House is a twisted claw of a movie, a picture so visually ugly that, to borrow a line from Moms Mabley, it hurt my feelings.
  8. Bromance or romance, This Means War feels like something scrawled by enterprising teenagers who developed their concepts of love and espionage from films and TV shows they caught over a few weekends of basic cable surfing.
  9. You really need chemical aids to be able to sit through something so unabashedly half-assed.
  10. The Lorax is so big, flashy and redundant that it courts precisely the kind of blind consumerism it's supposed to be condemning. It doesn't trust kids to sit still and pay attention for even a minute.
  11. It doesn't help that even the pratfalls in A Thousand Words look tired and recycled.
  12. ATM
    Even by the most lenient of genre standards, the behavior of the characters in David Brooks's ATM is ludicrous enough to make anyone grind his or her teeth in frustration.
  13. The problem with Chernobyl Diaries isn't that it's offensive, it's that it's dumb.
  14. High School rushes through the parts it should savor and then pads out its runtime with filler elsewhere - and, less forgivably, it doesn't make getting high look like fun.
  15. It doesn't take long for Bekmambetov to wear out his welcome with a laundry list of generic-looking action sequences: When you've seen one vampire get stabbed in the eyeball, you've seen 'em all.
  16. With Tyler Perry gradually segueing toward non-drag leading man status with "Good Deeds" and the upcoming James Patterson thriller "Alex Cross," his latest appearance as the sassy, wisdom-dispensing matriarch of the title in Madea's Witness Protection has an aura of fatigued reluctance to it, as does the film itself.
  17. A sugary jumble of goofy voices, hyperkinetic action scenes and rote plot elements that rolls forward just enough to get us to the de rigueur pop song that plays over the closing credits.
  18. The film is all for teaching as a calling. What it doesn't do is offer it the dignity of also being a job.
  19. The Paperboy is a nutty movie in terms of content, but it's also assembled in a demented fashion - there's a sense that literally anything could happen, and that its raunchy, heat-dazed story could wander down any path without regard to sense or an overall narrative.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The first half hour of Here Comes the Boom is so good moviegoers might be fooled into expecting something better than an obvious wish fulfillment fantasy so patently implausible it's almost insulting.
  20. A moneygrubbing extravaganza, ugly to look at and interminable to sit through. No movie about the evils of excessive taxation should be this taxing.
  21. The problem is, whether real, not real, or some Spector-headed stepchild of the two, meltdowns are still not inherently interesting.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Sorry to disappoint the fanboys, but this is the first film in the Resident Evil series in which Milla Jovovich neither begins nor ends the movie stark naked.
  22. Aside from a few arresting visuals, Red Riding Hood is just a slog through the woods.
  23. Peep World barely seems like a movie. Withered and shrunken, it feels even too small for TV.
  24. It's not the addition of airships and male dangly earrings that make Paul W.S. Anderson's take on Alexandre Dumas' classic, much-adapted adventure such a drag, it's everything else - the incoherence, the anvil-heavy dialogue, the lack of anything beyond the broadest of characterizations.
  25. 13
    This is a lumpy, dumb, suspenseless thing that sometimes scarcely feels finished.
  26. The film has the feel of something conceived and whipped together in very little time, perhaps to make its own built-in deadline.
  27. In another light the group's - and the film's - portentous resolution looks a lot like quitting, in true slacker style.

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