Mr. Showbiz's Scores

  • Movies
For 721 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Big Night
Lowest review score: 0 Dude, Where's My Car?
Score distribution:
721 movie reviews
  1. The characters are barely characters, the story barely a story, and the elliptical filmmaking style that so besots Denis' many fans could drive you to drink.
  2. Hark! A Christian thriller about the Last Days that doesn't (totally) suck. That's got to be a sign of the times.
  3. Despite terrific comic acting...and an atomic first hour, Fight Club makes a few wrong turns and ends up lost itself.
  4. Perhaps most depressingly, in pulling out all the stops for an ugly, violent climax, he (Schumacher) cheapens this vividly drawn slice of life, turning it into a tiresomely flawed, garden-variety vigilante thriller.
  5. An intermittently irresistible entertainment.
  6. A reliably solid treat.
  7. What ultimately keeps Titan A.E. from taking off is an ordinary script.
  8. Thanks to the first-time filmmaker's attention to character, Gun Shy is worth at least a shot at a matinee.
  9. Works so hard at being pleasant and ingratiating that it wears out its welcome.
  10. It's filled with far too much talk and it never justifies its length, but if you succumb to its old-fashioned Renoir style of storytelling, The Grandfather has its pleasures.
  11. Has an unforgettable artery of hot-blooded talent coursing straight through it.
  12. Has its funky charms.
  13. It's a yabba-dabba-delight.
  14. Assiduous, temperate, and a lot more honest about government and politicians than any other Hollywood film of the last few decades, Thirteen Days is nevertheless too little, too late.
  15. Features a sexy, appealing cast, especially Guillermo Diaz.
  16. Gets to the funny bone, but it could've cut deeper.
  17. The appealing cast makes the most of the derivative story.
  18. This jailhouse jam is quite a haul.
  19. Dippy, funny, and fast-paced enough to be a guilty pleasure.
  20. A vapor trail of a comedy, comfortable as an old chair (and deliciously photographed in shades of melon and banana by Chinese vet Zhao Fei), but ultimately quaint and unchallenging.
  21. This is slight stuff, but the legions of budding Scorseses and Kevin Smiths might actually learn a little something, and they will certainly enjoy a chortle or two -- even if it is at their own expense.
  22. Despite impeccable performances, this is bloodless, ho-hum stuff.
  23. For all its originality, O Brother doesn't seem to have a point, or enough spark to distract us from the lack thereof.
  24. The frequent song interludes will distract the kids (but send the adults into comas), and the anti-Disney satire rages as never before.
  25. It's a drab, familiar story with no oomph (and less humor than you'd think), and it's inconsistent.
  26. Brooks' least satisfying film in quite a while.
  27. Unsuccessfully attempts to fathom Kaufman's lunatic sensibilities, supplying scant psychological insight into what made the outrageous comic tick.
  28. The dilemma is simple: Living, making art, and then dying does not constitute much of a story.
  29. Accomplished, middlebrow costume-drama entertainment. It's not so simple that it could be mistaken for the work of, say, Lasse Hallström, and yet it's not so sophisticated that audiences of "Chocolat" would be mystified.
  30. Burton's films are endearing and impassioned despite the fact that they generally fail to tell a whole story, create a single rounded character, or inspire even mild laughs or chills.

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