Orlando Sentinel's Scores

  • Movies
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For 440 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Hoop Dreams
Lowest review score: 12 Creature
Score distribution:
440 movie reviews
  1. The best faith-based film ever made, an uplifting, entertaining and wonderfully-acted account of surfer Bethany Hamilton's life before and after a shark bit her arm off in the waters off her favorite Hawaiian beach.
  2. Kika is flamboyant and provocative. But the new film, which was partly inspired by the rape trial of William Kennedy Smith, is ultimately quite serious.
  3. A dark and brawny version of the Robin Hood legend that anchors itself in English history and loses some of the merriment in the process.
  4. It's not as scary as it needs to be or as clever as it thinks it is, but the new 3D version of "Piranha" is at least as gimmicky as those fabled 3D films of yore. With all the pointless 3D cartoons and joyless 3D ""Clash of the Titans" conversions, at last here's a picture that tosses its cookies, its coffee cups and its D-cups right in your lap.
  5. A winning narration (read by Greg Kinnear) holds things together. And there's just enough script for a good cast to run with. Harris and Madigan lift the whole enterprise just by being who and what they are - great actors.
  6. True to the intent of the Christian apologist Lewis' novels, there are lessons to be learned, many of them delivered by the chivalrous mouse, Reepicheep, voiced with a plummy verve by Simon Pegg.
  7. Precious, protracted and pleasant enough.
  8. If it's not an unerringly faithful adaptation of Shakespeare's play, it still manages enough wit and charm to come off.
  9. Whatever its virtues, Eli is a movie that can’t help but suffer in comparison to the much-delayed and much better "Road."
  10. A gorgeously animated combat fantasy - "The Lord of the Rings" meets "Happy Feet."
  11. "Gattaca" director Andrew Niccol's sense of the zeitgeist is as on the money as ever with In Time, a sci-fi parable that plays like "Occupy Wall Street: The Movie."
  12. This is still a most original take on the consequences of following your own "yellowbrickroad" when you don't know, for sure, that there's an Oz at the end of it.
  13. Aniston's work opposite the screen's premiere mild-mannered funnyman shows her at her most engaged and pitch perfect.
  14. Sweet, sentimental, silly and star-studded, Nanny McPhee Returns is one of the best children's movies of the year.
  15. A detail-oriented thriller that lets us keep up even as it races to a conclusion.
  16. The spookiest and most entertaining horror flick since "Paranormal Activity."
  17. The ending smacks of Hollywood rewriting of history. But The Devil's Double shows the political consequences of Uday's misdeeds, the delicate negotiations that keep the people with grievances in line. And Dominic Cooper delivers a career-making performance.
  18. 3D or not, the film about the mop-topped Canadian - who turns 17 March 1 - doesn't let us get very close to "the talent."
  19. It's a lot of fun to watch - over two hours of thrills, spills, elaborate sets and special effects, all tied together by a pleasingly varied (and lighter than usual) musical score by John Williams.
  20. It's a fitfully amusing, not remotely scary slasher picture.
  21. Whatever romance and charm Gruen summoned forth from these rough and tumble show people living by their own laws in a traveling, self-contained world of poverty and cruelty, director Francis Lawrence has hacked and ground them off.
  22. A mirthless, joyless comedy with nary a hint of romance, mystery or justification for its existence.
  23. Shockingly, it's funny. Often in shocking or at least wildly inappropriate ways.
  24. The problem is that producer-turned-director Irwin Winkler (Night and the City, Guilty by Suspicion) simply has no idea what he's doing. I take that back. He knows what a producer ought to know: how to latch onto a hot topic and a hot star. Winkler also appears to have picked up enough from the directors he has worked with to give his film a certain second-hand slickness.
  25. The new Funeral, directed by social commentator-director Neil LaBute ("Lakeview Terrace") doesn’t improve on the original, which wasn’t exactly a classic despite its classic structure.
  26. It's a sordid tale and, in Gibney's telling, a cautionary one.
  27. All these years after Predator, these decades past the classic film, "Most Dangerous Game," that inspired this genre, it’s good to see the idea of the hunter becoming the hunted still gets the blood racing.
  28. It's light in tone, feather-weight. But there aren't many laughs in it.
  29. There's an unexpected wistfulness, a bittersweet undercurrent to Going the Distance that could not have been in the script. This romantic comedy co-starring Drew Barrymore and longtime beau Justin Long was finished just as the real life couple was splitting up. For good, this time.
  30. It just takes a very long time to get going. Apparently seventh grade doesn't pack as much potential for amusing, scarred-for-life trauma as sixth grade.

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