Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

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For 3,431 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 70% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 27% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Hukkle
Lowest review score: 0 A Little Bit of Heaven
Score distribution:
3,431 movie reviews
  1. As full of terrible acting as it is devoid of suspense.
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  2. It's too gauzy, and - with its Ron Bass script - too goopy by half.
  3. At 116 minutes, this third installment lumbers along like a serial killer in shackles.
  4. This is no "Raging Bull."
  5. A casualty of its own clumsy storytelling.
  6. Feels stagy, stiff and entirely unnecessary.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Looks as if was cobbled together from stuff hanging around the cutting room at MTV.
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  7. What a mess.
  8. It's hard to say with certainty whether it's insufficient plot or insufficient interpretation that's responsible for Travolta's waxwork performance.
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  9. Often incomprehensible (a combination of jumpy editing and lots of thick British Isles accents) and hardly ever entertaining - even unintentionally.
  10. Uptown Girls gives the impression that everyone behind the camera just threw up their hands in helpless resignation.
  11. Ice Cube possesses real screen presence, and it's a shame to see him squander his talents here. He and Epps made me laugh in "Next Friday." They made me squirm here.
  12. Mike Myers, responsible for the picture's one, or possibly two, laughs.
  13. This low-budget, high-gore sequel can be effectively frightening at times, and just plain boring, too. The suspense builds, the blood gushes, the momentum dissipates. It's an unsatisfying mix.
  14. Dark and murky, grainy and grim.
  15. How'd this thing get made?
  16. Gets stupider as it moves along. By the end, you just don't care whether that cold-hearted snake Petrovich (that would be Reno) gets his comeuppance. Just bring on the Battle Bots, please!
  17. Just a big chunk of waste flushed from a Hollywood studio.
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  18. This unabashedly stupid comedy is, well, unabashedly stupid.
  19. With the raunch quotient cranked up several notches, the sequel is calculated, cynical and, worse, not funny.
  20. The scenario looms as a brain-dead invitation for the stars to embarrass themselves, and Company Man wastes little time in fulfilling that glum suspicion.
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  21. While this cheesy, heavy-metal melange of horror, space hooey and cowboy shoot-'em-ups isn't exactly dull, it isn't anything to write home about either.
  22. A high-end version of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" set in the rarefied bistros, boites and brokerages of Yuppie Manhattan in the 1980s.
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  23. Williams, going full throttle as the desperate deposed kiddie icon Rainbow Ralph, is, well, simply exhausting.
  24. This startlingly lame tale about a young upstart challenging a veteran leader of the pack doesn't update the genre, it simply recasts it.
  25. Piously acted, stiffly directed, and infused with a view of world politics that might charitably be described as delusional.
  26. A pointless modern morality play set in various sleazy locales that offer sex, drugs, assorted perversions, bare-knuckle fights, and even Russian roulette where lives are wagered for money.
  27. The execution is so dumbed-down, so dumbfounding, that sophisticated moviegoers might confuse it for outtakes from "Spy Kids 2" and "XXX."
  28. The film's one realistic performance is that of Dakota Fanning as Lucy, whose child's shame, fear and resourcefulness ground the movie in recognizable behavior. She breathes air into this suffocating enterprise.
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  29. The ads for The Sweetest Thing promise that if you loved "There's Something About Mary" and "My Best Friend's Wedding," then you can't miss this latest Cameron Diaz vehicle. Well, miss it.

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