Premiere's Scores

  • Movies
For 1,070 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Quantum of Solace
Lowest review score: 0 Pretty Persuasion
Score distribution:
1,070 movie reviews
  1. Fails in what amounts to its only distinct purpose: to smugly push the envelope of depravity farther than anyone else.
  2. Thoroughly irritating little film.
  3. So go on, pay your ten bucks and get your hate on.
  4. Director Julie Taymor's gargantuan all-Beatles-songs musical is that rarest of animals, the perfect disaster that fulfills expectations by defying them.
  5. This one's been sitting on shelves for two years -- never good news -- and you can almost see the dollar signs in the cast's eyes.
  6. Its climactic highway shootout, and much else in the picture, is rendered in the best Paul Greengrass manner that Hollywood money can buy. But where Greengrass pictures aim to keep one on the edge of one's seat throughout, the tension here, such as it is, is designed to stoke audience bloodlust. If that's your kind of thing, The Kingdom certainly satisfies.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    One of those infuriating films that can't allow this already dramatic situation to fester and develop on its own.
  7. Filmed in 2005, the first of two Cusack widower flicks this season (the weepier and more indie "Grace is Gone" hits theaters in December) Martian Child is also a Franken-schmaltz monster of cobbled-together Cusack movie parts.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    For a movie built around a brightly-colored, magical toy store, Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium is surprisingly forgettable. In fact, it's most wondrous feat is just how it manages to waste good actors and fine performances.
  8. This terminally ill, terminally awful dramedy marks a sad cinematic milestone: The Bucket List is the first film in history to feature a truly wretched Nicholson performance -- and we're not talking about the character he plays.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Takes a long time to say nothing new, which is a shame because it wastes fine performances across the board (it's a nice reminder that Farrell, can, in fact, act), and, well, a really effective score by Philip Glass.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    With his preferences for static, colorless visuals and exposition-laden dialogue over conversation, director Valette has now set the bar for the worst film of 2008.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    A disaster, representing a number of negative firsts for Shyamalan.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The leaden performances (Erik Scott Smith is the worst offender), the unlistenable musical interludes, the amateurish caricatures, and the short stories' lack of overall cohesion make this a garden party you should take a rain check on.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    It's tough to get through because it's so slow; the beautiful Kristen Bell, who we love in almost everything, doesn't fit in with a bunch of nerds.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    When the hits finally do come, they are really only capable of scaring 13-year-olds making their first trip into the horror genre.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    We don't needlessly hate on the romantic comedies, but this one takes the corniness and predictability of the genre to a whole new level.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Feels like a re-hash.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    There is also a sense that the filmmakers weren't quite certain if they wanted to make a fun, kid-friendly adventure or a bawdy adult-skewed comedy. Walking the tightrope doesn't work.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    If you are a fan of brainless comedy that willed with bits that seque magically into some semblance of a plot…then The Goods is for you.
  9. A charmless, vandalized version of a classic.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Chris Columbus, true to his namesake, has chartered new waters of lazy hackdom with this "Clash of the Titans" remade as a CW tween soap.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    When your movie is nothing more than a cheap and uninteresting homage, best not to call attention to that fact with a ten minute opening scene to that effect.
  10. Jonah Hex tries to hedge its bets too much, and the result is a movie that probably won't please the few faithful with Jonah Hex bedsheets, nor fans of mindless summer action flicks.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    What doesn't work at all -- saving the worst for last -- is a ship-sinking performance by John Leguizamo as Lorenzo.
  11. As for me, watching this overripe, ignorant parading of Hollywood privilege an hubris put me in mind of a different song--Neil Young's "Revolution Blues." Specifically the bit about Laurel Canyon being filled with famous stars . . .
  12. I do hate to say it -- it's really a drag, but why did they let this Cat out of the bag?
    • 50 Metascore
    • 12 Critic Score
    Suffocatingly boring.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 12 Critic Score
    We loved this movie the first three times we saw it, when it was called "Life of Brian," "Wholly Moses," and "History of the World Part 1."
  13. Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie should be a cautionary tale of perpetual adolescence; her character should be out dating any number of Hollywood’s graying beer bellied frat boys. But no. Instead, we are asked to identify and sympathize with a person who gets everything she wants, but complains anyway.

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