Premiere's Scores

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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 2.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Lowest review score: 0 Waiting...
Score distribution:
1,070 movie reviews
  1. The movie is a leaden, slow-moving beast.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Overall, I Am Legend is a wasted opportunity -- a rickety, weather-beaten framework around an otherwise strong central performance from Smith.
  2. At best, this movie functions as a brief companion piece to Boy George's new Broadway show, “Taboo.”
    • 62 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Alice has all the emotional truth of an America’s Most Wanted reenactment.
  3. What little anti-war critique Peirce presents -- and she has it in her, which makes it all the more dubious -- gets trampled over by jingoistic Rambo porn.
  4. Director Brad Anderson (Session 9) overtly cribs from everyone from Dostoevsky to Kafka.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    For a while, it works, until it suddenly decides to abandon the "what you don't see is scarier than what you do see" for a ridiculous and ultimately insulting explanatory ending.
  5. The pretentious title might be trying to make a statement about the new, fast-moving economy. It's also a weak reference to the first Wall Street. But mainly, no, it's just pretentious.
  6. The film is ultimately so repetitive, un-enlightening and lacking in substance, even Drew Carey seems bored by the end when he asks, "When are you guys going to make the 'c*nt' documentary?"
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    The sheer absurdity of the presented relationship is redeemed by a sort of surprise ending, but by the time it arrives, you wish it had come sooner, as the pain of viewing has already been interminably long.
  7. It's just a spectacularly lazy movie that's content to trod the same well-worn ground as its predecessors.
  8. Lichtenstein's putative switcheroo on the Vagina Dentata trope is to play it as some kind of token of female empowerment, but it's pretty clear that the writer/director didn't think things through on any counts, contenting himself that the putative outrageousness of the concept could see him through.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Dennis Quaid is mostly lost at sea as Lawrence Wetherhold, the Carnegie Mellon lit professor; he apparently saw fit to tinker with his performance as filming went along, greeting us in some scenes as a noticeably swishy highbrow, while at other moments he's channeling the smiling, drunken menace of Nicholson's Jack Torrance.
  9. 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.
  10. Director Julie Taymor's gargantuan all-Beatles-songs musical is that rarest of animals, the perfect disaster that fulfills expectations by defying them.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    There are certainly some laughs to be had in Holiday (mostly of the "so dumb it’s funny" variety), but not much else.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    An exhausting 90 minutes of SNL-centric mediocrity that gives one the nagging feeling that Tina Fey's inability to cut the cord is going to quickly start to cool interest in her upcoming projects.
  11. A thin sprinkling of exuberance and a couple of choice cameos, that's about all this underwritten and overly choreographed spectacle has to tease us with.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    To find a comparison for You Don't Mess With the Zohan in Adam Sandler's filmography, you have to go back to 2000's "Little Nicky," a film with a fantasy slant that allowed for jokes of unencumbered silliness.
  12. Smushes together “The Bonfire of the Vanities” (the novel, that is), “True Believer,” and “Eyes Wide Shut,” only it does so without being nearly as good as any of the aforementioned.
  13. A charmless, vandalized version of a classic.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    At the end of the movie, the only mystery left unsolved is where your time and money have gone.
  14. Weinstein Co. honchos Bob and Harvey are chasing some of the old "Pulp Fiction" magic--and failing not only miserably, but kind of disgustingly.
  15. The movie suffers from convoluted plots, turgid pacing, and strange disrespect for its source material.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    A self-impressed epic with grandiose vistas, flat characters, and a subplot about Native Australians.
  16. For the most part, Murphy is pitching somewhere between "American Beauty" and "The Royal Tenenbaums"; indeed, the characters Bening and Gwyneth Paltrow play in Scissors are, in a sense, inversions of their roles in Beauty and Tenenbaums, respectively.
  17. It is the overwhelmingly acrid sense of humor that leaves a bad taste in one's mouth at the end of the film.
  18. As coincidence would have it, Steve Carell's "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" spun comedy gold from a similar idea just last week. Virgin shares not only The Baxter's basic premise, but also two of its key cast members (Paul Rudd and the beautiful Ms. Banks), allowing audiences to see just how much better The Baxter might have been if Showalter had given us some reason to identify with his socially awkward protagonist.
  19. Earle fans might see this film as a satisfying portrayal of a man they know and love, but those unfamiliar with the man and his music will likely leave the theater without much more interest in him than when the movie began.
  20. The reason for all this dull-to-offensive story stuff is, of course, the dancing, which has its moments but overall seems so calculated to impress that it loses all other reason for being.

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