Salon.com's Scores

For 2,998 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 point higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Güeros
Lowest review score: 0 I Am Sam
Score distribution:
2,998 movie reviews
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The high-concept premise of Death taking a long weekend off to mingle with us mortals brings out the worst in filmmakers.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Sells itself as a traditional Hollywood riches-to-rags comedy -- overdressed brat gets taken down a peg, falls in love with a hunky prole, and learns that love is more important than shoes...So why is Hollywood returning the favor by making such dreadful movies for Latino audiences?
  1. Lars von Trier is a mechanic, not an artist. And his movies are meat grinders he feeds his characters through.
  2. You need a pair of huge, hairy ones to make a picture this bad and call it Flawless.
  3. Becoming Jane would have been more honest if it had been called "No Sex in the Country."
  4. Too heavy on applied charm and too flimsy when it comes to plot. The picture has a hapless, meandering quality that's tolerable at first but ultimately becomes maddening, as if it were a cartoon narrative recounted by a distracted 4-year-old.
  5. Van Helsing wears its price tag on its ruffled lamé sleeve. And yet it gives off an aura of what I can only call lavish cheapness.
  6. An extended metaphor for the condition of man, and boy is it extended. In the course of two hours that crawl by like four and a half.
  7. There's no energy, no spark, in Made of Honor. Even its clichés -- including a dashing rescue on horseback -- are trotted out with bland indifference.
  8. Moves along, taking two steps backward into crassness for every clever or just plain sweet moment it offers. Although many of the movie's problems seem to be rooted in the script, Columbus has such a heavy touch that he sabotages nearly every scene.
  9. Had Payne the grace or generosity to present the vulgarity and naiveté and tackiness of these characters as something vital and endearing and delightful, the movie might have been explosively funny.
  10. Sure, sex and drugs can take you to a higher plane. But not if a movie crushes your will to live first.
  11. This extremely stupid movie, with its recycled Batman/Spider-Man-style plot involving a dead father, an evil scientist-tycoon (played by the reliably terrific William Fichtner) and a massive criminal underworld of masked thugs, also features the best action sequence of the summer, bar none. I’m not kidding!
  12. Despite the fact that The Day After Tomorrow is harnessed to the very real threat of global warming, it's still just a big, dumb movie, another Hollywood entertainment that, instead of tweaking and teasing our brains for fun, leaves us feeling thick and stupid.
  13. The biggest disappointment of 27 Dresses is that it inhabits a Harlequin romance New York City, one remarkably short on homosexuals and divorce.
  14. The Myth of Fingerprints is only 90 minutes long, but watching all this tasteful torment, you can't help thinking that if you were watching a Jewish family or an Italian one, the air would be cleared -- and you'd be out of the theater -- a hell of a lot quicker.
  15. Might be entertaining for those who like seeing a terrified teenage girl watch a loved one get beaten to a pulp while she slides into a diabetic coma. For the rest of us it's both stagnant and vaguely unpleasant.
  16. The whole thing seems so perfectly good-natured that you settle in for some harmless, silly fun. But Dukes runs out of gas early on.
  17. Anger Management is so almost-but-not-quite funny that it feels like one colossal gyp.
  18. Reasonably good fun. If you're a 12-year-old boy riding an intense Cherry Pepsi buzz and totally devoted to destroying some brain cells, that is.
  19. Finally, at the risk of seeming provincial, why is it OK that some Canadian has made a movie set in Ireland with no Irish people among the principal cast?
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The filmmaker brings the audience to a precipice of discomfort, implying that the discomfort is itself the point.
  20. 30 Minutes or Less features about half of a decent idea, which works out OK since it ends up as half a movie.
  21. The picture is so drab and listless that it often feels like punishment, even though Rickman gives a fine performance, one that's heartfelt as well as characteristically elegant (not to mention sexy).
  22. You can't BECOME a character if you want to BE that character: Desperation isn't the same thing as acting. Spacey's mimicry is so precise, it's exhausting.
  23. Ali
    Will Smith flies like a butterfly, but what director Michael Mann does to the greatest fighter of all time just stings.
  24. The most dispiriting thing about Kiss of the Dragon, is that it's another example of how Western filmmakers fall on their faces when they try to evoke the feel of Hong Kong action films.
  25. There are so many problems with Norbit that when you try to pin one down, another one splooges out elsewhere.
  26. Jonze's ideas, visual and otherwise, spill out in a faux-philosophical ramble that isn't nearly as deep as he thinks it is; at best, it's a scrambled tone poem. Even the look of the picture becomes tiresome after a while -- it starts to seem depressive and shaggy and tired.
  27. A glum, listless affair that springs to life now and then, only to sag back into its saggy, depressive cushion.

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