Salon.com's Scores

For 3,036 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 Set Me Free
Lowest review score: 0 I Am Sam
Score distribution:
3036 movie reviews
  1. There's a gloomy quality to The Good Night I sort of appreciated -- much of it was shot in London, although it's supposed to occur in New York -- but after the initial acerbic setup fades, Gary becomes less and less likable and the movie evaporates into nothing.
  2. Forget about cancer -- it's weepy movies like this that are the real scourge.
  3. There's virtually no context provided here, about Lennon or the Beatles or New York or Chapman himself. To put it another way, the film's entire context IS Chapman.
  4. A long plod to the finish line. It's a movie about a long con that, like its leading man, has no wit or style to speak of.
  5. [Georgia Rule] is clearly intended to be an uplifting multigenerational drama about abuse, healing and forgiveness. Yet there's something unsavory about the way it uses a character's emotional and psychological scars as a gimmick.
  6. The jokes are forced, almost mechanical, in their crudeness.
  7. This is a glazed, inhuman, cluttered piece of work, a storytelling mishmash that buries the considerable charms of its actors under heavy drifts of silt.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's no exaggeration to say that roughly half of the interviews in Biggie and Tupac are worthless, offering no new information or insights about the rappers or their deaths.
  8. It's strange and stupid and half-compelling and sometimes beautiful.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It turns out to be more a throwaway piece of pop ephemera, like a '90s "Casino Royale," momentarily arresting and soon forgotten.
  9. Neither Dahl nor most of his actors ever quite convince us that there's a good reason to sit in front of a movie screen watching them for more than two hours.
  10. Wants to be a dizzy, precarious thrill ride. Glenn provides the only gravity that doesn't seem dull, literal and earthbound.
  11. 360
    It's easy to hate movies that are abundantly terrible or immoral or stupid, but I almost feel like a jerk telling you that Fernando Meirelles' globetrotting drama 360 is a mistake from beginning to end.
  12. The picture is humorless and witless. The barrage of allegedly important details is supposed to keep us intrigued, but it barely keeps us occupied.
  13. Turns out to be merely bad -- not a train wreck, not the crime against humanity it's been rumored to be.
  14. An exploration of self-absorption that is itself too self-absorbed to be either entertaining or enlightening.
  15. "Larry Flynt" should have a slick, whorish look, but there's no juice in Forman's sleaze. Hustler's centerfolds look like Renoirs next to the cold-eyed way Forman shoots women's bodies.
  16. So wearying that it makes you feel duped for being open to it in the first place. Hamlet 2 works so hard at being entertaining, in that quirky, Indie 101 sense, that it just grinds you down.
  17. There are five writers credited with the script for The Medallion, and between them they don't come up with a single original or amusing or clever idea.
  18. Takes far too long to get cooking, and it works so hard at NOT being exploitation that it loses sight of its reasons for existing in the first place.
  19. Even these actors -- who, in other pictures, are often wonderful in distinctive ways -- don't seem like themselves: It's as if they've been pulverized and pressed into convenient actor shapes.
  20. There are so many emotions in We Are Marshall that there's hardly any room for football -- and when we finally get some, even THAT'S clogged with excess feeling.
  21. As Tolstoy observed, all sappy ethnic family comedies are the same. None is sappy in its own way.
  22. The movie around Lane and Gere is unreal, a tortured construct, but they open a breathing space in its center.
  23. Might have been classy, entertaining junk -- if only it were entertaining.
  24. There's some good acting in this mess.
  25. Even if the actual movie is an awkward, uncinematic mishmash. Waters has at least tried to write a sex comedy that isn't aimed at titty-fixated 17-year-olds, and at its best Sex and Death 101 has a fast, clever rhythm that almost sings.
  26. Forget the heat of passion: The movie never breaks a sweat.
  27. Elizabethtown is a sprawl, perhaps the victim of a kind of ADD of the heart.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The biggest problem with Spun is that it's really just about speed (and editing). And speed, like most other drugs, is in and of itself boring.

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