Salon.com's Scores

For 2,985 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 Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
Lowest review score: 0 Hollow Man
Score distribution:
2,985 movie reviews
  1. Unlike the original -- which, in a crazy stroke of genius, allowed Shakespearean thespians like Claire Bloom and Maggie Smith, plus Bond babe Ursula Andress, to mix it up as jealous goddesses -- the new Clash of the Titans is frightfully low on babes.
  2. Cinderella Man is ostensibly the kind of old-fashioned drama that sends audiences home with a satisfied glow. But like so many of Howard's movies, there's something canned and phony about it -- it left me feeling cooked and dehydrated, as if I'd fallen asleep on a tanning bed.
  3. Off the top of my head, I'm guessing that Season of the Witch claims a place in the top five all-time bizarre and pointless homages to art cinema.
  4. This is a love story, all right, but it has less to do with the flaws of capitalism than it does with Moore's unwavering fondness for the sound of his own voice, and for what he perceives as his own vast cleverness.
  5. A vehicle for teen singing sensation Mandy Moore. As vehicles go, it's an Edsel.
  6. The direction on Johnson Family Vacation is numbingly slack; the synapses between the scenes don't spark effortlessly, as they should, and the whole enterprise feels dragged-down and belabored.
  7. Boring at best and insidious at worst.
  8. A pallid, mediocre tale that treacles its way through well-worn channels.
  9. When the enchanted crab is the most appealing character in a movie, you know you're in some serious metaphoric hot water.
  10. O
    The film is a plodding, earnest adaptation that strips the source of its richness and ambiguity.
  11. You'd have thought, in his infinite wisdom, the Lord would at least send stinkers like this direct to video.
  12. It pretends to examine how self-absorbed we are as a culture, only to be consumed by its own self-absorption. It's also badly constructed, humorless and emotionally sadistic .
  13. One of those movies that you continue to pull for even after it becomes clear that it isn't very good.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    A 3 hour fusillade of cliches.
  14. It's not much fun, and it's not particularly edifying. Even people who are curious about Holmes (he was better known by his screen name, Johnny Wadd; here, he's played by Val Kilmer) won't find out much about him.
  15. It’s not just that Chappie is a mishmash of familiar ingredients whose story quickly slides off the rails into a swamp of action-movie clichés, or another misbegotten project from the Land of Intriguing Premises. It doesn’t have an intriguing premise in the first place. It’s cluttered, goofy and incoherent from beginning to end, and much too long.
  16. This alleged thriller, which might be described as "'Gaslight' Goes to College," is one of the most incoherent features in recent memory.
  17. This film "Phantom" takes everything that's wrong with Broadway and puts it on the big screen in a gaudy splat.
  18. A movie that's laughable without, alas, even being enjoyably awful.
  19. 54
    It's a flat, clumsy piece of filmmaking. When Phillippe and Ward are in bed, the shots are so badly matched that I believed they were having sex, just not with each other.
  20. It would be destined for the trash heap of Shakespeare adaptations, if not for its female lead, and its heart, 17-year-old Claire Danes.
  21. Bug
    A humorless picture, a somber, arty exercise in deep denial of its exploitation roots. The dialogue is stiff and mechanical and the performances are too.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Instead of effervescent and mercurial, the movie is simply muddled. Lee has far too much skill to be delivering work that so often degenerates into incoherence.
  22. Stay away from this cautionary tale about the gay porn industry -- it blows.
  23. No director in the history of moviemaking has expended so much effort in the service of drying up and blowing off the landscape.
  24. Spends a lot of time advertising how exciting it is, without actually being exciting.
  25. It's sad when a bit of grim futuristic silliness like Repo Men falls short on all counts, down to the most basic level of entertainment value.
  26. A leaden exercise in what can go wrong when movies attempt to explore mysterious forces with dated special effects and easy symbolism...a soggy mess.
  27. Poops out before it ever really gets going.
  28. LaBute is some kind of find: an auteur for people who don't like movies.

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