Salon.com's Scores

For 2,850 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Ratatouille
Lowest review score: 0 From Justin to Kelly
Score distribution:
2,850 movie reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Without a genuinely charming central character to pull it together, the movie is a shamble of tedious passages punctuated by a few desultory chuckles.
  1. The whole movie is overbright, overloud, antic, telling us the characters and animals are endearing rather than allowing them to reveal themselves as such.
  2. Quickly plunges into boggy terrain from which it can never extricate itself.
  3. You will not like it on the screen, you will not like it -- not one scene!
  4. A sustained piece of showboating mythmaking, and something of a snow job.
  5. Predictable, gratuitous and just self-referential enough to believe itself hip and knowing.
  6. As The Muse chugs along, it becomes more apparent how tired and pointless it is.
  7. I felt like dropping to my knees in the theater and praying for this smug, irritating fake-reality-TV show to go away, leaving these three terrific actors (and characters) in something resembling a real movie.
  8. Aggressively offensive.
  9. Bening's prickliness is pure delight, but there's only so much she can do. It's a terrible fate for an actress to be upstaged by a humming p----.
  10. One of the most mindless, shamelessly lazy films.
  11. A weaselly little thing.
  12. At under two hours, the movie crawls by; at four, people would become fossilized to their seats.
  13. Dragons torch the earth as manly men with weird hair battle them in this colossally misconceived dud.
  14. Slackers is supposed to be a gross-out comedy, but the tastelessness of its jokes is nothing compared to its sheer cluelessness.
  15. The comedy is tepid, the action is dopey and even the violence is boring and occasionally cruel.
  16. How do you screw up a family movie that has a cute bull mastiff, a cute 6-year-old and David Arquette playing a mailman? Apparently by unleashing half a dozen writers to gnaw it to pieces and entrusting the result to a TV director (John Whitesell of "Cosby" and "Roseanne") with little sense of how to tell a story longer than six minutes.
  17. The movie is flat-footed, and the pacing gives you time to rest between laughs.
  18. Of all the characters in American Pie 2, male or female, Michelle is the only one who feels completely rounded and whole. She moves with unerring grace and subtlety through this feeble minefield of a movie, unharmed by the tepid jokes that flop and fizzle around her.
  19. There's nothing worse than a bad farce -- except for this Cuban missile crisis comedy that wastes talent like Sigourney Weaver, John Turturro and Alan Cumming.
  20. Didactic, clumsily directed and abysmally acted, never lets go of its intellectualized approach long enough to deliver any real kinetic thrills.
  21. Sells ignorance as a refined evening's entertainment.
  22. No drama, no lyricism, just cornpone. It's too bad, because outlaws are, by their very nature, glamorous movie subjects.
  23. I walked out of Scary Movie feeling as if I'd been whacked around with a two-by-four for an hour and a half.
  24. It's clear from the outset that a thriller is going to be big and dumb -- as opposed to tight and smart.
  25. Even dressed up in tabloid lighting and cut with jagged edits, this pulp nihilism never goes beyond daytime TV banality.
  26. Cameron manhandles the real story, scavenging it for his own puny narrative purposes. It's a film made with boorish confidence and zero sensitivity, big and dumb and hulking.
  27. Kubrick's much-anticipated final film boils down to the most elaborate monogamy lecture ever.
  28. They don't even look as if they're having fun. Their stint as cross-dressers is simply an endurance test for them, and for us.
  29. Another insulting women's comedy.

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