Salon.com's Scores

For 2,946 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 0.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Caterpillar
Lowest review score: 0 Air Force One
Score distribution:
2,946 movie reviews
  1. It's dispiriting to see good actors doing smart, solid work with so much unadulterated garbage swirling around them. Scott's art is also death, and we, the audience, are the ones he's jabbing at with his ruthless paintbrush. It's about time someone told him where to stick it.
  2. This may be one of the most sluggish sports comedies ever made -- even the supposedly rousing final sequence feels belabored and chubby.
  3. It's desperately lifeless.
  4. Renders Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling 2005 novel into unconvincing Hollywood mush.
  5. Not even court-ordered rehab could save this stumbling drunk of a picture.
  6. You will not like it on the screen, you will not like it -- not one scene!
  7. No director in the history of moviemaking has expended so much effort in the service of drying up and blowing off the landscape.
  8. It's ostensibly about adults, but there's nothing remotely adult about it.
  9. With Yes Man, Carrey has bled the well dry, doing everything he knows how to do, over and over again, just to prove that he still knows how to do it. It's exhilarating to see brilliance in a comic; but by the time you start smelling it, the game is over.
  10. Ben Stiller, the movie's star, pretty much sinks the whole enterprise.
  11. Isn't a serious attempt to deal with our vulnerability to terrorism, or to address how established channels of power can bring us to the brink. It's the same damn Tom Clancy picture that's been churned out since "The Hunt for Red October," as humorless and gray and dour as its predecessors.
  12. Luc Besson and Liam Neeson and the rest of the furriners who made the inept and offensive Taken 2 don't seem to have gotten the memo from Jason Bourne: Americans don't think our spooks are good guys anymore.
  13. Spends a lot of time advertising how exciting it is, without actually being exciting.
  14. Who would have thought that Cameron Crowe had a movie as bad as Vanilla Sky in him? It's a punishing picture, a betrayal of everything that Crowe has proved he knows how to do right.
  15. A stiff, clunky piece of work that never builds up urgency or tension. The script, by playwright Ronald Harwood, who wrote the script for Roman Polanski's "The Pianist," is close to atrocious.
  16. Seems best suited to all the couch-potato swinging dicks who get off watching the police on "Cops" keep the public safe from people in possession of marijuana.
  17. New Moon, on the other hand, merely follows a dictated formula. It's a cheap, shoddy piece of work, one that banks on moviegoers' anticipation without even bothering to craft a satisfying experience for them. Its pandering is an insult.
  18. The air leaks out of Gaudí Afternoon gradually but steadily, until all we're left with is a limp rag of a balloon.
  19. An excruciatingly amateurish production.
    • 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.
  20. It's a dumb, ugly and, most of all, painfully unfunny movie.
  21. It hovers somewhere in that never-never land of movies that try to do too much and don't quite live up to any of their ambitions.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    By the movie's numbingly predictable end, the notion of a visually unleashed cinema seems like a monstrous mistake -- we've handed over the atom bomb to the Teletubbies!
  22. The real mystery at the heart of M. Night Shyamalan's latest: How does he persuade actors like Sigourney Weaver and Adrien Brody to act in his supremely lame movies?
  23. So clumsy and crass that it makes you doubt the pleasure of the first movie.
  24. It's mostly terrible. The movie has no sparkle, no charm, nothing to sweep us off our feet.
  25. For everyone who's been waiting for a love story between an anal retentive and a flake.
  26. The entire movie looks as if it were processed in the toilet of a Tijuana jail cell. Shot by Dariusz Wolski in colors that are bleached out, over bright and flat, The Mexican is the ugliest-looking major studio release in recent memory.
  27. 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.
  28. Anything Else isn't just the latest Woody Allen movie; it's also the smallest. His pictures seem to be getting tinier and tinier, and after you've seen them they leave nothing but a tinny echo and a bad taste. Anything Else is misanthropy writ small. Allen is too stingy to be generous even with his contempt.

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