Slate's Scores

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For 1,613 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 53% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Chicago
Lowest review score: 0 Just Go with It
Score distribution:
1613 movie reviews
  1. Despite glimmers of wit and a hipper-than-thou cast, it's painstakingly smug, and smaller than the sum of its parts.
  2. Tomorrowland is a highly original, occasionally even visionary piece of sci-fi filmmaking, but that doesn't necessarily make it a good movie.
  3. Forget Alexander: The film is a pedestal to Angelina the great.
  4. What's meant (I think) to be a "f*** you" to action-movie conventions reads instead as a "f*** you" to the audience. Observe and Report tickets should come with a free breath mint, because however hard you've been laughing, that ending leaves a seriously bad taste in your mouth.
  5. In truth, only hard-core martial-arts fans will be able to keep from squirming in their seats with boredom through at least some parts of this 82-minute kablammo-fest.
  6. The chief casualties are the good actors, who are forced to turn themselves into cartoons.
  7. Ultimately The Switch can't escape the constraints of its own formula.
  8. The first half-hour or so of this caper comedy, which is based on an Elmore Leonard crime novel, goes down like a strawberry daiquiri with a little umbrella.
  9. It's coarse, primitive, regressive, often very stupid, and sometimes, against all odds, really a hoot.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    If only the makers of Dawn Treader had learned the lesson Lucy does when she casts that forbidden spell: Don't try to be something you're not.
  10. It's such a disappointment that The Descendants isn't a better movie than it is. In this soap opera disguised as a comedy, Payne, who was always a master at balancing sharp satire with an essential humanism, has traded his tart lemon center for a squishy marshmallow one.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    As a political statement, American Dreamz is overly didactic and liberal in a read-too-many-blogs sort of way.
  11. Superficially respectful but ultimately cruel.
  12. That City by the Sea isn't laughed off the screen is testament to Caton-Jones' attention to actors and to some tightly written scenes.
  13. I suppose it's too much to expect Pirandellian stature from the madness of Chuck Barris -- but that's about the only thing that would have made this mixed-up ego trip work.
  14. A few billion 1s and 0s in search of a movie.
  15. The movie's curious capacity for self-erasure makes it a tough one to write about; less than 24 hours later, I recall it with all the clarity of something I half-watched on a plane with a hangover in 1996.
  16. Turns out to be semi-enjoyable, semi-tacky retelling/updating of the old Elizabeth Bathory legend.
  17. It's just too bad the end result isn't a better movie.
  18. Shutter Island is an aesthetically and at times intellectually exciting puzzle, but it's never emotionally involving.
  19. Chloe remains engaging for longer than any movie this schlocky and overwritten has a right to be. But the movie loses what little goodwill it's managed to build up by the last act, which feels clumsily grafted from a completely different film.
  20. Jasmine attains the paradoxical state of being fascinatingly tiresome. The same pair of words might be used to describe Blue Jasmine, which, whether you like it or not, surely counts as one of Allen’s more unexpected films of the past decade
  21. Max
    As a ravishingly photographed, high-minded meditation on the potential of art and therapy to exorcise the vilest sort of psychological poison, it is positively riotous -- an Everest of idiocy.
  22. Just don't believe the anti-hype. There are lots of reasons to have a good cry these days -- here's a nice, warm place to get squeezed.
  23. Fincher is a master of mood and atmosphere, but this chilly, efficient movie never transcends the shallowness of its source material.
  24. Feels workmanlike at times.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Rock (is) arguably the best comedian in America, as well as a curiously important cultural figure. It does not, however, make him an actor. In fact, it makes him something like the opposite of an actor. He does not produce lifelike gestures and emotions.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    This tawdry freak show is a telling substitution for the actual stupidity mocked in Veber's original. Roach's remake manages both mean-spiritedness and timidity the same time. That's some feat-moviemaking for boneheads.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Fifty Shades of Grey is a generic romance cynically engineered to appeal to the lowest common denominator of female fantasy.
  25. Many American viewers may take Haneke at his word and walk out midway through this grueling ethics exam of a movie. But much as I may resent the facile polemics of Haneke's shame-the-viewer project, I have to respect the way that he nailed me, trembling, to my seat.

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