Slate's Scores

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For 1,484 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Lawless Heart
Lowest review score: 0 I'm Still Here
Score distribution:
1,484 movie reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Volcano is just another $100 million genre movie, and a pretty lousy one, to boot.
  1. Ends up leaving you starved for a single moment of unhyped emotion. You can barely see the characters for Luhrmann screaming.
  2. If you spin out the unintended analogy of Confessions of a Shopaholic to the current financial crisis, the film starts to mutate from a not-that-funny comedy into a tragic allegory.
  3. Perhaps the saddest thing about Manderlay is how poorly von Trier treats his actors, who are so bludgeoned by the concept and the format they can scarcely breathe.
  4. Lousy remake.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It has none of the minor virtues of Schumacher's other films. It looks bad: cluttered surfaces, production design reminiscent of overblown Broadway musicals, editing too fast for the eye to catch up, poor staging of fast action.
  5. The Iron Lady is, to put it kindly, a shambles.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The Lightning Thief is loud, scary, oversexed, and really unfun. All that would have been fine if my daughter liked it, but instead it left her and her friend stunned.
  6. What's disappointing about Anonymous is that it isn't dumb enough.
  7. Borderline incoherent, theologically unsatisfying, and short to the point of dwarfism on suspense.
  8. For a series so steeped in supernatural mumbo-jumbo, Pirates of the Caribbean displays remarkably little sense of wonder.
  9. In the hierarchy of things that creep into your house, the tooth fairy ranks somewhere beneath Santa Claus and above the Formosan termite.
  10. Any irregularity in tone becomes a part of the movie’s intentionally rough, imperfect surface — a formal strategy I might find interesting if I could make head or tail of what the movie that’s using it is trying to say.
  11. Excruciatingly bad...Probably if Redux hadn't been acclaimed as a newly minted masterpiece, I wouldn't have felt so compelled to blow raspberries.
  12. 125 minutes is a long time to stare at a movie that's basically in bleached blue-and-white with occasional splotches of brick red. The palette reinforces the monotony of the storyline.
  13. The photography is excellent! the music is striking! the movie is a stinker!
  14. The first 45 minutes or so is stupefying--flat, disjointed, missing all human connective tissue.
  15. An affectless piece of moviemaking.
  16. It's a schlock melodrama dolled up in arty frontier vestments.
  17. That What's Your Number? is a bad movie is the least of the reasons to walk out of it feeling awful. Competing for the top spot are these two: the criminal misuse of Faris; and the casual endorsement of courtship practices as arcane and sadistic as Chinese foot-binding.
  18. The acting in this movie is unusually bad--atrocious, even.
  19. A thesis movie, almost a manifesto for despair, and certainly worthy of the aforementioned NR-DS rating. Except that its bad vibes don't linger. Have dinner and smart conversation with friends, hug a child, pick up a good book--and poof, life returns with a happy vengeance.
  20. The film that Nicholas Hytner has directed (from a screenplay by the playwright Wendy Wasserstein) is slick, sweet, and disastrously unmoving -- even people who live to cry at the movies will find themselves depressingly dry-eyed.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Jokes from Scary Movie 3 are recycled ad nauseam.
  21. What it lacks in charm, humor, and intelligence, it makes up for in sheer volume.
  22. There's no dramatic trajectory here at all.
  23. I wonder if anything could have made this misfire work.
  24. His (Lee) Oldboy is relentlessly unpleasant and difficult to watch, without offering audiences much moral or aesthetic payoff for its hour and 40 minutes of graphic violence and abject degradation. Oldboy is both original and uncompromising, I’ll give it that—it just doesn’t happen to be any good.
  25. One of many burdensome tasks required of the viewer of this fish-out-of-water love story. The toughest of all: caring about any of the characters in this smug, check-off-the-boxes comedy.
  26. I walked out of Choke feeling hustled, which is appropriate enough, I guess, for a movie that's a portrait of a compulsive hustler.

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