Slate's Scores

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For 1,419 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 lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 A Hard Day's Night (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Shoot 'Em Up
Score distribution:
1,419 movie reviews
  1. One of the least entertaining satires ever made.
  2. A riot of sleazy camera moves, bad acting, and maladroit profane dialogue.
  3. George Lucas does it his way in the pallid Phantom Menace. Even cultists will wish he'd hired a director and some writers.
  4. Let's just say that in spite of its malignant sun-scorched palette, absurdist visions, and narrative loop the loops, the picture looks in hindsight like the same old vigilante crap.
  5. Libel on one of the true visionaries of American business in the 20th century, a man unfairly demonized for doing what others strove to do but doing it faster and better.
  6. The movie is barely sufferable.
  7. I had a hard time maintaining interest in (let along liking) any of these self-involved Hollywood twerps, and scene after scene is a grating mixture of self-aggrandizement and masochism.
  8. Serves up some of the most gruesomely misogynistic imagery in years, then ends with a bid for understanding. Are its makers so deluded that they think they're making the world a more compassionate place?
  9. Linda Hunt's spooky nun speaks of "a hundred levels of consciousness" between death and full, earthbound awareness: Where on that continuum do the executives who green-lighted Dragonfly reside?
  10. The 12 scenes of Irreversible--each shot in a single, semi-improvised take--constitute something of a tour de force. But so would being dragged through the streets by a wire noose.
  11. The movie is bafflingly boring and ridiculous. Its loginess is exacerbated by the pacing of the writer-director, Martin Brest.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    This isn't a movie of hoary Sherwood Forest clichés. It manages, through sheer artistic force, to stoop below cliché--to seem both fresh and rotten at once.
  12. This is a two-hour-and-six-minute snuff movie -- The Jesus Chainsaw Massacre -- that thinks it's an act of faith.
  13. Kaufman proves again how miraculously in synch with his material he can be. Directing a fourth-rate, maladroit, derivative mystery, he becomes a fourth-rate, maladroit, derivative director--worse even than a TV-movie hack.
  14. A sickeningly manipulative, by-the-numbers revenge movie.
  15. You have to feel for the army of talented FX people who must have spent months on scenes--trying to compensate, with their artistry, for the lack of dramatic logic--and having to listen to those lines over and over.
  16. Con Air is boring to the marrow.
  17. George Clooney is all by himself among living leading men in making smarm pass triumphantly for charm. But the movie lacks momentum, clarity, a decent payoff, and a location with the personality of Vegas.
  18. It's impressive, in the sense that a sucker-punch impresses itself on your skull.
  19. Made for the most excruciating two-and-a-half hours I've ever spent in a theater.
  20. It used to be that Midler was a life force, but whenever she tries to play one, she looks like she's floating in formaldehyde.
  21. It may or may not be the worst movie ever made, but it is one of the most unhinged.
  22. The only surprise about U-Turn is the good reviews it got from people who should know better.
  23. What was already a raucous put-on, a goof on Aldrich's brutal action movies, is now a hyperbolic, gross-out cartoon, with a cast of enormous ex-football stars (plus the 7-foot-2-inch Indian wrestler Dalip Singh) only adding to the air of facetiousness.
  24. There are no real people in The Producers --only actors laboring to dispel whatever magic they once were thought to possess. The director, Susan Stroman, has brought the Broadway smash to the screen (where it began, almost 40 years ago) with cataclysmic results.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Beckinsale is an elegant woman—before she was the Emma Peel of the undead, she was Jane Austen's Emma, and before she was Emma, she was passing A levels in German, French, and Russian literature—and all her stalking and seething keep the movie from being totally unwatchable.
  25. In terms of character development, wit, and simple curiosity, it's dumber than a Neanderthal.
  26. All of its plot threads are equally dreadworthy.
  27. Slow-acting poison. For the first third of the movie, you'll experience a not-unpleasant tingling in the extremities, giving way to an encroaching torpor. An hour in, your pupils will have shrunk to pinholes, and by the time the closing credits roll, you'll be capable only of a dim longing for the defibrillation paddles. Who would have thought a movie about a beautiful, frequently naked female Nazi could be so dull?
  28. This beautifully shot and painstakingly constructed film is a self-indulgent bucket of hogwash.

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