Slate's Scores

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For 1,453 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 0.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Igby Goes Down
Lowest review score: 0 Life Is Beautiful
Score distribution:
1,453 movie reviews
  1. For all its tasteful spareness and eerie, diaphanous mood, Blue Caprice feels, in the end, insubstantial. It’s a true-crime story that illustrates little about the crime in question and a character study whose characters, even when haunting, remain stubbornly opaque.
  2. The movie itself is not unsatisfying, though it’s less fun than previous Jackass films, and has a worse title.
  3. I can understand wanting to skip Ender’s Game as a matter of moral principle, but you can also feel free to blow it off just because it’s not that good.
  4. A sluggish romantic drama
  5. Neither Alex Murphy’s internal moral conflict nor the larger, vaguely satiric portrait of a global culture dependent on high-tech law enforcement seem to be the main point of this Robocop remake, which raises the question of what is meant to be the point.
  6. There’s something sour and strained about this movie that’s at odds with the usual Muppet ethos of game, let’s-put-on-a-show cheer. Maybe that’s because of the inordinate amount of screen time spent on the rivalry between two villains who are as uninteresting as they are unpleasant.
  7. The most memorable element of The Winter Soldier, besides Redford, is probably Scarlett Johansson, whose dryly funny Natasha at times comes perilously close to being … a well-developed female character?
  8. For all the film’s best intentions — and a finely tuned performance from the ever-better Woodley — for me The Fault in Our Stars never entirely found its way out of Sparks territory.
  9. An entertainment choice I wouldn’t recommend, but one you might not regret if you dial your expectations down (or your drug intake up).
  10. Full Frontal could not be more opaque. I honestly don't have a clue what it's about; it went completely over my head.
  11. I don't know if Howard had fun directing, writing, and starring in this thing; but he had to have gotten more masochistic pleasure out of it than the audience does.
  12. So vanilla yet so transcendentally sleazy that its target audience seems to be pubescent girls and dirty old priests.
  13. Planet of the Apes has been designed and photographed (by Phillipe Rousselot) with real artistry, but in all the ways that matter it's hack work.
  14. A pretty good action flick -- twisty, marvelously acted, and energetically (if not always coherently) staged.
  15. You couldn't ask for a better pair of wild eyes than Jackson's.
  16. The strands in High Crimes don't coalesce. Those red herrings somehow take over the picture; the thing itself turns into a giant red herring.
  17. I've shot people for less.
  18. Less a rounded narrative than a pair of suggestive -- and unresolved -- exercises.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Singer Usher Raymond earns praise as the leader of the group, but the rest of the cast goes largely unnoticed.
  19. A movie about a man forced to stop thinking of himself as the center of the universe ends up feeling suffocatingly self-centered.
  20. A piece of exploitive schlock.
  21. The credits had just started and I was already looking for a barf bag.
  22. I can't recall another movie that cries out so incessantly for running commentary.
  23. There isn't a mummy at the center of The Mummy, exactly, but a mutating Industrial Light and Magic Special Effect.
  24. I'd like to recommend it, but it's too silly. On the plus side, it's ravishingly well directed by Antonia Bird.
  25. Howard and his writers are so in love with their own hip self-consciousness that it's a wonder they don't feature film critics discussing their movie.
  26. Woo could end up becoming the John Ford of schmaltz.
  27. I bet that what Carrey saw from inside Kaufman's head would be more illuminating than anything in the movie.
  28. By the third big climax the audience started to get impatient with the movie's pointless zigs and zags.
  29. Suicidally insecure.

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