Slate's Scores

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For 1,490 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 0.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Force Majeure
Lowest review score: 0 Life Is Beautiful
Score distribution:
1,490 movie reviews
  1. I didn’t like the movie at all — found it boring, unintentionally comical, at times even (a word I seldom use) pretentious — but I admire the rest of your work so much that I nonetheless feel the need to defend To the Wonder.
  2. When a movie wrenches you with the deaths of children then leaves you with nothing to take home but your confusion, it can make you thirsty for the blood of directors.
  3. The reductio ad absurdum of a summer blockbuster. It is loud (boom!), long (two and a half hours!), incoherent (poorly explained intergalactic warfare!), leering (Megan Fox in short shorts!), racist (jive-talkin' robot twins!), and rife with product tie-ins (Chevy! Hasbro!).
  4. Much of K-Pax consists of Spacey grinning like Stevie Wonder behind sunglasses, -- taking dippy steps, and bobbing his head as if attached to an invisible Walkman.
  5. It's a mystery how such a hodgepodge, at once incoherent and overfamiliar, could have come together on screen.
  6. So sniggeringly one-sided that the picture has no tension.
  7. It's another dumb vengeance picture -- "In the Bedroom" for meatheads.
  8. The Hong Kong vet director, Ronny Yu, did a bang-up job in 1998 with "Bride of Chucky," but he can't do much for this one except keep it moving, light it scarily, and pump that plasma.
  9. Isn't terrible. OK, it's kind of terrible, but it's a talking-dog movie, and anyone who goes to a talking-dog movie without being prepared to step in poop deserves to ruin his shoes.
  10. I'm not sure if the movie's lack of momentum is the fault of the director, the screenwriter, or the star, Romano. But most likely, it represents the luckless convergence of three dismayingly low-watt talents.
  11. It's deeply committed to its own weird conceit, diminishing returns and all.
  12. Smokin' Aces is awash in ammo and carnage, but it chugs to the finish line with a tank full of sludge.
  13. Ought to have been called "Slugs for Snails," so leisurely does it creep toward its predictably bombastic conclusion.
  14. At times the movie's crudeness has an eerie beauty, but the musical fantasies are a bewildering hash, and the protracted climax on death row is nearly unendurable.
  15. Psychologically thin, artistically flabby, and symbolically opaque.
  16. As usual with Penn, I don't completely buy the character, but I completely buy that he has brilliantly internalized SOMETHING. He goes to some weird psychological places, our Sean.
  17. The absence of a single noteworthy villain is perhaps this movie’s most salient flaw (along with the jumbled, barely coherent editing of a seemingly endless chase through a Moscow traffic jam).
  18. This is a rhythmless, stupefying work. A person with no discernible pulse ought not to be directing a movie about disco.
  19. It would be easier to forgive Identity Thief its overfamiliar comic setups and shameless gag-recycling if the movie’s second half didn’t make such an abrupt about-face from soliciting our revulsion to begging for our pity.
  20. When it comes to weaving personal stories in and out of the special-effects set pieces, the director has the most colossal antitalent since Ed Wood Jr.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Remember that scene from "Raiders of the Lost Ark," when a swastika-stamped Nazi crate explodes for no good reason (beyond the fact that the Ark hates Nazis)? Red Tails is like that, only less awesome, and considerably longer.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Volcano is just another $100 million genre movie, and a pretty lousy one, to boot.
  21. Ends up leaving you starved for a single moment of unhyped emotion. You can barely see the characters for Luhrmann screaming.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. What's disappointing about Anonymous is that it isn't dumb enough.

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