Tampa Bay Times' Scores

  • Movies
For 625 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 68% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 30% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Lowest review score: 0 For a Good Time, Call...
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 58 out of 625
625 movie reviews
  1. Even when The Net goes off-line, Bullock's captivating presence is a screen saver. [28 July 1995, p.6]
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  2. How many surprises and peaks can Walken possibly have left, after so many movies and memorable roles? Well, there's this one.
  3. Tampa Bay wears fringe nihilism well, including wet-fever dreams of trigger-happy angels floating on cannabis clouds and dusted with cocaine like beignets waiting to be licked clean. Or drug gangstas sporting cornrows and gold-grill teeth, living large and thinking three-ways. Film as a fetish tool, that's what Spring Breakers is all about, y'all.
  4. If he made The Ghost Writer under a pseudonym, it might be roundly hailed as the classy white-knuckler it is. But it's Polanski's name above the title, with his own ghosts haunting each frame.
  5. It works because Timberlake and Kunis are totally in control of their damaged characters without winking at the audience, as if to say: "Aren't we cute, behaving so naughty?" Their sex is amusingly awkward, and their repressed longings more so. It's the kind of chemistry that comes along once in a generation.
  6. Corbijn keeps the intrigue uncluttered, guided by Andrew Bovell's economical adapted screenplay.
  7. The movie's first half is its funniest, as Moore sets up this alternate low-resolution universe.
  8. Wormald won't make anyone forget Bacon, but he dances better, and without a stand-in. Hough's dance ability is well-known, but she also displays flashes of acting skill.
  9. The choicest performance in Animal Kingdom is Weaver's sing-song sinister matriarch of the Cody clan, a cheery sort with the benign nickname "Mama Smurf."
  10. This movie, saddle sores and all, is a lot of fun.
  11. Working in tandem they (Gordon-Levitt/Shannon) make Premium Rush a movie that's off the chain, as the kids say.
  12. As viscerally exciting as Padilha's RoboCop can be, the movie is elevated by serious considerations of the ethics of using robots as guardians (shades of drones), commercialism, playing God with science, and what being human is about.
  13. Ritchie stages plenty of gunfights and beatdowns to satisfy action fans, pausing to consider the beauty of violence before resuming speed and piling on more.
  14. Megamind's Kryptonite is a common weakness for any comedy so fast out of the blocks: It simply runs out of surprises.
  15. For two hours it's a fun head trip.
  16. Thompson's fans will embrace its twisted verbal dexterity, romantically imagining the author feverishly pulling strings from the beyond.
  17. Hugo is Scorsese's most personal film, from the standpoint of both an artist and a grandfather. He is as interested in Melies' posterity as in making a movie that his descendants can see before they're adults.
  18. Director Jean-Marc Vallee dutifully progresses from one obvious scene to the next. Solid work but unspectacular, perhaps figuring the boldness of his characters' words and actions can be artistic enough. And it is, in the hands of a temporarily reformed sex symbol and his unexpected leading lady.
  19. Director John Madden and an ensemble of polished actors in their second primes make this a constant amusement and a nice alternative at the movies.
  20. Christensen plays him with Lecter-like intensity; the unsettling calmness of someone capable of anything.
  21. Frankel's movie is as refreshing as a walk in the woods and surprising as a chance encounter with the best that nature can offer.
  22. Baumbach keeps everything dialed down to medium cool, with occasional flashes of exuberance like Frances dancing down a street to the beat of David Bowie's Modern Love.
  23. This movie has everything up its sleeve and presto chango at its core, ending in defiance to the plot's established logic before viewers realize they've been had.
  24. Leaner than "Harry Potter's" adventures, meaner than the "Twilight" saga, The Hunger Games lives up to its source if not entirely the hype.
  25. With Mock 1, the Hunger Games franchise continues to entertain and evolve, not perfectly but smartly, so we can't wait to see what's next. That's what counts when all is said, done and deposited in the bank.
  26. Snitch is grittily streetwise, and until its last 20 minutes fairly credible compared to other movies "inspired by" true stories.
  27. The Last of the Mohicans is grand entertainment. Romantic, exciting, though unremittingly violent at times, it is rich in frontier lore and in its respect for the land that the conquering settlers too often take for granted. [25 Sep 1992, p.5]
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  28. Too often, the movie relies on the contrived situations endemic to gangster movies, rather than explore new routes to tell the story. Yet, there is an undeniable visual power that places The Untouchables in the class of The Godfather and Once Upon a Time in America. [3 June 1987, p.1D]
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  29. Depp and Cruz only occasionally strike the sparks expected from two of the world's most beautiful people.
  30. The movie has its heart and humor in the right place, and there's no "Shame" in that.

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