Tampa Bay Times' Scores

  • Movies
For 676 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 68% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 29% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Lowest review score: 0 I'm Still Here
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 63 out of 676
676 movie reviews
  1. Plenty of secrets are uncovered before the fadeout, plus another nugget dropped midway through the end credits that may render nearly everything beforehand to be false. That's the nature of intimacies submerged so long then revealed.
  2. The plot is a piffle but Ozon's presentation is gloriously romantic.
  3. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country is one of the finest installments in the saga. [6 Dec. 1991, p.5]
    • Tampa Bay Times
  4. There's no way to make this a feel-good movie, and admirably the Duplass brothers don't try. Cyrus finds its humor in dark places, through characters bringing out the worst in each other.
  5. As a director, Clooney makes his most straightforward movie yet, although it's static at times due to the stage origins of Willimon's material.
  6. Trevorrow hits all the right, respectful beats, as a protege should; you can sense a desire to please his mentor, with several amusing references to Spielberg's 1993 original, and a climactic, triumphant nod to another of his works.
  7. Stoker operates in a perpetual state of dread, a sophisticated Southern gothic that starts out confusing and winds up as a perversely humorous coming-of-age yarn.
  8. They're an entertaining foursome, and Estevez guides them through lovely scenery, clever sight gags and personal confessions with leisurely skill.
  9. With everything it's doing all over again, The Book of Life often finds fresh ways to do it. That's all it takes.
  10. It Follows has an impressively sustained sense of dread, less explicit gore than measured tension. Mitchell slyly inverts the conventions of dead-meat teenager flicks, although not with wink-wink comedy like the Scream series. This movie is serious about creeping out viewers, and Mitchell is just artistic enough about it to create a minor masterpiece.
  11. This is how a romantic vampire flick should work.
  12. X-Men: Days of Future Past effectively passes the torch from one generation of socially segregated mutants to the next.
  13. The Runaways isn't just about rock 'n' roll; it IS rock 'n' roll, as loud, sexy, sometimes sloppy and ultimately exhilarating as the music can be.
  14. The role of Albert in Nicole Holofcener's Enough Said is closer to who the man was, and who the actor seldom got the chance to play: bearish yet soft-spoken, a self-confessed slob with a soul bigger than his gut. There's warmth pouring from those slitted eyes, loosening up guarded smiles as Albert takes a chance on love again.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    More interesting than the hows and whys of N.W.A.'s controversial rise and fall in the industry are the inside snapshots of the industry itself, from grimy Compton clubs to electrifying arena concerts to hotel orgies to studio sessions that illuminate Dr. Dre's creative process.
  15. This movie is a last chance to save the series, which it does.
  16. It's deja vu all over again in The Hangover Part II, only dirtier and more dangerous, if you can imagine that.
  17. 2 Guns is a movie based on smart callbacks and sly flip-flops of loyalty, regularly interrupted by spasms of well-staged violence.
  18. If comic book movies are the last place you look for a soulful, serious performance, The Wolverine should be your first.
  19. Whatever Career Girls lacks in polish or ambition, it compensates with three memorable performances and an unwavering filmmaker working on nobody's terms except his own. [5 Sep. 1997, p.3]
    • Tampa Bay Times
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    On film, Into the Woods feels tighter, the tone more cohesive.
  20. There is a genuinely epic quality to Unbroken, cribbed from masters and capably traced. That's really all this inspiring story needs.
  21. A Dangerous Method is a movie believing the most formidable sex organ really is the brain.
  22. Carnage gives Polanski the best opportunity to express his devilish sense of humor in decades, proving again that comedy really is tragedy happening to someone else.
  23. Chronicle is so clever about the absurd, and so much fun to watch, that I'm almost disappointed the ending doesn't leave room for a sequel.
  24. There is still Spider-Man's personal turmoil, crises of romance and loyalty, that Webb occasionally holds a few beats too long. Yet the performances ring true, with arresting chemistry where it counts.
  25. What happens in Vegas happens a lot in movies. Think Like a Man Too goes to the same casinos, strip clubs and pleasure pools with a fistful of jokers and an ace up its sleeve, the irrepressible Kevin Hart.
  26. The movie has a caffeinated spirit worthy of its graveyard shift milieu, a darkness artfully breached by cinematographer Robert Elswit, who previously framed L.A.'s unstill life in Magnolia and Boogie Nights.
  27. Frozen impresses by conveying coldness in all its frostbitten beauty, from northern lights and blizzards, to ice magnifying, refracting and reflecting light. The movie is a lovely example for animation enthusiasts to study.
  28. When she's (Hawkins) on camera, I'd swear the screen bends into a smile.

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