Tampa Bay Times' Scores

  • Movies
For 680 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 The Social Network
Lowest review score: 0 End of Watch
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 63 out of 680
680 movie reviews
  1. 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.
  2. When she's (Hawkins) on camera, I'd swear the screen bends into a smile.
  3. Like the genre's top filmmakers - the Coens, Polanski, Hitchcock - Capotondi builds dread with wicked winks at the audience, dropping subtle surprises along the way.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    With Grisham's high profile and higher paychecks, his novels-turned-movies always will be on trial by critics and readers. The only thing The Client is guilty of is being suspenseful, funny and worth an extra trip to the theater this summer. [20 July 1994, p.6B]
    • Tampa Bay Times
  4. The easiest way for filmmakers to show injustice in the world is through the eyes of a child. In the case of Haifaa al-Mansour's movie, the injustice is Saudi Arabia's male-centric culture, and the child is a preteen girl named Wadjda.
  5. Frankenweenie is stitched together with love and a bit raggedy, like Sparky the dog in question.
  6. Much Ado About Nothing is simply a fun time among Whedon and his friends, and for the most part it's contagious.
  7. Farrell's diction is a noticeable upgrade from Schwarzenegger's but there's also his superior portrayal of sweaty apprehension and killer instinct.
  8. Director Charles Martin Smith presents the kind of movie that gives squeaky-clean a good name.
  9. This is what the holidays need: a good, Swift kick in the funny bone.
  10. If this was December, Kevin Hart might be in the Oscar mix, he's that good in About Last Night. Explosively good, a comedy nova who won't shut up and never should.
  11. Even when Magic Mike is skimpier than a g-string it soars on daring, as if Soderbergh asked himself who could possibly make a good movie from such offbeat material, answered "I can," and did.
  12. True Grit is a very good movie that might be more embraceable if we didn't know who was pulling the trigger.
  13. I'll See You in My Dreams is a disarming romantic dramedy, constructed from "geezer flick" cliches, to be sure, yet lifted to another level by the performances, top-to-bottom.
  14. These characters don't realize they're funny, and the actors are determined not to push it. Willis fares best, playing against in-control type; Murray fans expecting a comedy explosion won't find it here.
  15. This is old-school monumental filmmaking, without CGI tricks or many soundstage comforts for a dedicated cast. David Lean would probably approve.
  16. There are no boundaries in this movie, so deal with it or leave.
  17. For the initiated, however, Alfredson weaves a tidy web from loose ends left dangling.
  18. In addition to being one of the finest golf movies ever, this film raises the bar on faith-based cinema.
  19. A Most Violent Year has its share of wham-bam moments — a car-truck-foot chase into the city's bowels is superb — but the action never speaks louder than Chandor's hard-boiled words.
  20. This movie embraces its inner yokel.
  21. How to Train Your Dragon 2 is how to make a sequel, when it gets its head out of the clouds.
  22. Arbitrage is a classy soap opera with a charismatic louse at its center, without "Margin Call" didactics, or the misplaced empathy of "The Company Men."
  23. War Horse takes time reaching its full emotional gallop with a late sequence combining man, beast and barbed wire. Yet it remains a technically magnificent ride throughout, and a checklist of visual influences from "All Quiet on the Western Front" to "Gone with the Wind."
  24. Ted
    It's often convulsively funny.
  25. This is a slight movie, but it's Williams' all the way (possibly to an Oscar nod) while the rest of the cast supports her well.
  26. Remember that ultra-violent scene in "Old Boy" when the dude plowed through a subway platform of bad guys and was the only one left standing? Multiply it by four or five and that's The Raid: Redemption.
  27. This movie embraces everything that should make it lousy, calling out itself for aping the source's bad ideas then flipping the script with meta precision.
  28. As a purely sensory experience at the movies you're hard-pressed to find anything more dazzling than the first 90 minutes of The Great Gatsby, when Luhrmann's riotous amusements make anything possible.
  29. While the result isn't the greatest show on Earth, it certainly is a lot of fun.

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