Tampa Bay Times' Scores

  • Movies
For 873 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 67% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 A Better Life
Lowest review score: 0 Blair Witch
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 81 out of 873
873 movie reviews
  1. Only a spunky cast prevents the film from being as tedious as a test pattern.
  2. Sparkle may wind up as Ejogo's breakthrough but will forever be remembered as Houston's swan song, and a glimpse of what her next life chapter might have been. What a talent. What a waste.
  3. The most succinct evidence that Shakespeare was a fraud is offered by Derek Jacobi in prologue and epilogue, alone on a Broadway stage before a rapt audience. As usual in matters of the Bard, the play's the thing.
  4. Giamatti is a superb expressionist of emotional flotsam, with a Golden Globe for his effort.
  5. Well-acted and lovingly designed, Marsh's movie falls far short of the genius it attempts to celebrate.
  6. It's the only chance for small children to drag parents to the movies until November, so knock yourself out, kiddies.
  7. Even the smuttiest jokes about rape, torture and genitals have a more polished edge, sliding by without causing much offense. Watching actors portray alarm at Cohen's antics isn't as hilarious as civilians doing it for real.
  8. Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky is an elegant scandal almost devoid of true passion, no matter how many times the nude lovers artfully mingle.
  9. What Bay has really done is slice Beverly Hills Cop in two; Eddie Murphy's sandpaper personality in Lawrence and his silky style in Smith. [7 April 1995, p.7]
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  10. A fitfully entertaining movie in an awkward position; too arty for the action crowd yet too unsubtle for more refined tastes.
  11. For a good portion of Black's film, all this mayhem is great fun, since Russell Crowe is obviously funnier than he has ever allowed himself to appear, and Ryan Gosling is funnier than he has already proven. Together they form a deliciously dumb action duo; one brawn, the other sort of has a brain.
  12. The sermons are subtle, raising the film's chances of crossing over to secular audiences. Soul Surfer is so clean that it squeaks, but sometimes that's a nice change of pace.
  13. Will they, won't they? A bolder movie wouldn't settle for maybe.
  14. The standout in Win Win is Alex Shaffer, a former New Jersey state champion cast as Kyle.
  15. Burton's manner is changed, not drastically or consistently but more controlled, making strangeness the story's accessory rather than its purpose. He seems inspired by this material for the first time in years, in a creative vein where he finds the most satisfaction.
  16. Movies don't come any brawnier than Safe House, and all that chaotic mayhem eventually beats the plot to a pulp.
  17. Paramount prefers to think of Star Trek: Generations as the first of a new film series, rather than the seventh act of the old, but prior knowledge of the saga definitely is a necessity. It's a movie filled with punchlines that depend on the audience knowing the set-ups. [18 Nov. 1994, p.3]
    • Tampa Bay Times
  18. Writer-director Martin McDonagh's followup to his more cohesive "In Bruges" is a middle finger to cliches "Pulp Fiction" wrought, while garishly reveling in the same hyper-ironic, pop referenced ultraviolence it lampoons.
  19. The movie is airy, predictable and ultimately inconsequential. Yet, there are moments in She's All That when the filmmakers create something close to artfulness, a rare trait in a teen-dream movie. It's a minor, reassuring cure for those Varsity Blues. [29 Jan 1999]
    • Tampa Bay Times
  20. Imagination is the key element that Conviction lacks.
  21. The rest are hit-and-miss propositions with occasional flashes of wit, and a few standout performances. It's always good to see Judy Davis exchanging barbs with Allen, like when he boasts of having an IQ of 160.
  22. RED
    It's an amusing geriatric uprising that might just as well be titled "Gray."
  23. Keanu is raucous enough to satisfy the Hangover crowd, yet when compared to Key and Peele's trenchant tomfoolery on television, it needs focused anger, funnier tension. Or perhaps simply more kitty cat.
  24. The pleasant surprises in Larry Crowne come from its side characters.
  25. When director Joseph Kosinski flips the switch on action, TRON: Legacy is entertaining enough. Especially in 3D IMAX, with a mega-audio system booming Deft Punk's droning Xbox-ready musical score, nearly drowning out the collisions.
  26. The third act of Scardino's movie is very funny, and its finale featuring the exposure of an impossibly successful illusion is flat-out brilliant. It's just too bad that the movie's opening act is so sleight of humor, damaging the movie's potential. Now you see it. Then you don't.
  27. Ghostbusters is back, it's not bad, get used to it.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Although The Croods has lazy patches throughout, the conclusion is exciting and, lo and behold, surprising.
  28. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is boldly dull in protest to modern movie tastes, and that alone may earn it more praise than it deserves.
  29. The Tourist is less likely to be remembered for its cat-and-mouse machinations than for the beautiful people carrying them out.

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