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 King's Speech
Lowest review score: 0 The Last Airbender
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 63 out of 680
680 movie reviews
  1. Go see Won't Back Down and enjoy it. Just don't believe it's anything more than a stacked deck with a lot at stake.
  2. Some ideas simply work better on book pages, rather than on film where illogic is exposed.
  3. Transcendence is a movie without villains, thrills or, after Nolan fanboys show up, much of an audience.
  4. The movie's only constant pleasure - heck, the whole franchise's - is Eugene Levy as Jim's dad, widowed and wondering if it's time to date again.
  5. The first half is nothing but silly setups for a stretch run that admittedly has its moments of wacky pandemonium, just not enough.
  6. The terror of Sept. 11 feels like little more than a dramatic hook, an easy way to make audiences cry. Oskar and the event defining him deserve better.
  7. Fury reeks of self-importance, a strange arrogance for a fictional World War II drama drenched in more blood than ideas.
  8. The Intern is a movie outmoded in style and strangely retro-sexist in spirit.
  9. Pawn Sacrifice tells a fascinating story in unspectacular fashion, resulting in a draw.
  10. The junk in Lucy doesn't entirely eclipse the moments when weird is fun.
  11. At some juncture — much earlier than director Gareth Edwards intends — Godzilla needs to stop being an extra in his own movie.
  12. I spent several minutes not caring what was happening with the story but just observing the patchwork illusion of oversized props, short stunt doubles and computer grafting of big faces on small bodies. Nice work.
  13. Poor Thor. Dude can't even hold center stage in his own movie. He's the Asgardian god of stolen thunder, upstaged at each ab turn by Loki, malarkey and Odin's eyepatch.
  14. This Grudge Match is winners take all and losers bought tickets.
  15. By all accounts, Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger was a monster. That's exactly how Johnny Depp plays him in Black Mass, a dark blob of underworld cliches and bad contact lenses.
  16. Hook is so enormous, so cumbersome, that it resembles a complex machine inching its way across the resplendent three-moon Neverland landscape. It's a brilliant technical achievement, but it hasn't much of a soul. [11 Dec. 1991, p.3D]
    • Tampa Bay Times
  17. Imagine a stuffy Merchant Ivory production blended with muted Michael Crichton sci-fi and you have Never Let Me Go, at least as it plays on screen.
  18. Shame smears the lines between daring and taunting, and art versus indulgence. When it ends there's the urge to take a shower, and not a cold one.
  19. I deferred to the wisdom of Grouchy Smurf (George Lopez): "I didn't hate it as much as I expected to. But I still hated it."
  20. Big Stone Gap isn't everyone's cup of sweet tea. It's a homespun tale populated by broadly drawn characters and solid actors — Whoopi Goldberg, Jane Krakowski, Anthony LaPaglia — sounding like they gulped hush puppy batter.
  21. As a rollicking comedy, it isn't.
  22. Comedy and narrative demand more rhythm than simply scamper, jabber, fall but that's what Minions bring to the table.
  23. The Raven isn't nearly as much fun as it should be.
  24. At times the screenplay by brothers David and Alex Pastor strikes the proper tone for claptrap.... Mostly, though, the dialogue thuds in circles.
  25. Life Happens still has the obligatory relationship cracks and repairs to wade through but it's finally tolerable.
  26. Flat and polished is a fine condition for mirrors, not movies. There is imagination galore but no genuine magic in Mirror Mirror, a Grimmly disappointing take on Snow White's fairy tale.
  27. The movie zings when Jenkins is snapping off venomous wisecracks, or O'Hara speaks politically incorrectly with only the best intentions. But those moments aren't enough to raise A.C.O.D. above the level of a failed pilot for a racy pay channel sitcom.
  28. As an actor, Meryl Streep is incapable of making false moves. That doesn't mean she's incapable of making false movies.
  29. The problem isn't entirely Lehane's script... It's the way Belgian director Michael R. Roskam, making his English language debut, is so visually uninspired by all this meanness.
  30. Unstoppable isn't unwatchable, but it is a letdown after "Speed" and some of the Speed-on-a-(fill in the blank with a vehicle) flicks that followed. Forget missing Hopper; even Keanu Reeves might make this movie more entertaining.

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