Tampa Bay Times' Scores

  • Movies
For 510 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 69% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 29% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Her
Lowest review score: 0 For a Good Time, Call...
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 51 out of 510
510 movie reviews
  1. By the time Melancholia finally crawls to its conclusion, his (von Trier) round orb in the sky isn't as depressing as the rectangular screen.
  2. End of Watch is a repellent movie, first for its shaky-cam conceit rendering much of the action incomprehensible, and finally for seeking to entertain viewers through the thuggish execution of a police officer.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Darkman is a spectacularly ill-conceived combination of Batman and The Phantom of the Opera. [24 Aug. 1990, p.6]
  3. Carnahan didn't make a movie unfit for mankind but it certainly isn't worth mankind's money.
  4. An amoral mosaic of carnage and carnality.
  5. If only one character in Stone reacted as someone in his position would to the preposterous situation at hand, the movie would be 15 minutes long.
  6. Save the money you might spend for a ticket to see For a Good Time, Call... and just read a dive bar's restroom wall for free. That's the sub-level of comedy here, with a litany of crude sexual euphemisms and phallic images passed off as jokes.
  7. Cloud Atlas, surely the most incoherent waste of time and money on screen this year.
  8. Niccol fashioned an uninspired and downright dull sci-fi gimmick and doesn't even explain how it happened.
  9. Most annoying is John Carter's scarcity of action. This much buck should buy more bang.
  10. Jack the Giant Slayer is merely cable TV fodder waiting to happen and not worth a hill of beans, magic or otherwise.
  11. As far as unnecessary movies go, Predators is a pip.
  12. Nearly everything about Just Wright is just wrong.
  13. This Thing is purely for the gorehounds, and they aren't likely to leave impressed.
  14. 30 Minutes or Less merely puts together actors with only one funny talent each, making them do it over and over again.
  15. I'm Still Here is amateurishly shot and edited, as if ineptness equaled some higher level of veracity. Ironically, it's the only Joaquin Phoenix movie anyone has cared about in years.
  16. The word "sappy" comes to mind, constantly. So often that I wanted to make like a tree and leaf. Frankly I'm stumped, wondering exactly who the audience is for such a drab slab of saccharine uplift.
  17. The only memorable aspect of She's Out of My League is Eve's performance. Not that it's good, but it does possess the hypnotic quality of a flicker ring.
  18. Breaking Dawn Part 1 confirms suspicions that all four books could've made a heck of a single movie.
  19. Country Strong is a country music melodrama, but I'm not sure which country.
  20. Machine Gun Preacher comes alive only when Sam is pulling a trigger, which is most of the second hour. You can find the same thrill from watching a grindhouse descendant like "The Expendables" on cable TV.
  21. Stargate is a time-warped implosion of baffling space mysticism, a costume budget gone mad, and too much sand for any movie short of Lawrence of Arabia. It's pretty, vacant and pointless; an interactive computer game with which we just don't feel like getting involved. [28 Oct 1994, p.10C]
  22. Other than its campy title, not much about Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is fun.
  23. This movie never realizes how ridiculous anything it does truly is, right up to the last-second promise of another sequel.
  24. Two flesh-and-blood performers stand out among the machinery. One is pop singer Rhianna, looking lovely as usual despite the military gear and quite comfortable with high-powered artillery. The other is Gregory D. Gadson, an Army veteran who lost his legs to a roadside bomb in Baghdad.
  25. Hop
    Hop is harmless, which is the worst best thing to be said for any movie. It never decides whether to be a kiddie flick or a grownup lark and winds up as neither. As Roger might say: "Puh-puh-puh-puhleeze, don't waste your time."
  26. Can we please get over the notion that every superhero in a skintight suit deserves a movie? Green Lantern is the latest wallet drainer emptying the comic book bench, more thudding than "Thor" and sorely incoherent.
  27. The Change-Up is the "Human Centipede" of gag-me comedies.
  28. Billed as an action comedy, The Green Hornet isn't funny, and the action is often too frenetic to make any impression.
  29. A sitcom pilot idea stretched to feature length boredom.

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