Tampa Bay Times' Scores

  • Movies
For 1,122 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The LEGO Movie
Lowest review score: 0 End of Watch
Score distribution:
1122 movie reviews
  1. Somehow, the loose ends fit together, as rag-tag plucky as Eddie himself. What Eddie the Eagle has that last week's more historically accurate Race didn't is charm to spare, especially in Egerton's performance.
  2. What truly becomes aggravating about Zoolander 2 is its dependence upon a parade of famous people doing supremely unfunny things.
  3. Eggers' chilling debut is a small masterpiece of atmosphere.
  4. How to Be Single isn't doing anything that some flop probably starring Katherine Heigl hasn't done before. This appealing cast at times works wonders with what they're being asked to play.
  5. Deadpool's flawed insolence is appealing, like a mangy pup crawling into your lap.
  6. Hail, Caesar! is maddeningly hit-and-miss.
  7. It's a story told accurately, if not particularly well.
  8. A singular look, an exemplary vocal cast, and a narrative arc like a caress. That'll be the Kung Fu Panda franchise's legacy, the idea that shouldn't have worked but did, beautifully and with its own chi.
  9. 13 Hours is another flag-wrapped paean to true-life Alamo heroism in the vein of Lone Survivor, hoping for ticket sales like American Sniper. Neither of those movies carry the political burden of 13 Hours, and Bay isn't one to channel it.
  10. Anomalisa ends with a major decision and a minor triumph, the result of a one-night stand in Cincinnati. Sad, desperate? Maybe. But in the hands of Kaufman and Johnson, an extraordinary movie.
  11. Haynes designs a perfectly nostalgic sensory experience — something like a Manhattan department store window — needing a suppler story to sell.
  12. The Revenant is an action blockbuster with an art house soul, a headlong rush of motion with meaning. Pure cinema from Iñárritu and Lubezki, two undisputed masters working at their peaks.
  13. Youth is a movie of dreamscapes and insinuated feelings, gorgeous and puzzling at once.
  14. Fortunately, Hooper has a pair of extraordinary actors on which to hang The Danish Girl, two of the finest performances of women this year.
  15. Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight is vile art, bludgeoning viewers for three hours with indefensibly gratuitous race baiting and blood.
  16. McKay's frustration about the financial crisis is obvious, his instinct of how to engage viewers less so. Buyer beware.
  17. Joy
    Endings have never been Russell's strong suit. This time the beginning also eluded him, and the middle fell into his lap. Joy leaves a feeling of panicked disappointment, as if phone lines are open and nobody's calling.
  18. What keeps Daddy's Home watchable is Wahlberg's checkmate machismo, as the intimidating foil necessary for Ferrell's namby-pambyism to register.
  19. Concussion is essentially Erin Brockovich with shoulder pads, a crowd pleaser built upon an issue long ignored.
  20. Fey and Poehler remain game throughout, mustering a bit of besties magic here and there. Sisters flips a tested formula to become the New Coke of comedy, looking familiar and bubbly on the surface, disposable before it's finished.
  21. The Force Awakens accomplishes its fan base mission, bringing back a modern myth with the torch-passing respect it deserves (plus some crass commercialism it doesn't).
  22. The movie has all the propulsion of a trolling motor, traversing long-charted dramatic waters.
  23. Room is a startling movie experience, peculiar in setting and profoundly simple. It's a story of love born out of unseen horror, of nurture conquering nature. Room must be felt to be believed.
  24. Victor Frankenstein is misshapen as the bad doctor's creature itself, straining without wit or viscera to be a devilish horror romp.
  25. Most of the time I was distracted by the superb photorealism of The Good Dinosaur's American Southwest backdrops, wondering how much money Disney would save by just filming the real thing.
  26. Ronan is Brooklyn's linchpin, and its saving grace.
  27. Creed proceeds to hit the same beats as six Rocky movies preceding it, all the way to the Big Fight. But there's a difference here. This is the first Rocky movie Stallone didn't write, enabling Coogler and co-writer Aaron Covington to bring new perspective and respect.
  28. Lawrence makes every moments as Katniss count, pouring out mixed feelings through puffy eyes.
  29. The central mystery has been drastically altered to fit Julia Roberts, its most telling clue diluted, and a signature sequence that made soccer exciting now makes baseball duller.
  30. The Night Before isn't anything Harold, Kumar or Billy Bob Thornton didn't desecrate before and better.

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