Tampa Bay Times' Scores

  • Movies
For 1,050 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Arrival
Lowest review score: 0 Bulletproof
Score distribution:
1050 movie reviews
  1. Pawn Sacrifice tells a fascinating story in unspectacular fashion, resulting in a draw.
  2. The Intern is a movie outmoded in style and strangely retro-sexist in spirit.
  3. 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.
  4. Director Baltasar Kormakur (2 Guns) essentially made a faux documentary with big stars and better lighting.
  5. Mistress America is certainly funnier and sunnier than While We're Young, mostly thanks to Gerwig, America's dizzy, dazzling new girl on the side.
  6. A Walk in the Woods is a trifle compared to 2014's Wild, which tracked a similar real-life journey toward self-discovery in richer detail. But darned if Redford's easy charm and Nolte's gravelly lack of it aren't enticing throughout.
  7. The movie takes something primally appealing and attempts to explain it, fetishize it, turn it into something deeper and more dramatic than it is.
  8. American Ultra is a clumsy mix of courtship and gunpowder, passion and horror leading to a romantically sick-humored conclusion. The end nearly justifies director Nima Nourizadeh's means of getting there. But not quite.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    More interesting than the hows and whys of N.W.A.'s controversial rise and fall in the industry are the inside snapshots of the industry itself, from grimy Compton clubs to electrifying arena concerts to hotel orgies to studio sessions that illuminate Dr. Dre's creative process.
  9. Stylish to a fault and straying from the source, Guy Ritchie's The Man From U.N.C.L.E. revives a 1960s television hit for the short attention spans of today's youth-skewing movie audience.
  10. The End of the Tour asks viewers to lean in, listen well and be rewarded with an uncommonly intelligent and relatable movie experience.
  11. As an actor, Meryl Streep is incapable of making false moves. That doesn't mean she's incapable of making false movies.
  12. The stop-motion technique never ceases to fascinate, but the episodic structure of Shaun the Sheep Movie hinders any true emotional buildup and payoff.
  13. Fantastic Four is so mediocre that its title seems like a violation of truth in advertising laws.
  14. The Gift is B-movie melodrama at its lurid finest, and worth a look.
  15. The man is a movie star, underline it twice. Cruise is this young century's personification of what it takes to earn that title, a perfect storm of personality, drive and talent on delivery, incapable of irrelevance.
  16. Vacation is a Gen X comedy franchise rebooted exactly how audiences can expect in 2015, bawdier and less likable than whatever classic inspires it.
  17. Forbes' screenplay is fuller of humor than the topic might suggest, and Ruffalo as usual is imminently watchable, in a uniquely feel-good movie.
  18. For the most part, however, Southpaw is a terrific boxing movie, with choreographed violence emphasizing the sport's speed rather than its poetry in slow motion.
  19. Basically it's Ghostbusters meets Wreck-It Ralph, without the sustained charm or wit of either.
  20. Appropriately, the best jokes in Trainwreck are unprintable, or too winding to describe. Schumer's sexual vocabulary and observational skills get a workout, surrounded by an occasionally surprising cast of foils.
  21. Never thought I'd type this about a comic book movie, but Ant-Man needs to take itself more seriously.
  22. Amy
    In some moments, Amy feels like another intrusion on the singer's privacy, like the gossip vultures circling her drug and alcohol binges, awaiting her 2011 death. Those uncomfortable moments are far outweighed by sympathetic ones.
  23. At times the screenplay by brothers David and Alex Pastor strikes the proper tone for claptrap.... Mostly, though, the dialogue thuds in circles.
  24. Comedy and narrative demand more rhythm than simply scamper, jabber, fall but that's what Minions bring to the table.
  25. Will they, won't they? A bolder movie wouldn't settle for maybe.
  26. Someone describes the T-800 as "nothing but a relic from a deleted timeline." Too harsh to lay on Schwarzenegger yet, but certainly it applies to the Terminator franchise.
  27. Magic Mike XXL is darker, and between money-rain showers, duller. It's the movie many feared the original would be.
  28. This is among the funnier entries in the cancer-kid genre, flawed yet affable, with no fault in its dweebly charismatic stars.
  29. Ted 2 isn't cinematically special; the plot structure and shot framing is identical to MacFarlane's animated TV shows. But my god, is it funny. Trashy, nasty as it wants to be funny. Wake up the next day still giggling funny. Yes, that funny.

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