Tampa Bay Times' Scores

  • Movies
For 700 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 67% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 30% 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 Monsieur Lazhar
Lowest review score: 0 I'm Still Here
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 64 out of 700
700 movie reviews
  1. Basically it's Ghostbusters meets Wreck-It Ralph, without the sustained charm or wit of either.
  2. Fans of either Smith will be sorely disappointed. The elder never before appeared this listless on screen, and the younger misplaced his unforced rapport with the camera that made the Karate Kid reboot so impressive. Only Shyamalan delivers what moviegoers expect from him, and that's a shame.
  3. If anyone could harness McCarthy's dynamo presence while protecting her from looking bad, it should be Falcone. Instead, Tammy suggests no one had the heart to tell this hot Hollywood couple that it wasn't working.
  4. Get Hard becomes an increasingly unpleasant comedy, wasting two very funny stars in a barrage of prison rape gags, lazy stereotypes, toilet stall indignities and insincere acceptance of people already marginalized in movies.
  5. Breaking Dawn Part 1 confirms suspicions that all four books could've made a heck of a single movie.
  6. On the plus side, Scott's plagues are cool. But it's a long slog to crocodile rocking, pestilence and Proactiv-proof sores.
  7. This Thing is purely for the gorehounds, and they aren't likely to leave impressed.
  8. Through it all, Marshall sticks to his rose-colored principles: You gotta have hope, listen to your heart and take leaps of faith. Plus a new one: Parker should never make it through a movie without at least one pair of fabulous shoes.
  9. The movie takes something primally appealing and attempts to explain it, fetishize it, turn it into something deeper and more dramatic than it is.
  10. A smarter-than-average bear becomes a dumber-than-usual kiddie flick with Yogi Bear, the lone Christmas release specifically aimed at children, so it automatically qualifies as their lump of coal.
  11. Country Strong is a country music melodrama, but I'm not sure which country.
  12. As far as unnecessary movies go, Predators is a pip.
  13. 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.
  14. What really offends about Hot Pursuit is its lazy approach to comedy, and so many short cuts making bad jokes possible.
  15. 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.
  16. An amoral mosaic of carnage and carnality.
  17. Billed as an action comedy, The Green Hornet isn't funny, and the action is often too frenetic to make any impression.
  18. None of these complaints would matter if The Bounty Hunter possessed even a smidgen of inspired comedy. It doesn't.
  19. A timid new take on the old fairy tale, and it's pretty grim.
  20. Carnahan didn't make a movie unfit for mankind but it certainly isn't worth mankind's money.
  21. 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.
  22. Cloud Atlas, surely the most incoherent waste of time and money on screen this year.
  23. Jack the Giant Slayer is merely cable TV fodder waiting to happen and not worth a hill of beans, magic or otherwise.
  24. Other than its campy title, not much about Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is fun.
  25. The Art of Getting By is enough to drive a movie critic to drink. The next round's on the kid in the overcoat.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. Something Borrowed is a romantic comedy in which absolutely no one deserves to end up happy.
  29. I wouldn't even DVR What's Your Number? if under house arrest and starved for entertainment. I've got this movie's number, and it's zero.
  30. Nearly everything about Just Wright is just wrong.
  31. The sequel is merely crude for crudeness' sake, lazy as they come.
  32. Alex Cross is slipshod cinema hoping to capitalize on a star out of his orbit here.
  33. Move along, guys. Nothing to see in The Lucky One, unless you're in the doghouse at home and need to make nice.
  34. 30 Minutes or Less merely puts together actors with only one funny talent each, making them do it over and over again.
  35. A sitcom pilot idea stretched to feature length boredom.
  36. All Crowe's movie has going for it is casting, a lineup of favored actors wasted in a screenplay unsure of what it wants to be. Aloha is by turns a love quadrangle that never materializes, an ode to Hawaiian sovereignty, an opposites-attract cliche and an outer-space weapons caper, all of which is clumsily executed.
  37. Your Highness is drive-by directing at its laziest, linking late-night sketch ideas in a quest for comedy as difficult to locate as the Holy Grail.
  38. 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.
  39. If the first 90 minutes of Girl Most Likely grate and disappoint, wait until the final 10 or so, when directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini try covering their maniacally depressive tracks like cats in a litter box.
  40. 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]
    • Tampa Bay Times
  41. The only thing Black or White adds to the discussion of race relations is another one-sided argument.
  42. Fantastic Four is so mediocre that its title seems like a violation of truth in advertising laws.
  43. 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."
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. Our Family Wedding should embarrass Whitaker and each of his co-stars, perhaps except Carlos Mencia, whose chief attribute as an actor is that he's a so-so standup comedian.
  47. Yes, there is a hell, and this movie is showing at its local multiplex.
  48. The Boxtrolls is a visually repellent pile of stop-motion animation, populated by grotesques and filmed in the palette of an exhumed casket's interior. It can frighten small children and bore anyone, with its cracked, cackled British wit.
  49. This movie never realizes how ridiculous anything it does truly is, right up to the last-second promise of another sequel.
  50. There are cheesy pleasures found in Left Behind's ineptness.
  51. Darkman is a spectacularly ill-conceived combination of Batman and The Phantom of the Opera. [24 Aug. 1990, p.6]
    • Tampa Bay Times
  52. This is summer entertainment at its mindless, violent worst featuring plenty of squishy, crunchy sounds and sickening makeup X effects to satisfy undiscerning blood-and-guts audiences. Moviegoers looking for pacing, character development or delightful thrills must seek shelter elsewhere. [11 July 1992, p.3D]
    • Tampa Bay Times
  53. Most annoying is John Carter's scarcity of action. This much buck should buy more bang.
  54. Niccol fashioned an uninspired and downright dull sci-fi gimmick and doesn't even explain how it happened.
  55. Everybody's cyber-pal Ashton Kutcher is perfect casting for Killers, since the screenplay is shallow as a Tweet and the movie appears to have been shot with a Nikon point-and-click camera he plugs on TV.
  56. For the love of movies, stay away.
  57. The Last Airbender makes the cartoon version with its ratchet-jawed characters and clunky animation seem like a Pixar classic.
  58. This messy mix of sci-fi horror and post-Superbad raunchiness didn't make me laugh once. Not a single snicker, chortle or smile.
  59. A comedy abomination, tasteless and useless to a stunning degree, with storied actors smugly collecting paychecks for sullying their careers.
  60. 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.
  61. 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.
  62. The Change-Up is the "Human Centipede" of gag-me comedies.
  63. 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.
  64. It's all megalomaniacal junk from Snyder, but that isn't his most offensive move.

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