Tampa Bay Times' Scores

  • Movies
For 556 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 68% higher than the average critic
  • 2% 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 The Tillman Story
Lowest review score: 0 I'm Still Here
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 52 out of 556
556 movie reviews
  1. White-knuckle fun.
  2. A tidy terror flick, and refreshing with its intention to make viewers gasp rather than gag.
  3. Reese Witherspoon can do a lot of things as an actor but playing a damaged-goods Depression era dame isn't one of them.
  4. Nothing about Koolhoven's film is stunning, but it's a solid piece of work, occasionally feeling as tense as life-and-death situations with Nazis should be.
  5. Fast Five is brawny dumb fun, nothing more but that's enough.
  6. It's a very good performance that isn't for the "Talladega Nights" crowd and indie audiences can appreciate that.
  7. Bridesmaids is a bit of a groundbreaker... Not exactly a banner for feminism but equal time is overdue.
  8. Depp and Cruz only occasionally strike the sparks expected from two of the world's most beautiful people.
  9. Spurlock's meetings with skeptical corporate types are punctuated by comments from filmmakers about how product placement - or in Quentin Tarantino's case, being turned down by Denny's - influences creativity.
  10. Anyone of any age can get a kick out of watching penguins slide down the spiraled interior of the Guggenheim Museum, or seeing how one of these flightless birds manages to buck nature.
  11. Ponderous and perplexing, a somberly audacious film to make viewers swoon or snore, take your pick. It is defiantly opaque, a free-form meditation on nature and nurture across millennia with a tinge of biblical grace.
  12. Not rocket science by a moonshot but sporadically dumb fun.
  13. Sure, it's silly without shame, and predictably sentimental. But Zookeeper is the most thoroughly enjoyable movie for the entire family in theaters right now. I can't believe I just typed that about a Kevin James flick with talking animals.
  14. The movie seldom bridges the gap between education and entertainment, a trait that made "March of the Penguins" a must-see multiplex experience.
  15. Succeeds where "Thor" didn't and the "Incredible Hulk" hasn't, twice. Unlike those drags, director Joe Johnston keeps things relatively simple and pleasantly stupid.
  16. It's a movie of terrific performances and rousing comeuppances, with a side order of corn pone for the soul.
  17. For the most part, the performances can raise goosebumps, especially whenever Lea Michele, Amber Riley and Naya Rivera open their mouths.
  18. The performances are spot-on, with former Tampa resident Morgan Simpson scripting a showcase for himself as Jefferson, and Michael Clarke Duncan (The Green Mile) as the enigmatic stranger, proving again that he's more than just a not-so-pretty face atop an intimidating body.
  19. Buckle up for a bumpy ride but one that a road warrior like McQueen would hitch in a heartbeat.
  20. It's a quiet story, without many emotional outbursts and no villains. Parts of Higher Ground are dull, honestly. But the movie always feels honest about its subject.
  21. To borrow just a few of Aleichem's words that are ingrained in Jewish culture: "It could be worse."
  22. Has something for everyone, if everyone is looking for young nuns taking showers, a department store Santa dealing weed, a coked-up infant crawling on the ceiling and Danny Trejo as the father-in-law-to-be from Hell. I didn't think I was looking for that but found it. And heaven help me, it wasn't bad.
  23. As far as sophisticated caper flicks go, Tower Heist is oceans away from George Clooney's crew. Compared to other recent comedies, it's pretty light on the laughs.
  24. In any language with anyone at the helm, Lisbeth is still a killer.
  25. Thankfully, much of Red Tails is spent in the skies, where fighter planes swoop and zoom in thrilling dogfights with incendiary direct hits. Executive producer George Lucas apparently gave Hemingway the keys to his CGI kingdom, creating marvelously designed in-flight action and a sappy, snappy salute to the Tuskegee Airmen.
  26. The performances are constantly spot-on, especially Scott during a wonderfully written rant during a group vacation.
  27. It's a movie that grows on you, after grating your nerves while viewing it.
  28. Bully is no more incisive than a Dateline NBC segment on the subject, although with a PG-13 rating it now can be a classroom tool for discussion.
  29. The Farrellys affectionately structure their movie to resemble the Stooges' one-reelers from the 1930s, while the modern setting shows how timeless their rapid-fire puns, insults and pratfalls truly are. Silliness never goes out of style.
  30. Romantic charm and racy humor in a neatly arranged package anyone can appreciate.

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