Tampa Bay Times' Scores

  • Movies
For 625 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 6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Winter's Bone
Lowest review score: 0 The Change-Up
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 58 out of 625
625 movie reviews
  1. The most satisfying portions of Saving Mr. Banks occur when the movie adds pinches of salt to the spoonfuls of sugar making this medicine go down.
  2. Screenwriter Bert V. Royal takes the oldest adolescence hook in the book - losing one's virginity- and turns it inside out.
  3. Guardians of the Galaxy is fun but forgettable, or perhaps Gunn crams so much onto the screen that memory is crowded out. Definitely worth a second look, just to figure out what in the name of Buckaroo Banzai is going on.
  4. Big Hero 6 is second-tier Disney/Marvel entertainment, fine for a day out with the children yet doesn't seem enough, after the creative advances of Wreck-It Ralph and the emotional heft of Frozen.
  5. 21 and Over remains enjoyable for what it is and all it cares to be, which is nothing any respectable movie critic should recommend, and I'm down with that.
  6. Taylor's movie is overly episodic, but a number of those episodes are marvelous.
  7. The performances are constantly spot-on, especially Scott during a wonderfully written rant during a group vacation.
  8. The Amazing Spider-Man is fun, as any summer movie amusement ride can be. But it left me feeling the same as Raimi's version; that groundwork has been dutifully laid for a winning franchise in need of a few surprises.
  9. To borrow just a few of Aleichem's words that are ingrained in Jewish culture: "It could be worse."
  10. Bad Words isn't an entirely auspicious beginning to Bateman's career behind the camera, but a riotous performance suggests what a wonderful louse he can be.
  11. Movies about cooperating Africans and Americans often take a condescending risk of great white saviors making everything better for poor black folks. The Good Lie isn't that sort of movie, except in its marketing.
  12. The Campaign is below-the-Beltway humor, stretching obvious targets to raunchy extremes.
  13. It's a movie of terrific performances and rousing comeuppances, with a side order of corn pone for the soul.
  14. Directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud craft a fun stretch run, wrapping the story with warm, fuzzy funnies and nothing to suggest a sequel, which is probably wise.
  15. Not rocket science by a moonshot but sporadically dumb fun.
  16. It's a welcome chance to learn more about Lisbeth Salander, the kinky, punk hacker and pop culture phenom played by Noomi Rapace.
  17. Danny Collins isn't the most artistic or surprising movie, and Fogelman's appropriation of Lennon's music to explain what's obvious gets stale. But it does contain a wonderful performance by Pacino, when it was debatable if we'd ever say that again.
  18. Director Wes Ball makes a solid feature film debut, without any noticeable video game envy to his action sequences.
  19. It's easy to see why neither Home Depot nor Lowe's chose to go the product placement route. Too many cleanups in the power tool department.
  20. Big Eyes is an entertaining take on a pop culture footnote, short on the bizarre flourishes Burton typically employs.
  21. There are strange, midnight movie pleasures found in Smith's movie.
  22. Edge of Tomorrow may be the best video game movie ever made. Which is strange since it isn't actually based on a video game.
  23. The globetrotting is reined in, the mayhem at each stop just as exciting. Renner is a sturdy action hero, with an interesting face that unlike Damon's appears to have taken a punch or two.
  24. 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.
  25. Black Swan is a stage door melodrama putting new spins on cliches as old as "All About Eve" (and maybe Adam). Setting them among ballerinas as opposed to showgirls or movie stars doesn't make them any less familiar.
  26. It's rare to wish a movie were an hour or two longer, when it already feels an hour longer than it is.
  27. A boxing movie swinging in too many directions at once, as if someone sneaked a third clubber into the ring. All the emotional punches land solidly, to occasionally devastating effect, but at the conclusion you're not sure which competing cliche wins.
  28. Mother and Child is depressively interesting, with characters constantly ruining their best chances at happiness.
  29. Despite its unsavory aspects, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is always a pleasure to observe, so artfully artificial with its green-screened backdrops and CGI props.
  30. JFK
    Stone's riveting three-hour movie freely mixes black and white and color documentary footage with pseudo-documentary and dramatic footage, so the line between real and fabrication is constantly blurred. [20 Dec 1991, p.7]
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