Tampa Bay Times' Scores

  • Movies
For 594 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 5.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Skyfall
Lowest review score: 0 The Change-Up
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 56 out of 594
594 movie reviews
  1. Whatever his motivations or deeds, Gordon Gekko is a classic screen character and Douglas is never better than when playing him.
  2. Bran Nue Dae is a strange change from the usual multiplex fare, and that's nearly enough to make it wonderful.
  3. The cast is delightful top to bottom, although Arterton's role is chiefly defined by seductive smiles and the rise of her cut-off shorts. Allam and Cooper are standouts, creating hormonally despicable characters getting more of Tamara's attention than they deserve.
  4. Liman handles the spy stuff with Bourne-again flair, especially the opener when Valerie proves her mettle during an assignment to secure a snitch.
  5. It will mightily preach to the choirs of concerned citizens, and be ignored by anyone else.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Doesn't revolutionize the romantic comedy like "(500) Days of Summer," or even match the Farrellys or Judd Apatow for clever smut. But it is cheerful raunch delivered by a solid cast.
  9. I'm not sure there's anything else to take away from this film besides Manville's performance and gratitude that we aren't these people.
  10. Unknown is finely tuned pulp filmmaking, a dumb movie with a smart veneer, which is nothing to sneeze at.
  11. This is a solid, sincere affirmation of faith and forgiveness. Praise the Lord, and pass the popcorn.
  12. White-knuckle fun.
  13. A tidy terror flick, and refreshing with its intention to make viewers gasp rather than gag.
  14. Reese Witherspoon can do a lot of things as an actor but playing a damaged-goods Depression era dame isn't one of them.
  15. 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.
  16. Fast Five is brawny dumb fun, nothing more but that's enough.
  17. It's a very good performance that isn't for the "Talladega Nights" crowd and indie audiences can appreciate that.
  18. Bridesmaids is a bit of a groundbreaker... Not exactly a banner for feminism but equal time is overdue.
  19. Depp and Cruz only occasionally strike the sparks expected from two of the world's most beautiful people.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Not rocket science by a moonshot but sporadically dumb fun.
  24. 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.
  25. The movie seldom bridges the gap between education and entertainment, a trait that made "March of the Penguins" a must-see multiplex experience.
  26. 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.
  27. It's a movie of terrific performances and rousing comeuppances, with a side order of corn pone for the soul.
  28. For the most part, the performances can raise goosebumps, especially whenever Lea Michele, Amber Riley and Naya Rivera open their mouths.
  29. 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.
  30. Buckle up for a bumpy ride but one that a road warrior like McQueen would hitch in a heartbeat.

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