The A.V. Club's Scores

For 5,431 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Batman Begins
Lowest review score: 0 The Real Cancun
Score distribution:
5,431 movie reviews
  1. It's as if Gordon feared his film's none-too-subtle suggestion that kids should ask questions and decided to provide answers instead, tying up his story with a phony happy ending.
  2. Jones' role, on the other hand, only requires him to look embarrassed at all times, which shouldn't have been too hard to pull off, considering the circumstances. Is that what they call "method" acting?
  3. Still, the central mystery remains effective and compelling for most of the film, until it becomes clear that it's all image and no intent.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    At best, The Jackal is an uninspired, by-the-numbers action thriller.
  4. This adaptation of Eric Bogosian's 1994 play-- which revolves around several post-high-school drifters hanging around a convenience store while awaiting the return of their rock-star classmate -- doesn't hold up to Linklater's previous work, and the problem is Bogosian's script.
  5. An implausible, wildly protracted setup that drags on forever before reaching a payoff that barely registers.
  6. An incorrigible tease. It baits its audience with the promise of fluffy, light-footed cotton-candy fare, but delivers a clumsy, talky, indifferently filmed lesbian romance.
  7. Too pretty to dismiss, but too dull to recommend.
  8. In the process of becoming characters, the writer-stars have diminished themselves.
  9. McConaughey is usually a welcome presence, but here, he looks like making the movie was getting in the way of his exciting African adventure.
  10. House Of D never feels honest, but when Duchovny consciously tries to score sentiment points, the strain is more than the film can handle.
  11. A short and soppy story that Coyote lends some dignity, but not much power.
  12. The umpteenth variation on second-generation American immigrants bucking the traditions of their first-generation elders.
  13. Lunchbox-toting time-waster.
  14. A sustained mood piece of disquieting intensity, but its almost unbearable air of morose ennui becomes hard to take even in small doses, let alone in a highly concentrated torrent of misery like this.
  15. Where Locklear's careful, clipped delivery confirms that she's better suited for TV stardom than the movies, every time Duff opens her mouth, she confirms that her natural home is in magazines. Or voicing animated squirrels. Either one would work.
  16. Without contrivances, the movie would only run about five minutes.
  17. It's a low-key actor's showreel, harmless and toothless and sleepy. It'd go pretty well with a glass of warm milk.
  18. One long tease, not just because it keeps promising sex it doesn't deliver. It teases at deeper themes and cultural commentary.
  19. Boasts an action-movie plot and an action-movie title, but precious little action. It's a lovely film about brutal men, but its integrity and visual splendor ultimately can't make up for its overall lack of visceral excitement.
  20. An overblown science-fiction epic in which ostensibly unthinking, unfeeling stem-cell-like entities not only think and feel, but look and act like glamorous movie stars.
  21. Scott can invest just about any scene with heft and intelligence, but neither the material nor his co-star give him much help.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    When Atkinson tries to stretch familiar Beanisms into 80 minutes, the results are mostly unsatisfying.
  22. It was made fast and cheap, which shows in every none-too-slick frame.
  23. It's an undistinguished effort in which none of the actors distinguish themselves.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The movie looks great at first, with interesting spaceship designs and genuinely creepy abandoned interiors, and the initial idea had plenty of potential. But by the time the story gets rolling, the filmmakers are trying unsuccessfully to scare the audience with sudden loud noises and gallon upon gallon of fake blood.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Although Excess Baggage is not actually unwatchable, this is mostly due to Del Toro's dazed charisma and an inspired bit of weirdness by Christopher Walken as Silverstone's dangerous uncle.
  24. It's the kind of featherweight slot-filler people turn off after 15 minutes on a plane or have on in the background on cable while they vacuum the floor.
  25. Steal Me suffers from a distinct charisma vacuum at the center, which makes it easy to linger on its many shortcomings, especially its stilted dialogue and pseudo-poetic, pseudo-philosophical narration.
  26. G
    For a film about shimmering surfaces and the glittering allure of the superficial, G boasts a depressingly flat, undistinguished visual style, and whenever Bill Conti's score reaches for rarified, elegant romance, it instead suggests the dewy earnestness of a feminine hygiene commercial.

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