The A.V. Club's Scores

For 5,538 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 2.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Tree of Life
Lowest review score: 0 Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
Score distribution:
5,538 movie reviews
  1. The energy of Workman's editing and the innate value of seeing the creative process play out makes House watchable.
  2. While stylistic excess keeps Gothika mildly diverting, though suspense-and horror-free, Kassovitz can't do anything to keep the film's ending from degenerating into camp.
  3. Though it isn't explained until the closing minutes, the title Acts Of Worship says a lot about Rodriguez's terminal weakness for the overwrought and faux-poetic.
  4. Cotton-candy filmmaking, all spun sugar and hot air.
  5. AKA
    Divided into a triptych of images sprawled across a Cinemascope frame, AKA rarely uses the extra screens for information that couldn't be conveyed well enough in one.
  6. It almost takes skill to make this cast dull, but the relentlessly tepid film does it anyway, by never getting the characters straight.
  7. Folds like a house of cards, collapsing under its own flimsy foundation.
  8. Ultimately more interested in exploiting clichés than subverting or commenting on them, and Coyote and Dunn's grotesque caricatures are embarrassing.
  9. Offers viewers a trade-off: half an hour of phenomenal dancing in exchange for an hour of atrocious drama.
  10. Right up to the ludicrous finale and an even more improbable denouement, everything rings Hollywood-false. More galling still, the filmmakers' inventions take the zing out of the facts.
  11. Doesn't have a mean bone in its body, but it's so sloppily assembled that even Lohan's charm can't keep it together.
  12. Maddeningly dull. It works on the cerebrum while the rest of the body drifts off to sleep, and the dullness only intensifies as the film goes on.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If director Mimi Leder is really guilty of anything, it's of wasting three first-rate actors (Morgan Freeman, Vanessa Redgrave, and Robert Duvall) in underdeveloped roles while allowing Leoni's shell-shocked, unconvincing turn to become an embarrassment.
  13. Secret Window is almost worth seeing for his characteristically assured performance alone, but Koepp sabotages Depp and his surroundings with an ending so atrocious, it callously betrays everything that came before it.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A murky, often confusing story riddled with half-hearted performances, erratic characters, and too many cliched lines and situations.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The film is being marketed as a romantic comedy, but it's neither romantic nor funny.
  14. Sadly, Taking Lives, adapted from a novel by Michael Pye, proves to be one long wallow in elements that have long since had their effectiveness dulled flat.
  15. Veering wildly from macabre Southern Gothic to quirky small-town romance, Home Fries is too busy cross-pollinating genres to bother with consistent behavior and tone.
  16. To its credit, the new Walking Tall is a good half-hour shorter than its predecessor, but even at 86 minutes, sitting through it is a chore.
  17. Hoge, who scripted and directed The United States Of Leland, caters to his cast too much. He gives almost every character a way-too-involved subplot, which distracts from the heart of his story.
  18. Tamala 2010 feels like either a singularly detail-organized dream, or an exceptionally formal drug trip.
  19. Seems as much an imposter in the drag-queen world as its heroines; it fronts the sort of safely asexual gay characters found on network TV.
  20. The outsider road picture Gypsy 83 means well, but writer-director Todd Stephens can't keep his aesthetic out of the way.
  21. Ultimately, the film is the kind of neither-fish-nor-fowl work unlikely to satisfy anyone: There's not enough hot-and-heavy action for thrill-seekers, and not enough substance for those looking for above-the-waistline kicks.
  22. Scott's latest exercise in assaultive excess nevertheless lingers for two and a half hours, like a drunken houseguest who won't leave.
  23. Moore works to feign vitality where none exists, but that just makes it even more embarrassing to watch her writhe around fruitlessly in the most thankless and ill-fitting of roles.
  24. Duller than a rain delay on the Golf Channel.
  25. Written and directed by Daniel Taplitz, Breakin' has a hard time building up steam and an even harder time distinguishing itself from any number of UPN sitcoms.
  26. The two leads help create an atmosphere of quiet surety, but they can't elevate the film beyond its self-imposed smallness.
  27. The strange thing about Raising Helen is that nothing out of the ordinary ever really happens.

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