The Hollywood Reporter's Scores

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For 5,343 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Top Five
Lowest review score: 0 The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things
Score distribution:
5,343 movie reviews
  1. Despite its intriguing premise, the movie is a disappointing misfire.
  2. A failed cinematic experiment mainly notable for its fine starring performance by a pre-"Juno" Ellen Page, The Tracey Fragments provides more evidence (not that any was needed) that an extensive use of split-screen visuals is far more irritating than arresting.
  3. The ambitions and intentions of War, Inc., co-written by and starring John Cusack, are laudable, but the film is a nearly complete misfire.
  4. Obviously, Munro is reaching for something about how people allow themselves to get mired in the past. But his characters and situations are so exaggerated and dreary that his point gets quickly lost.
  5. Even the easygoing Broderick can't inject any lift or charm into the story.
  6. The only thing that can explain middle-aged men acting like 6-year-olds is mental retardation, and there's nothing funny about that. The idea of middle-aged actors playing adolescents isn't much funnier. Put it this way: Such an idea does not make for an inexhaustible source of comedy.
  7. Another among this year's crop of features that demonstrates that having a cast with indie cred can sometimes do little to buoy a film's miscalculated execution.
  8. The best you can say about the movie is that it isn't boring. It's fast-paced, but it isn't really well made.
  9. Every triumph registers low on the emotion meter, and most of the supporting characters are two-dimensional at best.
  10. Simon Pegg is likably smart and obnoxious as the fish-out-of-water Brit in high-gloss Manhattan, but he's swimming upstream in a feature that substitutes slapstick for scathing wit.
  11. A shrill, far-fetched thriller.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The film, absent a sense of place and populated by repellent or weak characters, soon devolves into an increasingly foul litany of events.
  12. This remake of a South Korean movie ultimately provides fewer scares than the average aging baby boomer feels every time they look into a reflective surface.
  13. Someone else's vacation photos are never much fun to watch, and this beach party is a drag for onlookers.
  14. For much of the way, the film just feels like it's pressing too hard to make an impression.
  15. The sole laughs are scored by Robert Davi, amusingly playing it straight as a Muslim terrorist who wants to hire Malone to make a suicide bomber recruitment film.
  16. Less sex comedy and more Seth comedy would have made for a much livelier excursion.
  17. While Atwater exerted notable influence on contemporary politics, this account of his career doesn't make for particularly absorbing viewing.
  18. The film is a misfire, which you feel more acutely given the talents of those involved, including director Rodrigo Garcia ("Nine Lives," "Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her") and rising star Anne Hathaway.
  19. Great comics from Jerry Lewis to Peter Sellers have turned pathetic into comedic. But James never seems to able to get beyond pathetic.
  20. Given how insultingly fanboys are portrayed, even the fan base could be put off.
  21. This war-horror movie basically plays like "Blair Witch" in Afghanistan.
  22. Every move is telegraphed well in advance thanks to desultory writing, routine direction and ample musical cues.
  23. The resulting cat-and-mouse game -- occupies most of the film's running time, to gradually diminishing results.
  24. A coming-of-age tale and a JFK assassination conspiracy movie. The first half of that equation works nicely...But the assassination story line is absurd.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The movie is almost rescued by the wonderful 1930's style songs (written by Reinhardt Wanger and Frank Thomas) that populate its final act.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Wears its righteous indignation and good intentions on its sleeve but its simplistic, heavy handed treatment of a complex issue gives it the weight of a contrived movie of the week melodrama.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A Wink and a Smile tries to tame burlesque, make it something to laugh at -- or worse, something that requires no skill.
  25. The movie clumps through one witless if not wince-evoking sequence after another without the relief of laughter.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's all an earnest effort, three decades too late.

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