TV Guide Magazine's Scores

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For 5,551 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Long Riders
Lowest review score: 0 Cobra
Score distribution:
5551 movie reviews
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    A deep waste is more like it.
  1. No cliché is unturned, no "dog duty" pun avoided (get it -- dog doody), no creepy gay-panic subtext unplumbed in this family comedy.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    Misbegotten mess.
  2. It's all mean-spirited, foulmouthed sniping.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    Folks watching any movie that opens with a shot of a butt crack (with the possible exception of "Lost in Translation") can't claim they weren't warned.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Ghostbusters II is such a lazy effort that the formula machinery is laid bare for all to see. It suffers from writing that is obvious, sloppy, and unimaginative.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Gone is the joy and wide-eyed fun of the original; in its place is a hokey, ho-hum story that might have come out of a computer.
  3. Hopelessly muddled film cries out for the firm hand of a dyed-in-the-wool cynic like Billy Wilder, who would have put some teeth in its jabs at amoral politicians and blindly ambitious journalists.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    There are no two ways about it: A chubby-cheeked dummy doing stuff it shouldn't be doing is spooky stuff. But Wan isn't on such sure footing with his actors -- Wahlberg is stilted as the tough-guy cop, and Kwanten is blandly uninteresting.
  4. The sad thing is that Arnett, Shepard and McBride quickly establish a loose, easy camaraderie that's a real pleasure to watch. The shame is that they're working with such unrewarding material.
  5. A stale rehash of Woody Allen-style "he's a neurotic Jew, she's a flaky shiksa" gags.
  6. That the 27-year-old Usher isn't much of an actor is no surprise, but he's strikingly uncharismatic for someone who's been in the spotlight since he was six.
  7. The story vacillates between broad, kid-friendly gags and a series of oddly sour riffs on the theme of adult sibling rivalry.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    Sacre bleu! Bumbling French police inspector Jacques Clouseau is back, and he's never been less funny.
  8. This trashy, overwrought thriller gets itself worked up into a fine, sleazy lather that recalls the matricidal glories "Die! Die! My Darling!" and "You'll Like My Mother", then wimps out at the end.
  9. The trouble is that Turturro's reach considerably exceeds his grasp.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    Lawrence is a comedian with talent who rarely uses it for anything worthwhile, and here he makes a halfhearted, paycheck-collecting effort that's actually in perfect keeping with the rest of the movie's tired, recycled tone.
  10. It's familiar stuff if you've sampled the vast body of work devoted to LA-dammerung.
  11. Though Verow attended the American Film Institute and has made more than a dozen shorts and features since 1994, his low-budget gay-themed films are characterized by phenomenal indifference to framing, sound quality and performance. If his relentless amateurishness is deliberate, it's self-defeating; if not, it's inexplicable: Most people who do anything for more than a decade get better at it.
  12. This live-action cartoon tries to walk the line between pleasing the faithful and appealing to a broad-based action audience. It fails on both fronts: It's too lifeless and watered-down to stand on its own high heels, but commits the cardinal sin of messing with the original.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    In what can only be described as a throwback to the awkward "gay" farces of the 1970s and '80s -- think "The Ritz" and "Partners -- this painfully uncomfortable buddy comedy trips all over itself to say something positive while still managing to offend. Worse still, it's just not funny.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    The major irritant is the hyperactive direction by Joe Pytka, a near-legendary helmer of TV commercials who films each scene as if it were the last, with everybody in the frame strenuously choreographed and overly busy.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Though less offensive than its predecessor, Rambo III -- which is dedicated to "the gallant people of Afghanistan" -- is still a mindless and uninspired effort.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Horror of the glossiest, safest kind. It's a boring bubblegum shocker that loses its flavor faster than Fruit Stripes.
  13. The film's major draws are R-rated gore and some nice physical effects, proof that a man in a top-of-the-line monster suit can still be more effective than CGI.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    Forgetting that French New Wave directors often turned to Hollywood for inspiration, cinema snobs will doubtless be outraged that Hollywood would dare remake such a beloved Rohmer masterpiece, when in fact, tone aside, "Chloe In The Afternoon" isn't all that different from "The Seven Year Itch."
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    With nothing in the way of performance to cling to, the audience is left to marvel at the mounting inanity of each scene.
  14. For all the sex and slicing, the most shocking thing about it is how dreary it is.
  15. Ironically, Faris' Samantha is the most convincing personality in the mix: She's a grotesque caricature of Courtney Love by way of Nancy Spungen, a vulgar, selfish monster of unbridled id, but you always know where she's coming from.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 38 Reviewed by
      Ken Fox
    An ugly, unfunny frat comedy.

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