USA Today's Scores

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For 3,661 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Ed Wood
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3661 movie reviews
  1. In this spare, unusual and intimate action thriller, Redford's expressions do nearly all of the communicating. He is the sole human cast member and utters only one word during the entire movie, which covers a span of eight days. The ocean — super-charged and becalmed — gets equal billing. If this sounds bizarre, or like an exercise in tedium, it is neither.
  2. A cool and clinical reportorial remembrance whose very title reminds us who Solanas was. [3 May 1996, p. 10D]
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  3. Equally powerful and feel-good, Creed is an entertaining reminder that this franchise isn’t down for the count yet.
  4. The filmmaker keeps upping the ante with surprises until the plot-twist beaut that concludes the picture - a shocker that, upon reflection, is probably the one ending that wouldn't have fallen a little flat.
  5. In a role as tailor-made for him as the story is for its writer and director, Nicolas Cage anchors the movie with one of his best performances.
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  6. A visually stunning, startlingly clever sleight of hand that will have audiences pondering well after the lights go up.
  7. This is one inspiring movie despite extremely tricky subject matter -- better than "Shine" and among the most affecting ever made about co-existing with mental demons.
  8. It's rambunctious and unruly, but mesmerizing.
  9. Unapologetically brutal and unencumbered by much plot, Raid is the year's most turbo-charged film.
  10. The Painted Veil is a welcome addition to the slate of holiday movies, particularly for those drawn to intriguing tales of multi-dimensional characters in exotic settings.
  11. Gracefully acted, and the story packs a powerful punch straight to the gut.
  12. Despite its awkward title, Starter for 10 is a winning coming-of-age tale told with grace and charm.
  13. Accessibly brainy screen charmer.
  14. The best drama you've seen about Anytown, USA, since "American Beauty."
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  15. Oscar-winning animator Brad Bird seems to have accomplished the impossible with the fourth Mission: Impossible installment by injecting the 15-year-old series with newfound, breathtaking energy.
  16. An enchantingly beautiful and moving film.
  17. A little movie almost perfectly realized.
  18. My Super Ex-Girlfriend manages to do what the recent crop of crime fighters haven't: show us how much fun it might be to fly, or have super strength, or look buff in spandex.
  19. One bad idea can unravel and ruin lives in unimaginably horrific ways.That's the concept underlying the riveting Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, a sharply acted and highly entertaining morality play.
  20. Watching this movie, it seems to be the next level down from great -- maybe too episodic. But it burns in the memory weeks after you see it.
  21. Some caper movies build suspense, while others tweak the genre with tongue lancing cheek. But this lesbian caper pic (how's that for a rarefied subgenre?) often pulls off both feats in the same scene, even simultaneously. [04 Oct 1996 Pg.04.D]
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  22. Invictus, which is Latin for "unconquered," gives the poem several meanings in the context of the film. It also applies to Eastwood, who, as one of America's greatest storytellers, finds enthralling tales and fashions them with finesse and an indomitable spirit.
  23. A rare hybrid that perfectly blends the dazzle of a futuristic action thriller with the intellectual substance of an art film.
  24. Washington has put together a troupe that crafts a retro story that’s still completely relatable, no matter one’s race, and brilliantly plays a protagonist that finds the sweetest spot between lovable and loathsome.
  25. Farhadi's latest film is almost hypnotically compelling, spinning an intricate web of predicaments, emotional reactions and resolutions in a domestic drama that leaves the viewer reeling by its conclusion.
  26. The special effects continue to be masterful, but villains are given a new twist, and Order of the Phoenix is all the more fun because of it.
  27. It is that rare film that is equal parts entertaining, life-affirming and thought-provoking.
  28. A slow-cooked film that's one of the most heartwarming of the young year.
  29. The laughs -- mostly crude, profane and drug-addled -- are almost non-stop.
  30. An artful blend of tenderness and sharp, clear-eyed observations. Its characters talk like real people -- who also happen to be smart, appealing and thoughtful.
  31. Not only a stirring history lesson and an action-packed war film, Glory is also a ferocious statement about enduring discrimination that resounds today.
  32. Men in movies are often just overgrown boys, and Seven Psychopaths is out to prove it - in the most twisted, hilarious way possible.
  33. While the film is not as resonant as the novel, it is an honorable adaptation, capturing the essence of the bond between father and son.
  34. Neil Young once said: It's better to burn out than it is to rust. But moviegoers are lucky Anvil didn't take Young's advice. Who knew heavy metal could seem like fine art when it rusts?
  35. An exploration of where science ends and spirituality picks up, this second feature from writer-director Mike Cahill (Another Earth) is captivating, suspenseful and thought-provoking.
  36. An endearing, occasionally sentimental story told with depth and substance.
  37. Think of it as a thrill ride with gravitas.
  38. Uniformly robust acting puts still more feathers in the caps of Rush, Winslet and Caine.
  39. This year's wittiest animated adventure saga.
  40. A gently funny ensemble comedy that feels less like a movie than a short story.
  41. Babe, a live-action fable about a valiant pig who conquers prejudice like a barnyard Jackie Robinson, is in a league of its own when it comes to enchantment.
  42. It is one of the year's most intriguing dramas, with a quartet of powerful performances.
  43. Touching, but not cloying, uplifting and hopeful but never sappy and also just plain funny. There is not a false note among the five core performances, nor a false word in Sheridan's script.
  44. The kind of well-acted, genuine heartwarmer that some people complain Hollywood doesn't bother making anymore. And in this case, Hollywood didn't.
  45. This is a very bloody fantasy (reds do eke their way into the black-and-blues), but it's hard to think of another film with as many severed heads whose overall tone is so sweet.
  46. The Secret in Their Eyes is that rare police procedural that engages emotions as well as intellect.
  47. Her
    Though set in the future, Her is a timely, soulful and plausible love story.
  48. You'd be hard-pressed to find a purer expression of rapture in a film this year than the one that opens Billy Elliot.
  49. While the film is heart-wrenchingly sad, it also is mordantly funny, uncomfortably prickly and above all, unflinching in its depiction of a believable sibling relationship.
  50. Both a psychological portrait and an exciting action film.
  51. The film's score and editing brilliantly heighten the film's energy, keeping the audience somewhat off-kilter and unsure where things are headed.
  52. Bedroom succeeds with performances that get some of their power from imaginative casting.
  53. With one of the best ensemble casts of any film this year, it's audacious, enthralling and uproarious.
  54. The Class is a deeply moving film about the challenges of educating children in a complex and often turbulent world.
  55. A summer crowd-pleaser worthy of its wind.
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  56. A 2-hour classic wrongfully stretched into three.
  57. Kids should enjoy the comic performances of the animals, and adults will appreciate the film's gentle poignancy, powerful enough to induce a lump in the throat.
  58. Mongol is quality escapism: an exotic saga that compels, moves and envelops us with its grand and captivating story.
  59. Menacing and meditative, Hallows is arguably the best installment of the planned eight-film franchise, though audiences who haven't kept up with previous chapters will be hopelessly lost.
  60. Bardem's soulful turn lends this haunting meditation a sense of hope and saves it from the contrived missteps it teeters toward.
  61. The climactic rescue by Navy SEALs is riveting. But it's Phillips' devastating after-the-fact shock that leaves the most haunting impression in this ambitious, taut and captivating thriller.
  62. When it comes to 3-D visual splendors, give me Wonderland over Pandora any day.
  63. This clever, low-budget film kicks the concept up a few notches to mesmerizing.
  64. A haunting and fascinating portrait of so much that is worth exploring: the implacability of nature, the hubris of human endeavor and the line between supreme dedication and madness.
  65. Spielberg's must-see is so wondrous at depicting things that go crunch in the night that its human characterizations and pokey exposition seem astonishingly halfhearted… On a "people" level, Park isn't “Jaws,” but on a jolt level - oh, yes, it is. [11 June 1993, Life, p.1D]
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  66. Spectacular special effects, superbly crafted action sequences, plenty of humor and terrific performances render it a cut above most summer blockbusters.
  67. It's one of the year's finest, most complex portrayals, in one of Allen's best films in years.
  68. At its best, hard-hitting grown-up cinema (rare these days) and a movie blessed with a villain (Big Tobacco) for which all gloves can be removed and heaved into the next county.
  69. A deeply moving film, it's a powerful reminder of a time not so long ago when, for a large group of Americans, attempting to register to vote could result in a serious threat to their lives.
  70. Inside Man may be a cat-and-mouse game, but it's far from predictable. What could have been a straightforward thriller is unusually clever, visually captivating and unfailingly entertaining.
  71. It's easily the most political of the three films. It also is the most absorbing and best in the series.
  72. With Halloween bags still brimming, it's an ideal time for the inventive candy-colored fun and wicked humor that is Wreck-It Ralph.
  73. Fincher's electrifying storytelling makes the most of unsettling visuals, large casts, complex plots and sharp dialogue.
  74. This thought-provoking documentary addresses the origins of Vermeer's photo-realistic art with all the suspense of a thriller.
  75. More fresh than retro, The Muppets bursts with charm and cheeky humor.
  76. Finally, there's a big-budget popcorn movie that delivers what moviegoers hunger for: humor, action, thrills and charismatic characters. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is the summer blockbuster we've been waiting for.
  77. Epic in nearly every way, The Hurricane has the power to blow you away.
  78. This grade-A sleeper sends you out with an unexpected smile. [25 Nov 1992]
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  79. Much like Annie Hall did for a previous generation, (500) Days of Summer may be the movie that best captures a contemporary romantic sensibility.
  80. Audiences meet the most memorable voices in the world of backup singers. They perform with world-famous musical acts, but theirs are not household names. Their stories, however, are inspiring, heartbreaking and enthralling.
  81. Paradis is a most striking subject, but the movie is a winner as well, starting with a story full of black-comic possibilities exploited fully by the great French director Patrice Leconte.
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  82. There is enough mirthful good will generated to justify even another sequel. May we suggest: "License to Shag," "You Only Shag Twice" or "Thundershag."
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  83. Monster offers a cathartic study in overcoming loss and traversing the fine line between childhood and adulthood under tragic circumstances.
  84. Bout No. 2 is among the best closed-quarters screen fights ever, as good as (and longer than) Frank Sinatra vs. Henry Silva in The Manchurian Candidate. And Hannah does more for an eyepatch than anyone since the late Israeli defense minister Moshe Dayan.
  85. A sharp-tongued, subtly nuanced tragicomedy starring Jennifer Aniston, who shows her depth as a serious actress in this dark tale.
  86. It has been a while since we've seen such a consistently funny and entertaining road movie.
  87. It could be argued that this movie's callousness toward human life is nihilistic and nasty. But Woo takes everything so absurdly far that audiences laugh at what horrified them moments before. [27Jun1997 Pg01.D]
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  88. Not for the faint-hearted.
  89. Rarely does a first-time director make as auspicious a debut as Scott Frank has done with the haunting, engrossing and intelligent thriller The Lookout.
  90. This is one movie in which you don't feel the long-ish running time, in part because there always seems to be a surprise (as well as a new street guerrilla) around every corner.
  91. Babel may be the most ambitious movie of the year, tackling towering communication barriers, global politics and cultural divides in a structurally complex and fascinating narrative.
  92. Hunt is coldly clinical rather than emotionally resonant; so is the measured ensemble work of a super cast. [2 Mar 1990, Life, p.1D]
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  93. The juxtaposition between the fast-paced plays on the soccer field and the color-drenched, music-infused wedding party is a highlight of this captivating film.
  94. Proves there are Holocaust stories still to be told.
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  95. Flaws are outweighed by Crash's intricate construction and intelligent.
  96. As notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, Depp astounds with one of the best performances in his long career while co-star Joel Edgerton steps up equally well as John Connolly, an ethically questionable FBI agent who flirts with the wrong side of the law.
  97. The Hoax lures you in with its captivating performances.
  98. A smooth mix of humanism and keen filmmaking instincts.
  99. Foxcatcher might just be the feel-bad movie of the year. But it's so well-acted that audiences won't want to miss its dark, chilling yet restrained story. A little less muting of this outlandish true-to-life tale, however, might have made it even more mesmerizing.
  100. A movie with memorable and engaging performances.

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