USA Today's Scores

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For 3,440 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 0.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Gosford Park
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3,440 movie reviews
  1. In Roy Orbison terms, enduring this movie is like working for The Man.
  2. Somewhere amid the mind-numbing barrage of action sequences there's a story based on Greek mythology. But its essence is buried amid the clatter.
  3. If "You've Got Mail" jangled your nerves with its Starbucks-fueled cuteness, here's a romance that goes down like instant decaf. [15 January 1999, Life, p.18E]
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  4. When the most notable thing a film offers is the sight of Dennis Farina in drag, you can't expect much.
  5. Poseidon is a sodden saga, with a script that is awash in clichés. It nearly drowns under the weight of its own soggy tedium.
  6. Don't buy a ticket for this one, even if the theater is having a fire sale on Raisinets.
  7. Despite some high-caliber voice talent and shimmering animation, it's hard to get a bead on this tale.
  8. There's nothing exciting about this awful, over-the-top reboot.
  9. May be a spectacularly awful movie, but it's also spectacularly drenched in color, décor and other visual oh-la-la.
  10. More often the film succumbs to clichés, grows convoluted and outlandish, and winds up dead on arrival.
  11. It's a pretty twisted concept, bordering on offensive. But mostly it's just not funny.
  12. A movie that has neither dramatic focus nor a single memorable performance, aside from one or two that are memorable for the wrong reasons?
  13. All this movie has in common with its ancestor are speedboats, shotguns and drug-dealing Colombians.
  14. This road-trip piffle is basically a male version of a chick-bonding flick.
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  15. Most Ender's fans, of course, won't care about comparisons and consider the film adaptation a long-awaited victory in itself. Those fresh to the tale — or at least expecting something fresh from it — may wonder what the fuss was about.
  16. The story's appeal is lost in all the fights between the monsters and robots.
  17. It's dreadful, despite a solid cast that includes art-house heartthrob Ewan McGregor, Nick Nolte, Patricia Arquette and Josh Brolin. [17 Apr 1998]
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  18. When movies have degraded to the point that Tyson is acting more than Quentin Tarantino is directing, maybe it is time for an industry shutdown, strike-induced or otherwise.
  19. A nose-bleeding mass murderer wears a mask that suggests Roger Ebert is knocking off a group of lifelong female friends.
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  20. OK, Time Warner, a joke is a joke, but the time of tolerance has passed. Get your creatures out of our faces unless you're willing to regale us by afflicting them with Mad Pokémon Disease.
  21. Actor John Corbett, so clean-cut in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and "Raising Helen," goes surprisingly scruffy here as someone who apparently studied music under Grizzly Adams.
  22. Myopic Whitey, continually passed over for a lifetime achievement athletic award, bears a passing resemblance to Columbia's all-time No. 1 animated star, the nearsighted Mr. Magoo. It's nice to think that if he ever went to this movie, he wouldn't be able to see it.
  23. Appallingly mean-spirited.
  24. The movie is devoid of laughs, except for a mildly funny segment when one of the chipmunks inhales helium. And since this is aimed at the under-10 set, it includes the requisite flatulence joke and a spit take or two.
  25. Never was a film so visually stunning and so intolerable as To the Wonder.
  26. Friedberg, who previously made Nielsen's golfing video and rental car commercials, knows only the low road -- and gets lost anyway. [24 May 1996, Pg.04.D]
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  27. Clumsy urban thriller.
  28. Earth to Earth's young director, Mark Piznarksi : It's tough turning straw into gold, isn't it?
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  29. There's nothing wrong in the setup: It worked fine in films like "Adventures in Babysitting" and "Uncle Buck." But director David Gordon Green populates the movie with so many soap opera asides it's hard to keep count.
  30. There's no substitute for bad taste. And this one has it double-barreled, both in the timing of its release and as a movie, one said to be loosely based on fact.

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