USA Today's Scores

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For 3,728 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 0.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Lives of Others
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3728 movie reviews
  1. Glee the TV show has become a cult phenom with three essential ingredients: whip-smart kids, adult-sized issues, all blended to sugary pop tunes. About a third of those components made it into Glee: The 3D Concert Movie.
  2. The movie unfortunately gets stuck between edgy drama and broad comedy, and most of the humor lands with a thud.
  3. There's nothing very rockin' about seeing Gene Hackman give a rare indifferent performance as a Navy admiral trying to effect a rescue for which his hands are tied.
  4. A less-than-middling melodrama whose subject matter and talent never click as much as its credits portend.
  5. Not without some stupidly funny moments.
  6. Brothers never catches fire the way Gilliam's "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" did. And you almost feel during subpar special effects that sweaty stagehands are pushing the trees around.
  7. The sad fact is Williams is at his best while trapped in Andrew's original sleek form. His performance is subtle, his reactions restrained. The more Robin is exposed, the more ham is served.
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  8. 30 Minutes or Less is "Pineapple Express" gone sour.
  9. Dance Flick occasionally hits its mark with nimble execution. But too often it stumbles clumsily into bad taste.
  10. Isn't smart enough to cut it as the ultimate blond joke. [25 April 1997, p. 4D]
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  11. Hangover II marks one of the most derivative sequels of the year: The opening and closing scenes are taken almost shot-for-shot from the original. Just substitute Asians for Americans, gross-outs for guffaws.
  12. Despite haunting moments in this fabricated fling between a headstrong Native American and an English sea captain, the film isn't as chirpy or majestic as recent Disney fare. [16Jun1995 Pg. 01.D]
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  13. A hopeless if harmless boxing picture whose principals just happen to wear uniforms outside the ring, Annapolis is set in a U.S. Naval Academy where no one ever seems to attend class.
  14. An awkward blend of fable, travelogue and relationship drama, it's the story's hybrid style, vapid message and predictable arc that disappoint.
  15. There's nothing super about the movie, aside from a loopiness that affords it a certain guilty-pleasure cachet.
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  16. Soderbergh's homage to film noir and wartime thrillers, is technically stunning but narratively and thematically hollow.
  17. Ghosts can't make up its mind whether it wants to be a racy raunchfest or a sentimental celebration of soul mates. So it ends up being a sappy, sleazy hybrid.
  18. A few chuckles will be had by both the rabble and more learned brains.
  19. Hits its silly stride early and never shifts into a higher gear.
  20. This is for those who like their political thrillers far-fetched, far-reaching and filled with pretty people.
  21. For those who don't equate sexual appetite with the intricacies of fly fishing, Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1 is more tiresome than titillating.
  22. The considerable talents of a strong supporting cast, which includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Liev Schreiber and Andre Braugher, go untapped. The only distinguishing feature to this by-the-book thriller is Jolie, who gets pummeled as good as she pummels.
  23. Ron Howard has taken an intriguing page-turner of a story and re-shaped it into a bloated wannabe epic.
  24. The combination of the two showcases fun chemistry and antics, although surrounded by a formulaic narrative that action junkies have all seen before.
  25. While the plot strives to be a raunchy-clever sex farce, it feels more like a leaden repurposing of Airplane with drunken pilots, mile-high dalliances and dancing flight attendants.
  26. But director Jodie Foster and writer W.D.Richter aren't content to serve the usual Planes, Trains and Cliches at their Thanksgiving feast. With her keen actor's instincts, Foster piles on plenty for her terrific cast to chew on and for us to savor. [03 Nov 1995, Pg.01.D]
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  27. The movie, though, is more of the same: another current comedy with want-to-see elements that fails to deliver the goods. [01 Jul 1992]
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  28. The humor, largely centered around bodily functions and bathroom habits, is almost exclusively sophomoric.
  29. Bewitched does have a few laughs, thanks to Ferrell's antics. And some of the wittiest contemporary comedians are on board, notably "The Office's" Steve Carell and "The Daily Show's" Stephen Colbert, but they are underused.
  30. The best that can be said is that the production design is striking. Otherwise, it's a foolish story, marred by a strange blend of overacting and bland, offhand performances.

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