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 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3728 movie reviews
  1. Much of the action in Ice Age: Continental Drift takes place on an iceberg fashioned into a seagoing vessel. No one seems to be piloting the boat, which is an apt metaphor for the film.
  2. The harder this film tries to be quirky and edgy, the more it feels like a run-of-the mill TV movie.
  3. What starts as a bright and bouncy time-waster that at least borrows from the best of its genre-defining ilk -- "Fast Times at Ridgemont High", "Clueless", "Carrie", "The Breakfast Club" -- eventually stumbles into sappy message-movie territory. [29 Jan 1999, p. 09E]
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  4. Misguided raunchfest.
  5. It's mystifying how such a muddled and silly movie drew the talented cast it did.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    You'll figure out just about everything that's going to happen in Cool Runnings, a congenial Disney comedy, quicker than an icicle melts in Kingston. [4 Oct 1993, p.4D]
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  6. An immature obsession with sex at 17 seems understandable. But at 30 it's getting cringe-inducing.
  7. So the cliches are as thick as a vat of honey. And the love story proves just as syrupy. But for those who lap up this sappy vision of romance, it contains all the key ingredients.
  8. By trying to combine fantasy and romance with goofy humor, globe-trotting adventure and feel-good inspiration, Stiller has made Mitty a mixed bag of clashing tones and facile redemption.
  9. Woody, please: Go back to the European locales that so energized you of late.
  10. The perfect vehicle for Johnson's charm and talents is still out there. It's certainly not in the muscle car he pilots in Faster.
  11. Hurried, harried. [14 February 1997, pg.D4]
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  12. It's instantly devoured and quickly forgotten.
  13. By the time you've given up guessing whether S.W.A.T. wants to be a half-serious action pic or just affably jokey, its storytelling has turned so ludicrously melodramatic that it doesn't matter.
  14. How to lose an audience in 10 minutes: Cobble together a predictable and forced romantic comedy that should have been funnier.
  15. Low on Diesel fuel, though probably amusing enough if you're part of the intended demographic, which appears to be the age group that likes to stick fingers up noses.
  16. Director Hugh Wilson and co-writer Peter Torokvei allow this Driving Miss Daisy with attitude to fully steep, like a cup of fine tea spiked with lemon. [11Mar1994 Pg. 01.D]
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  17. Yet another ho-hum family comedy hits screens this weekend -- this one in peppermint holiday flavor.
  18. Disappoints with its lack of character development and convoluted storytelling.
  19. The picture-postcard location of Southport, N.C., is the film's strong suit.
  20. Has a three-way split personality, which happily includes an action-packed middle to ease the pain of its early protracted exposition and later action so slow that you'll be asking "Gotta match?" to the person next to you.
  21. Though the film offers a meticulously rendered Depression-era L.A., it's not in the same league as "Chinatown," for which Towne wrote an Oscar-winning script. Here, the characters seem shallow, their motivations murky.
  22. Despite his cockney-accented verbosity, Brand does not convey the effortless conviviality that Dudley Moore did in the part.
  23. This could be the start of an awful new genre: Nannies Gone Wild.
  24. The film's mythology is a bit dodgy, and the dialogue is standard issue, but the over-the-top action sequences are occasionally fun, if gory. Ultimately, it's a formulaic, predictable take on a Hollywood staple: the vampire horror film.
  25. The inspiring story of surfer and shark attack victim Bethany Hamilton deserves a better dramatization.
  26. These are hardly damsels, but the distress will be felt by audiences watching the collection of non sequiturs, twee remarks and tangential vignettes that is Damsels in Distress.
  27. The borderline Parenthood is either an iffy comedy with lots of compensations, or a good comedy with more irritating flaws than most movies manage to survive. Whichever, the "feel good'' infantry of summer-film escapists will probably love it. [2 Aug 1989, p.5D]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Maybe it's too much to ask that rationality and surprise accompany Heat's blood, bullets and busted-up cars. Red Heat is just lukewarm. [17 Jun 1988, p.1D]
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  28. The material has enough meat to enable charitable viewers to drift in and out, but the result is too arch to conjure up much affection.
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