USA Today's Scores

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For 3,416 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 A Separation
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3,416 movie reviews
  1. In just three months, Wincer has gone from one of the worst IMAX movies ever (The Young Black Stallion) to one of the best. This time, and in all ways, he has more horsepower.
  2. One of the best football movies ever, Nights in the end celebrates the game.
  3. Sprinkled with riffs, concert footage and home videos, the family-authorized documentary does what the artist usually did: When in doubt, return to the beat.
  4. This morally ambiguous tale of dangerous liaisons and bewildering choices amounts to one of the year's most intriguing dramas.
  5. Terence Davies' deliberately paced, earnest adaptation of Edith Wharton's breakthrough novel quietly captures the grim complexities of New York's social world nearly a century ago.
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  6. Despite its title, Punch-Drunk Love is never heavy-handed. The jabs it employs are short, carefully placed and dead-center.
  7. Jackson is a visionary filmmaker who is not only a technical wizard but also a master storyteller. With Jackson at the helm, you would expect dazzling special effects and epic action sequences, but what is most surprising is how heartfelt the romance feels.
  8. A dream for fans of offbeat, well-written, subtly acted projects.
  9. Mostly, it's just wicked fun.
  10. Tarantino exercises both his obsession with vengeance and his fascination with the movies.
  11. This adorable exercise in whimsy should give "Corpse Bride" a good fight for best-animated-film Oscar.
  12. It is an unsettling tale told simply and chillingly by director Peter Mullan, with stand-out performances, an evocative soundtrack and spare, haunting visuals.
  13. The nonstop amusing mockumentary Waiting for Guffman does to small-town acting troupes what "This Is Spinal Tap did to heavy-metal bands."
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  14. The story feels believable as a witty chronicle of human behavior, in contrast with the self-consciously satirical style of some indie films and the far-fetched heroics of big studio fare.
  15. This is precisely the kind of film that parents clamor for and rarely get: a substantive, stirring, Huck Finn-style saga that doesn't insult anyone's intelligence or mindlessly entertain with crass humor.
  16. A super cast injects it with Teddy Roosevelt vitality. [17 Nov 1995, p.D1]
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  17. Nicholson has at least three magnificent moments in Hour 2. The best is a wedding toast that comes after another that will painfully remind you of every banal wedding toast you've ever heard.
  18. There is a compelling ethical question raised skillfully that will haunt viewers. The poignant conclusion probably will incite debate.
  19. The young actors' performances are particularly haunting.
  20. This is a smart and often tense work whose ultimate merit isn't completely calculable now.
  21. Funny... and the payoff is the most provocative Hollywood concoction in a while.
  22. Takes a fascinating chapter in Danish history, little-known to general audiences, and presents it engagingly.
  23. Moody, provocative and intellectually ambitious, Adoration is primed to elicit impassioned discussion among audiences.
  24. What makes the movie so winning are its endearing and relatable characters who spout believable dialogue and amusing banter, steeped in clever pop-culture references and sharp observations of human nature.
  25. Sometimes -- and far too rarely -- a film will hit all the right notes, with sharp, original dialogue, brilliant casting and an absorbing story. So caught up in its spell, you dread seeing the credits roll. Please Give is that movie.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The genius of Scorsese's film, which is being shown in IMAX in 93 theaters, is that it reveals the Stones' mortality while celebrating all that makes them more than mere mortals.
  26. The most gorgeous of all the Pixar films — which include "Toy Story" 1 and 2, "A Bug's Life" and "Monsters, Inc." —Nemo treats family audiences to a sweet, resonant story and breathtaking visuals.
  27. Well-written, terrifically acted and compelling. It deftly avoids sentimentality and offers a window into the lives of believable, multilayered characters.
  28. True to the book's squalor but also finding honest humor where it can.
  29. Chances are, the more you love classic cinema, the more you will find Gods is your cup of tea.

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