USA Today's Scores

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For 3,665 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 Full Metal Jacket
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3665 movie reviews
  1. A dream for fans of offbeat, well-written, subtly acted projects.
  2. Mostly, it's just wicked fun.
  3. Tarantino exercises both his obsession with vengeance and his fascination with the movies.
  4. This adorable exercise in whimsy should give "Corpse Bride" a good fight for best-animated-film Oscar.
  5. It is an unsettling tale told simply and chillingly by director Peter Mullan, with stand-out performances, an evocative soundtrack and spare, haunting visuals.
  6. Easily the best Wolverine outing, Logan is The Dark Knight of the mutant-filled X-franchise, a gripping film that transcends the comic-book genre by saying something important — and for Logan, that means coming to grips with needing loved ones in his life.
  7. 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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  8. The film's big breakout is Monáe, the Grammy-winning musician who impressed in a small role in Moonlight but showcases a wealth of talent as the youngest and most opinionated of the three main women.
  9. While it’s not the greatest Marvel effort — that honor goes to the previous Captain America: The Winter Soldier — Civil War does pull outstanding performances from its two franchise faces, Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. A super cast injects it with Teddy Roosevelt vitality. [17 Nov 1995, p.D1]
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  13. 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.
  14. There is a compelling ethical question raised skillfully that will haunt viewers. The poignant conclusion probably will incite debate.
  15. The young actors' performances are particularly haunting.
  16. This is a smart and often tense work whose ultimate merit isn't completely calculable now.
  17. Funny... and the payoff is the most provocative Hollywood concoction in a while.
  18. Takes a fascinating chapter in Danish history, little-known to general audiences, and presents it engagingly.
  19. Director Kirby Dick has gone from examining sexual assaults in the military in 2012's "The Invisible War" to investigating rapes on college campuses. His is an impassioned and well-researched film that will incite outrage.
  20. Moody, provocative and intellectually ambitious, Adoration is primed to elicit impassioned discussion among audiences.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. Well-written, terrifically acted and compelling. It deftly avoids sentimentality and offers a window into the lives of believable, multilayered characters.
  25. True to the book's squalor but also finding honest humor where it can.
  26. Though Linklater isn’t subtle when it comes to his lesson plan — the theme of the movie is, in fact, written on a chalkboard — he gives you a squad of guys whose good times and fun personalities will leave you wanting some more.
  27. Chances are, the more you love classic cinema, the more you will find Gods is your cup of tea.
  28. Sharply written, superbly acted, funny and even occasionally touching.
  29. A moving documentary that informs, entertains and inspires.

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