USA Today's Scores

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For 3,326 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 0.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Topsy-Turvy
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3,326 movie reviews
  1. Ray
    Ray could not have been made without star Jamie Foxx.
  2. Linney is a match for Neeson, and the only thing that might keep Lithgow from getting a supporting-Oscar nomination is the brevity of the part.
  3. A long movie that almost wears out its 21/4-hour welcome, yet it's full of surprises.
  4. The one movie families search for every Christmas for an outing, the way "Something's Gotta Give" was last year and "Jerry Maguire" was in 1996.
  5. A robust family comedy that saves its wildest moments for a climactic "get-together."
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  6. Not since Tuesday Weld in "Pretty Poison" has an actress so played off her fresh-faced beauty for such pointed black-comic effect.
  7. Thompson has had the good sense and sensitivity to get Austen right, while letting Winslet steal the show.
  8. An enchantingly beautiful and moving film.
  9. Buddy movies are a Hollywood staple, but Rory O'Shea Was Here puts a new and profoundly affecting spin on the tired genre.
  10. A cool and clinical reportorial remembrance whose very title reminds us who Solanas was. [3 May 1996, p. 10D]
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  11. Inside Deep Throat, an NC-17 documentary that deftly chronicles the fallout -- with about 15 seconds of hard-core footage -- has some surprise credits.
  12. Powerfully disturbing.
  13. An endearing, occasionally sentimental story told with depth and substance.
  14. Smart, satisfying and compact but so modest in scale that only true-blue fans will sense - immediately - that it's Woody Allen's best outing in many years.
  15. Occasionally very funny, the picture tends to coast on its cosmetics. A first-rate script might have made it a twisted masterpiece.
  16. Even for non-fans, Revenge of the Sith is engrossing, and fans of the series will likely be over the moon -- and into another galaxy -- with this film.
  17. Clever and often enchanting.
  18. A cinematic experience that is dazzlingly different from anything currently in theaters, March of the Penguins captivates with its straightforward but powerful story of dogged determination, survival against harsh odds and sacrifice.
  19. Depp deserves kudos for fashioning an original and outlandish if occasionally menacing character.
  20. Junebug has the feel of a good short story or novella.
  21. The kind of well-acted, genuine heartwarmer that some people complain Hollywood doesn't bother making anymore. And in this case, Hollywood didn't.
  22. 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.
  23. A haunting and fascinating portrait of so much that is worth exploring: the implacability of nature, the hubris of human endeavor and the line between supreme dedication and madness.
  24. Breakdown exploits so many traditional thriller situations that any suspense fan vet can easily devote a hand to counting off the predecessors it plunders. [02May1997 Pg 12.D]
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  25. It could be argued that this movie's callousness toward human life is nihilistic and nasty. But Woo takes everything so absurdly far that audiences laugh at what horrified them moments before. [27Jun1997 Pg01.D]
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  26. Features the season's most tragic heroine along with some of the liveliest dead people ever seen on film.
  27. Lumet (who also wrote the script) seems to feed on lousy cop-precinct furniture, political showboating and confrontations between street-savvy adversaries played by synergic actors. [16May1997 Pg.01.D]
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  28. This morally ambiguous tale of dangerous liaisons and bewildering choices amounts to one of the year's most intriguing dramas.
  29. The young actors' performances are particularly haunting.
  30. This adorable exercise in whimsy should give "Corpse Bride" a good fight for best-animated-film Oscar.

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