USA Today's Scores

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For 3,436 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 History of Violence
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3,436 movie reviews
  1. Slavishly follows the well-worn and soggy Sparks path.
  2. Though the lead actress, newcomer Jordana Beatty, gives a spunky performance as third-grader Judy, her character's borderline bratty charm wears thin fast. Mostly it's undercut by the movie's irritatingly antic slapstick style.
  3. Misanthropic to the extreme, Bad Teacher fails across the board.
  4. It's tough to summon sufficiently negative language to describe the unfunny, desperate mess that is Bad Words.
  5. There's sad news to report about The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D: Put on the cardboard glasses, and you can still see the movie.
  6. Perhaps there was a clever germ of an idea here, but the five credited writers didn't develop characters, scenarios or rules in this sci-fi world well enough to engage the audience.
  7. Filled with laughable dialogue, Abduction goes nowhere.
  8. It's an unrelentingly brutal movie set in an unusually scenic locale — the coastal city of Valparaiso, Chile.
  9. There isn't much in the way of plot to get in the way of Sandler's world: There's poo, ripped pants and hot girls falling for fat guys.
  10. Each actor does his own thing for his own audience demographic.
  11. It's an idea that might have made for a mildly intriguing skit, but blown out into a full-length feature it's at best campy and at worst an amateurish, sentimental schlock-fest.
  12. I cry for I Spy— or I would if this latest and laziest imaginable of all vintage-TV spinoffs were capable of engendering an emotional response of any kind. Comas are physical, not emotional.
  13. A wan version of the same old tired serial killer story, despite its updated milieu -- cyberspace.
  14. The Romantics is a misnomer. "The Spoiled Melodramatics" would be more accurate. Or better yet, "The Pretentious Ones."
  15. The only thing a movie this unrefined needs is a vaudevillian in baggy pants and someone hawking peanuts in the aisle.
  16. This one's aimed at those airheads who, like George, have been swinging on a grapevine and slamming into too many trees. [16 July 1997, p. 3D]
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  17. The shenanigans of randy soccer moms and their obnoxious blowhard husbands are intended as comic relief. But the sappy plot of this formulaic romantic comedy is just as silly as its inane attempts at farce.
  18. Too slight and pointless.
  19. In Roy Orbison terms, enduring this movie is like working for The Man.
  20. Somewhere amid the mind-numbing barrage of action sequences there's a story based on Greek mythology. But its essence is buried amid the clatter.
  21. If "You've Got Mail" jangled your nerves with its Starbucks-fueled cuteness, here's a romance that goes down like instant decaf. [15 January 1999, Life, p.18E]
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  22. When the most notable thing a film offers is the sight of Dennis Farina in drag, you can't expect much.
  23. Poseidon is a sodden saga, with a script that is awash in clichés. It nearly drowns under the weight of its own soggy tedium.
  24. Don't buy a ticket for this one, even if the theater is having a fire sale on Raisinets.
  25. Despite some high-caliber voice talent and shimmering animation, it's hard to get a bead on this tale.
  26. There's nothing exciting about this awful, over-the-top reboot.
  27. May be a spectacularly awful movie, but it's also spectacularly drenched in color, décor and other visual oh-la-la.
  28. More often the film succumbs to clichés, grows convoluted and outlandish, and winds up dead on arrival.
  29. It's a pretty twisted concept, bordering on offensive. But mostly it's just not funny.
  30. A movie that has neither dramatic focus nor a single memorable performance, aside from one or two that are memorable for the wrong reasons?

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