USA Today's Scores

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For 3,402 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 Short Cuts
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3,402 movie reviews
  1. Who would have thought an animated comedy satirizing the predictable nature of fairy tales could be so grim?
  2. Given its predictable story, the only reason to see Stomp is for the rhythmic step dancing.
  3. Catch and Release is not worth catching. Release yourself from boredom by giving it a miss.
  4. From the embarrassingly over-the-top performance of Ray Liotta as a tough-guy biker to the pratfalls of William H. Macy as a bumbling computer geek, this movie stinks of exhaust and desperation.
  5. It takes more than an awkward title attempting to sound cool to overcome its mundane plot and silly dialogue.
  6. Been-there-seen-that wannabe laughfest.
  7. All cinematic creativity seems to have focused on devising the most repellent ways to maim and murder.
  8. This warm-weather variation on the original, once again set in a small Minnesota town, is in dire need of Geritol. Or a dose of ginseng. Or Ex-Lax. Anything to get things moving faster than this turgid replay. [22 Dec 1995, p.3D]
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  9. This implausible action thriller also stars Julianne Moore as an FBI agent who sees Cage's two-bit Vegas act and decides he can single-handedly save the world.
  10. Not even scaremeister director Wes Craven can awaken this story. Murphy's pale efforts are enough to make one fondly recall Blacula. Now that was one sucker who knew how to make a film that didn't. [27 Oct 1995, p.4D]
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  11. The pirate ship has hit foul waters, and even the sharp wit and charm of everyone's favorite buccaneer can't save it.
  12. Although about as authentic as Chef Boy-Ar-Dee, Martin at least gets to dress funny. Joan Cusack's D.A. looks dowdy and is misused. Carol Kane's grocery-store siren looks slutty and is underused. And as a cop, Melanie Mayron should slap cuffs on her hairdresser. [20 Aug 1990, p.4D]
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  13. Far-fetched, flimsy and uninvolving.
  14. I don't mind that Nights is a potty-mouth benchmark; crude verbiage is appropriate to the leads, as well as the film's subject matter. This is, however, an amazingly mean two hours. Even the funniest gag involves Murphy's fatal shooting of three men. [17 Nov 1989, p.6D]
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  15. Rambo III is hardly the first Stallone-y baloney to climax with a commie wipeout; it is the first to palm off its star as the product of a Buddhist monastery. Like, whew. Rambo in a monastery is almost as stomach-turning as E.T. in a brothel. [25 May 1988, p.1D]
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  16. It's dreadful, despite a solid cast that includes art-house heartthrob Ewan McGregor, Nick Nolte, Patricia Arquette and Josh Brolin. [17 Apr 1998]
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  17. Underdrawn and overheated, Cool World will leave you cold. [13 Jul 1992]
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  18. Director Dominic Sena appears more enamored of peeping-Tom camerawork than plot logic. [03 Sep 1993]
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  19. Long, lumbering, pretentious and for some a possible laff riot. [23 Dec 1994]
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  20. Pytka may know how to push fizzy water, but he certainly can't make a punch line sparkle. [21 Aug 1989]
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  21. It's an almighty, humorless bore.
  22. Director Steve Buscemi is not to be faulted for his filmmaking or acting skills, but as co-writer he could have done better than the false-sounding dialogue.
  23. A movie that gives marriage, homosexuality, friendship, firefighters, children and nearly everything else a bad name.
  24. A silly movie that's essentially a series of clich├ęs strung together into a semblance of a movie.
  25. If you've been lobotomized or have the mental age of a kindergartener, Mr. Bean's Holiday is viable comic entertainment.
  26. Balls of Fury makes "Dodgeball" look like high art. It'll be tough to crack a smile, let alone laugh, during this uninspired and sophomoric satire of sports movies.
  27. It's so unfunny it almost stings.
  28. Whatever reason Denzel Washington may have had for deigning to grace a melodrama as scummy as Virtuosity, the actor has wound up with something that is even worse than 1991's Ricochet in his otherwise creditable filmography. [4 Aug 1995, p.4D]
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  29. The movie is devoid of laughs, except for a mildly funny segment when one of the chipmunks inhales helium. And since this is aimed at the under-10 set, it includes the requisite flatulence joke and a spit take or two.
  30. The entire undertaking feels like a waste of time and talent.

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