USA Today's Scores

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For 3,447 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 0.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Queen
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3,447 movie reviews
  1. Well-written, terrifically acted and compelling. It deftly avoids sentimentality and offers a window into the lives of believable, multilayered characters.
  2. True to the book's squalor but also finding honest humor where it can.
  3. Chances are, the more you love classic cinema, the more you will find Gods is your cup of tea.
  4. Sharply written, superbly acted, funny and even occasionally touching.
  5. A moving documentary that informs, entertains and inspires.
  6. The Coen brothers have fashioned a wry and riveting hybrid of a drama, Western, crime thriller and action film that is as powerful and thought-provoking as it is genre-bending.
  7. It is at once warmly humanistic and boldly innovative, raising philosophical questions but not answering them.
  8. It plays even more like a bent version of Meredith Willson's "The Music Man" for the new millennium. Slinging a line of bull but displaying genuine affection for the youngsters he's bamboozling.
  9. Shake it all up and you get Collateral, a movie with only one conceivable flaw: its disinclination to break new ground, though no one held that against "The Fugitive" more than a decade of Augusts ago.
  10. A model of what a largely talking-heads documentary should be, with on-camera testimonials and lots of film clips that offer layers of context.
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  11. Warren Beatty's uproariously rude Bulworth is 90% triumph.
  12. Calvary is also profoundly compelling for the light it shines on how public attitudes have changed toward the clergy in the wake of the abusive-priests scandal.
  13. One of the series's best, with spectacular effects, nuanced performances and witty dialogue.
  14. A meticulously rendered, tasteful and moving period drama.
  15. Visually exhilarating, provocative and disturbing.
  16. This is the rare movie that blends long scenes of meticulous research with a sweeping story and sustains a feeling of riveting suspense. Zodiac grips you by the throat and doesn't let go.
  17. A mesmerizing look at the mythic quality and anarchic spirit of the irreverent and rabble-rousing journalist.
  18. Let Me In is going to lure and please fans of the original; like the first, the remake is graphically violent but as tense as good horror gets.
  19. Still a one-of-a-kind mind-blower.
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  20. The movie, based on a true story, takes surprising twists and turns right up to its chilling ending and is probably the best gangster crime drama of the year.
  21. To see someone even attempt bittersweet treatment of this subject is surprising, but to largely pull it off is a major feat.
  22. Taut, tightly paced and thrilling, with some of the best chase sequences -- whether by foot, taxi or Jeep -- in recent memory.
  23. Bittersweet, intelligently written, deftly acted and painfully honest.
  24. This is a filmmaker who instinctively knows that a shot of Santa sitting at a bar as Ricky Nelson sings Jingle Bells will be no-frills funny.
  25. Haunting and inspiring film.
  26. Mesmerizing and highly entertaining.
  27. Like the book, the movie blends a primitive quality with an imaginative artfulness. It also amplifies upon the story's gentle, sly wit.
  28. An engaging and moving film with a universal story about the bonds of family as told through two generations of a Bengali family.
  29. This genre-busting movie has the appearance of a love story but morphs into a thriller, told cleverly in a nonlinear style. Think "Sliding Doors" crossed with "The Sixth Sense," with a little "Memento" thrown in.
  30. Deliver Us From Evil is so horrifying it makes "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" look like a walk in the park.

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