USA Today's Scores

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For 3,387 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 One Day in September
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3,387 movie reviews
  1. The young actors' performances are particularly haunting.
  2. This adorable exercise in whimsy should give "Corpse Bride" a good fight for best-animated-film Oscar.
  3. This is the most enjoyable film of its type in recent memory.
  4. Not for the faint-hearted.
  5. Director Stephen Herek does an admirable balancing job, though the movie slows whenever the animals solo onscreen. [27 Nov 1996 Pg.01.D]
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  6. Some caper movies build suspense, while others tweak the genre with tongue lancing cheek. But this lesbian caper pic (how's that for a rarefied subgenre?) often pulls off both feats in the same scene, even simultaneously. [04 Oct 1996 Pg.04.D]
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  7. Filmmakers of Bernardo Bertolucci's magnitude don't often take on sexual coming-of-age movies, but judging from the pleasures of Stealing Beauty, maybe more of them should. [14 Jun 1996 Pg.04.D]
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  8. Welcome to the Dollhouse does, with accessible dark comedy and chilling honesty, reminding us right off that school-cafeteria agonies only begin with the cuisine. [24 May 1996 Pg.04.D]
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  9. A Johnny Cash biopic equally packed with music and frustrated love, Walk the Line goes from compelling to enthralling.
  10. A gripping and fascinating tale of political intrigue that spans three continents, its focus trained on the volatile Middle East. It's a global portrait of danger, deception and disillusionment, with no dearth of human casualties.
  11. Jackson is a visionary filmmaker who is not only a technical wizard but also a master storyteller. With Jackson at the helm, you would expect dazzling special effects and epic action sequences, but what is most surprising is how heartfelt the romance feels.
  12. Pierce Brosnan is the anti-Bond in The Matador. And though he's anything but suave, sophisticated or debonair, he's a joy to behold.
  13. This is a smart and often tense work whose ultimate merit isn't completely calculable now.
  14. Caché is unsettling and tense, even shocking. And its story of enduring tensions between an Algerian immigrant and a well-off French family is particularly timely.
  15. Joyeux Noël is gritty and disturbing with its extended scenes of war and destruction. It also is emotional, even a touch sentimental.
  16. The movie grows on you, lingers in the mind and may pick up a cult. Take away Heat and Dust, Howards End and The Remains of the Day, and it's as satisfying as any movie the filmmaking team's ever made. [18 Sep 1998, Pg.03.E]
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  17. Visually exhilarating, provocative and disturbing.
  18. The razor-sharp satire Thank You for Smoking is the wittiest dark comedy of the year thus far. It has appeal to all sides of the political spectrum.
  19. Inside Man may be a cat-and-mouse game, but it's far from predictable. What could have been a straightforward thriller is unusually clever, visually captivating and unfailingly entertaining.
  20. Hard Candy, a highly original psychological thriller/revenge fantasy, can be bitterly hard to take and uncomfortably intense, but it's well worth consuming.
  21. Haunting and inspiring film.
  22. It captures an authentic feel-good spirit and inspirational message that most Hollywood movies barely approximate.
  23. If it's challenges you're after, forget cracking "The Da Vinci Code." Wordplay captures the exhilaration that comes from navigating the ins and outs of complex puzzles.
  24. My Super Ex-Girlfriend manages to do what the recent crop of crime fighters haven't: show us how much fun it might be to fly, or have super strength, or look buff in spandex.
  25. It has been a while since we've seen such a consistently funny and entertaining road movie.
  26. This unconventional psychological drama weaves a fascinating tale, and Collette and Williams give two of the summer's best performances.
  27. A compelling drama that establishes Ryan Gosling as one of the finest actors of his generation.
  28. The film's score and editing brilliantly heighten the film's energy, keeping the audience somewhat off-kilter and unsure where things are headed.
  29. Deliver Us From Evil is so horrifying it makes "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" look like a walk in the park.
  30. A visually stunning, startlingly clever sleight of hand that will have audiences pondering well after the lights go up.

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