USA Today's Scores

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For 3,504 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 0.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3504 movie reviews
  1. Russell Crowe may find himself discovering the simple joys of life in A Good Year, but audiences will be checking their watches during this joyless attempt at comedy.
  2. If only the movie had heeded its own advice and tried to be different from the standard formula.
  3. But most of the humor is about as fresh as the air left behind whenever Witherspoon uses a toilet.
  4. The filmmakers, who include the hitherto ace action director Jan De Bont ("Speed", "Twister"), have neither hearts nor minds in gear. [13Jun1997 Pg.04.D]
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  5. This wrongheaded biopic that bears her name does nothing to burnish her legacy. In fact, the tedious movie lacks any insight into the characters involved, and surely would have the late Princess of Wales rolling in her grave. And it can't be easy on her sons to see their mother depicted in such a one-dimensional fashion.
  6. November is when we eat turkey, and Sweet November is pretty much a fat, juicy gobbler passed off as Valentine's Day date bait.
  7. A contrived, unpleasant and very drawn-out affair.
  8. Just about any golden age Hollywood hack could have made a zestier drama about one of the greatest rescue missions in U.S. military history.
  9. Chan has more chemistry with the kids than with Valletta, but the story is so insipid that it's likely to only sadden fans of the martial-arts icon and offer little enjoyment to its young audience.
  10. Neither the actors nor their characters engender much affection.
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  11. Live dies around the time Carpenter allows 10 minutes of gratuitous Piper-David eye-gouging, an apparent bone to wrestling fans. Forget the amusing premise; a full crate of magic glasses couldn't make this a bearable movie. [7 Nov 1988]
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  12. Conan the Barbarian lives by a pretty simple ethos: He lives, he loves, he slays. What he doesn't do, alas, is act.
  13. Even the special effects alone aren't worth the price of admission.
  14. Romantic screwball comedies are supposed to be at least a little romantic, but there's no chemistry between Perry and Hurley.
  15. Viewers seeking a fresh comedy, a seductive romp, or even just an escape from boredom for a couple hours will be left dismally unsatisfied by this stilted, nearly humorless, non-titillating slog.
  16. Audiences deserve a resounding "mea culpa" for the embarrassing dreck, masquerading as comedy, in The Guilt Trip.
  17. Tedious, unromantic, sophomoric and only sporadically funny.
  18. Interspersed between the misogyny and flatulence jokes apparently left over from Pooh's co-written script for "Friday," there's a story about an ex-con.
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  19. Been-there-seen-that wannabe laughfest.
  20. Director Dominic Sena appears more enamored of peeping-Tom camerawork than plot logic. [03 Sep 1993]
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  21. The movie tries to be both comical and touching, as befitting the coming-of-age genre. But it feels forced, derivative and sometimes sappily sentimental.
  22. Calling a cave of rocks home while spouting invective worthy of the Juilliard attendee he once was, homeless-by-choice Samuel L. Jackson worms his way into one of the least compelling mysteries in years.
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  23. Has plenty of fast cars and revving engines. But unless you're a fan of that sort of thing, its stultifying plot and wooden acting is likely to make you drift - off to sleep.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Summer School is like summer school: you go, then quickly realize you would much rather be doing something else. [22 July 1987]
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  24. Alas, Wolf tries too hard to shock to be effective.
  25. Nothing is right about this ridiculous horror schlockfest.
  26. Anyone who sees this movie is going to be 20 minutes ahead of it, though there won't be that many after Weekend 1. With domestic disturbances, someone calls the cops. With this DOA, someone had better call the coroner.
  27. What was once fresh and innovative now is tired and overdone.
  28. It will be hard for audiences to remain even vaguely attentive during this slog of a feudal vengeance tale.
  29. Vaughn and James are likable enough, and they would have real chemistry in, say, an all-out comedy.

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