USA Today's Scores

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For 3,307 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 Stories We Tell
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3,307 movie reviews
  1. Babel may be the most ambitious movie of the year, tackling towering communication barriers, global politics and cultural divides in a structurally complex and fascinating narrative.
  2. This year's wittiest animated adventure saga.
  3. Blood Diamond is a gem in a season with lots of worthy movies.
  4. Not only a stirring history lesson and an action-packed war film, Glory is also a ferocious statement about enduring discrimination that resounds today.
  5. The Painted Veil is a welcome addition to the slate of holiday movies, particularly for those drawn to intriguing tales of multi-dimensional characters in exotic settings.
  6. Kids should enjoy the comic performances of the animals, and adults will appreciate the film's gentle poignancy, powerful enough to induce a lump in the throat.
  7. Pan's Labyrinth artfully fuses a war film with a family melodrama and a fairy tale. The result is visually stunning and emotionally shattering.
  8. A moving documentary that informs, entertains and inspires.
  9. Despite its awkward title, Starter for 10 is a winning coming-of-age tale told with grace and charm.
  10. 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.
  11. This Korean-made film takes the well-worn creature-feature genre and spins it on its head thrillingly.
  12. An engaging and moving film with a universal story about the bonds of family as told through two generations of a Bengali family.
  13. Rarely does a first-time director make as auspicious a debut as Scott Frank has done with the haunting, engrossing and intelligent thriller The Lookout.
  14. A hard-core war film with raw violence, intense action, graphic sexuality and a twisting plot that offers a series of surprises.
  15. The Hoax lures you in with its captivating performances.
  16. Instead of ladling on the Scorsese sauce, Robert De Niro's Bronx accent is on semisweet nostalgia. He presents a domestic drama spiced with humor about a boy torn between his working-stiff dad (De Niro in fine regular-fella mode) and Chazz Palminteri's easy-money ways. De Niro doesn't let arty camera angles sub for good storytelling. And he draws memorable performances from two amazing young, new actors. [01 Oct 1993, p. 8D]
  17. Serves up an irresistible helping of delicious fun with writing that is tart and sharp and a story infused with sweetness.
  18. Does the finest job of any film in painting a believable portrait of aging, capturing the sadness, confusion, anxiety and defiance of the early stages of dementia.
  19. Once is a film for anyone who has ever been transported by the power and passion of music.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Huston's movie seems to disappoint some who've read the novel, but the forlorn humanity that triumphs over the depravity and poverty is unforgettably affecting. [13 Dec 1996, p.1D]
  20. What makes the movie so winning are its endearing and relatable characters who spout believable dialogue and amusing banter, steeped in clever pop-culture references and sharp observations of human nature.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Henry V emerges a first-class epic film, so entertaining that it needs no apologies for being based on a 400-year-old play. [10 Nov 1989]
  21. News is right, completely right, until it slips just a bit at the end.By that time it hardly matters because you've seen the best of the holiday films, as well as the most all-around entertaining movie of 1987 - a bittersweet media comedy-drama that surpasses its potential. [16 Dec 1987, p.1D]
  22. Emotionally and viscerally compelling and retains a suspenseful, edge-of-the-seat quality.
  23. Highly entertaining and informative.
  24. Like the best French cuisine, Ratatouille is ambitious and delightful.
  25. The special effects continue to be masterful, but villains are given a new twist, and Order of the Phoenix is all the more fun because of it.
  26. The good news is that this is not merely a few episodes cobbled together: It's a real movie.
  27. If one were to fuse the literary sensibility of Jane Austen with the fanciful imaginative license of "Shakespeare in Love," what would emerge would likely be the charming tale Becoming Jane.
  28. The lack of propriety and solemnity is precisely what makes this comic farce so uproariously funny.

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