USA Today's Scores

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For 3,691 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 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 La La Land
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3691 movie reviews
  1. This year's wittiest animated adventure saga.
  2. Dunkirk is also one of the best-scored films in recent memory, and Hans Zimmer’s music plays as important a role as any character. With shades of Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations, the melodies are glorious, yet Zimmer also creates an instrumental ticking-clock soundtrack that’s a propulsive force in the action scenes.
  3. A gently funny ensemble comedy that feels less like a movie than a short story.
  4. Babe, a live-action fable about a valiant pig who conquers prejudice like a barnyard Jackie Robinson, is in a league of its own when it comes to enchantment.
  5. It is one of the year's most intriguing dramas, with a quartet of powerful performances.
  6. Touching, but not cloying, uplifting and hopeful but never sappy and also just plain funny. There is not a false note among the five core performances, nor a false word in Sheridan's script.
  7. The kind of well-acted, genuine heartwarmer that some people complain Hollywood doesn't bother making anymore. And in this case, Hollywood didn't.
  8. This is a very bloody fantasy (reds do eke their way into the black-and-blues), but it's hard to think of another film with as many severed heads whose overall tone is so sweet.
  9. The Secret in Their Eyes is that rare police procedural that engages emotions as well as intellect.
  10. The magic of Homecoming is that it belongs more to the John Hughes cinematic universe than the Avengers’.
  11. Her
    Though set in the future, Her is a timely, soulful and plausible love story.
  12. You'd be hard-pressed to find a purer expression of rapture in a film this year than the one that opens Billy Elliot.
  13. While the film is heart-wrenchingly sad, it also is mordantly funny, uncomfortably prickly and above all, unflinching in its depiction of a believable sibling relationship.
  14. Both a psychological portrait and an exciting action film.
  15. The film's score and editing brilliantly heighten the film's energy, keeping the audience somewhat off-kilter and unsure where things are headed.
  16. Bedroom succeeds with performances that get some of their power from imaginative casting.
  17. With one of the best ensemble casts of any film this year, it's audacious, enthralling and uproarious.
  18. The Class is a deeply moving film about the challenges of educating children in a complex and often turbulent world.
  19. A summer crowd-pleaser worthy of its wind.
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  20. A 2-hour classic wrongfully stretched into three.
  21. 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.
  22. Mongol is quality escapism: an exotic saga that compels, moves and envelops us with its grand and captivating story.
  23. Menacing and meditative, Hallows is arguably the best installment of the planned eight-film franchise, though audiences who haven't kept up with previous chapters will be hopelessly lost.
  24. Bardem's soulful turn lends this haunting meditation a sense of hope and saves it from the contrived missteps it teeters toward.
  25. The climactic rescue by Navy SEALs is riveting. But it's Phillips' devastating after-the-fact shock that leaves the most haunting impression in this ambitious, taut and captivating thriller.
  26. When it comes to 3-D visual splendors, give me Wonderland over Pandora any day.
  27. This clever, low-budget film kicks the concept up a few notches to mesmerizing.
  28. A haunting and fascinating portrait of so much that is worth exploring: the implacability of nature, the hubris of human endeavor and the line between supreme dedication and madness.
  29. Spielberg's must-see is so wondrous at depicting things that go crunch in the night that its human characterizations and pokey exposition seem astonishingly halfhearted… On a "people" level, Park isn't “Jaws,” but on a jolt level - oh, yes, it is. [11 June 1993, Life, p.1D]
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  30. Spectacular special effects, superbly crafted action sequences, plenty of humor and terrific performances render it a cut above most summer blockbusters.

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