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. Not for the faint-hearted.
  2. 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.
  3. This is one movie in which you don't feel the long-ish running time, in part because there always seems to be a surprise (as well as a new street guerrilla) around every corner.
  4. 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.
  5. Hunt is coldly clinical rather than emotionally resonant; so is the measured ensemble work of a super cast. [2 Mar 1990, Life, p.1D]
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  6. The juxtaposition between the fast-paced plays on the soccer field and the color-drenched, music-infused wedding party is a highlight of this captivating film.
  7. Proves there are Holocaust stories still to be told.
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  8. Flaws are outweighed by Crash's intricate construction and intelligent.
  9. The Hoax lures you in with its captivating performances.
  10. A smooth mix of humanism and keen filmmaking instincts.
  11. Foxcatcher might just be the feel-bad movie of the year. But it's so well-acted that audiences won't want to miss its dark, chilling yet restrained story. A little less muting of this outlandish true-to-life tale, however, might have made it even more mesmerizing.
  12. A movie with memorable and engaging performances.
  13. It's unlikely there will be a film as visually stunning or poetic this year - or perhaps any year - to rival Beasts of the Southern Wild.
  14. The supporting cast is strong, as is the deft, sharply witty script. Miller directs elegantly, letting the narrative unfold at a deliberate, artful pace.
  15. This Korean-made film takes the well-worn creature-feature genre and spins it on its head thrillingly.
    • 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]
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  16. Smart, satisfying and compact but so modest in scale that only true-blue fans will sense - immediately - that it's Woody Allen's best outing in many years.
  17. Sexy, snotty, vulnerable and above all contentious, she's (Winslet) the catalyst in a movie that creates more man-woman electricity than any other movie this year.
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  18. The lack of propriety and solemnity is precisely what makes this comic farce so uproariously funny.
  19. This is a rare twisted crowd-pleaser for longtime fans as well as novices -- or for those that don't know an arachnid from an insect.
  20. Kline is one of the rare major actors not afraid to look like hell. And given his character's plight, his willingness to get physically unpleasant matches the emotion he brings to the part.
  21. The coming-of-age film is poignant and comical, sitting squarely on that threshold, focusing on the time when a teen is part boy, part man and all adolescent.
  22. 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.
  23. The suspense becomes so unbearable that it's easy to overlook questions about whether anyone in such circumstances would continue filming.
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  24. A movie that rudely flings feces at the breakfast table isn't for everyone.
  25. A Johnny Cash biopic equally packed with music and frustrated love, Walk the Line goes from compelling to enthralling.
  26. This sci-fi thriller has an engrossing plot and a strong cast of fully drawn characters. There's even a sweet youthful love story. In other words, it's a summer blockbuster firing on all cylinders.
  27. Through stellar performances, clever writing and exquisite cinematography, the story is fresh and thoroughly captivating.
  28. Alex Garland, the screenwriter of "28 Days Later" and "Sunshine," makes an auspicious directorial debut with this suspenseful mystery.
  29. The big story here is Kristin Scott Thomas' captivating performance.

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