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. Feels as desperate and static as being trapped in a traffic jam.
  2. Makes its point ham-fistedly and then devolves into a blood-spattered slasher movie. It also unashamedly cribs from more disturbing films like "Straw Dogs," "Funny Games" and "A Clockwork Orange."
  3. The movie is something of a white elephant itself, a luxuriant, lumbering behemoth. It is pleasant, occasionally amusing - and often dull.
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  4. Jonathan Demme's Philadelphia labors ambitiously on two socially conscious fronts - relating the story of an AIDS-afflicted lawyer while exploring a much broader issue. Unlike almost any other Demme movie - it's a film where you feel the gears struggling to mesh. [22 Dec 1993, p.1D]
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  5. Pleasant but not more than recycled jock piffle.
  6. The best thing about Black Snake Moan, a song title, is the blues soundtrack. The movie is an absurdly jarring collection of archetypal characters in miserable circumstances with a resolution that feels forced and tacked on.
  7. A John Hughes movie is 15 minutes of material stretched into a 90-minute feature by a rec-room rack from the Karloff estate; the only question is whether the 15 have their comic compensations. Uncle Buck has a few, though they're typically compromised by the cut-and-paste nature of the rest. [16 Aug 1989, p.4D]
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  8. A romantic comedy has to woo an audience into taking a chance on love. While You Were Sleeping is that kind of sneaky charmer, more riveting than ribbit-ing. [21 Apr 1995, Pg.01.D]
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  9. While the sound design and spooky minimalist music add suspense, and CGI effects are duly sinister, a climactic strobe effect is more annoying than frightening.
  10. The corny love story is all the more disappointing given the pedigree of the octogenarian actors.
  11. Dull, dreary Answer Man raises this question: Why?
  12. Performances, plot and pacing are as mechanical as the hard-wired cast.
  13. The contrived insult comedy here feels old, borrowed and blue.
  14. Knoxville is functional only when the movie needs a bravura comic performance, but The Ringer is easy enough to take.
  15. The longer the movie drones on, the queasier it gets. [6 June 1997, Life, p.3D]
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  16. Great movies are sometimes described as filet mignon or champagne, but this one is more like a pacifier.
  17. Glimmers of a fascinating and lively period film surface and fade in the first half-hour of The Immigrant. What predominates is a dully morose, overheated and implausible story.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Even if the script delivered, the film would frankly be overwhelmed by the volume of noteriety that has attended it. [3 Sept 1993]
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  18. Does its share of teasing, but amounts to nothing serious.
  19. It is a measure of the movie's lack of inspiration that William Shatner is the funniest thing in it.
  20. A sentimental comedy about mental illness (complete with a sitcom family), wobbly Bob offers further evidence that Disney itself may be afflicted with encroaching schizophrenia. [17 May 1991]
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  21. As it is, this uneven movie is more a compilation of contemporary images and concerns peppered with derivative raucous scenarios, à la Judd Apatow movies, than an involving romantic comedy.
  22. Though there's something mildly disarming about a movie this unpretentious, a few more like it might end up turning The Rock into a TV actor.
  23. Though the project, based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel "A Princess of Mars," is ambitious, it's also bloated, dreary and humorless.
  24. Yet another foray into unnecessary 3-D, is a rehashed mishmash of Jonathan Swift's 18th-century classic. Mostly, it's a vehicle for Jack Black's zany humor.
  25. The ensemble cast, struggling with wanly written characters, hits more clunkers than high notes.
  26. Intermittently funny. But the movie's first 20 minutes is devoted to tediously showing how his career has taken off around the world. That might be fine if this were a documentary, or if it were done more artfully, and with humor — since we go into the movie expecting a 75-minute laugh-fest.
  27. Despite its ultra-formulaic premise and juvenile sense of humor, there are a few laughs, and the movie's heart is generally in the right place, with the notable exception of racist characterizations of an Arab prince and Japanese businessmen.
  28. Her (Garner) grace and mystical abilities make for a lonely burden, and we are supposed to feel her pain. Instead, we feel our own for having to sit through this silly movie.
  29. Palo Alto marks one of those rare films that is so accurate in its portrayal of characters that the movie suffers for it.

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