USA Today's Scores

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For 3,485 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 Sideways
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3,485 movie reviews
  1. If you're going because you want to see an entertaining horror movie, good luck.
  2. You'll be checking your watch a lot during Timeline. Though most of the cast is strong and the movie has moments of suspense, ultimately the mystery in this action thriller is so far-fetched it's ludicrous.
  3. Rio 2 teems with colorful animated splendor and elaborate musical numbers, but its rambling, hectic, if good-hearted, story is for the birds.
  4. Both leads and young Harris make Crooklyn an exasperating might-have-been, especially given the movie's surprisingly affecting wrap-up. There's no dearth of human feeling here, but a dearth of craft. [13 May 1994, p.8D]
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  5. Do yourself a favor and resist The Italian Job, a lazy and in-name-only remake of 1969's G-rated Michael Caine heist pic.
  6. Pure wish-fulfillment for Shaq-watchers who can't get enough of their 7-foot-1 basketball hero. [17 July 1996, p. 9D]
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  7. It would be nice to be able to report that Kinky Boots is a kick in the pants. But this conventional, manipulative British import feels like a re-soled pair of shoes that unquestionably have seen their day.
  8. Freedom Writers is an earnest, well-meaning attempt at inspirational teen drama. It has some moving scenes and honest observations, based on a school in Long Beach, Calif., but the movie sinks under the weight of formula and stereotypes.
  9. Eventually evolves into a murder mystery that isn't very compelling.
  10. Reeks of the kind of atmosphere that makes you reach for the Lysol.
  11. In its favor: a breakout performance from Palestinian newcomer Leem Lubany and maybe the most apropos use of Peace Train ever.
  12. Aspires to be a cinematic "Sex and the City," but it's more like South Park Goes West.
  13. Fame offers slick entertainment with some exuberance, but it's devoid of soul or heart.
  14. Young girls will enjoy Lohan's matchmaking antics. But nostalgia-craving oldsters should stick to fond memories of Hayley [Mills]'s heyday.
  15. Every performer puts vigor into an otherwise limp exercise, as if word were out that this would be the last comedy ever made about late-adolescent concerns.
  16. A slog rather than the sweeping romance it aspires to be.
  17. Some of the car gadgetry, Kato's specialty, looks cool...The Green Hornet is otherwise colorless, numbing and sluggishly paced.
  18. Lacking in originality.
  19. There is undoubtedly a good movie in the varied experiences of American newcomers. But it would need to involve sagas more urgent and more original.
  20. It's a shame the aliens are so preachy, because this remake of the 1956 and 1978 versions of Invasion of the Body Snatchers features a top-notch cast in Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig and moments of unnerving terror.
  21. Enraptured by bathroom humor that doesn't even reach sophomoric standards. It's more on the level of preschool.
  22. That Mrs. Doubtfire, a Tootsie Poppins for our times, misfires in the plausibility department and mis-aims its well-meaning if muddled messages about divorce doesn't matter. [24 Nov 1993 Pg. 01.D]
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  23. There is cinematic art, and there's a good evening out; this is the latter. [15 Mar 1991]
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  24. Though not nearly as raucously funny as the leads in "Wedding Crashers," Nick and Shawn resemble junior versions of the one-track-minded womanizers played by Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.
  25. When it's not stalled on silly, it falls into slog territory.
  26. Somehow Statham comes out of this improbable thriller with his dignity intact.
  27. With the lackluster quality of its characters — aircraft, a smattering of trucks, RVs and motorcycles — the movie makes Pixar's Cars and its sequel look like masterpieces.
  28. It's about as uncomfortable as sitting through an interminable counseling session - involving two people you hardly know and don't much care about.
  29. A cheap and easy amusement, one that's gone a little stale and never quite rises to the occasion.
  30. Has some funny moments, silly mispronunciations and comical socio-political references. But it suffers from being the second animated movie this year to feature a dastardly villain for a hero.

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