USA Today's Scores

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For 3,405 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 Frost/Nixon
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3,405 movie reviews
  1. Alas, this all-star ensemble comedy that trumpets (too loudly) that it's a "Hangover" on hemorrhoid cream musters enough laughs to be passable, if not memorable. And that's thanks to Morgan Freeman's showmanship.
  2. Leaden, non-involving and filled with mind-numbing computer-generated effects.
  3. Only a few charming tidbits are nestled snugly in this over-stuffed Christmas stocking.
  4. The concept's execution is sloppy, full of inconsistencies and plot holes. The situations teeter on funny, but never achieve it. And sections meant to be heartwarming feel lukewarm, far-fetched or inappropriately comical.
  5. Graphically gruesome when it means to be a provocative look at vengeance.
  6. When it's not stalled on silly, it falls into slog territory.
  7. The movie for anyone who has dreamed of watching young dinos in love.
  8. By trying to combine fantasy and romance with goofy humor, globe-trotting adventure and feel-good inspiration, Stiller has made Mitty a mixed bag of clashing tones and facile redemption.
  9. While the visuals are lovely to behold, this unremarkable version of the classic 18th century Japanese legend is stiff and uninvolving.
  10. There's a fun retro camp to Hercules, with nods to classics such as Ben-Hur and Spartacus, as Hercules finds himself rowing slave ships and crossing desert expanses.
  11. Genial and well-intentioned, but tepid.
  12. Moviegoers are stuck with this sci-fi thriller's bland story, murky cinematography and frenetic special effects.
  13. Lurching back and forth through time, Winter's Tale tries to blend the supernatural and the sentimental, with a synchronous nod to elements of New York history. But this would-be magical romance flounders, hitting only dissonant chords.
  14. The result is a generic saga with a cast of forgettable one-dimensional characters
  15. It's undoubtedly a daunting role, and Morgado captures the gentle benevolence associated with the messianic figure. He doesn't, however, project the authority, gravitas or depth of a spiritual leader.
  16. Stunningly shot and stupidly written.
  17. It's a maudlin, superficial exercise in obsession masquerading as a heartfelt romance and study of grief, and character development is sorely lacking.
  18. It's an improvement on some of Perry's other films that strike a heavy-handed moralistic note. And it lacks the silly slapstick humor of his Madea movies.
  19. For those who don't equate sexual appetite with the intricacies of fly fishing, Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1 is more tiresome than titillating.
  20. Rio 2 teems with colorful animated splendor and elaborate musical numbers, but its rambling, hectic, if good-hearted, story is for the birds.
  21. The story soon devolves into a far-fetched, futuristic snooze-fest that often defies its own logic. Characters' motivations are rarely clear, and allegiances shift with no explanation.
  22. 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.
  23. Palo Alto marks one of those rare films that is so accurate in its portrayal of characters that the movie suffers for it.
  24. You have to work hard to make an African vacation seem unpleasant. And Adam Sandler nearly pulls it off in Blended.
  25. The Love Punch is a romantic comedy as painfully unfunny as a sock in the jaw.
  26. It fails to live up to its early promise, mostly because of an uneven tone and murky character development
  27. The problem is the movie's comedians, who are, to the last, unfunny.
  28. The cheesy production values won't grab anyone. When Bryan-Brian aren't schmoozing, there's not much to look at. It's anyone's guess whether this sequel will be as big a hit on tape. But it'll end up on the shelf soon enough. [10 May 1991, p.2D]
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  29. 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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  30. What was blandly charming on stage — characters addressing the audience, ultra-broad jokes and showbiz patter — feels contrived, cheesy and cliched onscreen.

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