USA Today's Scores

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For 3,376 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 Up
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3,376 movie reviews
  1. Life is a crock -- or something like it.
  2. This movie is a howler as well -- possibly even intentionally -- but if it is a black comedy, the joke is overextended by far too many arms and legs. [19 March 1999, Life, p. 13E]
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  3. No disinfectant could clean up this misbegotten, Americanized remake of "Les Visiteurs."
  4. Holmes, of Dawson's Creek, will be up the creek if she can't avoid movies like this. And so will you if you see it.
  5. It ends up choking on a never-ending stream of inept gags... A worst-case scenario of wackiness gone out of whack. [24 May 1991]
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  6. Live dies around the time Carpenter allows 10 minutes of gratuitous Piper-David eye-gouging, an apparent bone to wrestling fans. Forget the amusing premise; a full crate of magic glasses couldn't make this a bearable movie. [7 Nov 1988]
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  7. The story doesn't clarify why the dragons hibernated for hundreds of years, nor why they awakened. Clearly, however, the filmmakers might have benefited from more sleep before penning the script.
  8. As a condescening moron who natters on non-stop in this simplistic comedy, Elliott doesn't just wear out his welcome, he nukes it. [14 Jan 1994]
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  9. When it comes to being brainless, The Skulls is at the head of the class.
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  10. This is not only unsuitable for children, it's a colossal waste of time at any age.
  11. The movie runs just 80 minutes, but it's enough time for doldrums to set in when nifty special effects and funny verbal exchanges are out grabbing a smoke. [19 Feb 1993, Life, p.5D]
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  12. It's a dated effort.
  13. Don't buy a ticket for this one, even if the theater is having a fire sale on Raisinets.
  14. Fun for less than 30 of the 80-minute running time.
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  15. Don't say you weren't warned. There are instant clues that this ill-timed Michael Douglas vehicle is a dually unfortunate viewing experience.
  16. Interspersed between the misogyny and flatulence jokes apparently left over from Pooh's co-written script for "Friday," there's a story about an ex-con.
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  17. Close your eyes during this miserable romantic comedy.
  18. This road-trip piffle is basically a male version of a chick-bonding flick.
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  19. Myopic Whitey, continually passed over for a lifetime achievement athletic award, bears a passing resemblance to Columbia's all-time No. 1 animated star, the nearsighted Mr. Magoo. It's nice to think that if he ever went to this movie, he wouldn't be able to see it.
  20. A substandard ebony-and-ivory buddy pic.
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  21. The concept is so hypocritical, it's like Britney Spears calling Christina Aguilera underdressed and overexposed.
  22. xXx
    All you get here for paid admission is a long and terrific avalanche scene -- state of the art, no question. Then it's over and ready to melt away, much like memories of this movie.
  23. A pathetically dumb attempt to string a bunch of second-rate skits together like a garland of rotten cranberries.
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  24. If "You've Got Mail" jangled your nerves with its Starbucks-fueled cuteness, here's a romance that goes down like instant decaf. [15 January 1999, Life, p.18E]
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  25. A quagmire that reportedly has undergone multiple edits to reach its current incomprehensible state.
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  26. The script, based on a novel by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, is deeply dumb, depressingly derivative (ripping off "Planet of the Apes" the most) and just plain nonsense.
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  27. Though it's only 90 minutes, the film drags, making these not-so-easy riders pretty tough to watch.
  28. Clumsy urban thriller.
  29. A moviegoer's only defense against Jason is to avoid theaters showing this gruesome and derivative movie.
  30. Except for a brief episode in which singer Chris Isaak and Kiefer Sutherland make like an FBI Rocky and Bullwinkle, this is a morbidly joyless affair. You'll feel as drained as one of Cooper's mugs of joe watching homecoming queen Laura drown in a whirlpool of sex and drugs. [31 Aug 1992]
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