USA Today's Scores

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For 3,436 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 A History of Violence
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3,436 movie reviews
  1. Machine Gun Preacher has a lot more wrong with it than a bullet-riddled premise. It is yet another iteration of the big, strong white man who comes to save legions of poor anonymous black Africans.
  2. If you're a Rainn Wilson fan, catch a rerun of "The Office."
  3. Despite its collegiate setting, 21 and Over is pretty much for people with an IQ of 21 and under.
  4. 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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  5. Don't stop believing. Just avoid clichéd musicals that try to capture the anarchic spirit of rock with trite commercial re-treads.
  6. It settles for the recycled emotions of the past despite the fact "Schindler's List" has forever made such treatment shamefully passe. [18Apr1997 Pg.03.D]
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  7. Almost everyone in this has done better, and those who haven't, like young Ms. Panettiere, have plenty of time to do so.
  8. Don't put yourself through this hell.
  9. It's almost impressive when a movie can manage to be both repellently vulgar and sickeningly sweet in the span of a mere two hours. Almost.
  10. Fun for less than 30 of the 80-minute running time.
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  11. It's dogged by awkward dialogue, a ridiculous plot and lackluster performances, especially by the leads.
  12. It's unclear why the writers bothered to update the cartoon, unless it was to expand the possibilities for quips and jokey ideas. If so, they failed in their mission, as the movie elicits few laughs.
  13. Director Kevin Smith's tweets, jokes and sharp commentary after being denied a seat aboard a Southwest Airlines flight because of his girth were a lot more engaging than Cop Out, his new movie.
  14. Too much. The hackneyed story about an affluent damsel in distress who decides to fight her bully of a husband is simply too overdone.
  15. There's nothing worse than a boring behemoth.
  16. Ten minutes into the picture, you're searching the screen for life-support machines.
  17. Speaking of that middle-finger finale, there is one redeeming trait: At least it signals the end credits.
  18. Barrels around in manic fashion much like Carrey does in most of his movies. He's meant to be a fool for love, but mostly he's just bonkers.
  19. The cliché-laden dialogue, schlocky special effects and predictable plot are derivative; the movie is overwrought and lacks suspense.
  20. Balls of Fury makes "Dodgeball" look like high art. It'll be tough to crack a smile, let alone laugh, during this uninspired and sophomoric satire of sports movies.
  21. The best thing about A Good Day to Die Hard is its title.
  22. One of the more befuddling movies of recent years. The premise makes no sense, no matter how you turn it around in your head.
  23. A film of repetition, a bloody dance consisting of three steps: stab, scream, repeat.
  24. t's far too soon for an actress as vital as Jessica Lange to stoop to Bette Davis-Joan Crawford horror-hag histrionics. [6 Mar 1998, pg.04D]
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  25. 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.
  26. All cinematic creativity seems to have focused on devising the most repellent ways to maim and murder.
  27. A movie that gives marriage, homosexuality, friendship, firefighters, children and nearly everything else a bad name.
  28. A mongrel of a movie.
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  29. The transition from Hanna-Barbera animation to manic-barbaric live action falls flatter than a granite slab, from the first of many deadly stone-age wordplays - "Steven Spielrock Presents" - to the gross-out shots of dirty tootsies. [27 May 1994 Pg. 01.D]
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  30. Stuffing painters, writers and, naturally, Gustav Mahler (Jonathan Pryce) into about 90 minutes, the film comes off as little more than a handsomely mounted scorecard of sexual escapades.
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