USA Today's Scores

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For 3,387 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 One Day in September
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3,387 movie reviews
  1. A substandard ebony-and-ivory buddy pic.
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  2. The concept is so hypocritical, it's like Britney Spears calling Christina Aguilera underdressed and overexposed.
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    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.
  4. A pathetically dumb attempt to string a bunch of second-rate skits together like a garland of rotten cranberries.
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  5. 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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  6. A quagmire that reportedly has undergone multiple edits to reach its current incomprehensible state.
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  7. 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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  8. Though it's only 90 minutes, the film drags, making these not-so-easy riders pretty tough to watch.
  9. Clumsy urban thriller.
  10. A moviegoer's only defense against Jason is to avoid theaters showing this gruesome and derivative movie.
  11. 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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  12. Anyone who sees this movie is going to be 20 minutes ahead of it, though there won't be that many after Weekend 1. With domestic disturbances, someone calls the cops. With this DOA, someone had better call the coroner.
  13. Too much. The hackneyed story about an affluent damsel in distress who decides to fight her bully of a husband is simply too overdone.
  14. I cry for I Spy— or I would if this latest and laziest imaginable of all vintage-TV spinoffs were capable of engendering an emotional response of any kind. Comas are physical, not emotional.
  15. One has to wonder about the mind-set of a middle-aged filmmaker who repeatedly seeks out material about amoral and promiscuous teenagers with little to say.
  16. Even if this movie wasn't based on a computer game, Starship Troopers' reputation would still have just shot up another 50 notches. [19 March 1999, Life, p.11E]
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  17. Burdened with so many poky scenes that it approaches the level of the distributor's "Drowning Mona" and "Whipped," both candidates for the year's worst.
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  18. When the most notable thing a film offers is the sight of Dennis Farina in drag, you can't expect much.
  19. A nose-bleeding mass murderer wears a mask that suggests Roger Ebert is knocking off a group of lifelong female friends.
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  20. When it's not aspiring, unsuccessfully, to satirize the world of metallica, Rock Star veers into even drearier territory and becomes a head-banging, sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll version of "A Star Is Born."
  21. Goo oozes without mercy in A Walk to Remember.
  22. Really just an update of the kind of hapless grade-Z effort that once played the bottom half of a drive-in double bill.
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  23. The only thing a movie this unrefined needs is a vaudevillian in baggy pants and someone hawking peanuts in the aisle.
  24. Too bad the movie didn't take its own advice and risk coming up with a fresh story.
  25. Kevin Smith shows up briefly as a lab technician in the miserable Daredevil, and that's a pity. This is a movie that desperately needs the presence of Smith's trademark sidekicks Jay and Silent Bob, with Smith as Bob, ragging worse than ever on his old pal Ben Affleck.
  26. Sitting through the teen skateboard comedy Grind is, well, a grind.
  27. Each actor does his own thing for his own audience demographic.
  28. You can always judge a sci-fi thriller by its aliens. What does Planet offer -- Space roaches.
  29. Romantic screwball comedies are supposed to be at least a little romantic, but there's no chemistry between Perry and Hurley.
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    • 38 Critic Score
    Summer School is like summer school: you go, then quickly realize you would much rather be doing something else. [22 July 1987]
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