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. Despite an unlikely setting and a moderately intriguing premise, Chernobyl Diaries proves to be a generic horror flick where young tourists are systematically victimized in unoriginal and not terribly scary ways.
  2. Annabelle invites unflattering comparisons with scary movies that came before, but its disparate parts never coalesce into a genuinely fearsome thriller.
  3. Do yourself a favor and rent the 1996 original from Japan instead.
  4. Doesn't make the movie worth watching -- even if you're monstrously bored.
  5. Long, lumbering, pretentious and for some a possible laff riot. [23 Dec 1994]
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  6. Moore and Ford rise above the hackneyed story, infusing the proceedings with their own chemistry and appeal. If only the adults responsible for this film could learn how to deal.
  7. Someone has seen "Trainspotting" too many times, and it's writer/director Justin Kerrigan.
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  8. God may forgive you for seeing this needlessly brutal film. But you won't forgive yourself.
  9. Overflows with pretensions and absurdity.
  10. Manages to be both toothless and tasteless in its satire of TV news sensationalism.
  11. A failure from start to finish.
  12. Whether we're talking this go-round, the original or the second sequel the finale seems to promise, I'd rather try standing drunk on a see-saw (though maybe not over dirty syringes) than see Saw.
  13. 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.
  14. If you're a Rainn Wilson fan, catch a rerun of "The Office."
  15. Despite its collegiate setting, 21 and Over is pretty much for people with an IQ of 21 and under.
  16. 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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  17. Don't stop believing. Just avoid clich├ęd musicals that try to capture the anarchic spirit of rock with trite commercial re-treads.
  18. 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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  19. Almost everyone in this has done better, and those who haven't, like young Ms. Panettiere, have plenty of time to do so.
  20. Don't put yourself through this hell.
  21. 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.
  22. Fun for less than 30 of the 80-minute running time.
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  23. It's dogged by awkward dialogue, a ridiculous plot and lackluster performances, especially by the leads.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. Too much. The hackneyed story about an affluent damsel in distress who decides to fight her bully of a husband is simply too overdone.
  27. There's nothing worse than a boring behemoth.
  28. Ten minutes into the picture, you're searching the screen for life-support machines.
  29. Speaking of that middle-finger finale, there is one redeeming trait: At least it signals the end credits.
  30. 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.

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