USA Today's Scores

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For 3,801 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Slumdog Millionaire
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3801 movie reviews
  1. As played by Oscar Isaac, he's snidely funny, world-weary and deeply sad. Though his story is enigmatic, the film itself is brilliantly acted, gorgeously shot and altogether captivating.
  2. A searingly intense and artful tale that grabs hold of the viewer from its jarring and wordless opening scenes and doesn't let go.
  3. If artist R. (Robert) Crumb can dispense immediately with his resume in Terry Zwigoff's superb Crumb, we can, too. [21 Apr 1995]
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  4. Whereas the book was lyrical and moving, the movie is surrealistic and inventive.
  5. The Class is a deeply moving film about the challenges of educating children in a complex and often turbulent world.
  6. Director Francis Ford Coppola's revamping of his Vietnam epic, Apocalypse Now, with 49 added minutes, has significantly improved the troubled blockbuster. The film now seems both mellowed and — thanks in part to the most vibrant-looking prints in its 22-year history — revitalized.
  7. Rings has moments of edge-of-the-seat excitement, too, such as when the dark riders come looking for Frodo. But it's occasionally tedious when it should be captivating.
  8. This installment, the best of the three, is everything a movie should be: hilarious, touching, exciting and clever.
  9. Both a nostalgic throwback to the silent-picture era and an ultra-modern animated tale, the slyly humorous Triplets of Belleville is artful, engrossing and oddly touching.
  10. The Queen is the kind of thought-provoking, well-written and savvy film that discerning filmgoers long for but rarely get.
  11. Sarah Polley's memoir is a poignant, funny and engrossing film, challenging our notions of memory and family mythology.
  12. This is a fascinating movie experience. [30 June 1989, Life, p.1D]
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  13. This is a powerful, poignant and provocative film, told in an unconventional and effective fashion.
  14. Blethyn is so astonishing that you forget you're seeing a performance.
  15. Still mesmerizes on the strength of George C. Scott's chew-your-behind performance. [5 Nov. 1999, p.6E]
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  16. The Coen brothers have fashioned a wry and riveting hybrid of a drama, Western, crime thriller and action film that is as powerful and thought-provoking as it is genre-bending.
  17. This grade-A sleeper sends you out with an unexpected smile. [25 Nov 1992]
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  18. Every so often a film gets under our skin with its haunting authenticity, reinforcing our faith in the wonderfully transporting power of cinematic storytelling. Winter's Bone is unquestionably that film.
  19. This sleek adaptation of James Ellroy's dauntingly complex novel has the black-and-white tabloid soul of an old "Confidential" magazine.
  20. Her
    Though set in the future, Her is a timely, soulful and plausible love story.
  21. The rawest, most sustained screen portrayal of 20th century combat.
  22. A little movie almost perfectly realized.
  23. The most gorgeous of all the Pixar films — which include "Toy Story" 1 and 2, "A Bug's Life" and "Monsters, Inc." —Nemo treats family audiences to a sweet, resonant story and breathtaking visuals.
  24. One of the year's best movies and certainly its most delightful screen surprise.
  25. The story keeps reinventing itself (some of the later plot twists are among the funniest), but a little goes a long way at 112 minutes - maybe 25 minutes more than this sporadically pointed conceit really needs.
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  26. A movie this diminutive can be easily oversold, but we might see it on some year-end best lists. It eats at you, just like renewed love.
  27. One of the year's most clever and visually arresting computer-animated films, enlivened by a well-developed and credible cast of characters who just happen to be superheroes.
  28. A compelling piece of naturalistic filmmaking, claustrophobic and thought-provoking.
  29. A movie that is easily likable.
  30. As Phantom Thread flits between complicated character piece and unusually funny romantic comedy, the movie becomes much more about Krieps’ Alma. The Luxembourgian actress holds her own with Day-Lewis and often is the best part of the movie.

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