USA Today's Scores

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For 3,466 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 0.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Million Dollar Baby
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3,466 movie reviews
  1. This subject demands consummate screen treatment and now has absolutely gotten it from director/producer Spike Lee. [10 Jul 1997, Pg.02.D]
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  2. Borat is most gloriously funny moving picture for to make people see their stupidness.
  3. A deeply moving film, it's a powerful reminder of a time not so long ago when, for a large group of Americans, attempting to register to vote could result in a serious threat to their lives.
  4. Drama, comedy, action and romance are intertwined in this gorgeously photographed and brilliantly directed film. Lead performances are thoroughly engaging despite - or perhaps because of - being wordless.
  5. Campion's script is very well received, but the film finally makes it on cinematics: bleakly beautiful photography, haunting score, and good acting. [12 Nov 1993]
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  6. Great cinema - and also a whopping good time. [19 September 1990, Life, p.1D]
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  7. It is by turns comic, dark and surprisingly tender. If one must reduce it to simple description, call it a love story with a twist. Or a twisted love story.
  8. When the original filmmaker upgrades and expands on an idea and uses new technology while retaining the essence of the original story, it can be just the ticket for jaded moviegoers. Such is the case with Mad Max: Fury Road, an operatic extravaganza of thrilling action and nearly non-stop mayhem.
  9. It takes a filmmaker possessed of a rare, almost alchemic, blend of maturity, wisdom and artistic finesse to create such an intimate, moving and spare war film as Clint Eastwood has done in Letters From Iwo Jima.
  10. Once is a film for anyone who has ever been transported by the power and passion of music.
  11. Ghost World draws super, natural performances.
  12. Can be taken on many levels, and that's why it works so completely.
  13. In Capote, Philip Seymour Hoffman's brilliant transformation into the mannered writer takes your breath away.
  14. The exhilarating, inventive and suspenseful story hinges on a pair of commanding performances.
  15. It's a mature, intricately layered visual delight.
  16. The year's most riveting documentary.
  17. Does the finest job of any film in painting a believable portrait of aging, capturing the sadness, confusion, anxiety and defiance of the early stages of dementia.
  18. Epic battles, spectacular effects and multiple story lines make The Two Towers a most excellent middle chapter in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
  19. A little slapstick, a little action, rich characters and a whopping serving of wit. All baked to near-perfection.
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  20. What remains is a great Vangelis score, astonishing production design, Hauer's career role -- and a movie that deserves its cult reputation despite an unloving heart. [11 Sept 1992]
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  21. Let's say it without equivocation: Colin Firth deserves an Oscar for his lead role in The King's Speech as the stammering King George VI.
  22. Up
    Easily the summer's, and probably the year's, most enchanting movie, Up is a buoyant delight.
  23. What's most amazing is the finely nuanced performances these bits and bytes deliver.
  24. One of the year's most audacious, savagely funny and unpredictable films, it features an outstanding performance by Michael Keaton as the has-been star of a superhero franchise desperate to be taken seriously.
  25. Sweet (maybe) - but also painful (for sure). So painful that it's initially easy to resist this slice-of-Middlesex-life from Brit director Mike Leigh. Yet gradually, a mom, a dad and late-teen twins prove overwhelmingly winning through sheer willpower. Theirs, and the willpower of an idiosyncratic filmmaker who loves his characters no matter what. [24 Dec. 1991, p.4D]
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  26. Director Gillian Armstrong takes the delicate snow globe that is Little Women and gives it a bold new shake. [21 Dec 1994]
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  27. Accessibly brainy screen charmer.
  28. This adorable exercise in whimsy should give "Corpse Bride" a good fight for best-animated-film Oscar.
  29. In this spare, unusual and intimate action thriller, Redford's expressions do nearly all of the communicating. He is the sole human cast member and utters only one word during the entire movie, which covers a span of eight days. The ocean — super-charged and becalmed — gets equal billing. If this sounds bizarre, or like an exercise in tedium, it is neither.
  30. Gracefully acted, and the story packs a powerful punch straight to the gut.

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