USA Today's Scores

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For 3,542 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 0.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Tree of Life
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3542 movie reviews
  1. It is an unsettling tale told simply and chillingly by director Peter Mullan, with stand-out performances, an evocative soundtrack and spare, haunting visuals.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Henry V emerges a first-class epic film, so entertaining that it needs no apologies for being based on a 400-year-old play. [10 Nov 1989]
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  2. Mesmerizing and highly entertaining.
  3. A movie that rudely flings feces at the breakfast table isn't for everyone.
  4. When it comes to eloquently telling it like it is, Election puts the nation's political pundits to shame.
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  5. Equally powerful and feel-good, Creed is an entertaining reminder that this franchise isn’t down for the count yet.
  6. Peter O'Toole's tour-de-force performance makes Venus a movie not to be missed.
  7. It's the actor/director's best movie - and the best Western by anybody in over 20 years. [7 Aug 1992]
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  8. Only a truly visionary filmmaker could take a story largely set in a cramped canyon and give it a sense of openness and hope.
  9. The film's most climactic moments involve the chilling audiotapes of avaricious Enron traders as they toy with California's energy crisis, wringing millions in profits from the misfortune of an entire state.
  10. Deliberately downbeat, it's best as a two-person character study, stumbling a bit whenever it extends its parameters.
  11. This is precisely the kind of film that parents clamor for and rarely get: a substantive, stirring, Huck Finn-style saga that doesn't insult anyone's intelligence or mindlessly entertain with crass humor.
  12. A masterwork of suspense, romance and political intrigue.
  13. Well-written, terrifically acted and compelling. It deftly avoids sentimentality and offers a window into the lives of believable, multilayered characters.
  14. Sugar is that sweetest of films: A sensitive and memorable story that surprises at every turn.
  15. It could be argued that this movie's callousness toward human life is nihilistic and nasty. But Woo takes everything so absurdly far that audiences laugh at what horrified them moments before. [27Jun1997 Pg01.D]
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  16. This Pride & Prejudice is a stellar adaptation, bewitching the viewer completely and incandescently with an exquisite blend of emotion and wit.
  17. Retains the power to turn heads -- and stomachs.
  18. The young actors' performances are particularly haunting.
  19. It plays even more like a bent version of Meredith Willson's "The Music Man" for the new millennium. Slinging a line of bull but displaying genuine affection for the youngsters he's bamboozling.
  20. When it comes to sheer spectacle, Star Trek, as re-imagined by J.J. Abrams, delivers.
  21. An engaging and moving film with a universal story about the bonds of family as told through two generations of a Bengali family.
  22. Who, though, would assume rambunctious humor would be served up as well? Dickens meets the Beverly Hillbillies, and the movie is handsome, too. [10 May 1996, p.4D]
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  23. Neil Young once said: It's better to burn out than it is to rust. But moviegoers are lucky Anvil didn't take Young's advice. Who knew heavy metal could seem like fine art when it rusts?
  24. Who would think Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban could be an art film? Thanks to director Alfonso Cuaron, a dazzling storyteller with a keen eye for whimsical detail, the third film in the Potter franchise is a visual delight.
  25. Doesn't sound like a very prepossessing title, but prepare to be taken aback by "what's in a name." [6 July 1994, Life, p.1D]
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  26. It's a rare film that can challenge our minds and rattle our nerves so profoundly. This is unequivocally a thriller for adults. A deftly written, tautly suspenseful and intellectually demanding morality tale.
  27. Powerfully disturbing.
  28. A marvel of well-rounded characters, strong performances and disarming chemistry, this deeply felt film is like a loving elegy to the end of childhood. It's easily one of summer's best films.
  29. Sorkin's script is clever and knowing — at one point late in the proceedings, Jobs wonders aloud why “everybody gets drunk” and takes him to task five minutes before every event. It's a small moment that breaks the fourth wall in the slightest and smartest of ways.

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