USA Today's Scores

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For 3,299 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 The Spectacular Now
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3,299 movie reviews
  1. This is a fascinating movie experience. [30 June 1989, Life, p.1D]
  2. This is a powerful, poignant and provocative film, told in an unconventional and effective fashion.
  3. Blethyn is so astonishing that you forget you're seeing a performance.
  4. Still mesmerizes on the strength of George C. Scott's chew-your-behind performance. [5 Nov. 1999, p.6E]
  5. 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.
  6. This grade-A sleeper sends you out with an unexpected smile. [25 Nov 1992]
  7. The rawest, most sustained screen portrayal of 20th century combat.
  8. A compelling piece of naturalistic filmmaking, claustrophobic and thought-provoking.
  9. 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.
  10. This sleek adaptation of James Ellroy's dauntingly complex novel has the black-and-white tabloid soul of an old "Confidential" magazine.
  11. The film now seems both mellowed and --thanks in part to the most vibrant-looking prints in its 22-year history -- revitalized.
  12. Her
    Though set in the future, Her is a timely, soulful and plausible love story.
  13. A little movie almost perfectly realized.
  14. 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.
  15. One of the year's best movies and certainly its most delightful screen surprise.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. A movie that is easily likable.
  20. Produced by HBO but too good not to play theaters, this soon-to-be minor classic is the best movie about society's untrendiest since "Ghost World" exactly two years ago.
  21. The movie is so fun that it wouldn't need the mystery to be top-notch entertainment.
  22. An unflinching, powerfully visceral and haunting portrait of the tragic events aboard one of the terrorist-commandeered flights on the fateful morning of Sept. 11, 2001.
  23. Funny... and the payoff is the most provocative Hollywood concoction in a while.
  24. Not since "Memento" has a movie served up such a provocative mind-bender, and the Sundance winner by first-time filmmaker Andrew Jarecki has the advantage of being true.
  25. With one of the best ensemble casts of any film this year, it's audacious, enthralling and uproarious.
  26. Cinematic poetry in black and white. It also is a deeply affecting tale of the power of resilience and an unflagging sense of humor through the worst of situations
  27. Romantic comedies with two low-key leads can be asking for trouble, but one senses that the actors must have clicked on some fundamental level.
  28. A thoroughly compelling political thriller, at once intellectually challenging and profoundly emotional.
  29. This subject demands consummate screen treatment and now has absolutely gotten it from director/producer Spike Lee. [10 Jul 1997, Pg.02.D]
  30. Borat is most gloriously funny moving picture for to make people see their stupidness.

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