USA Today's Scores

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For 3,613 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 0.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Straight Story
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3613 movie reviews
  1. The result is a generic saga with a cast of forgettable one-dimensional characters
  2. It's an unrelentingly brutal movie set in an unusually scenic locale — the coastal city of Valparaiso, Chile.
  3. The movie is devoid of laughs, except for a mildly funny segment when one of the chipmunks inhales helium. And since this is aimed at the under-10 set, it includes the requisite flatulence joke and a spit take or two.
  4. Like a politician who waters down his message to gain favor with the masses rather than truly serving his constituency, Man of the Year seems determined to play it safe on all counts.
  5. The last name Blart may be the funniest thing in the movie, so that's a hint as to just how bad this shopping-center saga can be.
  6. Whatever reason Denzel Washington may have had for deigning to grace a melodrama as scummy as Virtuosity, the actor has wound up with something that is even worse than 1991's Ricochet in his otherwise creditable filmography. [4 Aug 1995, p.4D]
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  7. The only redeeming feature about The Gunman is its exotic locations.
  8. You know something is wrong when a preschooler's unwitting ad-libs are funnier than anything seasoned comedy writers can come up with. Kids say the darnedest things. Too bad the grown-ups don't.
  9. For a movie with a star wrestler at the center of it, Legendary doesn't pack much of a punch.
  10. The movie-calendar equivalent of last July's "Six Days, Seven Nights," this star-powered romance overcomes a shaky start to outpace that passable confection by several runaway laps.
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  11. At least this movie has flashes of humor, thought nearly all come courtesy of Newman. [12 February 1999, Life, p.8E]
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  12. A movie that has neither dramatic focus nor a single memorable performance, aside from one or two that are memorable for the wrong reasons?
  13. There's nothing wrong in the setup: It worked fine in films like "Adventures in Babysitting" and "Uncle Buck." But director David Gordon Green populates the movie with so many soap opera asides it's hard to keep count.
  14. Where 1991's "Thelma & Louise" was funny and action-filled, Tammy's story is thin, cringe-inducing and, worst of all for a comedy, not funny. Jokes land with a thud and the pacing is leaden.
  15. This misguided chick flick jumps through a lot of hoops just to state the obvious: "Life goes on, enjoy the time you have."
  16. The story doesn't clarify why the dragons hibernated for hundreds of years, nor why they awakened. Clearly, however, the filmmakers might have benefited from more sleep before penning the script.
  17. Essentially Cars in midair.
  18. So the cliches are as thick as a vat of honey. And the love story proves just as syrupy. But for those who lap up this sappy vision of romance, it contains all the key ingredients.
  19. The movie grows progressively more routine in quarter-hour increments, eventually collapsing under the weight of its own insignificance.
  20. The transition from Hanna-Barbera animation to manic-barbaric live action falls flatter than a granite slab, from the first of many deadly stone-age wordplays - "Steven Spielrock Presents" - to the gross-out shots of dirty tootsies. [27 May 1994 Pg. 01.D]
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  21. The contrived insult comedy here feels old, borrowed and blue.
  22. The new version has a few jolts, some occasionally effective smoke-and-mirrors photography and a lead (7th Heaven's Jessica Biel) who could teach a grad course on walking provocatively in blue jeans.
  23. The trouble with indulging Taking Lives is that it's taking your time.
  24. Has a riddick-ulous sci-fi plot, overblown and numbing video game-style special effects and a going-through-the-motions lead performance by Vin Diesel.
  25. Director/co-writer/co-producer Nora Ephron is best known for the magical Sleepless in Seattle. Michael is mirthless in the Midwest. [24 Dec 1996 Pg.03.D]
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  26. Terminator used to be a sci-fi franchise defined by its cool time-travel concept and even better special effects. Unfortunately, it's "Hasta la vista, baby," to those good old days.
  27. It's a pleasant enough fantastical adventure, but it does feel naggingly derivative.
  28. Stereotypical, banally written bloodbath.
  29. Offers up the absolute bare necessities of a sequel.
  30. Appallingly mean-spirited.

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