USA Today's Scores

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For 3,448 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 The Queen
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3,448 movie reviews
  1. The Expendables 3 is as boneheaded and disposable as it sounds.
  2. This sequel to the clever and funny first "Transformers" not only is disappointing, it will give most people a throbbing case of metal overload.
  3. Women may appear a bit smarter here, but both sexes are portrayed as superficial and silly.
  4. It's unclear why the writers bothered to update the cartoon, unless it was to expand the possibilities for quips and jokey ideas. If so, they failed in their mission, as the movie elicits few laughs.
  5. Flippantly hip without any solid laughs, Life strains to be the flick more offbeat. [24Oct1997 pg06.D]
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  6. There's not a cliché that isn't nailed.
  7. Happily, MacLaine (who can pull off these lovable eccentric dowagers while she's sleeping) and Fraser, showcasing a previously untapped flair for romantic comedy, keep Lake on her toes. [19 Apr 1996, p.1D]
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  8. It's a pretty good ride even if it blatantly steals some of its best stunts from "American Graffiti" and "Grease."
  9. Goo oozes without mercy in A Walk to Remember.
  10. Stuffing painters, writers and, naturally, Gustav Mahler (Jonathan Pryce) into about 90 minutes, the film comes off as little more than a handsomely mounted scorecard of sexual escapades.
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  11. Saoirse Ronan's talents are wasted on a foolish dual part in this dull sci-fi fantasy.
  12. It has been said that no one sees a movie for the sets, yet an exception might be made here for Horizon's visually staggering production design -- truly an event itself. The story, though, is such a transparent variation on the Alien ouevre that your tolerance may hinge on how much you can shrug this off. [15Aug1997 Pg03.D]
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  13. Post Grad is a collection of unfunny, insipid and predictable vignettes in search of a movie.
  14. The dashing Jackman plays his part well enough, but the script doesn't provide sufficient "Indiana Jones"-style bons mots to win us over.
  15. An uplifting but occasionally treacly tale of transcendent grief, opted to venture where angels go fearlessly.
  16. Preposterous, goofy and a clear ripoff of “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” Identity still manages to make off with just enough laughs to work, thanks to the wondrous McCarthy, one of the few actresses in Hollywood allowed to showcase her wit and charisma as much as her physique.
  17. A moviegoer's nightmare. The story is incoherent, inane and interminable.
  18. Should the desire to see a clever zombie movie strike, try the recent remake of "Dawn of the Dead" or last year's "28 Days."
  19. Though 102 Dalmatians digs up little new ground and muzzles its villain, it does have a fetching sense of functional fun now and then.
  20. The lark-ish Perfect Score is on the high side of the time-killer it sounds like.
  21. The thin premise here seems better suited to a sitcom episode than a full-length feature. That's not surprising given that director Mark Mylod's résumé includes British TV comedies and "Entourage" episodes.
  22. Family Weekend is the kind of dark-for-dark's sake, wannabe quirkfest that proves indie films can be just as clichéd and vapid as the most soulless Hollywood movies.
  23. What do you call a filmmaker who thinks imitating a screen benchmark can make up for emotions that are evading her actors -- Clueless.
  24. Anyone who pays to see it will certainly feel as if he has been clipped.
  25. Lacks tension or mystery. Even the courtroom scenes feel artificial.
  26. Yogi Bear is a big boo-boo.
  27. I cry for I Spy— or I would if this latest and laziest imaginable of all vintage-TV spinoffs were capable of engendering an emotional response of any kind. Comas are physical, not emotional.
  28. Plays a little like a pacifistic variation on Bruce Lee's "Enter the Dragon."
  29. This wrongheaded biopic that bears her name does nothing to burnish her legacy. In fact, the tedious movie lacks any insight into the characters involved, and surely would have the late Princess of Wales rolling in her grave. And it can't be easy on her sons to see their mother depicted in such a one-dimensional fashion.
  30. You can feel the movie going wrong in the first scene.

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