USA Today's Scores

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For 3,249 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 1.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Tucker: The Man and His Dream
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3,249 movie reviews
  1. White Noise is the celluloid equivalent of a bad cell phone connection.
  2. Though better than its 2001 predecessor -- and teeming with cute creatures and fast and furious action scenes -- the movie feels excessively formulaic.
  3. One can excuse the movie's missteps and melodramatic moments in the greater interest of the strong statement it makes about our health care system.
  4. If Sandler hopes to win over new fans, he may want to cork the scatological humor and let it age a bit.
  5. A laughably bad horror flick.
  6. A pathetically dumb attempt to string a bunch of second-rate skits together like a garland of rotten cranberries.
  7. Sitting through the teen skateboard comedy Grind is, well, a grind.
  8. Unpleasantness alone doesn't sink a movie. But miserable tidings intensify when there's not only a high ick factor but also floundering storytelling.
  9. Smurfs is utterly kid-friendly.
  10. One of those movies that goes for a jarringly new emotion every 30 seconds or so while the story's foundation is collapsing.
  11. Any civilization that can produce a movie this stupid probably deserves to be hit by famine and pestilence.
  12. The Wal-Mart of cinematic soap operas. One-stop shopping for your emotional movie needs.
  13. There isn't much in the way of plot to get in the way of Sandler's world: There's poo, ripped pants and hot girls falling for fat guys.
  14. Much as they would like it to, basketball can't save the youthful inner-city players here. Nor does the ultra-fast-paced street version of the sport save this movie from predictability and tedium.
  15. Too distinctive-looking to dismiss out of hand, but it would help to be able to look through a magic viewfinder (or maybe magic eraser) and make its script disappear.
  16. What is most troubling is how this film can serve to shape perceptions for impressionable kids. Young girls and boys will think that non-stop make-out sessions is all it takes to sustain "endless love."
  17. In a summer filled with dumb comedies, this might prove to be the dumbest. Think "Road Trip" meets "City Slickers." Then dial the humor down a few notches, and you're left Without a Paddle.
  18. Premonition is both dreary and absurd, suffering from a lack of intrinsic logic and terrible pacing, a one-two punch that kills off any chance of entertainment value.
  19. Anyone who sees this movie is going to be 20 minutes ahead of it, though there won't be that many after Weekend 1. With domestic disturbances, someone calls the cops. With this DOA, someone had better call the coroner.
  20. Too bad first-time director Christopher Erskin, who cut his teeth on music videos and commercials, took so many predictable turns on this Vacation.
  21. To say that New in Town is the worst movie of this fledgling year is to damn it with faint praise. It may be one of the worst movies of any year. Not content to be merely inane and predictable, it is downright insulting, humorlessly deriding those who choose to live in rural America, labor in factories or have a strong Christian faith.
  22. A race-car drama full of flashy but empty images and a soundtrack that makes you feel as if you're being shaken on a motel rumblebed.
  23. Far from being a run-of-the-mill slasher pic.
  24. While the visuals are lovely to behold, this unremarkable version of the classic 18th century Japanese legend is stiff and uninvolving.
  25. Enough low-grade laughs to entertain significantly more than some of the more prestigious year-end releases.
  26. Drippy, derivative stalker flick.
  27. As the couple stand on the bluffs overlooking San Francisco Bay, you may find yourself wishing Forlani would push Prinze in.
  28. All cinematic creativity seems to have focused on devising the most repellent ways to maim and murder.
  29. The jewels in the buried treasure, once sighted, look fake. But the bigger problem is how artificial the whole story feels.
  30. The best that can be said is that the production design is striking. Otherwise, it's a foolish story, marred by a strange blend of overacting and bland, offhand performances.

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