USA Today's Scores

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For 3,252 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 1.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Crumb
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3,252 movie reviews
  1. Campion's script is very well received, but the film finally makes it on cinematics: bleakly beautiful photography, haunting score, and good acting. [12 Nov 1993]
  2. Great cinema - and also a whopping good time. [19 September 1990, Life, p.1D]
  3. It is by turns comic, dark and surprisingly tender. If one must reduce it to simple description, call it a love story with a twist. Or a twisted love story.
  4. It takes a filmmaker possessed of a rare, almost alchemic, blend of maturity, wisdom and artistic finesse to create such an intimate, moving and spare war film as Clint Eastwood has done in Letters From Iwo Jima.
  5. Once is a film for anyone who has ever been transported by the power and passion of music.
  6. Ghost World draws super, natural performances.
  7. In Capote, Philip Seymour Hoffman's brilliant transformation into the mannered writer takes your breath away.
  8. Does the finest job of any film in painting a believable portrait of aging, capturing the sadness, confusion, anxiety and defiance of the early stages of dementia.
  9. Epic battles, spectacular effects and multiple story lines make The Two Towers a most excellent middle chapter in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
  10. A little slapstick, a little action, rich characters and a whopping serving of wit. All baked to near-perfection.
  11. What remains is a great Vangelis score, astonishing production design, Hauer's career role -- and a movie that deserves its cult reputation despite an unloving heart. [11 Sept 1992]
  12. Let's say it without equivocation: Colin Firth deserves an Oscar for his lead role in The King's Speech as the stammering King George VI.
  13. It's a mature, intricately layered visual delight.
  14. Up
    Easily the summer's, and probably the year's, most enchanting movie, Up is a buoyant delight.
  15. Can be taken on many levels, and that's why it works so completely.
  16. What's most amazing is the finely nuanced performances these bits and bytes deliver.
  17. Sweet (maybe) - but also painful (for sure). So painful that it's initially easy to resist this slice-of-Middlesex-life from Brit director Mike Leigh. Yet gradually, a mom, a dad and late-teen twins prove overwhelmingly winning through sheer willpower. Theirs, and the willpower of an idiosyncratic filmmaker who loves his characters no matter what. [24 Dec. 1991, p.4D]
  18. Director Gillian Armstrong takes the delicate snow globe that is Little Women and gives it a bold new shake. [21 Dec 1994]
  19. Accessibly brainy screen charmer.
  20. This adorable exercise in whimsy should give "Corpse Bride" a good fight for best-animated-film Oscar.
  21. In this spare, unusual and intimate action thriller, Redford's expressions do nearly all of the communicating. He is the sole human cast member and utters only one word during the entire movie, which covers a span of eight days. The ocean — super-charged and becalmed — gets equal billing. If this sounds bizarre, or like an exercise in tedium, it is neither.
  22. Gracefully acted, and the story packs a powerful punch straight to the gut.
  23. Though the movie may not change many minds about McNamara, it richly humanizes him, a valuable feat atop all the fascinating reflection.
  24. It's a heart-wrenching portrayal of unfulfilled Wyoming love, but this time, we don't mean Alan Ladd and Jean Arthur in "Shane."
  25. The ideal culmination of a fantasy series that has artfully blended excitement, adventure and terror with humor, kinship and love.
  26. Murderball brilliantly captures the intensity of the little-known athletic competition, offering more intimacy and drama than most Hollywood sports movies.
  27. Shine has a story to reckon with and powerhouse male performances.
  28. A haunting and fascinating portrait of so much that is worth exploring: the implacability of nature, the hubris of human endeavor and the line between supreme dedication and madness.
  29. Mothers definitely get their due here: Birth mothers, adoptive mothers and mothers-to-be - with the only men in sight (save for one young fatality and one old eccentric) being those who wear flashy makeup and sport breasts
  30. The big story here is Kristin Scott Thomas' captivating performance.

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