USA Today's Scores

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For 3,329 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 0.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Topsy-Turvy
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3,329 movie reviews
  1. It's unlikely there will be a film as visually stunning or poetic this year - or perhaps any year - to rival Beasts of the Southern Wild.
  2. Plays like a labor of love.
  3. The best action thriller of the year.
  4. The best drama you've seen about Anytown, USA, since "American Beauty."
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  5. With this 2002 Cannes Film Festival best-picture winner, Polanski skips the quirky flourishes and simply brings history to life.
  6. With its ceaseless music, large canvas, shrewd casting and flawless ensemble acting and the dexterity of its whiplashing mood switches, the movie recalls Robert Altman's "Nashville" more than any subsequent movie has.
  7. While the film is heart-wrenchingly sad, it also is mordantly funny, uncomfortably prickly and above all, unflinching in its depiction of a believable sibling relationship.
  8. A stylistically fastidious, exasperatingly affected package that will put most people in the mood for slumber.
  9. What makes the movie so winning are its endearing and relatable characters who spout believable dialogue and amusing banter, steeped in clever pop-culture references and sharp observations of human nature.
  10. Through stellar performances, clever writing and exquisite cinematography, the story is fresh and thoroughly captivating.
  11. The film employs a largely British cast that is perhaps the most impressive ensemble of any movie this year.
  12. A compelling drama that establishes Ryan Gosling as one of the finest actors of his generation.
  13. Lean, mean and mordant black comedy.
  14. Nicholson has at least three magnificent moments in Hour 2. The best is a wedding toast that comes after another that will painfully remind you of every banal wedding toast you've ever heard.
  15. The mesmerizing, heart-tugging concert film Heart of Gold confirms Neil Young's stature as a national treasure.
  16. Wildly witty, but also inventive, audacious and poignant.
  17. Farhadi's latest film is almost hypnotically compelling, spinning an intricate web of predicaments, emotional reactions and resolutions in a domestic drama that leaves the viewer reeling by its conclusion.
  18. We are happy to report there is intelligent life in feature animation beyond planet Disney and the gaseous ball of foul language known as South Park.
  19. The movie version feels like a stately, but watered down, episode of "Masterpiece Theatre" fused with "The English Patient."
  20. This Korean-made film takes the well-worn creature-feature genre and spins it on its head thrillingly.
  21. The low-key approach probably gets closer to the soul of Leonard, but it lacks zip. As a result, Out of Sight sometimes runs out of gas.
  22. A shape-shifting film, it resembles a poem. At other moments, it is closer to a symphony. Most often, it approximates a fervent prayer.
  23. Michael B. Jordan is superbly multi-dimensional as Grant.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Sling Blade is about a society barely holding on by its fingernails, the home and hearth hardly a place of respite. Unlike "The Ice Storm" or "The Sweet Hereafter," Sling Blade is devoid of the creature comforts of middle-class life that at least allow people the degraded hobbies that keep them functioning. [May, 1998]
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  24. If feuds, drunken outbursts and thoughtless bed-hopping sound like fun, then A Christmas Tale is a hoot. Some wry humor runs through the course of the overly long saga. But there's not enough dark wit to mitigate the tedium and pretentiousness.
  25. One small documentary for a filmmaker and one giant leap in inspiration for audiences.
  26. An exhilarating sci-fi action thriller with a powerful social and political message.
  27. This thorough original is a wall-to-wall exercise in gallows humor, a movie whose full funny/sad effect doesn't hit until you reflect upon the subject and the cast of characters.
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  28. Literate, melancholy and magical, Moonrise Kingdom is quintessential Wes Anderson, infused with his brand of daffy wit.
  29. The result is almost enough to make an audience levitate.

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