USA Today's Scores

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For 3,504 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 0.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 American Beauty
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3504 movie reviews
  1. The story itself is surprisingly seamless, yet it's the individual components that linger.
  2. It is at once warmly humanistic and boldly innovative, raising philosophical questions but not answering them.
  3. Anderson has taken pains to re-create the '50s with superb production design and gorgeous cinematography. But he seems less concerned with whether the audience is along for the ride. The story can leave viewers at sea, floundering to give meaning to what they are watching.
  4. Joins company with "Sullivan's Travels" and "Sunset Boulevard" as the quintessential Hollywood peek-a-boos...[and] Tim Robbins' modulated performance rates rhapsodic praise. [10 Apr 1992]
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  5. The film's score and editing brilliantly heighten the film's energy, keeping the audience somewhat off-kilter and unsure where things are headed.
  6. Miyazaki creates fascinating, fluid and whimsical scenarios.
  7. An enthralling tale of friendship that transcends biases, Ernest & Celestine offers a lovely lesson on acceptance and inclusion.
  8. A singular accomplishment so specifically keyed to Spacey's talents that it mandates going out on a limb to say it contains the performance that will ultimately be regarded as "the one."
  9. 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.
  10. Plays like a labor of love.
  11. The best action thriller of the year.
  12. The best drama you've seen about Anytown, USA, since "American Beauty."
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  13. With this 2002 Cannes Film Festival best-picture winner, Polanski skips the quirky flourishes and simply brings history to life.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. A stylistically fastidious, exasperatingly affected package that will put most people in the mood for slumber.
  17. 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.
  18. Through stellar performances, clever writing and exquisite cinematography, the story is fresh and thoroughly captivating.
  19. The film employs a largely British cast that is perhaps the most impressive ensemble of any movie this year.
  20. A compelling drama that establishes Ryan Gosling as one of the finest actors of his generation.
  21. Lean, mean and mordant black comedy.
  22. 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.
  23. A movie just good enough to keep nurturing rooting interest as you watch it.
  24. The mesmerizing, heart-tugging concert film Heart of Gold confirms Neil Young's stature as a national treasure.
  25. Wildly witty, but also inventive, audacious and poignant.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. The movie version feels like a stately, but watered down, episode of "Masterpiece Theatre" fused with "The English Patient."
  29. This Korean-made film takes the well-worn creature-feature genre and spins it on its head thrillingly.
  30. 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.

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