USA Today's Scores

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For 3,621 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 0.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Neil Young: Heart of Gold
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3621 movie reviews
  1. Drag Me to Hell is unlike any scary thriller in a while: frightening, frenzied and fun.
  2. Timeliness can be tricky to pull off convincingly in movies. It's tough to capture an era while it's still happening, yet Up in the Air does so brilliantly, with wit and humanity.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In many ways delivers an experience that's even better than the real thing. It brings U2's dazzling rock spectacle to the multiplex with VIP comforts, all-access viewpoints and telescopic close-ups.
  3. Babe, a live-action fable about a valiant pig who conquers prejudice like a barnyard Jackie Robinson, is in a league of its own when it comes to enchantment.
  4. A good little movie dominated by a great central performance that's likely to endure. [30 Jan 1998, p.D2]
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  5. Bout No. 2 is among the best closed-quarters screen fights ever, as good as (and longer than) Frank Sinatra vs. Henry Silva in The Manchurian Candidate. And Hannah does more for an eyepatch than anyone since the late Israeli defense minister Moshe Dayan.
  6. This is the kind of people-driven story that the movies used to give us - before special effects took over.
  7. Caché is unsettling and tense, even shocking. And its story of enduring tensions between an Algerian immigrant and a well-off French family is particularly timely.
  8. It is an unsettling tale told simply and chillingly by director Peter Mullan, with stand-out performances, an evocative soundtrack and spare, haunting visuals.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Henry V emerges a first-class epic film, so entertaining that it needs no apologies for being based on a 400-year-old play. [10 Nov 1989]
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  9. Mesmerizing and highly entertaining.
  10. When it comes to eloquently telling it like it is, Election puts the nation's political pundits to shame.
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  11. Equally powerful and feel-good, Creed is an entertaining reminder that this franchise isn’t down for the count yet.
  12. Peter O'Toole's tour-de-force performance makes Venus a movie not to be missed.
  13. It's the actor/director's best movie - and the best Western by anybody in over 20 years. [7 Aug 1992]
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  14. Only a truly visionary filmmaker could take a story largely set in a cramped canyon and give it a sense of openness and hope.
  15. The film's most climactic moments involve the chilling audiotapes of avaricious Enron traders as they toy with California's energy crisis, wringing millions in profits from the misfortune of an entire state.
  16. Deliberately downbeat, it's best as a two-person character study, stumbling a bit whenever it extends its parameters.
  17. This is precisely the kind of film that parents clamor for and rarely get: a substantive, stirring, Huck Finn-style saga that doesn't insult anyone's intelligence or mindlessly entertain with crass humor.
  18. A masterwork of suspense, romance and political intrigue.
  19. Well-written, terrifically acted and compelling. It deftly avoids sentimentality and offers a window into the lives of believable, multilayered characters.
  20. The borderline Parenthood is either an iffy comedy with lots of compensations, or a good comedy with more irritating flaws than most movies manage to survive. Whichever, the "feel good'' infantry of summer-film escapists will probably love it. [2 Aug 1989, p.5D]
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  21. Sugar is that sweetest of films: A sensitive and memorable story that surprises at every turn.
  22. It could be argued that this movie's callousness toward human life is nihilistic and nasty. But Woo takes everything so absurdly far that audiences laugh at what horrified them moments before. [27Jun1997 Pg01.D]
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  23. This Pride & Prejudice is a stellar adaptation, bewitching the viewer completely and incandescently with an exquisite blend of emotion and wit.
  24. Retains the power to turn heads -- and stomachs.
  25. The young actors' performances are particularly haunting.
  26. It plays even more like a bent version of Meredith Willson's "The Music Man" for the new millennium. Slinging a line of bull but displaying genuine affection for the youngsters he's bamboozling.
  27. When it comes to sheer spectacle, Star Trek, as re-imagined by J.J. Abrams, delivers.
  28. An engaging and moving film with a universal story about the bonds of family as told through two generations of a Bengali family.

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