USA Today's Scores

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For 3,485 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 Das Boot
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3,485 movie reviews
  1. An artful examination of a small town and small-mindedness and the potential for full-blown, large-scale evil. But it's strangely bloodless.
  2. Visual pyrotechnics and dark humor aside, Three Kings rules because it dares to dig for such truths, whether banal or significant.
  3. At its best in scenes featuring Hathaway's mercurial character. It's a triumphant and darkly nuanced role for her and a departure from the more lighthearted comedic performances she has given.
  4. Alas, if you're someone who enjoys movies as, say, a two-hour escape, you may find this documentary on the death of film at digital's hands a bit too inside baseball.
  5. Not only a stirring history lesson and an action-packed war film, Glory is also a ferocious statement about enduring discrimination that resounds today.
  6. An intriguing, if meandering, escape from the summer blockbusters.
  7. Though it sounds like a blueprint for either disaster or dynamite, the movie is a bit too controlled to be either.
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  8. When was the last time you saw a blockbuster that was impeccably executed and simultaneously thought-provoking, audacious and unnerving while consistently being fun and entertaining?
  9. A Sundance hit that is both absorbing and bleak, Frozen River is anchored by powerful performances, believable scenarios and excellent writing.
  10. A daring movie in today's current climate - one likely to be remembered at year's end. [18 Oct 1989]
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  11. Comprehensive and blisteringly paced.
  12. More than any other example in recent memory, Chicago shows how much the element of surprise is missing from today's movies.
  13. Irritates in the early going when many of the current-day interviews are so intentionally underlighted that we can't see what the group members look like.
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  14. The plan in A Simple Plan grows exponentially complex once the first dollar is purloined, an act that makes this unpretentious parable one of the season's better 'what's-going-to-happen-next?' movies.
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  15. Eastern Promises has a compelling story and strong performances to back up what may seem excessive or sensationalistic.
  16. Violence is in the spirit of the hardest-hitting film noir offerings from the '50s, but far more explicit. It's also in the spirit of the Western.
  17. Like the first half of "Best in Show," the movie is so deadpan that sometimes you have to pinch yourself to realize how potently satirical it is.
  18. What vaults the film above the standard sports movie is the stellar performance by Michael Sheen.
  19. a painful though sadly humorous portrait of sisterhood deftly written by Leigh's mom, Barbara Turner, and directed with just-right spareness by Ulu Grosbard. [08 Dec 1995]
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  20. With its original performances that can't be reduced to simplistic labels, Juno is charming, honest and terrifically acted.
  21. Not only is this a deftly crafted and superbly acted film, but Wadjda sheds a powerful light on what women face, starting in childhood, in an oppressive regime.
  22. Gosling and Williams have the most palpable chemistry of any screen couple this year, never striking a false note in this achingly tender tale of a love that implodes before our eyes.
  23. It's a clever, multitiered affair built around the title rituals, frosted with delicious characterizations and tasty repartee. [11 March 1994, Life, p.4D]
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  24. And novel insights notwithstanding, this is a plain old good movie, too.
  25. The Secret of Kells is a magical adventure unlike anything we've seen on screen before.
  26. The result is raunchy, energetic, sharp-eyed and a bit rambling.
  27. While not phenomenal, especially compared to the rest of the Spielberg oeuvre, Spies still hits the spot.
  28. The movie, which ends on an unexpected note of wistful humor, also gleans gentle and non-derisive chuckles out of Fin's physical state.
  29. Foxcatcher might just be the feel-bad movie of the year. But it's so well-acted that audiences won't want to miss its dark, chilling yet restrained story. A little less muting of this outlandish true-to-life tale, however, might have made it even more mesmerizing.
  30. What results is a disarmingly honest tale of affection, both romantic and filial.

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