USA Today's Scores

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For 3,335 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 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3,335 movie reviews
  1. Comprehensive and blisteringly paced.
  2. The all-Lego adventure is warm and witty, showing flashes of satire.
  3. More than any other example in recent memory, Chicago shows how much the element of surprise is missing from today's movies.
  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Eastern Promises has a compelling story and strong performances to back up what may seem excessive or sensationalistic.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. What vaults the film above the standard sports movie is the stellar performance by Michael Sheen.
  10. 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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  11. With its original performances that can't be reduced to simplistic labels, Juno is charming, honest and terrifically acted.
  12. 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.
  13. The Secret in Their Eyes is that rare police procedural that engages emotions as well as intellect.
  14. 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.
  15. 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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  16. And novel insights notwithstanding, this is a plain old good movie, too.
  17. The Secret of Kells is a magical adventure unlike anything we've seen on screen before.
  18. The movie, which ends on an unexpected note of wistful humor, also gleans gentle and non-derisive chuckles out of Fin's physical state.
  19. What results is a disarmingly honest tale of affection, both romantic and filial.
  20. What the film does best is remind us of the brilliance of Keats flame and how it was extinguished far too early.
  21. A brilliantly acted and achingly bleak coming-of-age story.
  22. No
    For anyone fascinated by the political process and the powers of persuasive advertising, No is a resounding yes.
  23. Though it's no "Monty Python," Hot Fuzz is a clever, over-the-top marriage of mayhem and merriment.
  24. There's an epic spaghetti Western feel to Quentin Tarantino's latest action/comedy/romance hybrid that is by turns dazzling, daring, gruesome and astonishingly funny.
  25. With a powerful jolt, 007 feels relevant again, with serious questions about espionage vs. cyber hacking amid the fun.
  26. One of the most challenging movies in years.
  27. Richly layered, deliberately paced, dealing with difficult emotions and life decisions, it feels like a moody wintry afternoon.
  28. The story has its clich├ęd and sentimental moments. It's no "Raging Bull," more like "Rocky" shot with a handheld camera. But Rourke's wounded tough guy is undeniably captivating.
  29. A provocative dissection of human dynamics.
  30. Here's an ''opened-up'' film of a fragile, sentimental play that doesn't overemphasize every dramatic point, and doesn't tromp on every minefield in the material. [13 Dec 1989, p.1D]
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