USA Today's Scores

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For 3,405 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 0.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Tucker: The Man and His Dream
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3,405 movie reviews
  1. With a powerful jolt, 007 feels relevant again, with serious questions about espionage vs. cyber hacking amid the fun.
  2. One of the most challenging movies in years.
  3. Richly layered, deliberately paced, dealing with difficult emotions and life decisions, it feels like a moody wintry afternoon.
  4. Well-acted, intermittently compelling, often incoherent but always offbeat, Inherent Vice is a twisting story about twisted California stoners. Think of it as a film that's meant to be experienced, more than fully understood.
  5. The story has its clichéd 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.
  6. A provocative dissection of human dynamics.
  7. 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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  8. It's hard to beat the last movie, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," and this film is not better, but it has much to recommend it.
  9. John Travolta may stand out as a plus-size laundress who is hesitant, drab and retiring, but Hairspray is a consistently flashy, rousing and rambunctious movie spectacle.
  10. The Postman (Il Postino) is slight, but it's tough to imagine anyone not liking it.
  11. The suspense becomes so unbearable that it's easy to overlook questions about whether anyone in such circumstances would continue filming.
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  12. Jackson is a visionary filmmaker who is not only a technical wizard but also a master storyteller. With Jackson at the helm, you would expect dazzling special effects and epic action sequences, but what is most surprising is how heartfelt the romance feels.
  13. The film is about a half hour too long. The third act drags and an extended high-stakes poker game doesn't always keep our attention. But this is a superior Bond.
  14. The familiar dialogue here makes one long for something closer to the edginess of "Manhattan" or the offbeat humor of "Vicky Cristina Barcelona."
  15. The premise of visiting so many pubs as a narrative device, however, bogs down the initially energetic pacing and goofiness. Piling on the mayhem renders The World's End a sometimes chaotic and uneven comedy.
  16. With its clever faux documentary style, this is the most imaginative science-fiction movie to come along in years.
  17. Silver Linings is consistently entertaining, with its scrappy, well-drawn characters, offbeat humor and indefatigable positive outlook.
  18. It's an apt title. As divisive as the issue has become, it's hard to deny the power of Guggenheim's lingering shots on these children, waiting on a superhero who isn't going to come.
  19. The crucifixion is the strongest such scene of all time. [26 Aug 1988]
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  20. An evocative film with a believable and subtly enthralling lead performance that gets deeply under your skin.
  21. Junebug has the feel of a good short story or novella.
  22. Happily, there's nothing to misconstrue about the film: It's fabulous.
  23. With its lush colors, imaginative view of ordinary objects and meticulously crafted miniature civilization, it transports viewers to an enchanting alternate storybook reality.
  24. Nearly everyone in this film is unlikeable, their actions inexplicable. And the pace is so lugubrious that it's hard not to succumb to Justine's glum mood.
  25. The point of the film is not to scorn or mock the Siegels, despite their excesses. They embody the quintessentially American urge to live beyond one's means. Their saga is simply the story of a nation's materialism writ large.
  26. Seductively pastoral but also a bit slight, the movie saves its best scene for the very end.
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  27. This crumbled-caper comedy is the funniest movie ever from a film maker late in his eighth decade. [22 July 1988, Life, p.4D]
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  28. Kudos go to the great Thomas Newman, whose score contributes as much as either lead to what is finally a two-character movie, though one well-performed by all. [23 Sept 1994]
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  29. If you want a brain puzzler that will ensure a lively conversation on the way home, Nine Queens is the real deal.
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  30. Lovely “memory'' film. [2 March 1990, Life, p.4D]
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