USA Today's Scores

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For 3,387 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 Primary Colors
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3,387 movie reviews
  1. The movie tries to juggle motherly love sentiment with wanna-be snappy ripostes with a violent streak that extends to threatening a grade-schooler with blinding and busted kneecaps. [11 Oct 1996, Pg.03.D]
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  2. Glaringly lacking in the film are any original Stones songs. The group, who fired Jones just before his death, must not have thought much of the movie if they didn't allow their music to be used. Smart fellows.
  3. Yearns to be fresh but ends up tasteless. It's as drawn-out, forced and annoying as a holiday meal with a dozen carping relatives.
  4. Poseidon is a sodden saga, with a script that is awash in clich├ęs. It nearly drowns under the weight of its own soggy tedium.
  5. Has plenty of fast cars and revving engines. But unless you're a fan of that sort of thing, its stultifying plot and wooden acting is likely to make you drift - off to sleep.
  6. It comes off like a coughed-up furball: a wan rehash with too many elements of the hard-to-swallow 2004 original.
  7. One of the more befuddling movies of recent years. The premise makes no sense, no matter how you turn it around in your head.
  8. You, Me and Dupree is a good idea badly executed.
  9. All this movie has in common with its ancestor are speedboats, shotguns and drug-dealing Colombians.
  10. Ultimately, Beerfest plays like a party that's gone on too long, when the buzz has worn off and the hangover starts to set in.
  11. Much as they would like it to, basketball can't save the youthful inner-city players here. Nor does the ultra-fast-paced street version of the sport save this movie from predictability and tedium.
  12. Flyboys doesn't succeed as a wartime adventure story or as a period romance. Even the special effects, set in a historical context, are too ho-hum to save this over-long and tedious film.
  13. You're bound to have more fun working overtime than watching Employee of the Month.
  14. t's far too soon for an actress as vital as Jessica Lange to stoop to Bette Davis-Joan Crawford horror-hag histrionics. [6 Mar 1998, pg.04D]
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  15. Russell Crowe may find himself discovering the simple joys of life in A Good Year, but audiences will be checking their watches during this joyless attempt at comedy.
  16. Overflows with pretensions and absurdity.
  17. The movie is so impressionistic, it obfuscates any sense of history. We expect at least a hint at the causes of the Mayan Empire's demise, but instead we get Mesoamerican Rambo.
  18. Its use of trite "Win one for the Gipper" dialogue, overbearing soaring music and conventional plot devices makes it far too formulaic to truly move us.
  19. It's a pretty twisted concept, bordering on offensive. But mostly it's just not funny.
  20. Who would have thought an animated comedy satirizing the predictable nature of fairy tales could be so grim?
  21. Given its predictable story, the only reason to see Stomp is for the rhythmic step dancing.
  22. Catch and Release is not worth catching. Release yourself from boredom by giving it a miss.
  23. From the embarrassingly over-the-top performance of Ray Liotta as a tough-guy biker to the pratfalls of William H. Macy as a bumbling computer geek, this movie stinks of exhaust and desperation.
  24. It takes more than an awkward title attempting to sound cool to overcome its mundane plot and silly dialogue.
  25. Been-there-seen-that wannabe laughfest.
  26. All cinematic creativity seems to have focused on devising the most repellent ways to maim and murder.
  27. This warm-weather variation on the original, once again set in a small Minnesota town, is in dire need of Geritol. Or a dose of ginseng. Or Ex-Lax. Anything to get things moving faster than this turgid replay. [22 Dec 1995, p.3D]
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  28. This implausible action thriller also stars Julianne Moore as an FBI agent who sees Cage's two-bit Vegas act and decides he can single-handedly save the world.
  29. Not even scaremeister director Wes Craven can awaken this story. Murphy's pale efforts are enough to make one fondly recall Blacula. Now that was one sucker who knew how to make a film that didn't. [27 Oct 1995, p.4D]
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  30. The pirate ship has hit foul waters, and even the sharp wit and charm of everyone's favorite buccaneer can't save it.

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