USA Today's Scores

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For 3,604 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 Up
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3604 movie reviews
  1. Holmes, of Dawson's Creek, will be up the creek if she can't avoid movies like this. And so will you if you see it.
  2. As a condescening moron who natters on non-stop in this simplistic comedy, Elliott doesn't just wear out his welcome, he nukes it. [14 Jan 1994]
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  3. A putrid film that comes dead-weighted with hammy one-liners and a plot so silly it borders on comedy?
  4. Those who sit through this mindlessness get the booby prize.
  5. Maybe for the next installment, they can go off to college and find something better to do than making these silly movies.
  6. Defanged and drippy, the remake of 1939's The Women seems to have been made for the dullard granddaughters of the sassy, sharp society matrons in George Cukor's campy original.
  7. Wastes a moderately intriguing premise by filling it with laughably clichéd dialogue, one-dimensional characters and implausible turns of events.
  8. A cynical sex comedy that manages to be infantile and jaded at the same time.
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  9. Pytka may know how to push fizzy water, but he certainly can't make a punch line sparkle. [21 Aug 1989]
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  10. The Gambler is a hollow, overwrought and glibly cynical remake of a '70s drama about a self-destructive academic.
  11. Can't decide what direction it's going in. Some of the time it seems to be a standard teen sex comedy. Occasionally, it appears to be spoofing the genre. It concludes on a romantic, almost honorable note.
  12. It might be that Jarmusch (Broken Flowers) is experimenting with creating a pastiche of dreamlike sequences that audiences can interpret as they wish. Or it may be merely pretension and hubris that fuels such a stylized and insubstantial story.
  13. The two main characters in Are You Here spend much of their time stoned or weeping. Those who watch this dreadful film may seek to escape or sink into despair as well.
  14. The overwritten script and the ridiculous plot combine to make The Counselor a frustrating experience.
  15. Silly, unfunny and formulaic.
  16. Is there a word that means the opposite of Cowabunga? If so, that's the word for the charmless, dull and derivative new take on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  17. This is not only unsuitable for children, it's a colossal waste of time at any age.
  18. Deafening, deadening and about two hours too long, Extinction would mark the weakest installment yet of the 7-year-old Hasbro franchise — if the previous three movies were discernible from one another.
  19. 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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  20. Isn’t nearly as funny as it thinks it is spoofing spy tropes and buddy films and making a mockery of AIDS, politicians, movie stars and working-class Brits.
  21. Jude Law put on 30 pounds to play this slimeball. But the weightier question is, why would he bother to take this worn-out role, at any size?
  22. Michelle Pfeiffer has made a lot of memorable movies, including many that undeservedly failed to connect with the public. Never, until Dangerous Minds, has she had to flail her way through a movie beyond all redemption, including even the prehistoric "Grease 2". [11 Aug 1995, Pg.04.D]
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  23. 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.
  24. Catch and Release is not worth catching. Release yourself from boredom by giving it a miss.
  25. An unseasonably cynical assault on the holiday spirit.
  26. Rambo III is hardly the first Stallone-y baloney to climax with a commie wipeout; it is the first to palm off its star as the product of a Buddhist monastery. Like, whew. Rambo in a monastery is almost as stomach-turning as E.T. in a brothel. [25 May 1988, p.1D]
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  27. It's been a long time since a movie wasted as much talent as Stand Up Guys, a film that aims to be a geezer "Goodfellas" but whose execution is a misfire.
  28. Goo oozes without mercy in A Walk to Remember.
  29. Looking Glass is instead a competition to see how goofy Johnny Depp can be as the Mad Hatter and how many scenes (and hearts) Helena Bonham Carter can steal as the ragingly high-maintenance Red Queen.
  30. The entire undertaking feels like a waste of time and talent.

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