USA Today's Scores

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For 3,252 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 1.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Neil Young: Heart of Gold
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3,252 movie reviews
  1. Dead-carcass spinoff of Jay Ward's animated TV favorite.
  2. Even the soundtrack doesn't rescue the movie from its tedious banality.
  3. Worst of all, Marlon Wayans' performance as a cowardly thief would have seemed in bad taste a half-century ago.
  4. A race-car drama full of flashy but empty images and a soundtrack that makes you feel as if you're being shaken on a motel rumblebed.
  5. Ultimately the title is most revealing. It's hollow, man.
  6. You keep waiting for there to be more, but there never is -- other than the fact that it all gets gorier and uglier as the dyspeptic look on Jones' face progresses from a four- to a six-a-day scotch-and-peppermint schnapps hangover.
  7. Gere has never seemed more squirrelly.
  8. Lacking even a hint of humor or a watchable story, Disguise has distinguished itself as the summer's worst movie.
  9. That a group of creative people chose to direct their energies on this repulsive spectacle simply provokes disgust.
  10. Not since Andy Kaufman's reign of terror has a supposed funnyman been so self-indulgently persistent in testing a fan's patience.
  11. An embarrassing debacle...the rare movie that never seems to take off, but also never seems to end. It tries hard to titillate, but ends up making audiences want to avert their eyes.
  12. Neither side is worth rooting for in this ridiculous blood feud, which features some of the year's most laughable dialogue.
  13. Kid's tone is off 100% of the time. The young actors are irredeemably bland, and two of the adults (Michael Des Barres' bank president, James LeGros' Storm Trooper-like security guard) are hammy enough to make James Brown seem controlled.
  14. The trouble with indulging Taking Lives is that it's taking your time.
  15. No comedy this vile should be brazenly foolish enough to give itself this title. [25 November 1998, p. 3D]
  16. Washed away by drippy plot. [16 January 1998, p. 4D]
  17. Suspense takes a vacation in sequel. [13 November 1998, p. 6E]
  18. A little soon for any movie this millennium to reunite overacting Matthew Lillard, underacting Freddie Prinze Jr., feigning mousy Linda Cardellini and the more obviously lip-glossy Sarah Michelle Gellar.
  19. Anemic. [30 October 1998, p.8E]
  20. Here's a late-August dog-days atrocity from the "aren't farts funny?" school of filmmaking.
  21. Should the desire to see a clever zombie movie strike, try the recent remake of "Dawn of the Dead" or last year's "28 Days."
  22. For a comedian (Allen) who often seems to be calling it in, he's more lackluster than usual. Curtis is a bigger disappointment, especially after "Freaky Friday," in which she was funny, smart and cheeky.
  23. White Noise is the celluloid equivalent of a bad cell phone connection.
  24. Face it. Parody comedies are no longer a laughing matter. [25 October 1996, p.5D]
  25. Icky and incompetent (special effects aside) in equal parts, this groaner makes 1994's "The Mask" look like something you'd study in a film graduate course at NYU.
  26. Sandler mugs through a back-to-school daze. [13 February 1995, p.D1]
  27. In this Amityville, the performances are bad, the special effects ho-hum, and it's not even particularly scary.
  28. When the cast starts wondering where the roadkill is, someone says, "Follow the smell." Good tip: That's how you'll know where Wax is playing.
  29. A good script is the most essential ingredient for a good movie. Hiring a comedian isn't enough.
  30. A pitiful update that saddles poor Cedric the Entertainer with the unenviable task of taking over Jackie Gleason's premier creation, Ralph Kramden.

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