USA Today's Scores

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For 3,377 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 The Queen
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3,377 movie reviews
  1. The exhilarating, inventive and suspenseful story hinges on a pair of commanding performances.
  2. Too lingeringly creepy to ignore. [23 Oct 1992]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A tiny treasure: grown-up, tight, sexy, suspenseful and with a mildly ambiguous wrap-up that stimulates the mind rather than confusing it.
  3. A first-rate office comedy of prickly exchanges.
  4. Its deadpan wit, ingenious fairy-tale premise and superbly accomplished cast will leave you feeling positively oxygenated.
  5. Despite the sad denouement, it's still the love story of the year.
  6. Still a one-of-a-kind mind-blower.
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  7. Epic in nearly every way, The Hurricane has the power to blow you away.
  8. Uniformly robust acting puts still more feathers in the caps of Rush, Winslet and Caine.
  9. You'd be hard-pressed to find a purer expression of rapture in a film this year than the one that opens Billy Elliot.
  10. The result is almost enough to make an audience levitate.
  11. Increasingly piquant tale of culture clash in 1954 post-independence India.
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  12. The sometimes fatiguing slow flow in hour one is worth the labor because the power in this 2-hour triumph reveals itself gradually.
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  13. Paradis is a most striking subject, but the movie is a winner as well, starting with a story full of black-comic possibilities exploited fully by the great French director Patrice Leconte.
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  14. This sleek adaptation of James Ellroy's dauntingly complex novel has the black-and-white tabloid soul of an old "Confidential" magazine.
  15. Proves there are Holocaust stories still to be told.
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  16. A model of what a largely talking-heads documentary should be, with on-camera testimonials and lots of film clips that offer layers of context.
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  17. Majidi tells his simple story with dazzling vision.
  18. Terence Davies' deliberately paced, earnest adaptation of Edith Wharton's breakthrough novel quietly captures the grim complexities of New York's social world nearly a century ago.
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  19. One of those movies in which pacing, dialogue and the right actors enliven a familiar story.
  20. With his coolly objective moon's-eye view serving a story that's bizarre by even his long-established career standards, the great documentarian Errol Morris examines the perils of vanity - though others will understandably make more sinister interpretations.
  21. Warren Beatty's uproariously rude Bulworth is 90% triumph.
  22. An emotionally honest low-ebber that builds to a satisfying wrap-up.
  23. 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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  24. Just be glad that Hanks and Zemeckis toiled mightily to pull off at least two-thirds of a remarkable achievement.
  25. In a role as tailor-made for him as the story is for its writer and director, Nicolas Cage anchors the movie with one of his best performances.
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  26. Chances are, the more you love classic cinema, the more you will find Gods is your cup of tea.
  27. Twenty years ago, you could view early works of big-splash directors and often tell where they were coming from - or going. Yet Soderbergh and his debut project are mysteries. What can possibly come next? You won't be able to drag me out of line opening night. [4 Aug 1989, Life, p.1D]
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  28. Such pure, naked joy is utterly contagious.
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  29. Both the material and the way it's delivered by the movie's comic quartet are so funny.

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