USA Today's Scores

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For 3,447 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 0.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Dead Man Walking
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3,447 movie reviews
  1. When was the last time you saw a blockbuster that was impeccably executed and simultaneously thought-provoking, audacious and unnerving while consistently being fun and entertaining?
  2. This is entertainment worth thumping your chest over. [18 June 1999, Life, p.2E]
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  3. Pan's Labyrinth artfully fuses a war film with a family melodrama and a fairy tale. The result is visually stunning and emotionally shattering.
  4. Thirty pounds lighter, all cheekbones and bulging eyes, Gyllenhaal plays one of the year's most memorable characters in this dark, provocative drama.
  5. The "Age of Innocence" oozes anthropological dazzle, but Dazed and Confused may some day rate its own Smithsonian showings for clinically re-creating the High School Experience 1976. [20 Sept 1993]
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  6. Ultimately grim, Liam is ripe in humanity --and even comedy.
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  7. Despite the sad denouement, it's still the love story of the year.
  8. Depressing and gut-wrenching, but always powerful and gripping.
  9. Has the unanticipated craft and artfully ambiguous appeal of last year's "Croupier," a movie whose art-house word-of-mouth success could be duplicated here.
  10. The net result is an entertainingly frightening film that keeps the audience in a state of alarmed, but eager, anticipation.
  11. Borat is most gloriously funny moving picture for to make people see their stupidness.
  12. Translating solitary musings, raw despondency and personal enlightenment into arresting visuals is a substantial feat and novelist/screenwriter Nick Hornby was the perfect choice to convert the fascinating book into a lively script.
  13. The good news is that this is not merely a few episodes cobbled together: It's a real movie.
  14. A robust family comedy that saves its wildest moments for a climactic "get-together."
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  15. This unconventional psychological drama weaves a fascinating tale, and Collette and Williams give two of the summer's best performances.
  16. Features the season's most tragic heroine along with some of the liveliest dead people ever seen on film.
  17. Funny People nimbly intersperses humor and reflection. It is a rumination on mortality, fame and life choices, punctuated with Apatow's trademark raunchy humor.
  18. A wonderfully odd, bleakly comic and thoroughly engrossing film.
  19. The look of this version may be the finest of the 27 Jane Eyre film and television re-tellings.
  20. A hard-core war film with raw violence, intense action, graphic sexuality and a twisting plot that offers a series of surprises.
  21. The relaxed and confident Crusade is the first Jones outing to benefit from actual characterizations. [24 May 1989, Life, p.1D]
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  22. One Day is an aching lovely romance, but it's also an insightful look at human potential and the search for a purposeful existence.
  23. Retains the power to turn heads -- and stomachs.
  24. The result is a foot-stomping rouser. Where else can you get a cop in his underwear boogalooing with skyscraper terrorists? [15 July 1988, Life, p.4D]
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  25. Not only is this a deftly crafted and superbly acted film, but Wadjda sheds a powerful light on what women face, starting in childhood, in an oppressive regime.
  26. Miyazaki creates fascinating, fluid and whimsical scenarios.
  27. Emotionally and viscerally compelling and retains a suspenseful, edge-of-the-seat quality.
  28. The most imperfect of the year's best movies, Magnolia's flaws are easily forgiven because they are the result of go-for-broke ambition.
  29. Director Stephen Herek does an admirable balancing job, though the movie slows whenever the animals solo onscreen. [27 Nov 1996 Pg.01.D]
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  30. By eloquently probing the state of uncertainty and its accompanying discomfort and confusion, Doubt compels viewers to examine their own assumptions as they become caught up in this fascinating tale.

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