USA Today's Scores

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For 3,747 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 0.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Triplets of Belleville
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3747 movie reviews
  1. Even with the occasional misfire in the plot, Fey’s strong performance throughout the film lets Whiskey go down in smooth and satisfying fashion.
  2. It winds up working as a ominous climax, however, and you’re left wanting to avoid any and all farm animals for a while — which for this excellent piece of filmmaking is high praise.
  3. Race makes its title's double meaning all too clear, and at a time when the Oscars and movies, in general, struggle with finding racial balance, two guys of different skin colors coming together for some sports-movie magic is a fitting and truly welcoming lapping of the competition.
  4. For grown-ups, however, Deadpool avoids enough pitfalls to both embrace and flambé the superhero genre while also finding time for romance, doling out equal handfuls of bullets, barbs and warm fuzzies.
  5. Moviegoers may wish that Will Ferrell's megalomaniacal supervillain Mugatu had won in the first Zoolander and saved us from another film with these boneheads.
  6. Some bits fall flat, yet when the Coens hit, there’s nothing better, especially with their usual ridiculously sublime banter.
  7. The rescue drama The Finest Hours rocks the boat in terms of blizzard-blitzed sea thrills but leaves you cold with its side love story.
  8. The movie's story and cute characters are geared toward the younger crowd, per usual. But while it lacks the wonder and nuance of earlier Pandas, there are enough new faces and wowing, Asian-influenced style to also keep parents amused for an hour and a half.
  9. While not as cinematically game-changing as Pulp Fiction or as gore-spattered as the Kill Bill films, The Hateful Eight doles out all of Tarantino’s favorite things.
  10. The 5th Wave finds a way to make the most of Moretz’s talents, with the emotionality she showed in If I Stay and the utter physical chutzpah of her Kick-Ass films.
  11. After a string of iffy Transformers movies, Bay reminds that he can do a much better action movie with humans than alien robots: 13 Hours is his best work in the genre since his 1990s hits Bad Boys and The Rock.
  12. Much more concerned with the emotional ties between twin sisters — both played by Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer — than scaring the pants off audiences.
  13. An artsy display put on by Kaufman and fellow co-director Duke Johnson that raises the level of the genre, though it sometimes tries to enjoy its individual oddity too much chronicling one night in a bored businessman’s life.
  14. The cast is a stellar one, especially Smith. Not only does he capture Omalu’s Nigerian accent and mannerisms but also the character's idiosyncrasies.
  15. It all comes down to men behaving badly and greed rules all, though at least you’ll laugh and seethe along the way.
  16. Joy
    There’s a Miracle Mop at the heart of Joy, though the movie is such a mess that even it would have a hard time cleaning up.
  17. The Revenant is the most intense thing you’ll enjoy over the holidays this side of family dinners.
  18. The humor, mainly of the raunchy and older-parents-having-sex variety, lands in hilarious fashion only some of the time.
  19. The Force Awakens reveals surprising connections, begins a few bromances, solves mysteries while digging up others, and sets a strong tone for what comes next in Star Wars lore. Best of all? It’ll make you feel like a kid being introduced to something truly special once again.
  20. In the Heart of the Sea really gives Hemsworth a chance to shine. He’s not just the hammer-slinging Thor: The Aussie continues to make the most of his dramatic work — as in Howard’s 2013 Formula 1 film "Rush" — and showcases a considerable amount of gravitas.
  21. The film’s greatest strength is its major team-up. Caine and Keitel have an electric chemistry when they’re onscreen together.
  22. Spike Lee has been trying to get people to do the right thing for years, but with Chi-Raq, he solidifies a peaceful movie message in lyrical as well as powerful fashion.
  23. A sense of family, the one you have and the one you make, strongly pervades every inch of the world that The Good Dinosaur inhabits.
  24. Equally powerful and feel-good, Creed is an entertaining reminder that this franchise isn’t down for the count yet.
  25. It has the best action sequences of all four chapters, though its revolutionary message gets bogged down by a meandering plot and some good old-fashioned overacting.
  26. True, most Christmas flicks tend toward the trite and predictable naturally but they just don’t have to be quite this insufferable.
  27. No need to bury the lede: Spotlight is a masterpiece.
  28. Peanuts is all about simplicity, and what the plot lacks in nuance and complexity is made up for with relatable characters whom people have spent a lifetime watching.
  29. The clichéd ghosts of James Bond past haunt Spectre, an action adventure whose biggest failure is looking back on 007’s own success.
  30. The movie unfortunately gets stuck between edgy drama and broad comedy, and most of the humor lands with a thud.

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