USA Today's Scores

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For 3,357 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 0.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Primary Colors
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3,357 movie reviews
  1. This is a very bloody fantasy (reds do eke their way into the black-and-blues), but it's hard to think of another film with as many severed heads whose overall tone is so sweet.
  2. This giggle does for dog shows what Rob Reiner's "This Is Spinal Tap" (in which Guest plays Nigel Tufnel) did for heavy metal.
  3. At its best, hard-hitting grown-up cinema (rare these days) and a movie blessed with a villain (Big Tobacco) for which all gloves can be removed and heaved into the next county.
  4. A little slapstick, a little action, rich characters and a whopping serving of wit. All baked to near-perfection.
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  5. It's a case of actors and strong writing coming together, and it's uncommon in contemporary movies.
  6. Kline is one of the rare major actors not afraid to look like hell. And given his character's plight, his willingness to get physically unpleasant matches the emotion he brings to the part.
  7. Unfaithful doesn't push the melodrama the way "Attraction" did, but it lingers in the mind as much.
  8. A movie that is easily likable.
  9. This thorough original is a wall-to-wall exercise in gallows humor, a movie whose full funny/sad effect doesn't hit until you reflect upon the subject and the cast of characters.
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  10. There is enough mirthful good will generated to justify even another sequel. May we suggest: "License to Shag," "You Only Shag Twice" or "Thundershag."
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  11. A sharp-tongued, subtly nuanced tragicomedy starring Jennifer Aniston, who shows her depth as a serious actress in this dark tale.
  12. Accessibly brainy screen charmer.
  13. Something this gleefully goofy and consistently funny would be welcome in any environment.
  14. Bedroom succeeds with performances that get some of their power from imaginative casting.
  15. Nicholson has at least three magnificent moments in Hour 2. The best is a wedding toast that comes after another that will painfully remind you of every banal wedding toast you've ever heard.
  16. So original that it'll be years before a major filmmaker attempts another one. We're talking black-belt cult-movie status here. [30 Mar 1988]
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  17. Wildly witty, but also inventive, audacious and poignant.
  18. About a Boy is a rarity in many ways. It's a well-written, witty film whose memorable characters grapple with the nature of family, love, friendship and despair. Even its soundtrack, by Badly Drawn Boy, is perfectly pitched.
  19. This grade-A sleeper sends you out with an unexpected smile. [25 Nov 1992]
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  20. The suspense becomes so unbearable that it's easy to overlook questions about whether anyone in such circumstances would continue filming.
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  21. One of the most challenging movies in years.
  22. Ultimately grim, Liam is ripe in humanity --and even comedy.
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  23. An easy movie to pick apart, but it lives, breathes and switches moods from humor to despair better than any American release this year.
  24. Though less than the sum of its brilliant parts, the Coens' latest will still be must viewing in 32 years. [21 Aug 1991]
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  25. The big story here is Kristin Scott Thomas' captivating performance.
  26. Damon convincingly matches Williams recrimination for recrimination in this portrayal of mutual tough love, even with the latter giving what may be the best performance of his career.
  27. A movie that rudely flings feces at the breakfast table isn't for everyone.
  28. Funny... and the payoff is the most provocative Hollywood concoction in a while.
  29. 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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  30. The rap sequences are shot and edited with the excitement of a crisply broadcast sporting event, which in a way they are.

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