USA Today's Scores

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For 3,716 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 0.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Y Tu Mamá También
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3716 movie reviews
  1. Nothing is etched in anything remotely resembling a hard surface in Stone.
  2. There's a fun retro camp to Hercules, with nods to classics such as Ben-Hur and Spartacus, as Hercules finds himself rowing slave ships and crossing desert expanses.
  3. Maybe Affleck was drawn to this movie because it involves the loss of memory. Who wouldn't want to forget "Gigli," and now this?
  4. As a gritty thriller, Dead Man Down doesn't stand out among its bullet-riddled brethren.
  5. With director Harmony Korine's visual overload and somnolent voice-overs — the same sentences are repeated ad nauseum — it manages to be both mind-numbingly dull and off-putting.
  6. May be dull, but the familiarity of it all makes it feel ceremonial, a reassuring ritual.
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  7. The material is so solid and Thornton so tailor-made that the movie almost gets by.
  8. The script is so bereft of real surprises that it's best to keep the lid on what few there are.
  9. Savage Grace is a thoroughly disturbing story, told in a detached style rendering the overall experience an unsettling blend of lurid and vacuous.
  10. Thackeray said that he wanted "to leave everybody dissatisfied and unhappy at the end of the story." Nair may have had other intentions, but by film's end, audiences are bound to be left dissatisfied with the choppy and confusing storytelling style and unhappy about the missed opportunity.
  11. Game Plan plays like an average sitcom that drags on. This sort of film shouldn't clock in at more than 90 minutes. There are worse ways to spend a few hours, but expect more predictability than laughs in this good-hearted, mindless entertainment.
  12. Chris Rock was busy directing, producing, co-writing and starring in this light comedy. Given his hilarious stand-up routines, one wishes he had spent a little more time on the script.
  13. Hunter is far too talented to waste her time with such mediocre material, as is co-star Kathy Bates, who plays Kippie Kann, an overbearing talk-show host.
  14. If this is Dumas, there's a "b" in the middle and an extra "s" at the end.
  15. Borderline ponderous in hour one, Wyatt Earp picks up once it reaches Dodge, thanks in part to drolly delivered guffaw lines from sunken-cheeked Dennis Quaid, who lost 43 pounds to play tubercular Doc Holliday. [24 Jun 1994, p.1D]
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  16. Resembles an enthusiastic but undisciplined child running amok through an exhibit.
  17. For a movie about dancing, Step Up is pretty clumsy on its feet.
  18. Too distinctive-looking to dismiss out of hand, but it would help to be able to look through a magic viewfinder (or maybe magic eraser) and make its script disappear.
  19. In dashing Indiana Jones style, Eckhart gets to be a hero.
  20. Maze Runner feels only partially formed.
  21. Genial and well-intentioned, but tepid.
  22. The only death at this funeral was that of a good movie.
  23. A badly constructed, blood-spattered caper that comes unglued early on.
  24. While it looks great with its gorgeous computer-generated foliage and realistic animals, the story focuses too much on its stiff hero and a one-note villain rather than the big-picture ideas it raises in passing.
  25. It may sound like a Peter Pan spinoff, and Dear Wendy does involve lost boys in a stagey setting, but the film is closer to "A Clockwork Orange" than a tale of lasting youth.
  26. When it comes to comedies about pregnancy, "Knocked Up" and "Baby Mama" delivered more. This sitcom style exercise in planned parenthood is blandly predictable. If it were a cheese, it would be Velveeta.
  27. In the canon of comic-book movies, it's not as campy bad as the "Batman" starring George Clooney, but nowhere near the caliber of the Spider-Man movies or "The Dark Knight." It may have more style, but it's only a jot more entertaining than "Catwoman."
  28. The ending stinks.
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  29. It's tough to think of another child-adult pairing in a long screen tradition with so little emotional kick.
  30. Casting, in fact, is Rob Roy's dominant virtue, a hedge against its overlong 2 1/4-hour running time and some initial reluctance to get rolling. [7 Apr 1995, p.01.D]
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