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 The Piano
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3,357 movie reviews
  1. It would appear that director Scott Kalvert never met a cliché he didn't like. No telegraphing is too obvious or simplistic for this movie.
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  2. Someone has seen "Trainspotting" too many times, and it's writer/director Justin Kerrigan.
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  3. One of those movies that goes for a jarringly new emotion every 30 seconds or so while the story's foundation is collapsing.
  4. Love Stinks is what bad network TV comedy would be like if there were no censorship and less talent.
  5. Calling a cave of rocks home while spouting invective worthy of the Juilliard attendee he once was, homeless-by-choice Samuel L. Jackson worms his way into one of the least compelling mysteries in years.
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  6. A mongrel of a movie.
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  7. Audiences everywhere will tune out long before the projector does.
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  8. As buddy pics go, this is pretty much not even worth a single look, let alone a double take.
  9. Neither the actors nor their characters engender much affection.
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  10. The actors take a back seat to computer-generated demonic images and apocalyptic special effects.
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  11. Unless you have a craving to watch a sluggish Ski-Doo race or want to admire Chase dressed as a hula dancer, consider this the cinematic equivalent of yellow snow.
  12. Vile, violent and less hip than it thinks it is.
  13. Sometimes laughably incoherent.
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  14. Begins sinking in the shallow end almost at once.
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  15. When movies have degraded to the point that Tyson is acting more than Quentin Tarantino is directing, maybe it is time for an industry shutdown, strike-induced or otherwise.
  16. The young Pigeon turks who no doubt think they've made a hip black comedy should be forced to see it in a theater of non-sycophants, where only an occasional exasperated exhale signifies the audience isn't dead yet. [25 Sept 1998]
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  17. Life is a crock -- or something like it.
  18. This movie is a howler as well -- possibly even intentionally -- but if it is a black comedy, the joke is overextended by far too many arms and legs. [19 March 1999, Life, p. 13E]
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  19. No disinfectant could clean up this misbegotten, Americanized remake of "Les Visiteurs."
  20. Holmes, of Dawson's Creek, will be up the creek if she can't avoid movies like this. And so will you if you see it.
  21. It ends up choking on a never-ending stream of inept gags... A worst-case scenario of wackiness gone out of whack. [24 May 1991]
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  22. Live dies around the time Carpenter allows 10 minutes of gratuitous Piper-David eye-gouging, an apparent bone to wrestling fans. Forget the amusing premise; a full crate of magic glasses couldn't make this a bearable movie. [7 Nov 1988]
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  23. The story doesn't clarify why the dragons hibernated for hundreds of years, nor why they awakened. Clearly, however, the filmmakers might have benefited from more sleep before penning the script.
  24. As a condescening moron who natters on non-stop in this simplistic comedy, Elliott doesn't just wear out his welcome, he nukes it. [14 Jan 1994]
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  25. When it comes to being brainless, The Skulls is at the head of the class.
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  26. This is not only unsuitable for children, it's a colossal waste of time at any age.
  27. The movie runs just 80 minutes, but it's enough time for doldrums to set in when nifty special effects and funny verbal exchanges are out grabbing a smoke. [19 Feb 1993, Life, p.5D]
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  28. It's a dated effort.
  29. Don't buy a ticket for this one, even if the theater is having a fire sale on Raisinets.
  30. Fun for less than 30 of the 80-minute running time.
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