USA Today's Scores

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For 3,705 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 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Insomnia
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3705 movie reviews
  1. Those who adore horror movies so much that they crave Count Chocula cereal may be amused. The rest can skip this walk on the Darkside. [07 May 1990, p.4D]
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  2. Even at its best, the movie plays like a clip reel.
  3. Though the picture falls apart whenever the two leads aren't on screen together, you can argue that That isn't that inferior to its predecessor.
  4. It's just too soon after those silly talking dinosaurs to put up with any movie about a talking horse.
  5. It plays more like a "21 Jump Street," full of pretty people and a thumping soundtrack but offering little in the way of something to say.
  6. Nancy Drew is 16, dresses like she's 12 and acts like she's about 45. And therein lies the problem with this adaptation of the beloved book series. The movie can't quite decide how old it wants to be -- or who it's for.
  7. Transforms Charles Dickens into a Chuck. Ground Chuck, unfortunately. [30 January 1998, p. 7D]
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  8. It's all fast and furious up to its draggy finale, and yes, it could spark a sequel. Prepare yourself for coming dread in 18 months: "A Man Together."
  9. One thing it doesn't do is offer a revealing look at the mercurial entrepreneur. The movie that bears his name settles on a blandly superficial treatment of a deeply complex man.
  10. After "Monsters, Inc.," this movie may be a bit of a letdown, but there are some scenes that will delight elementary-school-age children and older preschoolers -- notably the gross-out moments.
  11. Higher Learning: John Singleton's ambitious potpourri of on-campus tensions - date rape, black power, white supremacy - all too quickly lapses into pandering preachiness. [17 Feb 1995, p.4D]
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  12. Not so admirably, the film feels at times like a giant commercial for Universal Studios.
  13. The movie, which has a rusty photographic veneer, is monotonous and drags toward the end.
  14. While Kristen Wiig fully commits to her bizarre, mentally ill character in Welcome to Me, the result still feels more like an extended sketch than a movie.
  15. The civilized running time and breezy editing between scattershot plot threads keep the attention in a superficial way, and it would be misstating the case to deny that the movie has some chuckles (the kind that don't linger).
  16. The more real Friday gets, the better it is. [26 Apr 1995]
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  17. Slight and only sporadically amusing.
  18. The potency of the acting is also undercut by leaden pacing and a sense of claustrophobia.
  19. Forced, formulaic and never believable. It's a particularly unholy combination.
  20. It's a 2 1/2-hour slog, with tonal inconsistencies and monotonous, drawn-out action sequences. Scenes alternate between frenetic and tedious.
  21. Movies of this genre don't often engage fresh concepts, but you have to give Wong major points for dreaming up "tan-line flambé."
  22. Tower Heist feigns being an "Ocean's 11" for schmucks, but plays like a retread of "48 Hours."
  23. The predictable story feels as if it were written by a computer program labeled "sequel."
  24. Long on visual dazzle but short on warmth, and the humor is excessively raunchy for a family film.
  25. To paraphrase Devo: Whip It, not so good.
  26. Overproduced and essentially charmless.
  27. Alas, this all-star ensemble comedy that trumpets (too loudly) that it's a "Hangover" on hemorrhoid cream musters enough laughs to be passable, if not memorable. And that's thanks to Morgan Freeman's showmanship.
  28. Hopkins' Hannibal is no longer mysterious, Clarice is no longer vulnerable, and the overextended Florence scenes dash any hopes of early momentum, even if Giancarlo Giannini is perfect as the cop.
  29. This is 90 minutes of gags of the lowest order, yet Poirier occasionally injects them with more energy than anything in "Heartbreakers."
  30. Destined to be on DVD by the time 2004 reaches the 50-yard line, Ten is more stale than it is ungodly.

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