USA Today's Scores

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For 3,613 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 0.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Married to the Mob
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3613 movie reviews
  1. Coy to a fault, the movie collapses under its own weight with 90 minutes to go, despite Robby Muller's impressive black-and-white photography, which puts the film on a higher artistic plane than other equally unbearable movies. [16 May 1996, Pg.06.D]
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  2. Labor Day feels like a belabored, sappy slog.
  3. When it comes to being brainless, The Skulls is at the head of the class.
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  4. If you can't find a more scintillating brand of dirty to enjoy during your own nights (Helena or Hoboken), you're not trying very hard.
  5. What is most troubling is how this film can serve to shape perceptions for impressionable kids. Young girls and boys will think that non-stop make-out sessions is all it takes to sustain "endless love."
  6. The pirate ship has hit foul waters, and even the sharp wit and charm of everyone's favorite buccaneer can't save it.
  7. Post Grad is a collection of unfunny, insipid and predictable vignettes in search of a movie.
  8. The scariest thing about this appalling and seemingly endless movie is that you paid for your ticket and now have to sit through it.
  9. Talented actors are wasted in a film that induces more cringes than chuckles as women old enough to know better act like horny sailors on leave, absorb mass quantities of alcohol and drugs, and generally behave horribly.
  10. John Wick serves up a noxious, clashing blend of hyper-realistic and cartoonish violence. Too bad there's no cinema decontaminating service that can wash our memories clean of such useless gore.
  11. The dialogue is beyond clich├ęd, and performances feel cobbled together from other movies.
  12. Fighting seriously lacks punch.
  13. A quagmire that reportedly has undergone multiple edits to reach its current incomprehensible state.
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  14. The jewels in the buried treasure, once sighted, look fake. But the bigger problem is how artificial the whole story feels.
  15. If Gooding can't get another "Boyz N the Hood" or "Jerry Maguire" soon, his career will need its own cork.
  16. The Wal-Mart of cinematic soap operas. One-stop shopping for your emotional movie needs.
  17. Really just an update of the kind of hapless grade-Z effort that once played the bottom half of a drive-in double bill.
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  18. So leaden and obnoxious that it actually makes you long for the John Travolta of "Old Dogs."
  19. Vile, violent and less hip than it thinks it is.
  20. Its use of trite "Win one for the Gipper" dialogue, overbearing soaring music and conventional plot devices makes it far too formulaic to truly move us.
  21. By the time the movie reaches its protracted conclusion, it feels like a slog. Pacino has a few funny lines, as does Leguizamo, but not nearly enough to save the film from collapsing under the weight of its own self-righteous tedium.
  22. You're bound to have more fun working overtime than watching Employee of the Month.
  23. Director Steve Buscemi is not to be faulted for his filmmaking or acting skills, but as co-writer he could have done better than the false-sounding dialogue.
  24. Inventing the Abbotts would be a lot more fun were it a trashy Troy Donahue-Diane McBain vehicle ground out by Warner Bros. in 1960, the year this hormonally motivated high school-college romance mercifully concludes. [4 April 1997, p. 4D]
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  25. For a movie that touts the importance of humanity, Green Lantern is a strangely lifeless spectacle.
  26. One of those movies that goes for a jarringly new emotion every 30 seconds or so while the story's foundation is collapsing.
  27. Grudge could have saved itself with a rousing finale, but the buildup is so tedious you just want the fight to end.
  28. It's too bad more energy wasn't devoted to fleshing out the one-dimensional characters and crafting a decent script. The only reason to catch this harmless diversion is for the group dance sessions.
  29. Can't scare up a decent plot.
  30. Usually, I'm as slow as the pacing of a movie in figuring out who's done it. If you can't solve this mystery with an hour to go (as I did), better call for a transfusion so a better type of blood will start flowing to your brain.

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