USA Today's Scores

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For 3,447 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 0.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Argo
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3,447 movie reviews
  1. Feels about as fresh and lively as a piece of burnt rubber.
  2. This sequel to the clever and funny first "Transformers" not only is disappointing, it will give most people a throbbing case of metal overload.
  3. Bonds are tested and feelings hurt, but who really cares? The story takes predictable turns, embraces clichés and dodges all humor.
  4. Whatever reason Denzel Washington may have had for deigning to grace a melodrama as scummy as Virtuosity, the actor has wound up with something that is even worse than 1991's Ricochet in his otherwise creditable filmography. [4 Aug 1995, p.4D]
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  5. It's problematic enough that the movie's lead characters are unlikable. But worse is the blackening of The Human Stain with a trite and forced plot, uninteresting digressions and clunky direction.
  6. The last name Blart may be the funniest thing in the movie, so that's a hint as to just how bad this shopping-center saga can be.
  7. Not even scaremeister director Wes Craven can awaken this story. Murphy's pale efforts are enough to make one fondly recall Blacula. Now that was one sucker who knew how to make a film that didn't. [27 Oct 1995, p.4D]
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  8. The screenplay is thin, the dialogue lacks nuance and the acting is often laughable.
  9. 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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  10. Here's a by-the-playbook movie if ever there was one.
  11. Can't stars attract better scripts than this?
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  12. It's déjà vu all over again. There isn't much more to say about "We Own the Night 2." Oops, make that Pride and Glory.
  13. This second installment, based on Veronica Roth's series of YA novels, feels cobbled together and less focused than 2014's Divergent, and lacks tension and excitement.
  14. Kevin Smith shows up briefly as a lab technician in the miserable Daredevil, and that's a pity. This is a movie that desperately needs the presence of Smith's trademark sidekicks Jay and Silent Bob, with Smith as Bob, ragging worse than ever on his old pal Ben Affleck.
  15. Close your eyes during this miserable romantic comedy.
  16. In a summer filled with dumb comedies, this might prove to be the dumbest. Think "Road Trip" meets "City Slickers." Then dial the humor down a few notches, and you're left Without a Paddle.
  17. Sitting through this movie is worse than being locked in a room with a continuous loop of "Nip/Tuck" playing on a jumbo screen.
  18. While this third installment offers a jot more humor (mostly unintentional), the action scenes are disjointed, badly staged and mind-numbing.
  19. Clumsy, miscast thriller.
  20. Flyboys doesn't succeed as a wartime adventure story or as a period romance. Even the special effects, set in a historical context, are too ho-hum to save this over-long and tedious film.
  21. Underdrawn and overheated, Cool World will leave you cold. [13 Jul 1992]
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  22. Saw
    Becomes exceedingly disgusting when it wallows in the psychological torture of a child, a no-no under any circumstances.
  23. Sitting through the teen skateboard comedy Grind is, well, a grind.
  24. 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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  25. Labor Day feels like a belabored, sappy slog.
  26. When it comes to being brainless, The Skulls is at the head of the class.
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  27. 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.
  28. 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."
  29. The pirate ship has hit foul waters, and even the sharp wit and charm of everyone's favorite buccaneer can't save it.
  30. Post Grad is a collection of unfunny, insipid and predictable vignettes in search of a movie.

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