USA Today's Scores

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For 3,385 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 0.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Queen
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3,385 movie reviews
  1. However, anyone seeking a good time that involves wit and logic will consider the film a definite wrong number. [26Feb1997 Pg 03.D]
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  2. With its Rocky Horror meets Camelot aura, this little black movie reeks of self-satisfied smugness and pretentious perversity as only a Sundance Festival favorite can -- especially one that squanders the considerable quirky charms of indie-film darling Parker Posey. [10Oct1997 pg 04.D]
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  3. When it's not aspiring, unsuccessfully, to satirize the world of metallica, Rock Star veers into even drearier territory and becomes a head-banging, sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll version of "A Star Is Born."
  4. It's so unfunny it almost stings.
  5. There's no substitute for bad taste. And this one has it double-barreled, both in the timing of its release and as a movie, one said to be loosely based on fact.
  6. Someone has seen "Trainspotting" too many times, and it's writer/director Justin Kerrigan.
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  7. If Gooding can't get another "Boyz N the Hood" or "Jerry Maguire" soon, his career will need its own cork.
  8. Begins sinking in the shallow end almost at once.
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  9. This one's aimed at those airheads who, like George, have been swinging on a grapevine and slamming into too many trees. [16 July 1997, p. 3D]
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  10. 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.
  11. If you're a Rainn Wilson fan, catch a rerun of "The Office."
  12. 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.
  13. A didactic and humorless Western, Eli is too laborious for an action film and too brutal to be an inspirational tale.
  14. One of the most violent opening scenes in screen history…Yet given such a visually adept exercise, the rest seems transparently off-the-cuff. There are obese trailer-camp porn stars, heavenly visions, a climactic rendition of Love Me Tender and no-point references to The Wizard of Oz - all of which top this two-hour farrago like a soggy tarp. [17 Aug 1990, Life, 4D]
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  15. One of the more befuddling movies of recent years. The premise makes no sense, no matter how you turn it around in your head.
  16. At a certain point, Bean goes beyond awful to surreally awful, like the rug Burt Reynolds sports in a cameo. The last-ditch plunge into pathos does nothing to redeem the feeling. Let's hope no sequel is in the offing. The only thing worse than Bean would be a hill of Beans. [07Nov1997 Pg08.D]
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  17. Nothing is right about this ridiculous horror schlockfest.
  18. 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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  19. Labor Day feels like a belabored, sappy slog.
  20. RZA's directorial debut is heavy on bloody kung fu action...and light on just about everything else.
  21. Overflows with pretensions and absurdity.
  22. Most Ender's fans, of course, won't care about comparisons and consider the film adaptation a long-awaited victory in itself. Those fresh to the tale — or at least expecting something fresh from it — may wonder what the fuss was about.
  23. Kimberly Elise gives the best performance as a beleaguered woman with an abusive boyfriend (Michael Ealy).
  24. Couldn't be murkier or less emotionally involving if it were "The Matrix 8," a natural observation because Keanu Reeves stars in both.
  25. Here's a by-the-playbook movie if ever there was one.
  26. Audiences deserve a resounding "mea culpa" for the embarrassing dreck, masquerading as comedy, in The Guilt Trip.
  27. The pirate ship has hit foul waters, and even the sharp wit and charm of everyone's favorite buccaneer can't save it.
  28. Poseidon is a sodden saga, with a script that is awash in clichés. It nearly drowns under the weight of its own soggy tedium.
  29. Farrell is quite good, though it's hard to buy the Scottish McGregor and the Irish Farrell as brothers. But mostly, the film feels rudderless, almost as if it's been directed on autopilot.
  30. A succession of tired race jokes made worse by the bad comedic timing of the bland, under-talented Ashton Kutcher.

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