USA Today's Scores

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For 3,316 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: 63
Highest review score: 100 Argo
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3,316 movie reviews
  1. Love Stinks is what bad network TV comedy would be like if there were no censorship and less talent.
  2. That's what The Bounty Hunter has rustled up -- along with a listless rom-com, a feeble thriller and a supporting cast of clueless characters.
  3. This Paramount release doubles the insult because it rips off the title of one of the studio's best-remembered Jerry Lewis comedies.
  4. Not just stupid, but brain dead.
  5. OK, Time Warner, a joke is a joke, but the time of tolerance has passed. Get your creatures out of our faces unless you're willing to regale us by afflicting them with Mad Pokémon Disease.
  6. An air of self-congratulation hangs over the empty tank of gas called Jawbreaker, as if writer-director Darren Stein just can't wait to dazzle us with the gaudy visuals he's soldered onto a standard-issue black-comedy script.
  7. Sitting through New Year's Eve is like attending a crowded party filled with pretty people who have nothing to say.
  8. Can't decide what direction it's going in. Some of the time it seems to be a standard teen sex comedy. Occasionally, it appears to be spoofing the genre. It concludes on a romantic, almost honorable note.
  9. For a comedian (Allen) who often seems to be calling it in, he's more lackluster than usual. Curtis is a bigger disappointment, especially after "Freaky Friday," in which she was funny, smart and cheeky.
  10. 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]
  11. It's so-so. As in mediocre. Even gross-out comedies need the stink of genius.
  12. This genre stew throws in so many ingredients - including sundry body parts that are cut off and go flying, and heads that explode - that the result is a tasteless mash-up that's hard to stomach.
  13. Suspense takes a vacation in sequel. [13 November 1998, p. 6E]
  14. Would not even make a decent five-minute TV sketch. At any length, it smells.
  15. Killers is dead on arrival: miscast, horribly paced and murderously uninvolving.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Too bad the movie didn't take its own advice and risk coming up with a fresh story.
  16. A silly movie that's essentially a series of clichés strung together into a semblance of a movie.
  17. Even if this movie wasn't based on a computer game, Starship Troopers' reputation would still have just shot up another 50 notches. [19 March 1999, Life, p.11E]
  18. Memorable for being one of the most obnoxious animated movies of recent years.
  19. Shocking is the fact that three highly regarded actors -- Kim Basinger, Mickey Rourke and Billy Bob Thornton -- chose to star in this dreadful film.
  20. Saw V is a terrible combination: grisly and tedious. Let's just call it bloody dull.
  21. While he gets points for addressing the debate, the way in which Stein goes about it undermines his efforts to be even-handed and intellectually rigorous.
  22. Icky and incompetent (special effects aside) in equal parts, this groaner makes 1994's "The Mask" look like something you'd study in a film graduate course at NYU.
  23. Structured loosely enough to work in all the excrement and incest jokes necessary to seem hip these days.
  24. What snookered Slater (not to mention Donald Sutherland) into this film is a wonder, because there's not a genuine bone in it. Think the Bourne franchise meets the Bond franchise, without the wit or action.
  25. The movie was postponed from 1998 and shielded from critics. (They were ot allowed to see the movie before the opening, usually a bid sign.) [15 January 1999, Life, p.8E]
  26. That sound you hear is from jet engines gassing up, about to zoom Underclassman to DVD-ville.
  27. This is not the Travolta of "Pulp Fiction," nor is it the Williams of "One Hour Photo." Though no animals were harmed in the making of Old Dogs, the lead actors were defanged. But like a pair of Labradors, they have a playful rapport.
  28. Even as temporary visitors, the audience can feel IQ points slipping away.
  29. In "There's Something About Mary," the gross gags were hilarious. Here, they're just vile.

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