USA Today's Scores

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For 3,326 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: 62
Highest review score: 100 Topsy-Turvy
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3,326 movie reviews
  1. Veggie Tales is a faith-based franchise that uses a blend of a religious/moral message and humor to teach about honesty and forgiveness. But Pirates lacks the humor of the videos and "A Veggie Tales Movie."
  2. Move along, there's nothing to see and no one to root for in this murky franchise reboot.
  3. 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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  4. There are only so many times you can see a slow-motion kickboxing scene or a figure sail off a skyscraper before you want to spend a nice, cozy evening with the Dead Sea Scrolls.
  5. Timecop's conversation piece is the scene in which Van Damme springs into the air amid hand-to-hand combat, finessing a perfect split atop his kitchen counter. Though definitely ooo-and-aaah stuff, it falls short of landing Timecop the 3-star review earned here by Van Damme's Hard Target. [16 Sep 1994, p.5D]
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  6. A movie about a teen party gone horribly wrong, would be every parent's worst nightmare if it weren't so inane.
  7. The overwritten script and the ridiculous plot combine to make The Counselor a frustrating experience.
  8. Maybe I'm just too old to appreciate the startling sight of a phallus jammed into someone's ear.
  9. If you value your time and money, find an escape clause and avoid seeing this trite, predictable rehash. The 90 minutes could be better spent doing holiday shopping.
  10. A putrid film that comes dead-weighted with hammy one-liners and a plot so silly it borders on comedy?
  11. Alas, shell casings, switchblades and severed limbs are all that's offered in this vile film, whose sole redeeming quality is that it ends. Eventually.
  12. It's really not much fun - in fact it's painful - to watch an actor on the verge of a nervous breakdown. It almost doesn't matter if the psyche in question is imploding artificially - as in staged - or organically.
  13. It settles for the recycled emotions of the past despite the fact "Schindler's List" has forever made such treatment shamefully passe. [18Apr1997 Pg.03.D]
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  14. Just about any golden age Hollywood hack could have made a zestier drama about one of the greatest rescue missions in U.S. military history.
  15. xXx
    All you get here for paid admission is a long and terrific avalanche scene -- state of the art, no question. Then it's over and ready to melt away, much like memories of this movie.
  16. The concept is so hypocritical, it's like Britney Spears calling Christina Aguilera underdressed and overexposed.
  17. Russell Crowe may find himself discovering the simple joys of life in A Good Year, but audiences will be checking their watches during this joyless attempt at comedy.
  18. The characters in The Box are like cardboard cutouts: Some have "foolish victim" labeled on them, and others fall into the category of absurdly creepy villain.
  19. The premise is misbegotten, the chemistry non-existent and the dialogue leaden. Did we mention how tediously the plot unfolds?
  20. This come-down of a series capper is so arch and pompous amid its clanks and collisions that you can only snicker at the verbal wind that obscures the din of marauding machinery.
  21. Misanthropic to the extreme, Bad Teacher fails across the board.
  22. The first one was silly fun, amusing and oddly inventive; the second is plodding, unfunny and almost cringe-worthy.
  23. 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.
  24. Do yourself a favor and rent the 1996 original from Japan instead.
  25. Sometimes laughably incoherent.
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  26. Don't stop believing. Just avoid clichéd musicals that try to capture the anarchic spirit of rock with trite commercial re-treads.
  27. It's a syrupy, downbeat film.
  28. There's nothing exciting about this awful, over-the-top reboot.
  29. Michelle Pfeiffer has made a lot of memorable movies, including many that undeservedly failed to connect with the public. Never, until Dangerous Minds, has she had to flail her way through a movie beyond all redemption, including even the prehistoric "Grease 2". [11 Aug 1995, Pg.04.D]
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  30. Vaughn and James are likable enough, and they would have real chemistry in, say, an all-out comedy.

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