USA Today's Scores

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For 3,392 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 The Hunt
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3,392 movie reviews
  1. There's nothing exciting about this awful, over-the-top reboot.
  2. 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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  3. Vaughn and James are likable enough, and they would have real chemistry in, say, an all-out comedy.
  4. 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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  5. The movie is a clunky, noisy contraption. Director Jon Turteltaub piles on gadgets and devices in the hopes we'll be dazzled enough to miss the story's lack of coherence and charm.
  6. You, Me and Dupree is a good idea badly executed.
  7. This warm-weather variation on the original, once again set in a small Minnesota town, is in dire need of Geritol. Or a dose of ginseng. Or Ex-Lax. Anything to get things moving faster than this turgid replay. [22 Dec 1995, p.3D]
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  8. The filmmakers behind the "Saw" franchise must love to see a movie like Hostel: Part II. Compared to this Eli Roth fetish video, the "Saw" films are Oscar bait.
  9. This movie is a howler as well -- possibly even intentionally -- but if it is a black comedy, the joke is overextended by far too many arms and legs. [19 March 1999, Life, p. 13E]
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  10. Give this to Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins: The dogs can act.
  11. Saw
    Becomes exceedingly disgusting when it wallows in the psychological torture of a child, a no-no under any circumstances.
  12. There is a blessed dearth of dialogue, but much of it is unintentionally hilarious.
  13. Ultimately, Beerfest plays like a party that's gone on too long, when the buzz has worn off and the hangover starts to set in.
  14. Has plenty of fast cars and revving engines. But unless you're a fan of that sort of thing, its stultifying plot and wooden acting is likely to make you drift - off to sleep.
  15. One has to wonder about the mind-set of a middle-aged filmmaker who repeatedly seeks out material about amoral and promiscuous teenagers with little to say.
  16. The name is a tipoff: Club Dread is dreadful.
  17. Why would a distributor suddenly yank an animated family film from its intended wide December opening until mid-January? Could it be that the advance word of mouth wasn't very good-winked?
  18. Moore and Ford rise above the hackneyed story, infusing the proceedings with their own chemistry and appeal. If only the adults responsible for this film could learn how to deal.
  19. Far-fetched, flimsy and uninvolving.
  20. 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.
  21. It's almost impressive when a movie can manage to be both repellently vulgar and sickeningly sweet in the span of a mere two hours. Almost.
  22. Feels about as fresh and lively as a piece of burnt rubber.
  23. A good script is the most essential ingredient for a good movie. Hiring a comedian isn't enough.
  24. Speaking of that middle-finger finale, there is one redeeming trait: At least it signals the end credits.
  25. The film tries to be stylish and slick, but is mostly just nasty and blood-drenched. Piven, so funny in other film roles and on TV's "Entourage," overdoes it here, and extended scenes of his debauchery grow excessive and thuddingly dull.
  26. Sadistic mess of a movie.
  27. Long, lumbering, pretentious and for some a possible laff riot. [23 Dec 1994]
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  28. School for Scoundrels will only leave you scratching your head in bewilderment and might possibly shave off IQ points.
  29. A sluggish, tedious film about lost souls living dead-end lives in a dead-end town. Their actions often defy rationality.
  30. Given its predictable story, the only reason to see Stomp is for the rhythmic step dancing.

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