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 Capote
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3,326 movie reviews
  1. But most of the humor is about as fresh as the air left behind whenever Witherspoon uses a toilet.
  2. What audiences should expect is a tone-deaf, superficial, charmless ensemble rom-com, focused on five attractive, but uninteresting, couples.
  3. It takes more than an awkward title attempting to sound cool to overcome its mundane plot and silly dialogue.
  4. It's been a long time since a movie wasted as much talent as Stand Up Guys, a film that aims to be a geezer "Goodfellas" but whose execution is a misfire.
  5. This may be the most laugh-free comedy of the year.
  6. A misguided attempt at comedy that needs to go last on anyone's list of movie options.
  7. Kick-Ass is a prime example of a movie that never should have bothered with a sequel. Not only is its successor played-out, but it revels in carnage while lacking the visual style and gleeful humor of the original.
  8. Hell Baby is what happens when you try to parody a parody. The result is a film that's less than half as funny as its predecessor, and a sliver as clever as the original.
  9. Glaringly lacking in the film are any original Stones songs. The group, who fired Jones just before his death, must not have thought much of the movie if they didn't allow their music to be used. Smart fellows.
  10. It might be that Jarmusch (Broken Flowers) is experimenting with creating a pastiche of dreamlike sequences that audiences can interpret as they wish. Or it may be merely pretension and hubris that fuels such a stylized and insubstantial story.
  11. A potential howler done in by a tendency to wear too much body tissue on its sleeve.
  12. When the cast starts wondering where the roadkill is, someone says, "Follow the smell." Good tip: That's how you'll know where Wax is playing.
  13. You keep waiting for there to be more, but there never is -- other than the fact that it all gets gorier and uglier as the dyspeptic look on Jones' face progresses from a four- to a six-a-day scotch-and-peppermint schnapps hangover.
  14. Clumsy, miscast thriller.
  15. It's dreadful, despite a solid cast that includes art-house heartthrob Ewan McGregor, Nick Nolte, Patricia Arquette and Josh Brolin. [17 Apr 1998]
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  16. The comedian's braggadocio here is more wearying than that of the most self-absorbed rapper. And worse, it comes at the expense of humor.
  17. The real shocker is how many grown men it took to conceive and write this lamebrained tale.
  18. The result is a convoluted mess that has one good twist and two good car chases. But it's hardly enough to bring this spy flick in from the cold.
  19. Even horror neophytes won't be spooked by a film that looks as if it were shot with a smartphone and an Itty Bitty Booklight.
  20. Insidious: Chapter 2 appears to be the sum of the unusable parts from James Wan's recent haunted house feature "The Conjuring."
  21. Vile, violent and less hip than it thinks it is.
  22. Whether we're talking this go-round, the original or the second sequel the finale seems to promise, I'd rather try standing drunk on a see-saw (though maybe not over dirty syringes) than see Saw.
  23. If "You've Got Mail" jangled your nerves with its Starbucks-fueled cuteness, here's a romance that goes down like instant decaf. [15 January 1999, Life, p.18E]
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  24. More often the film succumbs to clich├ęs, grows convoluted and outlandish, and winds up dead on arrival.
  25. There's so little action or suspense that this Cell isn't too likely to multiply itself into a sequel.
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  26. It's been a long time since a movie wasted this much talent.
  27. It's dogged by awkward dialogue, a ridiculous plot and lackluster performances, especially by the leads.
  28. For a movie that touts the importance of humanity, Green Lantern is a strangely lifeless spectacle.
  29. 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.
  30. There's nothing worse than a boring behemoth.

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