USA Today's Scores

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For 3,339 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 Million Dollar Baby
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3,339 movie reviews
  1. Feels like a bad sitcom.
  2. Ten minutes into the picture, you're searching the screen for life-support machines.
  3. Ostensibly meant to be light entertainment. If light is synonymous with preposterous, frenetic and noisy, it qualifies.
  4. It's an unrelentingly brutal movie set in an unusually scenic locale — the coastal city of Valparaiso, Chile.
  5. The movie is devoid of laughs, except for a mildly funny segment when one of the chipmunks inhales helium. And since this is aimed at the under-10 set, it includes the requisite flatulence joke and a spit take or two.
  6. The last name Blart may be the funniest thing in the movie, so that's a hint as to just how bad this shopping-center saga can be.
  7. Whatever reason Denzel Washington may have had for deigning to grace a melodrama as scummy as Virtuosity, the actor has wound up with something that is even worse than 1991's Ricochet in his otherwise creditable filmography. [4 Aug 1995, p.4D]
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  8. You know something is wrong when a preschooler's unwitting ad-libs are funnier than anything seasoned comedy writers can come up with. Kids say the darnedest things. Too bad the grown-ups don't.
  9. A movie that has neither dramatic focus nor a single memorable performance, aside from one or two that are memorable for the wrong reasons?
  10. There's nothing wrong in the setup: It worked fine in films like "Adventures in Babysitting" and "Uncle Buck." But director David Gordon Green populates the movie with so many soap opera asides it's hard to keep count.
  11. Where 1991's "Thelma & Louise" was funny and action-filled, Tammy's story is thin, cringe-inducing and, worst of all for a comedy, not funny. Jokes land with a thud and the pacing is leaden.
  12. The story doesn't clarify why the dragons hibernated for hundreds of years, nor why they awakened. Clearly, however, the filmmakers might have benefited from more sleep before penning the script.
  13. Homefront is what "Breaking Bad" may have resembled had Sylvester Stallone written the TV show.
  14. The transition from Hanna-Barbera animation to manic-barbaric live action falls flatter than a granite slab, from the first of many deadly stone-age wordplays - "Steven Spielrock Presents" - to the gross-out shots of dirty tootsies. [27 May 1994 Pg. 01.D]
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  15. The trouble with indulging Taking Lives is that it's taking your time.
  16. Has a riddick-ulous sci-fi plot, overblown and numbing video game-style special effects and a going-through-the-motions lead performance by Vin Diesel.
  17. Director/co-writer/co-producer Nora Ephron is best known for the magical Sleepless in Seattle. Michael is mirthless in the Midwest. [24 Dec 1996 Pg.03.D]
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  18. Appallingly mean-spirited.
  19. As forewarned, so avoid.
  20. Balls of Fury makes "Dodgeball" look like high art. It'll be tough to crack a smile, let alone laugh, during this uninspired and sophomoric satire of sports movies.
  21. No disinfectant could clean up this misbegotten, Americanized remake of "Les Visiteurs."
  22. Not only is it an unfunny movie shrilly told, it probably is the most ill-timed and appallingly insulting movie in recent memory.
  23. Silly, unfunny and formulaic.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Scrooged is so monumental a mess that even rabid Bill Murray fans - the ones who'll stand in line to see it despite critics' inevitable bashings - will wonder how it went so wrong. [23 Nov 1988, p. 9D]
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  24. A mongrel of a movie.
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  25. Don't say you weren't warned. There are instant clues that this ill-timed Michael Douglas vehicle is a dually unfortunate viewing experience.
  26. As an artsy but minimally bohemian type, Russo maintains her dignity, an extraordinary accomplishment.
  27. Kris Kristofferson, as a scaled-down old gray mentor to Blade, still looks like the visual equivalent of your five worst college hangovers.
  28. Don't put yourself through this hell.
  29. That a group of creative people chose to direct their energies on this repulsive spectacle simply provokes disgust.

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