USA Today's Scores

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For 3,621 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 0.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Braveheart
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3621 movie reviews
  1. The trouble with indulging Taking Lives is that it's taking your time.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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  4. Terminator used to be a sci-fi franchise defined by its cool time-travel concept and even better special effects. Unfortunately, it's "Hasta la vista, baby," to those good old days.
  5. Appallingly mean-spirited.
  6. As forewarned, so avoid.
  7. 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.
  8. No disinfectant could clean up this misbegotten, Americanized remake of "Les Visiteurs."
  9. A deadly dull and overly familiar movie about summoning ghosts that draws upon nearly every horror movie cliché.
  10. Not only is it an unfunny movie shrilly told, it probably is the most ill-timed and appallingly insulting movie in recent memory.
  11. Silly, unfunny and formulaic.
  12. A failure from start to finish.
    • 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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  13. A mongrel of a movie.
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  14. Don't say you weren't warned. There are instant clues that this ill-timed Michael Douglas vehicle is a dually unfortunate viewing experience.
  15. As an artsy but minimally bohemian type, Russo maintains her dignity, an extraordinary accomplishment.
  16. Kris Kristofferson, as a scaled-down old gray mentor to Blade, still looks like the visual equivalent of your five worst college hangovers.
  17. Don't put yourself through this hell.
  18. That a group of creative people chose to direct their energies on this repulsive spectacle simply provokes disgust.
  19. There's sad news to report about The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D: Put on the cardboard glasses, and you can still see the movie.
  20. As late Christmas presents go, Reindeer Games is best left unwrapped.
  21. Preachy, manipulative and emotionally barren.
  22. Though the lead actress, newcomer Jordana Beatty, gives a spunky performance as third-grader Judy, her character's borderline bratty charm wears thin fast. Mostly it's undercut by the movie's irritatingly antic slapstick style.
  23. It may be the only movie ever to feature a bad performance by Johnny Depp, one of the best actors working in films.
  24. When movies have degraded to the point that Tyson is acting more than Quentin Tarantino is directing, maybe it is time for an industry shutdown, strike-induced or otherwise.
  25. Somewhere amid the mind-numbing barrage of action sequences there's a story based on Greek mythology. But its essence is buried amid the clatter.
  26. It's an almighty, humorless bore.
  27. Annabelle invites unflattering comparisons with scary movies that came before, but its disparate parts never coalesce into a genuinely fearsome thriller.
  28. Leaves a bad taste, not only because of its bad-luck timing, but also the staleness of its script.
  29. A movie that gives marriage, homosexuality, friendship, firefighters, children and nearly everything else a bad name.

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