USA Today's Scores

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For 3,316 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: 63
Highest review score: 100 Braveheart
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3,316 movie reviews
  1. A failure from start to finish.
  2. Silly, unfunny and formulaic.
  3. Preachy, manipulative and emotionally barren.
  4. 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.
  5. It may be the only movie ever to feature a bad performance by Johnny Depp, one of the best actors working in films.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. It's an almighty, humorless bore.
  9. Leaves a bad taste, not only because of its bad-luck timing, but also the staleness of its script.
  10. A movie that gives marriage, homosexuality, friendship, firefighters, children and nearly everything else a bad name.
  11. Despite some high-caliber voice talent and shimmering animation, it's hard to get a bead on this tale.
  12. Fun is hiding behind a bad movie costume in this humorless and idiotic Halloween teen comedy.
  13. Yearns to be fresh but ends up tasteless. It's as drawn-out, forced and annoying as a holiday meal with a dozen carping relatives.
  14. It comes off like a coughed-up furball: a wan rehash with too many elements of the hard-to-swallow 2004 original.
  15. Hip-hoppish Honey is in the harmlessly junky "let's put on a show" tradition of "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo," minus electricity but with a budget for supporting-cast navel rings that 1984's break-dance sequel certainly didn't have.
  16. The movie's premise is as dopey as they come: A serial killer with a conscience is killing other serial killers.
  17. God may forgive you for seeing this needlessly brutal film. But you won't forgive yourself.
  18. It's too bad more energy wasn't devoted to fleshing out the one-dimensional characters and crafting a decent script. The only reason to catch this harmless diversion is for the group dance sessions.
  19. Writer/producer John "Home Alone" Hughes, the Marquis de Sade of kidcom, and director Les Mayfield manage to squeeze the very bounce out of what should have been a can't-miss update. [26Nov1997 Pg09.D]
  20. Yes, it's a candy-colored Day-Glo world, but there's a liveliness missing from this lead-footed Speed Racer.
  21. The players fall into recognizable stereotypes: the big and clumsy kid, the real talent who's also a showoff, the buffoon, the gross-out guy. But no one is more formulaic than the coach. He starts out smug with the kids and ends up smitten.
  22. Tooth Fairy will make your teeth ache and your skin crawl.
  23. Holmes, of Dawson's Creek, will be up the creek if she can't avoid movies like this. And so will you if you see it.
  24. The thrills, chills, frights, starts and occasional screams that a good horror film elicits from an audience are not there. Jeepers, the Creeper has little to recommend it.
  25. Though it's only 90 minutes, the film drags, making these not-so-easy riders pretty tough to watch.
  26. You're bound to have more fun working overtime than watching Employee of the Month.
  27. The Canyons is billed as an erotic thriller, but the sexcapades of these empty-headed twentysomethings are far more likely to elicit yawns than titillation.
  28. Washed away by drippy plot. [16 January 1998, p. 4D]
  29. Been-there-seen-that wannabe laughfest.
  30. Only a truly dreadful story could make 81 minutes seem like an eternity. And Space Chimps is just that leaden experience.

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