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. Been-there-seen-that wannabe laughfest.
  2. Only a truly dreadful story could make 81 minutes seem like an eternity. And Space Chimps is just that leaden experience.
  3. Viewers seeking a fresh comedy, a seductive romp, or even just an escape from boredom for a couple hours will be left dismally unsatisfied by this stilted, nearly humorless, non-titillating slog.
  4. Audiences everywhere will tune out long before the projector does.
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  5. The movie spends too much time wedging the couple into a May-December moment, where Crystal cracks nostalgic about the good old days. It's sweet, but it grows old.
  6. By the time the movie reaches its protracted conclusion, it feels like a slog. Pacino has a few funny lines, as does Leguizamo, but not nearly enough to save the film from collapsing under the weight of its own self-righteous tedium.
  7. Each actor does his own thing for his own audience demographic.
  8. A tribute to a giant leap for mankind feels like a clumsy shuffle backward for animation.
  9. Conan the Barbarian lives by a pretty simple ethos: He lives, he loves, he slays. What he doesn't do, alas, is act.
  10. This film is so superficial and shifts so jarringly in tone that nothing feels authentic -- not Bacon's hard-working husband and father, nor his maniacal vengeance seeker.
  11. Alpha and Omega is one of those rarities in the modern era of Hollywood animation: bad.
  12. The tagline for College Road Trip is "You Can't Get There Fast Enough." But for those who sit through this humorless and massively predictable movie, a more apt phrase would be: "You Can't Get Out of There Fast Enough."
  13. As if this drivel weren't bad enough, the ending blatantly threatens a sequel
  14. Perhaps Martin should go back to taking chances and writing original work.
  15. Bonds are tested and feelings hurt, but who really cares? The story takes predictable turns, embraces clichés and dodges all humor.
  16. You can't accuse this film of bogging down in cheap psychology, yet you come out dissatisfied and without a clue about what made this person tick.
  17. Rambo III is hardly the first Stallone-y baloney to climax with a commie wipeout; it is the first to palm off its star as the product of a Buddhist monastery. Like, whew. Rambo in a monastery is almost as stomach-turning as E.T. in a brothel. [25 May 1988, p.1D]
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  18. Grudge could have saved itself with a rousing finale, but the buildup is so tedious you just want the fight to end.
  19. There's nothing sleazier than sleaze that fails to titillate, and this drab blight on a hot cast is as sleazy as a preordained hit ever gets. [07 Apr 1993 Pg. 08.D]
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  20. Although about as authentic as Chef Boy-Ar-Dee, Martin at least gets to dress funny. Joan Cusack's D.A. looks dowdy and is misused. Carol Kane's grocery-store siren looks slutty and is underused. And as a cop, Melanie Mayron should slap cuffs on her hairdresser. [20 Aug 1990, p.4D]
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  21. Waterlogged trip to nowhere. [13 February 1998, p. 3D]
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  22. Don't expect the seventh Star Wars film here. Star Wars: The Clone Wars is more like a long Saturday morning cartoon.
  23. The Expendables 3 is as boneheaded and disposable as it sounds.
  24. This sequel to the clever and funny first "Transformers" not only is disappointing, it will give most people a throbbing case of metal overload.
  25. It's unclear why the writers bothered to update the cartoon, unless it was to expand the possibilities for quips and jokey ideas. If so, they failed in their mission, as the movie elicits few laughs.
  26. Flippantly hip without any solid laughs, Life strains to be the flick more offbeat. [24Oct1997 pg06.D]
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  27. There's not a cliché that isn't nailed.
  28. Goo oozes without mercy in A Walk to Remember.
  29. Stuffing painters, writers and, naturally, Gustav Mahler (Jonathan Pryce) into about 90 minutes, the film comes off as little more than a handsomely mounted scorecard of sexual escapades.
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  30. Post Grad is a collection of unfunny, insipid and predictable vignettes in search of a movie.

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