USA Today's Scores

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For 3,387 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 0.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Primary Colors
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3,387 movie reviews
  1. Though it sounds like a blueprint for either disaster or dynamite, the movie is a bit too controlled to be either.
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  2. When was the last time you saw a blockbuster that was impeccably executed and simultaneously thought-provoking, audacious and unnerving while consistently being fun and entertaining?
  3. Foxcatcher might just be the feel-bad movie of the year. But it's so well-acted that audiences won't want to miss its dark, chilling yet restrained story. A little less muting of this outlandish true-to-life tale, however, might have made it even more mesmerizing.
  4. A Sundance hit that is both absorbing and bleak, Frozen River is anchored by powerful performances, believable scenarios and excellent writing.
  5. A daring movie in today's current climate - one likely to be remembered at year's end. [18 Oct 1989]
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  6. Comprehensive and blisteringly paced.
  7. More than any other example in recent memory, Chicago shows how much the element of surprise is missing from today's movies.
  8. Irritates in the early going when many of the current-day interviews are so intentionally underlighted that we can't see what the group members look like.
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  9. The plan in A Simple Plan grows exponentially complex once the first dollar is purloined, an act that makes this unpretentious parable one of the season's better 'what's-going-to-happen-next?' movies.
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  10. Eastern Promises has a compelling story and strong performances to back up what may seem excessive or sensationalistic.
  11. Violence is in the spirit of the hardest-hitting film noir offerings from the '50s, but far more explicit. It's also in the spirit of the Western.
  12. Like the first half of "Best in Show," the movie is so deadpan that sometimes you have to pinch yourself to realize how potently satirical it is.
  13. What vaults the film above the standard sports movie is the stellar performance by Michael Sheen.
  14. a painful though sadly humorous portrait of sisterhood deftly written by Leigh's mom, Barbara Turner, and directed with just-right spareness by Ulu Grosbard. [08 Dec 1995]
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  15. With its original performances that can't be reduced to simplistic labels, Juno is charming, honest and terrifically acted.
  16. Not only is this a deftly crafted and superbly acted film, but Wadjda sheds a powerful light on what women face, starting in childhood, in an oppressive regime.
  17. The Secret in Their Eyes is that rare police procedural that engages emotions as well as intellect.
  18. The result is raunchy, energetic, sharp-eyed and a bit rambling.
  19. Gosling and Williams have the most palpable chemistry of any screen couple this year, never striking a false note in this achingly tender tale of a love that implodes before our eyes.
  20. It's a clever, multitiered affair built around the title rituals, frosted with delicious characterizations and tasty repartee. [11 March 1994, Life, p.4D]
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  21. And novel insights notwithstanding, this is a plain old good movie, too.
  22. The Secret of Kells is a magical adventure unlike anything we've seen on screen before.
  23. The movie, which ends on an unexpected note of wistful humor, also gleans gentle and non-derisive chuckles out of Fin's physical state.
  24. What results is a disarmingly honest tale of affection, both romantic and filial.
  25. What the film does best is remind us of the brilliance of Keats flame and how it was extinguished far too early.
  26. A brilliantly acted and achingly bleak coming-of-age story.
  27. No
    For anyone fascinated by the political process and the powers of persuasive advertising, No is a resounding yes.
  28. Though it's no "Monty Python," Hot Fuzz is a clever, over-the-top marriage of mayhem and merriment.
  29. There's an epic spaghetti Western feel to Quentin Tarantino's latest action/comedy/romance hybrid that is by turns dazzling, daring, gruesome and astonishingly funny.
  30. With a powerful jolt, 007 feels relevant again, with serious questions about espionage vs. cyber hacking amid the fun.

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