USA Today's Scores

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For 3,448 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 0.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Queen
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3,448 movie reviews
  1. That's My Boy is puerile, mean-spirited and charmless.
  2. A glossy wisp of a cautionary tale.
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  3. Only the makers of "Freddy Got Fingered" might crack a smile because it now has competition for worst movie of the year.
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  4. Robbins' performance as Winston is the best thing in the movie.
  5. Far from redundant. That's because (Kirk) Wong deftly balances the outrageous stunts. [24 April 1998, p. 6E]
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  6. Filmmakers must have been tripping pretty badly when they made High School, a flub that's about as lucid as a stoner at a spelling bee.
  7. An American Affair is sordid business blandly portrayed and not worth meddling with.
  8. No comedy this vile should be brazenly foolish enough to give itself this title. [25 November 1998, p. 3D]
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  9. Envy is in the unenviable position of saddling two of Hollywood's most talented comic actors with a script that doesn't do them justice.
  10. Doesn't make the movie worth watching -- even if you're monstrously bored.
  11. Life is a crock -- or something like it.
  12. Only those with paranoid fantasies of an en masse invasion on American soil will find Red Dawn remotely powerful. The concept should have been updated to allow for more complex and surreptitious kinds of warfare.
  13. Deception is not the cool, noirish thriller it tries to be. Despite a cast that includes double-crossers Hugh Jackman and Ewan McGregor and Michelle Williams caught in the middle, the film is a yawn.
  14. You have to work hard to make an African vacation seem unpleasant. And Adam Sandler nearly pulls it off in Blended.
  15. The conclusion is a sweet bit of frosting on an otherwise unremarkable confection.
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  16. While compellingly watchable, it's as overheated as Cage-the-actor's 1991 soft-core (and direct-to-video) "Zandalee," also set in New Orleans.
  17. The picture is all Lawrence and Zahn, whose dynamics get something going, though not enough (please!) to spark a buddy sequel.
  18. Director Kevin Smith's tweets, jokes and sharp commentary after being denied a seat aboard a Southwest Airlines flight because of his girth were a lot more engaging than Cop Out, his new movie.
  19. Remarkably, the plot has much in common with "Hellboy II: The Golden Army," yet that bundle of fun has enough vision to make even its Barry Manilow interlude seem appropriate.
  20. It's an unholy mess.
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  21. Soon, the audience feels its own sense of despair -- for a movie that might have worked but didn't.
  22. Lurching back and forth through time, Winter's Tale tries to blend the supernatural and the sentimental, with a synchronous nod to elements of New York history. But this would-be magical romance flounders, hitting only dissonant chords.
  23. Slap Happy. [16 February 1996, p.D4]
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  24. Moore goes into operatic mode as Mother Malkin, a nasty witch who morphs into a menacing winged dragon. The worst performance, however, belongs to Jeff Bridges as a marble-mouthed, curmudgeonly knight named Master Gregory.
  25. The screenplay is thin, the dialogue lacks nuance and the acting is often laughable.
  26. Perry must have felt it was high time for him to try his hand at playing a darker role. But starring in this badly directed, suspense-free film with its unintentionally laughable dialogue does Perry no favors.
  27. The dialogue is beyond clich├ęd, and performances feel cobbled together from other movies.
  28. Hot Pursuit is this week's "Paul Blart." Which is to say, it's ill-conceived, not funny, overbearing and not in any way worth watching.
  29. The Spirit is uneven, but its campy adventure provides some amusing, escapist fun.
  30. Though the tale may fall short on imagination, the principal actors make Over Her Dead Body livelier than one would expect.

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