USA Today's Scores

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For 3,716 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 0.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Y Tu Mamá También
Lowest review score: 0 Idle Hands
Score distribution:
3716 movie reviews
  1. When the original filmmaker upgrades and expands on an idea and uses new technology while retaining the essence of the original story, it can be just the ticket for jaded moviegoers. Such is the case with Mad Max: Fury Road, an operatic extravaganza of thrilling action and nearly non-stop mayhem.
  2. Funny... and the payoff is the most provocative Hollywood concoction in a while.
  3. Not since "Memento" has a movie served up such a provocative mind-bender, and the Sundance winner by first-time filmmaker Andrew Jarecki has the advantage of being true.
  4. With one of the best ensemble casts of any film this year, it's audacious, enthralling and uproarious.
  5. Cinematic poetry in black and white. It also is a deeply affecting tale of the power of resilience and an unflagging sense of humor through the worst of situations
  6. Romantic comedies with two low-key leads can be asking for trouble, but one senses that the actors must have clicked on some fundamental level.
  7. A thoroughly compelling political thriller, at once intellectually challenging and profoundly emotional.
  8. This subject demands consummate screen treatment and now has absolutely gotten it from director/producer Spike Lee. [10 Jul 1997, Pg.02.D]
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  9. Borat is most gloriously funny moving picture for to make people see their stupidness.
  10. A deeply moving film, it's a powerful reminder of a time not so long ago when, for a large group of Americans, attempting to register to vote could result in a serious threat to their lives.
  11. Drama, comedy, action and romance are intertwined in this gorgeously photographed and brilliantly directed film. Lead performances are thoroughly engaging despite - or perhaps because of - being wordless.
  12. Campion's script is very well received, but the film finally makes it on cinematics: bleakly beautiful photography, haunting score, and good acting. [12 Nov 1993]
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  13. Great cinema - and also a whopping good time. [19 September 1990, Life, p.1D]
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  14. It is by turns comic, dark and surprisingly tender. If one must reduce it to simple description, call it a love story with a twist. Or a twisted love story.
  15. What remains is a great Vangelis score, astonishing production design, Hauer's career role -- and a movie that deserves its cult reputation despite an unloving heart. [11 Sept 1992]
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  16. It takes a filmmaker possessed of a rare, almost alchemic, blend of maturity, wisdom and artistic finesse to create such an intimate, moving and spare war film as Clint Eastwood has done in Letters From Iwo Jima.
  17. Once is a film for anyone who has ever been transported by the power and passion of music.
  18. Ghost World draws super, natural performances.
  19. Can be taken on many levels, and that's why it works so completely.
  20. In Capote, Philip Seymour Hoffman's brilliant transformation into the mannered writer takes your breath away.
  21. The exhilarating, inventive and suspenseful story hinges on a pair of commanding performances.
  22. It's a mature, intricately layered visual delight.
  23. The year's most riveting documentary.
  24. Does the finest job of any film in painting a believable portrait of aging, capturing the sadness, confusion, anxiety and defiance of the early stages of dementia.
  25. Epic battles, spectacular effects and multiple story lines make The Two Towers a most excellent middle chapter in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
  26. A little slapstick, a little action, rich characters and a whopping serving of wit. All baked to near-perfection.
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  27. Let's say it without equivocation: Colin Firth deserves an Oscar for his lead role in The King's Speech as the stammering King George VI.
  28. Up
    Easily the summer's, and probably the year's, most enchanting movie, Up is a buoyant delight.
  29. An artsy display put on by Kaufman and fellow co-director Duke Johnson that raises the level of the genre, though it sometimes tries to enjoy its individual oddity too much chronicling one night in a bored businessman’s life.
  30. What's most amazing is the finely nuanced performances these bits and bytes deliver.

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