Wall Street Journal's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 2,149 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 41% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 57% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Buck
Lowest review score: 0 15 Minutes
Score distribution:
2,149 movie reviews
  1. The movie's leisurely, elegant setup makes its action payoff seem, by contrast, particularly mechanical, cynical and grotesque.
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  2. In Troy, and in overreaching, underachieving productions like it, digital imagery is fast becoming both a Trojan horse and Achilles' heel.
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  3. Ms. Hudson makes the most of her role, even though that's not saying so very much -- the writing is terribly thin -- while John Corbett gives an unaccountably clumsy performance as a romantic pastor. Joan Cusack gets the funniest lines as Helen's sister, a model of boring mommyhood, but she also stops the movie dead in its tracks every time she plays a scene.
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  4. Mr. Samuell's stylistic revelries are meant as comments on the conventions and excesses of movie romance, but his approach is glib and self-congratulatory. No feelings dwell beneath the layers upon layers of faux-naïve artifice. I dare you to sit through this movie and not wish you were somewhere else.
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  5. The Terminal is a terminally fraudulent and all-but-interminable comedy.
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  6. Bleak, remarkably turgid, tediously violent, devoid of drama, deprived of magic, stripped of romance and, except for one of the oddest boy-meets-girl scenes in movie history, a befuddled and befuddling excuse for entertainment.
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    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    "Working Girl," is also heard in Little Black Book; it serves only to remind audiences of that far more winning story of triumph in the office. But there are many reminders of what a tiresome effort this is.
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    • 51 Metascore
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    An excruciatingly embarrassing display of ego and ineptitude.
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  7. A remarkably ill-advised remake.
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  8. This new Alfie is earnest -- irony is so last century -- and not angry at all, since working-class anger would mean nothing here, because class means nothing here. Nothing means anything here.
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  9. A train wreck of mind-numbing proportions.
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  10. There's no zest to the general depravity, no coherence to the script or the spectacle -- clarity is missing in some of the camera work -- and, most important, no character to give a Greek fig about.
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  11. Bring Zoloft and a tank of oxygen to Closer, an airless, ultimately joyless drama of sexual politics.
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  12. An experience best likened to being battered by hurricane-force winds generated by an organ with all stops pulled permanently out.
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  13. Ms. Wynter's performance is only one of many failings in a heavily accented costume drama that Bruce Beresford has directed turgidly from Marilyn Levy's amateurish script.
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  14. Ever so slightly defective in the area of coherence; it plays as if it should have been written by a committee but they didn't bother to convene one.
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  15. A few clumps of very funny stuff (including a quick tonsorial reference to "Mary") can't hide all the spots that are bald instead of bold.
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  16. Long on cutlery and d├ęcor (including, of course, the marvelously decorative Ms. Garner, of the TV series "Alias") and woefully short on narrative.
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  17. Constantine is yet another studio extravaganza that's all aswirl with atmospherics, though empty at its center. The invasion of the soul snatchers proceeds apace.
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  18. If claustrophobia's your style, The Jacket is a perfect fit.
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  19. The movie as a whole is nonsensical. And long. And slow. And head-poundingly loud as it culminates in slavering horror.
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  20. The video-game sequences are impressive, but you know that a 'toon is in big trouble when its most powerful theme is planned obsolescence.
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  21. Palindromes finds him (Solondz) stuck with his single theme inside a sealed dollhouse of his own construction. He has gifts to give a larger audience, if ever he breaks out.
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  22. This is little more than a big-budget sitcom, with a guest appearance by Mike Ditka, who plays an unfunny version of himself as Phil's assistant coach.
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  23. The result is a movie groping for a comic tone while its FX machinery spews vast clouds of visual gibberish.
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  24. Comes on like an overproduced coma, and leaves you comatose by the end. In between are 127 minutes of intermittent chaos that feel like a lifetime.
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  25. Brought down by repeated bursts of high absurdity.
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  26. YEEEEE HAAAAW! They've gone and done it. The feature version of The Dukes Of Hazzard turns a sow's ear into a bigger sow's ear.
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  27. A saga of static set pieces and strenuously clever notions, this is a fiasco of a film if ever there was one.
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  28. A guaranteed downer that's devoid of any upside, and free of dangerously entertaining side effects.
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