Wall Street Journal's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 2,205 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 2.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Kid with a Bike
Lowest review score: 0 Life or Something Like It
Score distribution:
2,205 movie reviews
  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. If claustrophobia's your style, The Jacket is a perfect fit.
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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. The result is a movie groping for a comic tone while its FX machinery spews vast clouds of visual gibberish.
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  13. 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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  14. Brought down by repeated bursts of high absurdity.
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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. A guaranteed downer that's devoid of any upside, and free of dangerously entertaining side effects.
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  18. Heart-breakingly awful -- slow, lugubrious, and misconceived to the point of baffling amateurism.
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  19. Mr. Jarecki undercuts his own case -- not just undercuts but carpet-bombs it -- by using the same propaganda techniques he professes to abhor.
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  20. Before Firewall crumbles into foolishness, Harrison Ford and Paul Bettany make an oft-recycled plot look like a stylish model that just rolled out of a showroom.
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  21. The Shaggy Dog is paint, or more appropriately here, pant by the numbers. It also manages a one-two punch -- it will upset small children and bore their parents. There's just no other way to say this: Disney, that movie of yours is a dog.
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  22. Basic Instinct 2 is pretty awful. Rarely has a meaningless thriller had so many meaningful glances, or such arch acting by good actors who know better.
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  23. The movie stands as a genuine offense against the venerable and indispensable institution of satire.
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  24. I can't find much slack to cut the film, except to say that it's a potboiler cooked in an upscale Teflon pot.
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  25. Nothing stands up to scrutiny -- least of all the lethargic acting and the clumsy script. I was hot to trot for the exit halfway through, but a dogged sense of duty kept me stuck in an endless present.
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  26. Depressed and depressing drama.
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    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Go right ahead and skip this one at the Cineplex. You've got my word: It won't be on the final.
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    • 55 Metascore
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    Shakespeare has been quoted many, many times over the past 400 or so years, but never to such empty purpose as in the inchoate, self-indulgent musical drama Idlewild, a star vehicle for the wildly popular hip-hop duo OutKast.
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  27. A snapshot, to be sure, but scattershot as well.
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  28. I feel for the marketing person charged with devising a tagline for Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain, a fantasy whose turgid pretensions defy the very notion of marketing.
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