Wall Street Journal's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 2,120 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 2.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Lebanon
Lowest review score: 0 A Guy Thing
Score distribution:
2,120 movie reviews
  1. After missing the film on the small screen the first time around, I recently watched it on video, and can only conclude that my screen wasn't small enough.
  2. A generally mirthless comedy of manners.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The distance between tawdry and tedious can be amazingly short. It is traveled with Concorde speed in the arch Party Monster.
  3. The best thing about a movie as silly as this is that it makes such modest demands on your attention. As the story unfolded with all the energy of California in a Stage 3 alert, I staved off brain death by trying to imagine an alternate version.
  4. J.Lo should sue her handlers for damages.
  5. Mr. Rock's opening scene is very funny. After that it's a steep downhill slide.
  6. Relevance can't rescue this would-be epic from the swamps of inertia, absurdity and sentimentality.
  7. I wish I'd brought a pair of peas to the screening. Then I could have taken in the glorious scenery without the dumb dialogue, which is delivered in a jangle of accents that makes a mockery of ethnicity.
  8. The remake stumbles from a ragged start into a child's garden of worses -- worse than the original in more ways than you could imagine.
  9. A movie's script is its fate, which means this one is doomed.
  10. This ripoff, directed by Jerry Zucker, has a few funny moments, but it's a sad sad sad sad example of what Hollywood is currently serving up -- and what audiences are swallowing -- as summer entertainment.
  11. The script is woefully inept, with plot twists that wouldn't pass muster in a high-school drama class.
  12. Manages to make its live actors sound -- and even sometimes look -- computer generated. This wan, sluggish comedy wouldn't pass muster as a premium-cable original, but here it is on the big screen.
  13. In a truly terrible action adventure called The Tuxedo, a high-tech monkey suit turns Jackie Chan into an all-powerful cyborg, and will turn you into a boredborg.
  14. Rarely has a major motion picture -- and this one is major by virtue of its misplaced ambition as well as its budget -- been afflicted by such flagrant dissonance between subject and style.
  15. Remarkably joyless, even though Ms. Jolie is a formidable presence with the potential for becoming a witty one.
  16. Young audiences may welcome this movie, but girls, and boys, should want more.
  17. A gothic thriller called Cold Creek Manor extrudes an 80-minute idea -- I may be overgenerous here -- into 118 minutes that feel like an eternity.
  18. A sudsless soap opera with human misery as a backdrop for romantic banality.
  19. Smith is only a rogue computer program, but this morbidly dispiriting movie makes him sound like a prophet.
  20. Gets to be dislikable in its glib feelgoodness. The movie's many excellent actors do too much acting with too little conviction in scenes that rush through perfunctory setups to deliver pat payoffs.
  21. The only entertaining member of the cast is Terence Stamp.
  22. Adam Sandler's 50 First Dates isn't just slovenly and smarmy but creepy.
  23. Choose to pass this one up.
  24. Eye-blowing and mind-numbing.
  25. A limited movie that can't animate its subject amid all the tricks and glitz. De-Lovely is devoid of life.
  26. It's bad enough to make parable a four-letter word.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Well, incredibly stupid is certainly what is delivered to audiences.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Built on such a goofy premise that your average soap-opera scriptwriter would laugh it out of a story meeting.
  27. Mr. Sayle's portrait is painfully unfunny, and the movie as a whole is a plodding polemic.

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