Wall Street Journal's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 2,297 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 56% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Capote
Lowest review score: 0 Pain & Gain
Score distribution:
2,297 movie reviews
  1. Ms. Macdonald works modest wonders within these constraints -- she's a lovely actress, and a skilled one -- but too much is asked of her; Kate's innocence finally wilts beneath the camera's fixed gaze.
  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. I've been a Vanessa Redgrave fan for such a long time that I would have been happy to watch her beautifully weathered face without much happening around her.
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  4. If only Brotherhood of the Wolf had the wit and grace to match its exceptional physical beauty.
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  5. Cowboys versus aliens is a concept that may make you smile in anticipation, but wipe that smile off your face before buying your ticket.
  6. As Tiberius, who seems not to have been based on any Tiberius of history, Mr. Brody brings to the film a combination of heroin-chic and Basil Rathbone. Also, an extraordinary level of sadistic cruelty. People are burned alive, crushed like insects, hurled from rooftops. They may not deserve all this. But neither do we.
  7. This production is a mess for many reasons, most of them having to do with its frantic efforts to be funny.
  8. All that's missing is wit and humanity.
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  9. What's new here is a severe deficit of style, or even craftsmanship, both in the action sequences and what passes for human interludes.
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  10. This dreary drama telegraphs every punch, emotion and plot point with a dedication that would have done the old Western Union proud.
  11. Labor Day, adapted from a novel by Joyce Maynard, is the kind of movie that turns clarity into stultification; everything is perfectly clear and almost everything — pie-making excepted — is perfectly lifeless.
  12. A turgid recycling of Mr. Carpenter's remake of "The Thing."
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  13. What's worse, some mysterious movie curse has turned the three once-lively adventurers into wood.
  14. Still, Eat Pray Love preaches a sermon it doesn't practice-the need to open one's self to the world. In a pictorial sense this is exactly what Liz does; she vacuums up the transformative essence of three continents. Yet the world gets weirdly short shrift because this transcendently narcissistic movie is, in a narrative sense, almost entirely about Liz and the movie star who plays her.
  15. The essence of this grindingly violent movie can be summed up by what Parker says of his handgun to a terrified clerk at a check-cashing service: "It's small, but it hurts."
  16. This horror-free horror flick sent me wandering through my own memory warehouse, where, at every turn, I bumped into images from similar -- and mostly superior -- entertainments.
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  17. The failure lies not with the film's director, Marc Forster, nor with its impressive star, Gerard Butler, but with Jason Keller's dreadfully earnest script, which charts the hero's spiritual journey, and his Rambo-esque exploits, without offering a scintilla of mature perspective on his state of mind.
  18. A good subject has been ill-served by Ms. Greenwald's cliched script and clumsy direction.
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    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Tiresome, pretentious.
  19. This Transformers is a pile of glittering junk.
  20. As the hilariously foul-mouthed, sweet-souled Dr. S, he (Wayans) slaps Marci X to life every time he's on screen.
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  21. Horrible Bosses has preposterousness to burn, but no finesse and no interest in having any.
  22. Bring Zoloft and a tank of oxygen to Closer, an airless, ultimately joyless drama of sexual politics.
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  23. It's really dumb, even though it starts promisingly and continues, in a self-infatuated way, to consider itself quite bright.
  24. Still, the action is ponderous too. Mr. Morel is no Kubrick, or Tarantino, just as Mr. Travolta's caricature of John Travolta is no Travolta.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Mr. Snipes and Mr. Rhames get credit at least for doing their own stunts. By the middle of the film, viewers will take a certain satisfaction in each punch that lands on either of them.
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  25. Won't kill you, but it could bore you half to death.
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  26. For precursors of Guy's perversity, one would have to go back to W.C. Fields, who made antic art out of his characters' abhorrence of children.
  27. There's nothing wrong with the structure of Heartbreakers, but David Mirkin's direction is woefully clumsy -- and the movie's tone is nasty.
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  28. You may wonder if this screen version of the book of the same name is as unfunny and strangely mushy as it seems, but trust your instincts.

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