Wall Street Journal's Scores

  • Movies
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For 2,357 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 2.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Big Short
Lowest review score: 0 Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Score distribution:
2357 movie reviews
  1. A slow and lugubrious film about the impact of adoption on the lives of three women.
  2. Country Strong comes to spontaneous life from time to time, despite maudlin devices and manipulative set pieces.
  3. The script is dead in the water, and most of the misanthropic repartee rings resoundingly false.
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  4. Mr. Goldsman, a first-time director though a veteran screenwriter, has been done in by the source material. Either he climbed aboard a horse that was too much for him, or the universe gave him a bum steer.
  5. The director was Baltasar Kormákur, a gifted filmmaker from Iceland who shouldn’t be blamed for a case of industrial filmmaking gone wrong — the culprits in elaborate clunkers like this are usually the producers and the studios.
  6. By most standards of conventional film narrative, this movie is a mess. [25 June, 1987, p.22(E)]
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  7. It's long on Viagra jokes and whorehouse scenes, and comes up short on plausibility.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    An excruciatingly embarrassing display of ego and ineptitude.
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  8. 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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  9. Mr. Beall, a former LAPD cop, has written a script so devoid of feeling that the cartoons blur into thin line drawings, while what's been done with the marvelous Ms. Stone - i.e. next to nothing - is downright criminal.
  10. All of the nonsense piled on nonsense does provide some measure of pleasure. Unknown gets better by getting worse.
    • 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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  11. In The Hunger Games it's both a feast of cheesy spectacle and a famine of genuine feeling, except for the powerful - and touchingly vulnerable - presence of Jennifer Lawrence.
  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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    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, Ms. Faris has neither an adroit script -- House Bunny is a stale collection of dumb bunny jokes -- nor Ms. Witherspoon's wily charm. And the filmmakers do Ms. Faris no favors by inviting comparisons to Marilyn Monroe.
  13. 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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  14. It's impossible to say who's more unhinged: Darwin, caught between faith and reason, or the filmmakers.
  15. 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.
  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. If only Brotherhood of the Wolf had the wit and grace to match its exceptional physical beauty.
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  19. Cowboys versus aliens is a concept that may make you smile in anticipation, but wipe that smile off your face before buying your ticket.
  20. 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.
  21. This production is a mess for many reasons, most of them having to do with its frantic efforts to be funny.
  22. All that's missing is wit and humanity.
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  23. 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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  24. This dreary drama telegraphs every punch, emotion and plot point with a dedication that would have done the old Western Union proud.
  25. 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.
  26. A turgid recycling of Mr. Carpenter's remake of "The Thing."
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  27. What's worse, some mysterious movie curse has turned the three once-lively adventurers into wood.

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