Wall Street Journal's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 2,129 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 Sin Nombre
Lowest review score: 0 How Do You Know
Score distribution:
2,129 movie reviews
  1. The Loss of Sexual Innocence is a work of intransigent anger and barely relieved depression. [28 May 1999]
  2. Maybe the worst part (there's so much to choose from) is the sight of a good actor like Edward Herrmann parading around looking like a demented quarterback, the shoulders of his suit jacket grotesquely padded. Mr. Schumacher has dressed the adorable Corey Haim in even weirder getups, jackets with pastel stripes and little outfits that resemble dresses. The vampires aren't nearly as creepy as those clothes. [6 Aug 1987, p.1]
  3. This is movie-making by and for dummies, a sappy little bible story, blissed out on its own ineptitude.
  4. A deadly earnest and deadly dull psychological thriller.
  5. Bee Movie isn't a B movie, it's a Z movie, as in dizmal.
  6. You could make a case for this as a feature-film version of the FCC's fairness doctrine, but it feels more like a blandness doctrine, a pulling and hauling of the tone-deaf script, which is credited to Matthew Michael Carnahan, to the point of perfect vacuousness.
  7. The kindest context in which to put Over Her Dead Body, which was written and directed by Jeff Lowell, is that of a training film, a public display of people trying to master their craft. The best way to see it is not at all.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The crude, sophomoric Sex and Death 101 is neither particularly dark nor even remotely funny.
  8. Consider this more a consumer warning than a movie review: The Life Before Her Eyes will draw you in, then intrigue you, then bore you, then bewilder you, then make you crazy with its incessant flashbacks and flash forwards, and finally leave you feeling like the victim of a fraud.
  9. Sorry excuse for political satire.
  10. The best news about this clangorous clunker is that it may well have vanquished the Mummy franchise.
  11. Elegance isn't Zack Snyder's bag; a certain sort of impact is. Watchmen establishes him as Hollywood's reigning master of psychic suffocation.
  12. This time he (Martin) goes through the motions.
  13. Motion is in copious supply -- a frenzied shootout at Manhattan's Guggenheim Museum grows interminable -- but the workings of the abstract plot are unfathomable, the characters are unpleasant and a couple of assassinations leave us as cold as the corpses.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    If the movie had even a moment of freshness or wit, one honest laugh. It doesn't--and that's the ugly truth.
  14. A bizarre conflation of chick flick and "A Christmas Carol."
  15. Amelia Earhart is still missing.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    We are meant to think they are all delightfully and amusingly eccentric (characters). Actually, they're just creepy
  16. This sad excuse for family entertainment tries to enshrine a classic while defacing it.
  17. Extraordinary Measures requires extraordinary tolerance for bathos, bombast and plain old unpleasantness.
  18. The writing is semicoherent at best, and the buddies of this meandering road trip are not only mismatched but dislikable.
  19. What's wrong with this sad fiasco goes far beyond its visual deficits.
  20. The movie will surely find an audience, since it speaks to young people's anxieties about marriage and parenting. But what are two particularly engaging performers doing in a dump of a comedy like this?
  21. Basically a theme-park version of a tawdry tradition.
  22. I wanted to give this movie a fair shake, though I can't pretend to be an admirer of Ayn Rand's writing. But the movie, the first installment of a projected trilogy, doesn't give the book a fair shake.
  23. Like most other members of an excellent cast that includes James McAvoy, Kevin Kline and Tom Wilkinson, she (Robin Wright) has come under the deadening directorial hand of Robert Redford.
  24. How do I count the ways this movie goes wrong?
  25. What was fresh and surprising in Las Vegas turns rancid and predictable in Bangkok.
  26. J. Edgar, with Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role, is at war with itself, and everyone loses...Mr. Eastwood's ponderous direction, a clumsy script by Dustin Lance Black and ghastly slatherings of old-age makeup all conspire to put the story at an emotional and historical distance. It's a partially animated waxworks.
  27. The director's apparent blindness to the epic banality of her subjects suggests that the whole project is one royally misguided mess.

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