Wall Street Journal's Scores

  • Movies
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For 2,255 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 Ghost Writer
Lowest review score: 0 Before I Go to Sleep
Score distribution:
2,255 movie reviews
  1. These people -- the filmmakers as well as the cast -- have brought a rare sense of camaraderie to their work. Unfortunately, they forgot to bring a script. They even forgot, in the midst of their joyous self-involvement, to take good pictures of the places they visited.
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  2. Why is the movie such a mess? Will Ferrell plays a washed-up actor who's supposed to be a hopeless mess, but even his character makes little sense. Is it all supposed to be postmodern? No, it's post-postmortem, the dead spirit of a dearly departed show.
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  3. What's wrong with this sad fiasco goes far beyond its visual deficits.
  4. Basically a theme-park version of a tawdry tradition.
  5. Even as a visual aid, though, The Da Vinci Code is a deep-dyed disappointment. Paris by night never looked murkier.
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  6. Funny bits come along every now and then, and the co-stars work desperately hard for their salaries. But the spectacle is depressing for what it says of mainstream studio standards. Grinding on with dim humor and grim purpose, Get Hard gets ever harder to take.
  7. What's missing is dramatic subtext and surprise, as well as any playfulness that might have kept us guessing about the plot.
  8. 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.
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  9. 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.
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  10. A limited movie that can't animate its subject amid all the tricks and glitz. De-Lovely is devoid of life.
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  11. Disney's National Treasure is supposed to be family-friendly, a PG-rated action adventure free of hard violence and bad language. That's admirable, to be sure, but with a friend like this a family doesn't need sleeping pills.
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  12. By the end I could have used a Bulleit to the mouth.
  13. The director's apparent blindness to the epic banality of her subjects suggests that the whole project is one royally misguided mess.
  14. It's not a good sign when a movie is called The Break-Up and you can't wait for the couple to split so they'll get some relief from one another, and give the audience some relief from them.
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  15. 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.
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  16. This sad excuse for family entertainment tries to enshrine a classic while defacing it.
  17. This time he (Martin) goes through the motions.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Well, incredibly stupid is certainly what is delivered to audiences.
  18. Sometime around what I guessed to be the one-hour mark in The Five-Year Engagement, I checked my watch and honestly thought the battery had given out. Five years doesn't begin to tell the interminable tale.
  19. Relevance can't rescue this would-be epic from the swamps of inertia, absurdity and sentimentality.
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    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    We are meant to think they are all delightfully and amusingly eccentric (characters). Actually, they're just creepy
  20. Instead of biting wit, though, the movie settles for sketch humor, standard-brand raunch and toothless slapstick that trivializes everything it touches.
  21. A sudsless soap opera with human misery as a backdrop for romantic banality.
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  22. Ride Along, set in Atlanta, gives shoddiness a bad name.
  23. Extraordinary Measures requires extraordinary tolerance for bathos, bombast and plain old unpleasantness.
  24. 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.
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  25. Do not attempt to see this film, derived loosely from the videogame of the same name, unless you're prepared for wobbly writing, lead-footed direction and acting that must have been boosted by nitrous-oxide injectors, plus a starring performance that could have used a boost and didn't get one.
  26. Most of the prime goofiness is given over to Vassili and Konig sharpshooting at each other while the battle rages. The movie's a red elephant.
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  27. 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.
  28. Don't bother to see this film unless you expect to be tested in film class about the Coens' serial dissertation on American cinema. [10 Mar 1994, p.A16]
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