Wall Street Journal's Scores

  • Movies
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For 2,583 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 2.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Waltz with Bashir
Lowest review score: 0 The Last Airbender
Score distribution:
2583 movie reviews
  1. Eye-blowing and mind-numbing.
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  2. Where to Invade Next is documentary filmmaking gone wrong, a churlish polemic that uses the tools of propaganda to construct its world view. The film itself is an invasive presence, wreaking havoc in the realm of truth.
  3. Smith is only a rogue computer program, but this morbidly dispiriting movie makes him sound like a prophet.
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  4. The Navajos must have sent much more crucial messages at much higher levels during the war, but you'd never know it from this movie. Windtalkers is practically all action and no talk.
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  5. Talk about tin ears. Black or White comes off as the product of clouded eyes, sour stomachs and addled brains.
  6. The Producers is nightmarish, in its febrile way, a head-bangingly primitive version of an overrated Broadway show that grew out of a clumsy 1968 movie with an inflated reputation.
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  7. The Loss of Sexual Innocence is a work of intransigent anger and barely relieved depression. [28 May 1999]
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  8. An ugly exercise in big-budget carnage.
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  9. It's unlikely that a dinosaur wrote the script — the Writers Guild of America makes no provision for Cambrian membership — but this animated feature is dimwitted all the same. The title should be "Trudging With Dinosaurs" (in 2.5-D, for all the grandeur the glasses confer), because the only semblance of a plot is provided by a long migration to winter grounds.
  10. You need only watch the trailer to know that The Internship is a promo for Google; think Google for Dummies, as well as Summer Comedy for Dummies. It's as if the writers googled "how to write a script" and nothing came up, so they wrote this anyway.
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  11. 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.
  12. Young audiences may welcome this movie, but girls, and boys, should want more.
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  13. The writing is semicoherent at best, and the buddies of this meandering road trip are not only mismatched but dislikable.
  14. The best news about this clangorous clunker is that it may well have vanquished the Mummy franchise.
  15. Must be seen to be believed, though I'm not suggesting you actually see it.
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  16. Mr. Sayle's portrait is painfully unfunny, and the movie as a whole is a plodding polemic.
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  17. This is movie-making by and for dummies, a sappy little bible story, blissed out on its own ineptitude.
  18. Not to put too fine a point on it, Surviving Picasso is merely the worst movie ever made about a painter; worse movies have been made on other subjects, though none comes immediately to mind. [20 Sep 1996]
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  19. Ambitious to a fault, this cautionary fantasy about artificial intelligence has so much on its muddled mind, and so little sense of dramatic grounding, that it grows ever more preposterous before lurching to a climax that's utterly unfathomable.
    • 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.
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  20. 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.
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  21. The script is woefully inept, with plot twists that wouldn't pass muster in a high-school drama class.
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  22. 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.
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  23. In the real world, a debate has been raging over what does and doesn’t constitute torture. In the movie world, there’s no debate; watching The Interview is torture from almost start to finish.
  24. Only God Forgives would seem to be a parody of something or other — "Blue Velvet"? "Last Year At Marienbad"? — except that the film takes itself seriously to the point of suffocation in telling its lurid tale of slaughter and revenge.
  25. Remarkably joyless, even though Ms. Jolie is a formidable presence with the potential for becoming a witty one.
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  26. Grotesque doesn't begin to describe Ms. McCarthy's new character. Scarily insane comes closer; repulsive occasionally applies. Mullins's insanity can be extremely funny from time to time, but her anger grows as punishing for the audience as it does for the victims of her unrestrained police work.
  27. In all candor, and with all the amity I can muster, Divergent is as dauntingly dumb as it is dauntingly long.
  28. Guess Who is, impurely and simply, a comic premise borrowed, turned around and dumbed down to the level of sketch or sub-sketch humor.
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    • 17 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    A head-banging excuse for a comedy.

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