Wall Street Journal's Scores

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For 2,611 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 3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Nostalgia for the Light
Lowest review score: 0 Flipped
Score distribution:
2611 movie reviews
  1. In all candor, and with all the amity I can muster, Divergent is as dauntingly dumb as it is dauntingly long.
  2. 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.
  3. Alan Arkin does the best trick, bringing a dollop of humanity to the role of Rance Holloway, the magician who was young Burt's inspiration. Apart from Rance, the whole production is slovenly nonsense, photographed on the cheap with blaring ghastliness. Yet it poses an intriguing mystery. Did the producers appeal to a denominator even lower than common by making their film as dumb as possible, or did it just turn out that way?
  4. The Legend of Tarzan, for all its anticolonialist posturing and eminently attractive co-stars, has a dead soul.
  5. Looks like the deformed spawn of a development process gone awry.
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  6. It's a terrible life, and a terrible movie.
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  7. Any kind of acting requires courage. Great acting requires formidable courage. Then there’s the dogged courage, spawned by devotion to duty, of wonderful actors like these, doing what they’re asked to do even though they must know that it’s no damned good.
  8. Too labored to be romantic and too derivative to be funny.
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  9. Real feelings lurk just below the surface--Samantha's terror of growing old, Carrie's fear of eventual tedium in a childless marriage. Yet the surface is where the movie stays, like an old submarine with dead batteries.
  10. How could a movie with such likable actors be so deeply dislikable?
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    • 37 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    In under two hours, the synthetic, insufferable I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry manages to insult gays, straights, men, women, children, African-Americans, Asians, pastors, mailmen, insurance adjusters, firemen, doctors -- and fans of show music. That's championship stuff.
  11. What a botch. All the King's Men, a remake of Robert Rossen's classic 1949 film about the rise and fall of a Southern demagogue, has no center, no coherence, no soul and no shame.
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  12. Mr. Garman’s showcase has very little to do with anything else, but he’s a pal of Mr. Smith’s and, at the very least, his performance is a filet of wit amid a heaping helping of comedic byproduct.
  13. This time Rambo pulls off his superhuman Soviet-blasting stunts in Afghanistan, not quite as late on the scene as he was in Vietnam. Not very exciting; very noisy. [2 Jun 1988, p.1]
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  14. Mr. Cage's knight ends up playing second banana to a digital devil. Welcome to the January dead zone.
  15. Nothing but miscalculation from clumsy start to chaotic finish, an action thriller with a cynical, shriveled soul.
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  16. Like Thor's hammer, this ersatz epic bludgeons its victims into submission. What's more, it requires them to stare at the source of their punishment through 3-D glasses.
  17. Every now and then a movie's awfulness rises to the level of mystery.
  18. Huckabees is godawful, a mirthless, bilious bore in which the vividly focused fury of "Three Kings" has become free-floating anger at the follies of human existence.
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  19. My Homo sapiens brain was boggled by the movie's clumsiness, while my heart was chilled by the chance that otherwise mature members of my species might mistake this disjointed botch for summer entertainment.
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  20. The whole movie is a sinkhole — not because it’s smutty or raw, but because it’s lazy, and demeaning to the talented people at its center.
  21. How much do I loathe this film? A lottico is putting it mildico.
  22. Certainly trashy, but, stripped of Mr. Diesel's services and directed by John Singleton, it's a no-go Yugo in muscle-car sheet metal.
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  23. Split reworks some of the themes Mr. Shyamalan developed in the 2000 “Unbreakable” — weakness and strength, unstoppable power, a sense of emergent destiny. The film contends that people are purified by suffering. Having suffered through the screening, I’m still waiting for my purer self to kick in.
  24. A gross-out saga that sentient adults should avoid like the plague.
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  25. This shabby enterprise gets so many things so wrong that it freezes your face into a cringe.
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    • 49 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    Ms. Stone. She alternates between two expressions here: sullen, and aghast. Then again, if you were listed on the credits as the co-producer of this violently dull piece of shlock, you'd look that way, too. [16 Feb 1995, p.A12]
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  26. The big news in Blade II is that there's something worse than vampires, but is there something worse than Blade II?
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  27. The worst would-be-big-and-Capraesque-but-actually-bloated-and-bloviating-beyond-belief movie of the year.
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