Wall Street Journal's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 2,190 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 2.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 After Hours
Lowest review score: 0 Legends of the Fall
Score distribution:
2,190 movie reviews
  1. A surprising, entirely beguiling little film.
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  2. Lee's journey of the body and soul is something else. Maggie Gyllenhaal makes it strangely touching, a revelation.
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  3. Mr. Shyamalan is a new national treasure, as attuned to our sensibilities and everyday life as Steven Spielberg.
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  4. xXx
    To top it all off, no matter where you sit in the theater, no matter how far you arch back in your seat, there's no escaping the sensation that all the action on the screen is taking place about three feet from your face. I loved it.
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  5. Has its flaws, but it's better, as well as darker, than the first. It's also longer, by nine minutes, but hold that protest to the Kidney Foundation; the time flies, albeit in fits and starts, like players on a Quidditch field.
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  6. Mr. Pandya tells a story of conflicted assimilation that's been told before, but he and his exuberant cast invest it with fresh energy and winning humor.
  7. Fresh and flip and enjoyable, it's a sci-fi-tinged romantic comedy that I urge you to seek out.
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  8. Why, in our drum-thumping, ritually trumpeting time, did so little fanfare precede the opening of a movie with so much to recommend it? This is grand entertainment.
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  9. Training Day can be simplistic, formulaic and absurdly melodramatic -- but Mr. Washington is flat-out great.
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thanks to Ms. Witherspoon's artful portrayal of a winning, if beachless, Gidget, I found Legally Blonde very enjoyable.
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  10. Appeal lies on the bright, shiny surface of its ostensibly simple plot, and in its rat-a-tat-tat language, which often sounds like Mamet-visits-Spyne.
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  11. It's very funny, terrifically lively and, considering how awful it might have been, surprisingly tender in its portrait of a young guy who learns sensitivity the hard way.
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  12. A harrowing lesson in unintended -- and intended -- consequences.
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  13. The outcome is distinctive and entertaining. There's no way you'd mistake this for James Bond, and no reason you would want to.
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  14. The best car commercial ever, an absolute triumph of product placement, and great fun as a movie in the bargain.
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a simple story, exposing the beauty that lives inside difficult relationships, and it leaves you feeling quietly exalted without ever seeming to try.
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  15. More to the point of this marvelous film, who knew there were kids as heroic, in their various ways, as these valiant super-spellers?
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  16. Serendipity is "Sliding Doors" with no alternate versions; it's willed enchantment all the way.
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  17. Unexpectedly thoughtful, as well as touching.
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  18. Every action adventure needs a memorable villain, but no movie needs the strident intensity of Mr. Dafoe, who either has no interest in, or no grasp of, the sort of charmingly malign wit that Gene Hackman brought to "Superman," or Jack Nicholson to "Batman."
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  19. Difficult too, and certainly problematic, but it's sometimes quite wonderful. Do see it if you're curious about one-of-a-kind films, and if you care about the ever-evolving career of one of our most gifted filmmakers.
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  20. An exciting caper, though sometimes a trying one, with great dollops of self-parodying dialogue that will test your loyalty to Mr. Mamet's way with words.
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  21. Adaptation, like "Being John Malkovich" before it, is far from a well-made film, even on its own flaky terms. But it's a brave, sometimes brilliant one, with a phantasmagoric ending, full of love and hope, that defeats prose description. Never was an adaptation more original.
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  22. Breathes new life into a familiar story: coming of age in high school.
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  23. An accomplished and enjoyable Spanish-language debut feature by Fabían Bielinsky.
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  24. I'm still smiling as I recall Jess, the soccer star-to-be, standing behind her straitlaced mother in the kitchen and casually bouncing a head of lettuce on her knee.
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  25. Throbs with an ambition that sends it soaring, then brings it down.
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    • 30 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Succeeds the same way the original comic books did: by making the conflicts and dilemmas basic enough for a five-year-old, while giving the heroes and villains glamorous outfits and layers of complexity, to thicken the broth.
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  26. For the most part, though, Ms. Moncrieff has given us a portrait of a young woman with a luminous soul.
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  27. Provides a reminder of the power of unadorned drama and language -- whole torrents of eloquent words -- in the service of a nifty idea.
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