Wall Street Journal's Scores

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For 2,267 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 2.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Player
Lowest review score: 0 Jack Reacher
Score distribution:
2,267 movie reviews
  1. The movie is stifling, all right, and depressing in the bargain.
  2. How you feel about Paul Haggis's new film may depend on your contrivance threshold.
  3. A provocative but eventually dislikable two-part film that dares us to dislike it.
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  4. Mr. Murray and his co-director, Howard Franklin, who adapted Jay Cronley's novel for the screen, succeed mainly in illuminating what made them want to direct the material. At least this picture struggles to emit a few gasps of fresh air as it goes down. [19 Jul 1990, p.A8]
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  5. I haven't seen the original, but I can vouch for the clumsiness of the new version. As usual, though, Queen Latifah is an indomitable, if sometimes undirectable, comic force.
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  6. Sometimes comes on like a NASA commercial; those logos loom gigantic on the IMAX screen. More troublingly, the film fails to explain how computer animations were combined with actual imagery from the missions.
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  7. This new Disney film, marked by myriad lapses and marketing follies, bears the woefully familiar earmarks of a big studio production that was pulled and hauled every which way until it lost all shape and flavor.
  8. In a film that has the courage of its absurdity but not much else, Mr. Pattinson gets the best of what passes for style.
  9. Tests your patience to the breaking point -- maybe beyond.
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  10. Hoffman and Beatty are so tone-deaf they don't even know how to play the songs for deadpan humor. They seem old, white, and without shtick. [14 May 1987, p.26(E)]
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  11. Can't hold a candle to Robert Altman's 1992 comedy "The Player." Both films present themselves as knowing views of the movie business, but Mr. Altman and his writer, Michael Tolkin, really knew.
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  12. Unfortunately, the movie could use a bit of pachyderm memory, given its habit of flashing back to Tien's childhood with exactly the same footage used in previous flashbacks. Instead of the narrative being deepened, it keeps getting shallowed.
  13. None of the film's tropes ā€” fancy camera angles, dark streets, persistent rain, psycho killers in doomy settings, Scudder trudging around the city on their trail ā€” can hide the essential hollowness of a not-very-interesting revenge tale that takes a not-at-all-welcome turn into grisly, ugly horror.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Jean's material is so flat-out awful it's amazing she gets hired at all, let alone that she once supposedly had headliner potential. It's a discrepancy that Introducing the Dwights never addresses.
  14. Fabrice Luchini is thwarted by an unwieldy plot.
  15. If this adds up to a full-fledged feature film, I'm a monkey's uncle.
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  16. Amusing, in fits and spurts, and sure to make tons of money, but terribly familiar and fatigued.
  17. The narrative lacks a strong heartbeat; you keep wondering why the spectacle isn't as affecting as it is picturesque.
  18. Ms. Scott Thomas is as intelligent and attractive as ever, but the synthetic world her character inhabits can't compete with a harrowing past that depicts French complicity in Nazi atrocities.
  19. The pretext of the movie, which was directed in broadbrush-cartoon style by Anne Fletcher from a coarse-textured script by Dan Fogelman, is a road trip taken by mother, Joyce, and son, Andrew.
  20. Once Captain America goes off to war in his endearingly silly suit, however, the movie starts to lose its vibe.
  21. The script's foolish contrivances crush its content.
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  22. Not even she (Patricia Clarkson), however, can save a movie that suffers from terminal self-enchantment.
  23. If you're able to take The Missing seriously, as I was not, you'll be impressed by its sweep and ambition. The most lasting impression it made on me was one of absurd overreaching.
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  24. The production feels tentative and underpopulated: I thought not only of Katniss Everdeen but of the marvelous pandemonium in Danny Boyle's zombie epic "28 Days Later."
  25. Mr. Crystal underplays his role wisely and well, while Mr. De Niro parodies -- maybe the better word is pillages -- himself and his career with scary gusto.
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  26. Qualifies as top-grade catnip for connoisseurs of trashy camp.
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  27. In this frustrating fizzle, the friendship does keep struggling to change into a love affair. But year after year, July 15 after July 15, it's the same old same old - two increasingly tedious people talking self-conscious talk.
  28. Had anyone recognized the signs and done something about them, the picturesque fable would have gone up in smoke, or snow, and Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter would have become a different picture. Iā€™d prefer that one, though, sight unseen. This one is a closed system about a closed system.
  29. The result is lots of gunplay and explosions governed by little logic.
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