Wall Street Journal's Scores

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For 2,307 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 2.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Amores Perros
Lowest review score: 0 Glitter
Score distribution:
2,307 movie reviews
  1. 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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  2. Qualifies as top-grade catnip for connoisseurs of trashy camp.
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  3. 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.
  4. 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. I’d prefer that one, though, sight unseen. This one is a closed system about a closed system.
  5. The result is lots of gunplay and explosions governed by little logic.
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  6. Enjoyable enough for what it is, a clever idea developed by fits and starts.
  7. The only rewards, and they are real albeit insufficient, involve watching Jane Fonda in full cry and Catherine Keener in a quieter fullness of feeling.
  8. I was put off by the acting, or more properly by the spectacle of good actors dutifully following leaden direction, and equally by the writing, which is as thin as the veneer of civilization it purports to peel back.
  9. It's as if the filmmakers, having committed themselves to the book, fled from its essence, which is wildness.
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  10. Now the two men are back, along with Irene. But she vanishes all too soon in this overproduced, self-enchanted sequel, and so does the spirit of bright invention that made the previous film such a pleasant surprise.
  11. It's overextended and exhaustingly comic.
  12. The director, Steven Soderbergh, and his large, cheerful cast have managed to make the least possible movie that still resembles a movie.
  13. Nothing if not ambitious, yet at war with itself stylistically.
  14. Punishes the audience with a flat starring performance; Mr. Jane finds few sparks of life in a hero who wasn't all that lively to begin with.
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  15. Goes by pleasantly enough as you come to understand where it’s headed, but this romantic comedy, directed by Isabel Coixet from a screenplay by Sarah Kernochan, wears out its welcome, and energy, through unswerving conformity to its dramatic scheme.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Higher Learning put me in mind of a long lecture by a well-meaning but dull professor. What he has to say may be worthwhile, but it's delivered with plodding predictability. [12 Jan 1995, p.A12]
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  16. As a first-time feature director, though, he (Ball) seldom lets the material speak for itself. Every shot is a statement, every scene sells an attitude.
  17. When does banter turn to blather? In the case of this action adventure, which was directed by Baltasar Kormákur, it's when you realize that keeping track of the barely fathomable plot isn't worth the bother.
  18. Dumbfoundingly erratic, for the most part, but smart and funny from time to time.
  19. Jim Carrey is the prime offender here. He's such an unseemly showoff that the movie keeps stopping in its tracks.
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  20. Reasonably entertaining time-travel romance.
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  21. Here's one more studio extravaganza brought down by numbing action and an addiction to generic digital effects.
  22. Going on too long seems to be the disease of the week; it's certainly what brings this movie down, though the going on here stems from a surfeit of implausible plot that suffocates the main characters and the excellent actors who play them.
  23. The story refuses to combust; it's a strangely unsatisfying combination of bloodless observations and unresolved sexuality.
    • 42 Metascore
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    Exemplifies Hollywood's standard practice of stomping a brilliant concept beyond recognition.
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    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The movie moves at such an agonizingly stately pace that by the end, side effects be damned, Henry's time-traveling gene starts to look mighty appealing.
  24. Ted
    Ted is often hilarious, sometimes sweet and, in the spirit of "Family Guy," consistently raunchy. Yet it's seriously overextended and, as the premise wears ever thinner, frantically overproduced.
  25. There's no scarier myth for males, and Mr. Lichtenstein turns various images of emasculation into a black comedy that flirts, fairly tediously, with pornography.
  26. Be warned: Although it was filmed on the North Shore of Hawaii's Oahu island, this is a surf movie, not a surfing movie. As for the empowered-girl premise -- well, the kids may not notice, but Blue Crush is about as progressive as a Virginia Slims commercial.
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  27. It's ended up a weak imitation of the original. [09 Aug 1990]
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