Wall Street Journal's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 2,242 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 2.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Pan's Labyrinth
Lowest review score: 0 Wild Hogs
Score distribution:
2,242 movie reviews
  1. It's long on Viagra jokes and whorehouse scenes, and comes up short on plausibility.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    An excruciatingly embarrassing display of ego and ineptitude.
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  2. Ever so slightly defective in the area of coherence; it plays as if it should have been written by a committee but they didn't bother to convene one.
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  3. Mr. Beall, a former LAPD cop, has written a script so devoid of feeling that the cartoons blur into thin line drawings, while what's been done with the marvelous Ms. Stone - i.e. next to nothing - is downright criminal.
  4. All of the nonsense piled on nonsense does provide some measure of pleasure. Unknown gets better by getting worse.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Go right ahead and skip this one at the Cineplex. You've got my word: It won't be on the final.
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  5. In The Hunger Games it's both a feast of cheesy spectacle and a famine of genuine feeling, except for the powerful - and touchingly vulnerable - presence of Jennifer Lawrence.
  6. An experience best likened to being battered by hurricane-force winds generated by an organ with all stops pulled permanently out.
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    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, Ms. Faris has neither an adroit script -- House Bunny is a stale collection of dumb bunny jokes -- nor Ms. Witherspoon's wily charm. And the filmmakers do Ms. Faris no favors by inviting comparisons to Marilyn Monroe.
  7. Ms. Hudson makes the most of her role, even though that's not saying so very much -- the writing is terribly thin -- while John Corbett gives an unaccountably clumsy performance as a romantic pastor. Joan Cusack gets the funniest lines as Helen's sister, a model of boring mommyhood, but she also stops the movie dead in its tracks every time she plays a scene.
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  8. It's impossible to say who's more unhinged: Darwin, caught between faith and reason, or the filmmakers.
  9. Ms. Macdonald works modest wonders within these constraints -- she's a lovely actress, and a skilled one -- but too much is asked of her; Kate's innocence finally wilts beneath the camera's fixed gaze.
  10. In Troy, and in overreaching, underachieving productions like it, digital imagery is fast becoming both a Trojan horse and Achilles' heel.
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  11. I've been a Vanessa Redgrave fan for such a long time that I would have been happy to watch her beautifully weathered face without much happening around her.
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  12. If only Brotherhood of the Wolf had the wit and grace to match its exceptional physical beauty.
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  13. Cowboys versus aliens is a concept that may make you smile in anticipation, but wipe that smile off your face before buying your ticket.
  14. This production is a mess for many reasons, most of them having to do with its frantic efforts to be funny.
  15. All that's missing is wit and humanity.
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  16. What's new here is a severe deficit of style, or even craftsmanship, both in the action sequences and what passes for human interludes.
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  17. This dreary drama telegraphs every punch, emotion and plot point with a dedication that would have done the old Western Union proud.
  18. Labor Day, adapted from a novel by Joyce Maynard, is the kind of movie that turns clarity into stultification; everything is perfectly clear and almost everything — pie-making excepted — is perfectly lifeless.
  19. A turgid recycling of Mr. Carpenter's remake of "The Thing."
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  20. What's worse, some mysterious movie curse has turned the three once-lively adventurers into wood.
  21. Still, Eat Pray Love preaches a sermon it doesn't practice-the need to open one's self to the world. In a pictorial sense this is exactly what Liz does; she vacuums up the transformative essence of three continents. Yet the world gets weirdly short shrift because this transcendently narcissistic movie is, in a narrative sense, almost entirely about Liz and the movie star who plays her.
  22. The essence of this grindingly violent movie can be summed up by what Parker says of his handgun to a terrified clerk at a check-cashing service: "It's small, but it hurts."
  23. This horror-free horror flick sent me wandering through my own memory warehouse, where, at every turn, I bumped into images from similar -- and mostly superior -- entertainments.
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  24. The failure lies not with the film's director, Marc Forster, nor with its impressive star, Gerard Butler, but with Jason Keller's dreadfully earnest script, which charts the hero's spiritual journey, and his Rambo-esque exploits, without offering a scintilla of mature perspective on his state of mind.
  25. A good subject has been ill-served by Ms. Greenwald's cliched script and clumsy direction.
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    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Tiresome, pretentious.
  26. This Transformers is a pile of glittering junk.

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