Wall Street Journal's Scores

  • Movies
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For 2,162 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 The Incredibles
Lowest review score: 0 Because I Said So
Score distribution:
2,162 movie reviews
  1. Some of it sputters, settling for smiles instead of laughs, and much of it flounders while the slapdash script searches, at exhausting length, for ever more common denominators in toilet humor.
  2. Instead of soft core, Sex Tape offers no core. No narrative core, just a not-bad notion executed execrably; no core of conviction, just two stars trudging joylessly through swamps of mediocrity.
  3. The fault is not in the co-stars; they've been brilliant before and will be brilliant again. It's in the laggardly pace, pedestrian writing and murky viewpoint of Ned Benson's feature.
  4. This is one of those overworked and generally airless comedies with a sitcom premise that can't sustain life.
  5. Men, Women & Children touches many nerves, but then pinches and twists them with its ham-handed approach to social commentary. I worry about Mr. Reitman, a filmmaker of consequence who is still too young to be so cosmic. Time to lighten up and come back down to Earth.
  6. Most of the prime goofiness is given over to Vassili and Konig sharpshooting at each other while the battle rages. The movie's a red elephant.
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  7. It may be lulling to know, almost from the outset, where the plot is going, but thrilling -- or even psychological -- it is not.
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  8. Only Le Carre fans with tin ears and clouded eyes will fail to note the film's sour tone, crude performances and drab look.
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  9. The last thing we need is entertainment that evokes the horror and then trivializes it with cheesy heroics. Never has a movie taken on a subject of greater immediacy, or handled it more ineptly.
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  10. The Navajos must have sent much more crucial messages at much higher levels during the war, but you'd never know it from this movie. Windtalkers is practically all action and no talk.
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  11. Everything that was modest, soundly grounded and therefore horrifying about the 1971 rodentarama that starred Bruce Davison is now insistent, Grand-Guignol-intense and therefore shrug-offable when it isn't downright awful.
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  12. An ugly exercise in big-budget carnage.
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  13. After missing the film on the small screen the first time around, I recently watched it on video, and can only conclude that my screen wasn't small enough.
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  14. A generally mirthless comedy of manners.
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    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The distance between tawdry and tedious can be amazingly short. It is traveled with Concorde speed in the arch Party Monster.
  15. The best thing about a movie as silly as this is that it makes such modest demands on your attention. As the story unfolded with all the energy of California in a Stage 3 alert, I staved off brain death by trying to imagine an alternate version.
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  16. J.Lo should sue her handlers for damages.
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  17. Mr. Rock's opening scene is very funny. After that it's a steep downhill slide.
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  18. Relevance can't rescue this would-be epic from the swamps of inertia, absurdity and sentimentality.
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  19. I wish I'd brought a pair of peas to the screening. Then I could have taken in the glorious scenery without the dumb dialogue, which is delivered in a jangle of accents that makes a mockery of ethnicity.
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  20. The remake stumbles from a ragged start into a child's garden of worses -- worse than the original in more ways than you could imagine.
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  21. A movie's script is its fate, which means this one is doomed.
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  22. This ripoff, directed by Jerry Zucker, has a few funny moments, but it's a sad sad sad sad example of what Hollywood is currently serving up -- and what audiences are swallowing -- as summer entertainment.
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  23. The script is woefully inept, with plot twists that wouldn't pass muster in a high-school drama class.
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  24. Manages to make its live actors sound -- and even sometimes look -- computer generated. This wan, sluggish comedy wouldn't pass muster as a premium-cable original, but here it is on the big screen.
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  25. In a truly terrible action adventure called The Tuxedo, a high-tech monkey suit turns Jackie Chan into an all-powerful cyborg, and will turn you into a boredborg.
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  26. Rarely has a major motion picture -- and this one is major by virtue of its misplaced ambition as well as its budget -- been afflicted by such flagrant dissonance between subject and style.
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  27. Remarkably joyless, even though Ms. Jolie is a formidable presence with the potential for becoming a witty one.
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  28. Young audiences may welcome this movie, but girls, and boys, should want more.
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  29. A gothic thriller called Cold Creek Manor extrudes an 80-minute idea -- I may be overgenerous here -- into 118 minutes that feel like an eternity.
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