Wall Street Journal's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 2,166 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 Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame
Lowest review score: 0 In Secret
Score distribution:
2,166 movie reviews
  1. 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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  2. Remarkably joyless, even though Ms. Jolie is a formidable presence with the potential for becoming a witty one.
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  3. Young audiences may welcome this movie, but girls, and boys, should want more.
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  4. 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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  5. A sudsless soap opera with human misery as a backdrop for romantic banality.
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  6. Smith is only a rogue computer program, but this morbidly dispiriting movie makes him sound like a prophet.
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  7. Gets to be dislikable in its glib feelgoodness. The movie's many excellent actors do too much acting with too little conviction in scenes that rush through perfunctory setups to deliver pat payoffs.
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  8. The only entertaining member of the cast is Terence Stamp.
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  9. Adam Sandler's 50 First Dates isn't just slovenly and smarmy but creepy.
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  10. Choose to pass this one up.
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  11. Eye-blowing and mind-numbing.
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  12. A limited movie that can't animate its subject amid all the tricks and glitz. De-Lovely is devoid of life.
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  13. It's bad enough to make parable a four-letter word.
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    • 29 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Well, incredibly stupid is certainly what is delivered to audiences.
    • 40 Metascore
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    Built on such a goofy premise that your average soap-opera scriptwriter would laugh it out of a story meeting.
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  14. Mr. Sayle's portrait is painfully unfunny, and the movie as a whole is a plodding polemic.
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  15. Might have qualified as dumb fun if they hadn't left out the fun.
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  16. Disney's National Treasure is supposed to be family-friendly, a PG-rated action adventure free of hard violence and bad language. That's admirable, to be sure, but with a friend like this a family doesn't need sleeping pills.
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  17. Bad can't begin to describe Christmas With the Kranks. It's sub-humbug.
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  18. These people -- the filmmakers as well as the cast -- have brought a rare sense of camaraderie to their work. Unfortunately, they forgot to bring a script. They even forgot, in the midst of their joyous self-involvement, to take good pictures of the places they visited.
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  19. Must be seen to be believed, though I'm not suggesting you actually see it.
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  20. Guess Who is, impurely and simply, a comic premise borrowed, turned around and dumbed down to the level of sketch or sub-sketch humor.
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  21. The movie itself is grotesque, and may drive you nuts as it makes you laugh, mostly at the stupidity of the thing.
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  22. Why is the movie such a mess? Will Ferrell plays a washed-up actor who's supposed to be a hopeless mess, but even his character makes little sense. Is it all supposed to be postmodern? No, it's post-postmortem, the dead spirit of a dearly departed show.
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  23. The movie's smugness is insufferable.
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  24. If I could find some facet to praise, I'd be glad to do so, but the production's mediocrity is all-pervasive -- story, character, graphic design, even music -- and it all points to a failure of corporate imagination, or maybe just nerve.
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  25. Breakfast on Pluto, with an impressive cast that includes Liam Neeson and Brendan Gleeson, deploys its whimsy in many ways, all of them cloying.
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  26. The Producers is nightmarish, in its febrile way, a head-bangingly primitive version of an overrated Broadway show that grew out of a clumsy 1968 movie with an inflated reputation.
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  27. Even as a visual aid, though, The Da Vinci Code is a deep-dyed disappointment. Paris by night never looked murkier.
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  28. A deeply dreadful movie -- no, a shallowly dreadful movie -- that's too unpleasant and repetitive to be entertaining, even as camp.
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