Wall Street Journal's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 2,091 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 2.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Shall We Kiss?
Lowest review score: 0 Jumper
Score distribution:
2,091 movie reviews
  1. Grotesque doesn't begin to describe Ms. McCarthy's new character. Scarily insane comes closer; repulsive occasionally applies. Mullins's insanity can be extremely funny from time to time, but her anger grows as punishing for the audience as it does for the victims of her unrestrained police work.
  2. Only God Forgives would seem to be a parody of something or other — "Blue Velvet"? "Last Year At Marienbad"? — except that the film takes itself seriously to the point of suffocation in telling its lurid tale of slaughter and revenge.
  3. What's missing is dramatic subtext and surprise, as well as any playfulness that might have kept us guessing about the plot.
  4. It's unlikely that a dinosaur wrote the script — the Writers Guild of America makes no provision for Cambrian membership — but this animated feature is dimwitted all the same. The title should be "Trudging With Dinosaurs" (in 2.5-D, for all the grandeur the glasses confer), because the only semblance of a plot is provided by a long migration to winter grounds.
  5. Ride Along, set in Atlanta, gives shoddiness a bad name.
  6. Do not attempt to see this film, derived loosely from the videogame of the same name, unless you're prepared for wobbly writing, lead-footed direction and acting that must have been boosted by nitrous-oxide injectors, plus a starring performance that could have used a boost and didn't get one.
  7. In all candor, and with all the amity I can muster, Divergent is as dauntingly dumb as it is dauntingly long.
  8. Ambitious to a fault, this cautionary fantasy about artificial intelligence has so much on its muddled mind, and so little sense of dramatic grounding, that it grows ever more preposterous before lurching to a climax that's utterly unfathomable.
  9. Nothing but miscalculation from clumsy start to chaotic finish, an action thriller with a cynical, shriveled soul.
  10. My Homo sapiens brain was boggled by the movie's clumsiness, while my heart was chilled by the chance that otherwise mature members of my species might mistake this disjointed botch for summer entertainment.
  11. Adds up to one numbingly unfunny comedy.
  12. The big news in Blade II is that there's something worse than vampires, but is there something worse than Blade II?
  13. Ragging on Town & Country is like shooting a school of fish that's already belly up in a fetid barrel, but the movie's ineptitude is almost incomparable.
  14. What they've done here goes beyond gross -- or clumsy, or dumb -- to genuine ugliness, both cutaneous and sub.
  15. Built from an alloy of absurdium and stupidium, with the latter, heavier element dominating the mix.
  16. This noirish, sourish thriller left me unmoving as well as unmoved.
  17. Redefines the notion of a feature film another notch downward.
  18. Lacks both taste and flavor.
  19. Littered with low points -- lame comedy, dubious history, fumbling drama and a love story so inept as to make a pacifist long for war.
  20. How could a movie with such likable actors be so deeply dislikable?
  21. I must confess that I was outsmarted by the ending, but by that time my brain had been bludgeoned into a state just north of stupor.
  22. Grindingly tedious.
  23. Looks like the deformed spawn of a development process gone awry.
  24. Sara is supposed to be an adorable screwball with a fatal disease. Ms. Theron certainly gets the adorable right. With a comic style that's close to unerring, she not only deserves better than this junk but the very best.
  25. The worst would-be-big-and-Capraesque-but-actually-bloated-and-bloviating-beyond-belief movie of the year.
  26. Certainly trashy, but, stripped of Mr. Diesel's services and directed by John Singleton, it's a no-go Yugo in muscle-car sheet metal.
  27. A gross-out saga that sentient adults should avoid like the plague.
  28. Too labored to be romantic and too derivative to be funny.
  29. Downey is undone by a woefully amateurish production that, sadly and ironically, looks like a cheap TV show.
  30. Timeline has negative energy to burn. There's even less of it by the end than at the beginning.

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