Wall Street Journal's Scores

  • Movies
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For 2,281 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 Up and Down
Lowest review score: 0 Gigli
Score distribution:
2,281 movie reviews
  1. The only entertaining member of the cast is Terence Stamp.
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  2. A deadly earnest and deadly dull psychological thriller.
  3. Elegance isn't Zack Snyder's bag; a certain sort of impact is. Watchmen establishes him as Hollywood's reigning master of psychic suffocation.
  4. A generally mirthless comedy of manners.
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  5. Motion is in copious supply -- a frenzied shootout at Manhattan's Guggenheim Museum grows interminable -- but the workings of the abstract plot are unfathomable, the characters are unpleasant and a couple of assassinations leave us as cold as the corpses.
  6. For better or worse, Woody Allen turns out a movie every year. Last year's "Midnight in Paris" was better than better; that is to say, sublime. To Rome With Love is worse than worse, as inert as its predecessor was inspired.
  7. What I don't understand is why this extended piece of idiocy chose to sink its stinky teeth into our 16th president. If an axe-wielding hero was required, George Washington would have been the better choice, with the Redcoats as bloodsuckers.
  8. J.Lo should sue her handlers for damages.
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  9. Consider this more a consumer warning than a movie review: The Life Before Her Eyes will draw you in, then intrigue you, then bore you, then bewilder you, then make you crazy with its incessant flashbacks and flash forwards, and finally leave you feeling like the victim of a fraud.
  10. 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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  11. I wanted to give this movie a fair shake, though I can't pretend to be an admirer of Ayn Rand's writing. But the movie, the first installment of a projected trilogy, doesn't give the book a fair shake.
  12. Like most other members of an excellent cast that includes James McAvoy, Kevin Kline and Tom Wilkinson, she (Robin Wright) has come under the deadening directorial hand of Robert Redford.
  13. There isn't a milliliter of honest feeling from start to finish, and precious little comedy or romance.
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  14. Eye-blowing and mind-numbing.
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  15. Smith is only a rogue computer program, but this morbidly dispiriting movie makes him sound like a prophet.
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  16. 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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  17. Talk about tin ears. Black or White comes off as the product of clouded eyes, sour stomachs and addled brains.
  18. 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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  19. The Loss of Sexual Innocence is a work of intransigent anger and barely relieved depression. [28 May 1999]
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  20. An ugly exercise in big-budget carnage.
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  21. 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.
  22. You need only watch the trailer to know that The Internship is a promo for Google; think Google for Dummies, as well as Summer Comedy for Dummies. It's as if the writers googled "how to write a script" and nothing came up, so they wrote this anyway.
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  23. The kindest context in which to put Over Her Dead Body, which was written and directed by Jeff Lowell, is that of a training film, a public display of people trying to master their craft. The best way to see it is not at all.
  24. Young audiences may welcome this movie, but girls, and boys, should want more.
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  25. The writing is semicoherent at best, and the buddies of this meandering road trip are not only mismatched but dislikable.
  26. The best news about this clangorous clunker is that it may well have vanquished the Mummy franchise.
  27. Must be seen to be believed, though I'm not suggesting you actually see it.
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  28. Mr. Sayle's portrait is painfully unfunny, and the movie as a whole is a plodding polemic.
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  29. This is movie-making by and for dummies, a sappy little bible story, blissed out on its own ineptitude.
  30. Not to put too fine a point on it, Surviving Picasso is merely the worst movie ever made about a painter; worse movies have been made on other subjects, though none comes immediately to mind. [20 Sep 1996]
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