Wall Street Journal's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
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 Amores Perros
Lowest review score: 0 Henry Fool
Score distribution:
2,281 movie reviews
  1. Max
    This fine and welcome piece of family entertainment, directed by Boaz Yakin from a script he wrote with Sheldon Lettich, gets to a sweet spot by way of a smart premise, patriotic undertones and a coming-of-age story that’s downright stirring.
  2. The possibilities of the dating game are endless and the potential for pain is great, yet the permutations of the movie's plot are predictable and repetitive.
  3. Smith is only a rogue computer program, but this morbidly dispiriting movie makes him sound like a prophet.
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  4. How much do I loathe this film? A lottico is putting it mildico.
  5. You could make a case for this as a feature-film version of the FCC's fairness doctrine, but it feels more like a blandness doctrine, a pulling and hauling of the tone-deaf script, which is credited to Matthew Michael Carnahan, to the point of perfect vacuousness.
  6. There's nothing wrong with the structure of Heartbreakers, but David Mirkin's direction is woefully clumsy -- and the movie's tone is nasty.
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  7. One of the strongest arguments yet for making sequels illegal.
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  8. A little humanity can go a long way to make up for a movie's shortcomings, and there's more than a little in Ladder 49, a surprisingly stirring celebration of heroic firefighters.
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  9. Basically a theme-park version of a tawdry tradition.
  10. Malevolence is in generous supply throughout the film. Easy enjoyment is not.
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  11. Kevin Spacey's pinched portrayal of Quoyle as a scared palooka rarely transcends its own artifice.
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  12. A remarkably ill-advised remake.
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  13. Seldom has grandeur struggled so mightily, and fruitlessly, with rampant goofiness.
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  14. The movie has the cartoonish realism of a Muppet movie. However, Mr. Herman is no Kermit the Frog, although he made me feel like Oscar the Grouch. [13 Aug 1985, p.1]
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  15. Spasms of kung fu wire fighting, Spider-Man acrobatics, huge explosions and a lethal polo game can't replace the first film's beating heart and witty soul.
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  16. Katherine Heigl carries 27 Dresses when all else fails, which it does with great regularity.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The movie moves at such an agonizingly stately pace that by the end, side effects be damned, Henry's time-traveling gene starts to look mighty appealing.
  17. The movie's leisurely, elegant setup makes its action payoff seem, by contrast, particularly mechanical, cynical and grotesque.
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  18. Mr. Sayle's portrait is painfully unfunny, and the movie as a whole is a plodding polemic.
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  19. What's so unfunny about peace, love and understanding? Plenty, it turns out. But for much of the movie, viewers will be asking themselves where the conflict is. And, by extension, the drama.
  20. Unfortunately, the movie could use a bit of pachyderm memory, given its habit of flashing back to Tien's childhood with exactly the same footage used in previous flashbacks. Instead of the narrative being deepened, it keeps getting shallowed.
  21. These are very small pleasures, indeed, that can be taken as gasps of air in a movie that unwinds for what seems like forever in a complete vacuum. [23 Jun 1994, p.A12]
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    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A very goofy movie that makes sense only to the screenwriter and his next of kin.
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  22. What's not fine is the dead zone occupied by the monster of the piece, Tom Cruise's veteran rocker, Stacee Jaxx.
  23. This Flubbery fantasy won't win any prizes for elegant craftsmanship or originality, but it's entertaining, good-natured and a slam dunk to be a hit with young kids.
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  24. With all its misfires, though, and with a Strangelovian twist that's a dud, Big Trouble remains a reasonably pleasant way to spend an hour and a half and still get change.
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  25. Combines silly stuff about life in Los Angeles with buoyant energy, a couple of chases worthy of the Keystone Kops and quick-witted actors playing droll characters with obvious affection.
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  26. Grindingly tedious.
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  27. A misshapen semi-spectacle that seems to be simulating an epic, and getting away with it only occasionally.
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  28. Joyless and airless suspense thriller.

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