Wall Street Journal's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 2,186 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 Sin Nombre
Lowest review score: 0 An American Affair
Score distribution:
2,186 movie reviews
  1. Littered with low points -- lame comedy, dubious history, fumbling drama and a love story so inept as to make a pacifist long for war.
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  2. Choose to pass this one up.
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  3. If claustrophobia's your style, The Jacket is a perfect fit.
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  4. It's a bad idea done disastrously.
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  5. Stepping is everything in Stomp the Yard, and, dare I say it, a stepping stone to DJ's redemption. The movie itself is redeemed -- slightly -- by its almost touching devotion to the hoary Hollywood traditions of college movies with battling frats, as well as its earnest endorsement of education.
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  6. The movie as a whole is nonsensical. And long. And slow. And head-poundingly loud as it culminates in slavering horror.
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  7. The movie itself is neither a catastrophe nor major.
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  8. The director Penny Marshall has a gently persuasive touch that keeps the movie's most brazen manipulations from being too offensive. [02 Jun 1994]
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  9. Every scene in this oppressive film has a theme or didactic purpose, but little life.
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  10. In addition to being borderline unendurable, Funny Games is inexplicable, and I don't mean in any philosophical sense.
  11. This is silliness of such a special grade, performed with such zest, that it makes you forgive and even forget the movie's foolishness and borderline incoherence.
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  12. To give the film its full due, the people who made it — the writer, John Swetnam, and the director, Steven Quale — got wind of a genuine trend and ran with it. Everyone on screen is busy filming everyone else. It's a shakier-camera version of "The Blair Witch Project" in the era of YouTube.
  13. A wispy, fundamentally sentimental tale about a nice girl who has to support herself by working as a phone-sex siren, Spike Lee's movie takes the better part of an hour to get started. Once it does it still can't dramatize the script's one good idea. [2 Apr 1996, p.A12]
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  14. What was fresh and surprising in Las Vegas turns rancid and predictable in Bangkok.
  15. Since Mary rarely gets to see any of the good stuff, neither do we; Dr. Jekyll hides most of his switcheroos behind closed doors. [23 Feb 1996]
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  16. Somewhat sluggish but reasonably scary.
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  17. This is one of those overworked and generally airless comedies with a sitcom premise that can't sustain life.
  18. It's bad enough to make parable a four-letter word.
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  19. In case you were holding your breath, Renée Zellweger's Bridget Jones is still sweetly earnest, chronically overweight and swinging once again from lovestruck to lovelorn.
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  20. Fitfully amusing.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Its crackly sarcasm and smart talk turn out to be simply coating for a soft, icky, center.
  21. In addition to all else, and it's a lot, The Losers wastes the riches of Hollywood technology in hot pursuit of nothing.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Amusing enough, especially with its uniquely credible premise of a media fraud, to recommend.
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  22. In the not-so-grand scheme of such things, Along Came Polly is certainly harmless, and occasionally very funny. It's just not clever enough to keep you engaged.
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  23. The film suffers from a style that settles for pleasant or touching at the cost of spontaneous or impassioned. Too bad, because Ms. Garner is a genuinely pleasing presence.
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  24. If this adds up to a full-fledged feature film, I'm a monkey's uncle.
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  25. Can't lift the double curse of too little genuine action, as opposed to quixotic events, and too many fancy words.
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  26. The nadir of the movie -- or cheesy zenith -- is Ollie's sodden soliloquy, delivered in the presence of his baby, in which he laments the loss of her mother and his wife. All that's missing are the strains of Ravel's "Pavane For a Dead Princess."
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  27. The Shaggy Dog is paint, or more appropriately here, pant by the numbers. It also manages a one-two punch -- it will upset small children and bore their parents. There's just no other way to say this: Disney, that movie of yours is a dog.
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  28. Lacks both taste and flavor.
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