Wall Street Journal's Scores

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For 2,533 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 56% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Dogtown and Z-Boys
Lowest review score: 0 15 Minutes
Score distribution:
2533 movie reviews
  1. Mr. Rudd, whose overall performance as the former con-man Scott Lang is fairly pallid, confines himself to genial winks and nods in a film that will surely be popular, given Marvel’s marketing might, but one that’s woefully short on coherence and originality.
  2. There's simply too much stuff for a two-hour feature, and three writers, including Tony Gilroy, haven't figured out how to boil it down into a readily comprehensible narrative, or how to solve the problem of an ending that goes blah rather than bang.
  3. Mannered, episodic and slow.
  4. The movie commits the sin of boredom, partly because Ms. Martin is exceedingly inexpressive.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The impact of Arctic Tale is blunted by its length (it feels long at 85 minutes) and by its script.
  5. Thanks to the redundancy, though, Blood Diamond is dramatically diffuse, and at least 30 minutes too long. Thanks to Mr. DiCaprio's raffishly dashing soldier of fortune, the movie is worth watching all the same.
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  6. I wish I could report the arrival of an impressive movie, but this one, for all its ostensibly big ideas about mathematics and wounded minds, struck me as an elaborate pretext for a synthetic love story.
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  7. Lavishly produced -- overproduced, actually -- and persistently unexciting.
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  8. What brings Monsters down from its extremely low perch is a conspicuous lack of monstrosity.
  9. Compelling as the subject may be, its abstract nature would challenge the most skillful of dramatists, and Mr. Niccol’s script seldom rises above slogans, argumentation and standard-brand domestic tension.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    While there's gore by the gallon, inventiveness is in short supply.
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  10. Ms. Levy's film gets to say affecting things about the mysteries of identity, and the ironies of ancient enmity. If we can assume, from the nature of the premise, that Joseph and Yacine will soon accept their situation and become friends, we can also assume, from the course of history, that the Israelis and Palestinians will continue to resist doing the same.
  11. Affecting, even touching, provided you can put up with its sclerotic pace.
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  12. Devolves from an electrifying character study into a disappointing tale of trackdown and revenge.
  13. This latest iteration of the Tolstoy classic was clearly the product of audacious thinking, stylishly applied. Still, the thinking was as wrongheaded as it was hollow-hearted. Yet another elaborate production chases its audience away.
  14. The filmmakers can't keep the strands of their clumsy plot straight, but they create brilliant images and manipulate them with blithe abandon.
  15. How bad must a movie be to be good fun? How dumb to be smart? (Or, in the case of "Dumb and Dumber," how pretend-dumb to be surpassingly smart?) Whatever the case, Hot Tub Time Machine doesn't make the cut.
  16. To make silk purses from turgid passages, Mr. Scott does what he always does, gooses them up with every trick in the big-budget book.
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  17. The sweet spirit that made last year's "Elf" such a success has curdled considerably.
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  18. Against all odds this panoply of punishment is almost thrilling, even though it's raging bull of a different kind.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Without Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush, who play two rival pirate captains, "Pirates" might have gone straight to video. The two are a pleasure to watch, rescuing an otherwise forgettable film.
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  19. For a while Green Zone generates genuine excitement, as well as plenty of provocation--a fatuous surrogate for Ahmed Chalabi, a pervasive scorn for American planning--but then goes off its own reservation into a won't-fly zone of awkward preachments and hapless absurdities.
  20. The director and co-writer, Niels Mueller, has also done his work well, but the film feels insubstantial at 95 minutes, even though -- or maybe because -- it bristles with borrowed ideas and unavoidable associations.
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  21. There’s plenty to enjoy in the film, starting with a pair of affecting performances by Clémence Poésy and Laura Birn, and ending with a perverse twist on the notion of blissful parenthood.
  22. At least Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day has the good grace to go wrong quickly, you don't have to sit there squirming with doubt.
  23. Mr. Del Toro is a fearless actor, and his Jerry, a heroin addict lurching toward redemption, is the heart and soul, as well as the haunted, rubbery visage, of a story of grief and loss that would be fairly lifeless without him.
  24. It's a cheerful trifle tossed off by the Coen brothers in their self-enchanted mode, an approach to comedy that shrugs off comedy's cardinal rule -- Don't Act Funny.
  25. The experience is interesting, in a flattened way.
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A scattershot, repetitive documentary about the creative minds ­behind some of the most arresting ad campaigns of the past 40 years.
  26. The film is beset by incoherence and implausibilities that are perplexing, given the close relationship between the Wachowskis and the director, Mr. McTeigue.
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