Washington Post's Scores

For 7,090 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Night Moves
Lowest review score: 0 Patch Adams
Score distribution:
7090 movie reviews
  1. This adaptation of the underground comic strip is mostly unfabulous.
  2. Easy on the eyes and hard on the head, Suriyothai is absolutely unaffecting where it matters most, in the heart.
  3. This gives nobody, least of all me, any pleasure, but a truth must be faced: Scoop is the worst movie Woody Allen has ever made.
  4. There doesn't seem to be much purpose to it except a half-baked notion that the histrionics of the mentally insane (or a moviemaker's idea therein) are eminently cinematic. They aren't.
  5. The nonsensical screenplay can barely stand-up to the hellzapoppin, Beelzebubbin effects mustered by first-time director Mark Dippe.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Michael Bay is destroying horror films by exhuming the genre's standard-bearers, stripping them of genuine terror, refusing to either re-create faithfully or reimagine boldly, and upping the irony until the original concept stands rigid like a taxidermied grizzly, its teeth bared but its presence, most of all, sad.
  6. Comes across less as a fully realized work of storytelling than as a commercial for a corporation whose goal of entertainment has been replaced by that of making money.
  7. This unusual convergence of stars doesn't amount to much.
  8. Doesn't orchestrate the scares with much finesse.
  9. It's hard to say exactly what the point is to this sour tale.
  10. Strictly a vanity vehicle with a mess of star babies on board. That would be just fine if it didn't take us down the same old cul-de-sac. But it does, and with a vengeance.
  11. Like so many technological marvels, at the human level it's not only merely dead, it's really most sincerely dead.
  12. Goes nowhere fast.
  13. For all their sass, brass and bewitchery, the starring troika can't breathe life into these characters, much less transform them from women scorned into hellbent furies.
  14. A crashing letdown.
  15. Even the staunchest of golfheads must know they're watching a cut-and-trite accounting.
  16. The movie, alas, is shackled somewhat by Waugh's original, pedestrian plot, which is too full of discrete incidents and slow to form an overarching story.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It's not well scripted enough or well acted enough to do much of anything, save make anyone watching really hate Brittany Murphy for being so annoying.
  17. The movie's fundamental problem is that Cusack's character isn't very interesting.
  18. It doesn't help matters that The Libertine seems to unload every olde English cliche on file.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Fraser is likable enough, albeit never quite convincing as an action hero.
  19. Passionately anticipated and much ballyhooed, the film, alas, is little more than a foppish, fang de siecle costume drama. Its pulse barely registers.
  20. The psychologizing in Party Monster never goes deeper than what you might get out of Dr. Phil on a bad day.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    This solo project by first-time producer/director Edward James Olmos makes itself out to be hard-hitting, social commentary. But it's too longwinded and cliched to deserve that description. [13 Mar 1992, p. N47]
    • Washington Post
  21. What Kalin fails to provide in the slightest degree is energy. The movie just sloshes along in a heavy, slightly overdone way.
  22. If you only live twice, spend both lifetimes avoiding it.
  23. Not only dense, dark and deeply introspective, it's also as remote as it's chilly.
  24. A pretty woeful affair...a sitcom disguised as a movie.
  25. This saved-by-an-angel story is redeemed mostly by Smith's comic instincts.
  26. A longwinded, predictable scenario.

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