Washington Post's Scores

For 8,017 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 3.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Rescuers
Lowest review score: 0 The Mod Squad
Score distribution:
8017 movie reviews
  1. So bad that I predict there will be drinking games set around viewing it someday.
  2. The makers of Godzilla obviously devoted so much manpower and time and energy and money to the admittedly fabulous special effects that they apparently had no budget left over for actors.
  3. Luckily, life (just like the SAT) has its multiple-choice options. You don't actually have to watch this.
  4. A mousy little nothing of a picture.
  5. Oink. Oink. Porky's II: The Next Day is just swill. But the millions who pigged out on "Porky's" will go hog-wild for No. 2: It's packed with the same old sub-teen smut and subliterate sanctimony. Sex is all talk and dropped britches and one so-so hootchy-kootchy queen's flabby fling. At the same time, it's sexist and sexless, acted by hams and written by bores. [1 July 1983, p.21]
  6. Pfarrer's screenplay feels older than the Martian hills.
  7. Here, common sense flies out the window, along with the hail of bullets.
  8. Oddly off-balance, estrogen-powered dramedy.
  9. Its important if inflammatory message will bore all but Chomsky's fellow travelers to death.
  10. The laughs are few, far between and pretty darn faint in this comedy.
  11. Piddling spoof.
  12. Essentially an extended cutesy session.
  13. A rambling disappointment.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    There's nothing inspiring about Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie, unless you count the way it compels kids to continue to support the "Yu-Gi-Oh" franchise.
  14. Nothing if not monumentally obsessed, Mann seems to be volunteering himself as the American film industry's answer to the cinema of ultraportentous imagery and crackpot visionary affectation. One imagines him entering the unofficial competition trailing swirls of smoke or ground fog and radiating backlit shafts of light, like half the characters in his movie. [17 Dec 1983, p.B3]
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  15. The movie covers too much ground with too little detail. It manages to be convoluted, complicated, incomprehensible and maddeningly thin all at the same time.
  16. What a jolly comedy theme: incest.
  17. Cruise is walking in the footsteps of Troy Donahue and John Travolta here. He does what comes easy. He bumps and grinds and grins till his lips ache. It's a performance with all the integrity of wax fruit. And Cocktail is mud in your eye.
  18. A front-end collision of a romance.
  19. The plot feels arbitrary and seems driven to invent new places for its protagonists to go, as if to justify a budget on which Woody Allen could have made six much better films.
  20. In Adrian Lyne's latest monstrosity, love takes on money -- and loses. Not necessarily in the story, of course. This is a Hollywood movie. I'm talking between the lines.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Frenetic and uninvolving.
  21. After the disastrous "Mixed Nuts," her last holiday season folly, Ephron appears to have hunkered down for a career of pandering mediocrity.
  22. A typical student film with its arty angles, bad lighting and pretentious observations.
  23. In this toxic tale of young psychopaths in love, the stylish, often stunning visuals are ultimately outmatched by the repellent protagonists at the story's center.
  24. This film isn't so much a sequel to the original "American Pie" as a reduction of it.
  25. What "Wild at Heart" feels like is a kind of housecleaning -- a disjointed collection of images and odd snatches of ideas that the director couldn't make room for anyplace else. They have no context, and as a result, no power to thrill or disturb.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    After a somewhat promising opening, the movie falls flat.
  26. Is Meg Ryan going to play the goofy romantic gal forever?
  27. A serious been-there-done-that number.

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