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 3.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Barton Fink
Lowest review score: 0 A Haunted House 2
Score distribution:
7090 movie reviews
  1. An endearing comic roundelay about the can't-commits.
  2. Andrew Dominik's long and bizarre movie about the American outlaw appears to stick close enough to the facts so that historians won't be able to complain. But it languishes toward torpor.
  3. Well-made, if rather predictable, new-age melodrama.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Well-made, well-acted but ultimately enervating, this is a respectable effort from Freundlich.
  4. Like "Ghost" and "Pretty Woman," this romance is blissfully dependent on our staying good and starry-eyed, seduced by the charisma of the leads. And we do, despite its lackadaisical pace and disappointing ending.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Red Dragon is merely the distant echoes of what we liked about "Lambs."
  5. The X-Files movie is really just a two-hour teaser for the series's sixth season. And little else. You will feel exactly like Mulder when he says, "How many times have we been right here before, Scully? So close to the truth?"
  6. Dracula, which also stars Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves and Anthony Hopkins, is an evocative visual feast. But the meal is spectral, without the dramatic equivalent of nutritional value.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Put the whole movie down to cartoonery...This is a drive-in theater battle of wills between the forces of evil and the forces of good.
  7. No matter how much fun it is to watch -- and for hard-core movie fans, it is often enormous fun -- there's a certain relief when it stops and we're popped back out to our banal, one-track lives.
  8. It's a grab bag of small delights -- and that includes a workmanlike performance by Toni Collette -- but it never quite amounts to a full load.
  9. A raunchy parody that's hip-deep in the mainstream it aims to rip, and sometimes does despite a glut of smug inside jokes.
  10. This mixture of comedy and super-agent spectacle works well at first. But when Schwarzenegger's family and working worlds link up -- an inevitable development -- the plot becomes increasingly ridiculous and overwrought.
  11. Cornish provides a counterbalance for Ledger's authoritative presence, turning what could have been just another heroin movie into a flawed but engrossing parable on love and sacrifice.
  12. At first, the picture is moving. . And suddenly charm turns to quasi-commie didacticism.
  13. Pollack makes a solid job of it, as does Cruise. But solid isn't enough when it comes to thrillers -- or courtroom dramas, for that matter. Solid is great when it comes to office furniture.
  14. The smart but slight film implodes under the weight of its own "excessive linguistic pressure."
  15. A prosaic, sexually perverse thriller masquerading as a critical look at military injustice.
  16. You're expected to weep, and perhaps you will weep. But if you do, it's not likely that you'll respect yourself in the morning.
  17. Tom Schulman's script is on the sloppy side and offers few surprises; still, it's not entirely bereft of laughs.
  18. The films are bloody, stupid and buoyant in a kind of infantile way, celebrating mayhem, flesh and gore. Planet Terror is by far the livelier.
  19. There's too much slow-mo and too many music cues, but there's a low-key buzz to Wahlberg's scenes with Greg Kinnear.
  20. A ruthlessly unsentimental portrait of a German war profiteer's epiphany that inspires neither sorrow nor pity, but a kind of emotional numbness.
  21. Unfortunately, the film rarely slows long enough for the actors to do anything more than sketch in their characters. On the other hand, the showdowns between Sarandon and Jones are choice; it's a meeting of charismatic equals.
  22. Surely it will not be giving things away to tell you there's absolutely nothing new about the latest episode.
  23. While this adaptation of Waller's treacly bodice-ripper leaves out a lot of the lurid excess, it is not altogether free of pomposity.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Though lacking in any particular narrative surprise, the film nevertheless takes the viewer completely by surprise several times.
  24. A spoofy paean to cheerfolk that has more bounce per flounce than most tales about teen queens.
  25. As long as you focus on the central sniper-versus-sniper story -- and not the dreadful mishmash of jarring accents or the film's unconvincing romantic subplot or any of the personal relationships -- you'll enjoy it.
  26. McDormand is the best thing about Laurel Canyon. She's also the most unfortunate victim of a film that seems unable or unwilling to give even its most intriguing and compulsively watchable character her due.

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