Washington Post's Scores

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For 6,643 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: 58
Highest review score: 100 Little Shop of Horrors
Lowest review score: 0 Crossroads
Score distribution:
6,643 movie reviews
  1. Indeed it looks as if this otherwise straight-to-video endeavor, which was made in 2003, is being released only to cash in on Bernal's of-the-moment-ness in Hollywood.
  2. Illustrates the law of returning diminishments.
  3. Give Woody Allen credit for ambition. Failing at one movie wasn't enough. Nearly anyone can do that; it happens all the time. He's chosen to fail at two simultaneously.
  4. The movie never transcended its elaborate production work to achieve an independent reality.
  5. A predictable and outlandishly contrived take on the Pygmalion myth.
  6. McConaughey remains more buffed than compelling. He's not helped by a two-hour convolution of episodes that are too busy imitating other, better movies.
  7. It's almost too dull to pan.
  8. For all its stylishness, verve and moments of visual poetry, the relentlessly punishing slapstick and overall cruel tone left me cold.
  9. In reality, Eros is a letdown, a collection of bagatelles that, with one exception, fails to live up to its promise.
  10. As a director, Solondz seems to have his own locked-in fate -- to favor caricature over compassion -- and his movies are the worse for it.
  11. It starts with a bang and ends with a whimper.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It is flat-footed, uninspired and disjointed from start to finish, a glaring disservice to the men who played the game.
  12. Never better than fair to middling pleasant.
  13. Loud, dumb and obnoxious.
  14. Feels like something I know is supposed to be good for me, but that I just couldn't stomach.
  15. You'll be rooting for these people to get slaughtered out of sheer boredom.
  16. To introduce an archetype like this to western audiences -- as the world weathers culturally and religiously demonizing times -- may have been worth this whole flawed movie. Too bad the story didn't just start with him.
  17. So tame and limp, it may actually give mothers-in-law a good name.
  18. Whether it's the sight of Reynolds squeezed painfully into a football uniform or the endless footballs-to-the-crotch and tired gay jokes, The Longest Yard has the feeling of mutton dressed as lamb.
  19. The underwhelming, only fitfully amusing movie left me hungry for more.
  20. The girls in 'Traveling Pants' are only mannequins wearing someone else's clothes. They don't get inside your head, let alone your heart.
  21. Until the last 20 minutes or so of Rock School, the actual playing, while often startlingly good, is kind of boring.
  22. Though Cedric, for all his nimble portliness, is no Gleason, there's plenty of talent to be found here. Too bad it's left to fend for itself against a raging mechanical bull of a script.
  23. The movie made almost no sense whatever to me. I literally could not follow it, even as I was dazzled by it.
  24. The script's a plodder, and the acting's unbearably stilted. The movie's intentions are like the starry constellations that inspire the eponymous hero: out of reach.
  25. A series of cutesy but flat-footed jokes leading up to a foregone romantic conclusion.
  26. Heights is nothing more than a second-rate version of several much better movies, all of which are available on DVD and video.
  27. Regardless of the cute little hats and clam-diggers she wears, it's impossible to believe Kidman as a breathless ingenue; that relentless drive and steely Kidmanesque determination keep jutting through the cotton in flinty, sharp-edged shards.
  28. For anyone old enough to cross the street without holding hands ... the movie's a reconditioned lemon trying hard to hide its flaws.
  29. Yes
    It's a bold exercise, an interesting experiment, but a movie it ain't.

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