Washington Post's Scores

For 6,843 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: 58
Highest review score: 100 You Can Count on Me
Lowest review score: 0 Darkness Falls
Score distribution:
6,843 movie reviews
  1. Always is an unfulfilled promise, a plummeting dove.
  2. Functional but tiresome.
  3. What it possesses in heart and goodwill, it sorely lacks in narrative skill and artistic depth.
  4. It's creepy, all right. It's just that HOW it goes about creeping you out is sometimes just plain cheesy.
  5. Stumbles mindlessly in all directions.
  6. It's about as deep as electronic white noise.
  7. Let's blame it on poor Robin Williams, who tries so desperately to be likable, whimsical, lovable, smart and funny all at once that he just wears you out. Blame it also on the behind-the-scenes engineers at Disney who think that effects are more important than story and character.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Neither smart nor exciting enough to justify the effort.
  8. The gags are physical but rarely funny.
  9. 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It just rings false, like having Hannibal Lecter take up vegetarianism.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Its scope isn't broad enough to draw in the uninitiated.
  10. One-dimensional archetypes, too much predictability and not enough comedy.
  11. Sometimes in horror movies, bad acting is effective, its very woodenness contributing to the sense of robotic horror. That ain't happening here. These guys are just bad actors.
  12. Sphere, an unfathomable chowder of recycled science fiction and undersea thrillers, briefly bubbles with promise only to plummet into the murky depths. Weighed down by inconsistencies and pretensions, the tale founders like a stinky beluga.
  13. Not merely Pacino's over-mannered, near-histrionic performance, but the movie itself could be characterized as busy, busy, busy. It's so full of plot twists and revelations and exploding sports cars that its very perkiness comes to seem comic.
  14. It never makes much sense.
  15. The film stars Bruce Campbell of the "Evil Dead" series as Elvis in a touching, funny and at times grotesque performance that is actually the best thing about the movie.
  16. No darn good.
  17. Surrogates takes an interesting idea -- the triumph of technological convenience over grimy, workaday life -- and buries it under clumsy exposition, unconvincing action sequences and a by-the-numbers conspiracy plot.
  18. Even by its own please-the-mob standards, this movie is lacking.
  19. Rarely has an actress exuded such blank nothingness as Simpson, a one-woman vapid delivery system who sucks the energy and joy out of every scene she's in, like some freakishly well-endowed black hole.
  20. Laugh? I thought I'd never start.
  21. Absolutely awesome in its relentless mediocrity.
  22. The story isn’t bright enough or grand enough to contain all of Roberts’s star power.
  23. So cheesy and cheap that it almost attains high camp.
  24. By introducing silly elements into a serious endeavor, the filmmakers undercut their own movie. In the end, we're watching a somewhat exploitative movie about exploitation.
  25. This is another unhelpful screed, uncontaminated by sense or perspective, that preaches loudly to the choir.
  26. Recalls those corny Warner Bros. movies about Dead End Kids.
  27. He still sees dead people, only now they're the best thing in the movie.

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