Washington Post's Scores

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For 6,519 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 Enough Said
Lowest review score: 0 Hell Ride
Score distribution:
6,519 movie reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Fails to generate a real plot, and the awkward moments work better in a context of adolescence. Quirk isn't funny when accompanied by adultery and brutality -- though a couple of lines zing.
  1. What Kalin fails to provide in the slightest degree is energy. The movie just sloshes along in a heavy, slightly overdone way.
  2. He still sees dead people, only now they're the best thing in the movie.
  3. The results are a wheezy, tired attempt to milk more laughs out of the '60s, by doing exactly what "Austin Powers" did.
  4. The question is why the time, talent and treasure of such energetic and even gifted artists have been marshaled in such a disgusting and trivial genre exercise and what viewers are supposed to get out of it. Isn't life hard enough?
  5. The problem is that director Peter Berg, aided and abetted by Smith and Theron and third banana Jason Bateman, seem to have made it literally, not realizing its out-of-whack tonalities and grotesque plot twists were meant to be played for laughs.
  6. The director, Patricia Rozema, has a rare talent: She gets third-rate performances out of first-rate performers with almost startling efficiency. All are bland, some hardly exist at all, and as performance, the whole thing seems a waste.
  7. Kids sense when a movie is being noisy and frantic just to keep them distracted; these apes are overcaffeinated.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Tiresome and messy.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Unfolds with all the entertainment value of watching somebody else play a video game.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    One of the rules of satire is that you can't mock things you don't understand, and Religulous starts developing fault lines when it becomes clear that Maher's view of religious faith is based on a sophomoric reading of the Scriptures and that he doesn't understand that some thoughtful people actually do believe in some sort of spiritual life.
  8. It isn't so much a movie as a superheated, highly conductive miracle substance for the pure transmission of masculine aggression and misogyny.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Doesn't just play like a cheap "Batman" knockoff, it plays like a cheap "Batman" knockoff that knows it's a cheap "Batman" knockoff -- and wants to be sure everybody knows it knows.
  9. A not-quite-funny comedy that devolves into a tedious discussion of miracles and redemption.
  10. The movie based on Young's 2002 memoir is a good bit blunter. One early laugh comes at the expense of a pig urinating on a woman's feet at the BAFTA awards, the British equivalent of the Oscars. And it doesn't get much better, or much smarter, than that.
  11. The movie winds up a casualty of schmaltzy, patronizing sentiment on the one hand and overweening ambition on the other.
  12. Falls flat at every turn.
  13. Pride and Glory would be risible if it weren't so reprehensible.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    You can stick around for the only funny line, which involves a breakfast burrito, but the smart surfer would head for the hills and Willie's goat ranch.
  14. It's a movie by a true believer in anti-globalization, and it may win a few converts, but not among devotees of convincing, capable cinema.
  15. A singularly vulgar piece of work.
  16. Could be filed under "wacky misfire."
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    This highly stylized adaptation of the popular Max Payne video game is 70 percent dark, snowy atmospherics and 30 percent loud, violent action.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The result doesn't really work. The music videos don't seem connected to anything, and there's not nearly enough about the actual victims of the trade. But it's a documentary with its heart and its outrage in the right place.
  17. As Crossing Over makes its patronizing points, by way of two-dimensional characters and billboarded plot points, it recalls other, better movies that dealt with the same subjects far more deftly.
  18. It's all wildly implausible and occasionally fun, but it could be so much better if director Randall Miller (who co-wrote the screenplay) had thrown in a little more character development and excised a half-dozen crazy plot twists.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Even though Carrey is a bit mellower these days, the schtick feels dated. He's doing material from the '90s.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Cloyingly, Biggie narrates his tale from the grave. It's a device that feels irksome and condescending.
  19. Donkey Punch is almost humorless, and there's no wink and nudge behind the mayhem to absolve us of taking its ugly, class-obsessed subtext seriously.
  20. Seriously, though, watching New in Town left me feeling as pained as Zellweger, playing Lucy Hill, looks.

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