Washington Post's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 6,660 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 Addicted to Love
Lowest review score: 0 Darkness Falls
Score distribution:
6,660 movie reviews
  1. The movie is very loud. It is pointlessly loud, arbitrarily loud, assaultively loud.
  2. 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    This is billed as a romantic comedy, but it's much more boring than funny.
  3. Unfortunately, The Man makes the mistake of assuming casting is all it takes to make a good comedy.
  4. This unusual convergence of stars doesn't amount to much.
  5. Soccer needs this movie like Georgia needed "Deliverance."
  6. Outlandish, uneven, preposterous and often maddeningly morbid.
  7. Should we really be so moved and uplifted that a horny, ignorant young man begins to join the human race? Not when our voice of conscience is an off-screen filmmaker issuing pseudo-profound, and ultimately banal, pronouncements about the true nature of love and seduction.
  8. G
    For anyone to enjoy this starchy, contrived exercise in vanity and product placement, it's best not to have read the book. In fact, it's best not to have read ANY book.
  9. It's a movie with the exciting parts cut out.
  10. The fact that there's nothing wrong with it -- that there's nary a scenic detail or scrap of dialogue or performance that isn't utterly on the nose -- is precisely what's wrong with it.
  11. It's such a great story, you have to ask two questions: Why didn't they make this movie before? And why did they make it this way?
  12. May look good cavorting prettily on deck, but ultimately it deserves to walk the plank.
  13. So single-minded in its reach for fantasy, it becomes the genre's evil opposite: banality.
  14. There's no question the movie's entertaining. But the blatantly schematic depictions of black and white, liberal and hawk, and other tiresome dichotomies turn A Time to Kill into the moral equivalent of a cockfight.
  15. The fight between good and evil feels fixed in favor of Hollywood redemption.
  16. A loud, standard-issue sci-fi action film that has a confusing mission.
  17. That mind-bending, mystical business was better handled in such films as 1990's "Jacob's Ladder."
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Short on real teenage angst and emotion, the film is long on caricatures.
  18. Still, well-intentioned sappiness is something we can deal with; the lack of any genuine dramatic conflict is a more damaging shortcoming.
  19. What a waste of talent, time and money. And guess what else? Not only is The Legend of Zorro stupid and boring but -- ta-da! -- it's also really long!
  20. Penn, who also wrote the script, burdens the story with so many self-indulgent side developments that he loses emotional drive and Freddy's desperate obsession gets lost in the shuffle.
  21. As if aware that Congo is the least interesting adventure ever filmed, screenwriter John Patrick Shanley (who once wrote a funny movie called "Moonstruck") tries to inoculate the activities with humor.
  22. Shockingly inert.
  23. It doesn't help matters that The Libertine seems to unload every olde English cliche on file.
  24. The stars of First Descent aren't particularly memorable, or even likable. At their worst, they come off as cocky, self-absorbed Peter Pans; at their best, they're sweet but shallow.
  25. There are many ways to define the shrieking awfulness of The Family Stone, from the general lack of wit to the cheap exploitation of cancer to its casual cruelty, but it's writer-director Thomas Bezucha's casting that really goes awry.
  26. A nasty bit of counter-programming, Wolf Creek is for people sickened by the sentimental excesses of the day and the holiday season and want to hide from them in mayhem, slaughter, torture and degradation.
  27. Hoodwinked makes a little sense. Too bad, then, it's so crummy.
  28. A jarring amalgam of sitcom goofiness and uncomfortable ooginess.

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