Washington Post's Scores

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For 6,755 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 2.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 The Leopard (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Formula 51
Score distribution:
6,755 movie reviews
  1. This unusual convergence of stars doesn't amount to much.
  2. Doesn't orchestrate the scares with much finesse.
  3. It's hard to say exactly what the point is to this sour tale.
  4. Strictly a vanity vehicle with a mess of star babies on board. That would be just fine if it didn't take us down the same old cul-de-sac. But it does, and with a vengeance.
  5. Like so many technological marvels, at the human level it's not only merely dead, it's really most sincerely dead.
  6. Goes nowhere fast.
  7. For all their sass, brass and bewitchery, the starring troika can't breathe life into these characters, much less transform them from women scorned into hellbent furies.
  8. A crashing letdown.
  9. Even the staunchest of golfheads must know they're watching a cut-and-trite accounting.
  10. The movie, alas, is shackled somewhat by Waugh's original, pedestrian plot, which is too full of discrete incidents and slow to form an overarching story.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It's not well scripted enough or well acted enough to do much of anything, save make anyone watching really hate Brittany Murphy for being so annoying.
  11. The movie's fundamental problem is that Cusack's character isn't very interesting.
  12. It doesn't help matters that The Libertine seems to unload every olde English cliche on file.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Fraser is likable enough, albeit never quite convincing as an action hero.
  13. Passionately anticipated and much ballyhooed, the film, alas, is little more than a foppish, fang de siecle costume drama. Its pulse barely registers.
  14. The psychologizing in Party Monster never goes deeper than what you might get out of Dr. Phil on a bad day.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    This solo project by first-time producer/director Edward James Olmos makes itself out to be hard-hitting, social commentary. But it's too longwinded and cliched to deserve that description. [13 Mar 1992, p. N47]
    • Washington Post
  15. What Kalin fails to provide in the slightest degree is energy. The movie just sloshes along in a heavy, slightly overdone way.
  16. If you only live twice, spend both lifetimes avoiding it.
  17. Not only dense, dark and deeply introspective, it's also as remote as it's chilly.
  18. A pretty woeful affair...a sitcom disguised as a movie.
  19. This saved-by-an-angel story is redeemed mostly by Smith's comic instincts.
  20. A longwinded, predictable scenario.
  21. What is perhaps most disappointing about this ham-handed film, though, particularly since it was directed by the screenwriter of the righteously raging "Thelma and Louise," is its crypto-misogyny.
  22. It just never began to work for me, and the sub story behind the ghost story is far more interesting than the ghost story in front of the sub story.
  23. An irredeemably transparent... DIRECT RIPPING OFF OF "SPEED."
  24. Kids who love Pokemon movies are no doubt going to see this movie, and they'll have a blast watching it. Very soon they will become older and more sensible and understand how terrible these movies are.
  25. Two-hour exercise in chaotic action and coarse, annoyingly coy sexuality.
  26. Although it was held back by the studio for about a year, someone apparently came to the inevitable conclusion that no amount of ripening time was going to help this gimmicky and ultimately harebrained movie.
  27. It's just too lost in its own presumed self-enchantment.

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