Washington Post's Scores

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For 6,577 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 Monsieur Lazhar
Lowest review score: 0 Tideland
Score distribution:
6,577 movie reviews
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Tiresome and messy.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. A not-quite-funny comedy that devolves into a tedious discussion of miracles and redemption.
  4. 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.
  5. The movie winds up a casualty of schmaltzy, patronizing sentiment on the one hand and overweening ambition on the other.
  6. Falls flat at every turn.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. A singularly vulgar piece of work.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Seriously, though, watching New in Town left me feeling as pained as Zellweger, playing Lucy Hill, looks.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Michael Bay is destroying horror films by exhuming the genre's standard-bearers, stripping them of genuine terror, refusing to either re-create faithfully or reimagine boldly, and upping the irony until the original concept stands rigid like a taxidermied grizzly, its teeth bared but its presence, most of all, sad.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    There are two dance-offs, multiple fat jokes and one sight gag using eye boogers, a heretofore ignored bodily fluid. These are the highlights.
  15. It's too bad the filmmakers didn't take a breath, look at the rushes and see what a comedic gem they had. With just a few tweaks, The Merry Gentleman could have made a wickedly funny parody of the over-earnest, lyrically hard-edged indie movie. But it's too late for do-overs.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Perhaps the best thing that can be said about I Love You, Beth Cooper is that the title is correctly punctuated. Beyond that, the movie is a disappointingly flabby teen flick.
  16. An aggressively stupid entry in the family-adventure genre from Jerry Bruckheimer.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Fittingly, My Life in Ruins goes downhill after its title.
  17. It's in these vignettes that Away We Go begins to feel less like an authentic exploration of identity than a condemnation of the very community the couple pretends to crave. No one, it turns out, is good enough for Burt and Verona.
  18. A lowbrow, only fitfully amusing comedy.

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