Washington Post's Scores

For 6,811 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 3.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 The Quiet American
Lowest review score: 0 Saving Silverman
Score distribution:
6,811 movie reviews
  1. Though the comedy falls short of a debacle -- which is what such egocentric projects tend to be -- it isn't as sharp, fast or funny as Rock's stand-up routines.
  2. Yields the same sort of archetype and the usual results: De Niro's workmanlike in a dismayingly familiar role.
  3. 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    An hour and a half of real airplane turbulence is better than sitting through the bad, offensive material that makes up Soul Plane.
  4. For the most part, the film's a bewildering disappointment.
  5. The sparks don't fly -- they fall down and they can't get up.
  6. The story the film tells ruins the movie.
  7. Surprisingly uninvolving, the least effective of Neufeld's Clancy-based movies. Surely he was not looking for this kind of film: one that bombs literally and figuratively.
  8. The movie winds up a casualty of schmaltzy, patronizing sentiment on the one hand and overweening ambition on the other.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Occasionally amusing, technically lovely but ultimately dated.
  9. "Wolverine" is full of angst, and yet has had virtually all the soul wrung out of it in an effort to create a live-action cartoon. But cartoons are rarely so unwieldy, or force a director -- in this case, the largely unsung Gavin Hood -- to juggle so much impossible plotline.
  10. Hampered by Niall Johnson's script, which is often confusing, muddy and ultimately cliche-ridden.
  11. This latest, utterly gratuitous chapter in the saga of the wisecracking reptile hunter will add nothing to the ever-dimming reputation of the Subaru pitchman.
  12. Someone forgot to remind Duvall to write an ending.
  13. Everything in it is a cliche including the end.
  14. Of the many comic book superhero movies, this is by far the lamest, the loudest, the longest. Good Lord, what an epic sit. My rear end deserves a medal...I wish I could say it wasn't so, but for most of us, this "X" marks a splat.
    • 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.
  15. There's the scene in which Jacques, the French Canadian proprietor of the Power and Glory, tells Laura, "I am the Great Went," to which she responds, "I am the muffin." Jacques returns, "I'm as blank as a fart." Maybe all Jacques is saying is "I am full of gas." Certainly Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me seems to be.
  16. Well-intentioned but ludicrous tale.
  17. Ironically, the filmmakers don't seem to realize that their movie is even shallower and sillier than its targets.
  18. Until the last 20 minutes or so of Rock School, the actual playing, while often startlingly good, is kind of boring.
  19. The baseball half of the story just slightly works. ... Nothing in [the other] half of the film works.
  20. Date Movie, alas, is here to remind us that slapstick can be just plain bad. These are sight gags best appreciated with a blindfold.
  21. 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.
  22. Roos and director Herbert Ross pave the long and grinding road to self-fulfillment with miles and miles of counterfeit poignancy.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    In the end, it all looks and plays like a $40 million version of a game you're more likely to enjoy on a computer.
  23. There's more bathroom and slapstick humor than a sixth-grader could stand, and a veritable flood of drool, blood and less mentionable effluvia, most of it courtesy of Mr. Wayans as he tries to be – you know – funny.
  24. In a movie whose texture is supposed to be hard-edged realism, the characterization seems a little too pat and jaunty.
  25. Plays less like a novel re-imagining of a classic if campy narrative than a drearily self-conscious exercise in Know Your Film References.

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