Washington Post's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 6,537 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 The Damned United
Lowest review score: 0 Alone in the Dark
Score distribution:
6,537 movie reviews
  1. 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.
  2. A vulgar attempt to revamp the undead genre by introducing computer-generated splatter and a casketful of themes from genetic tinkering to conspiracy theories.
  3. The premise is tragically flawed and politically incorrect. In fact, it is blatantly cat-ist.
  4. It's saying something when Tom Arnold's performance is among the movie's highlights.
  5. 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.
  6. The insane casting: When was the last time Julianne Moore cracked you up?
  7. The result is cutesy but harsh, a hybrid of saucer-eyed anime and square-jawed angularity that brings to mind an edgier "Pokemon."
  8. Many of the visual effects are stunning, but others are downright cheesy -- especially an attempt to fuse the Rock's head onto a scorpion's body.
  9. The ultimate in deja viewing:an overfamiliar and exasperating game of cat-and-mousie.
  10. Ironically, the filmmakers don't seem to realize that their movie is even shallower and sillier than its targets.
  11. If you only live twice, spend both lifetimes avoiding it.
  12. The Other Sister is sanctimonious, sanitized fare primarily preoccupied with patting its own back and plucking our heartstrings.
  13. Adolescents are too grown-up for this blasted nonsense.
  14. Mr. Whipple squeezing his Charmin is scarier than this phony baloney computer effects-driven anaconda.
  15. An overgrown hybrid of disaster epic, can-do combat adventure and '50s sci-fi movie, this craft has visited our world many times before. And while she's a beaut, the sticker on her titanium bumper reads: "Been There, Done That, Beam Me Up, Scotty."
  16. If laughter is the best medicine, Patch Adams is but a sugary, fitfully amusing placebo.
  17. Sphere, an unfathomable chowder of recycled science fiction and undersea thrillers, briefly bubbles with promise only to plummet into the murky depths. Weighed down by inconsistencies and pretensions, the tale founders like a stinky beluga.
  18. A glittery but dunderheaded murder mystery.
  19. Not only dense, dark and deeply introspective, it's also as remote as it's chilly.
  20. Movies don't come much lamer than Fools Rush In.
  21. The story isn’t bright enough or grand enough to contain all of Roberts’s star power.
  22. Recalls those corny Warner Bros. movies about Dead End Kids.
  23. Obstreperous, male-bashing pain in the patoot.
  24. Annoying.
  25. A more kid-friendly version of "Dumb and Dumber." And there's even a moral: "Yahoo for education," though the movie doesn't really put any muscle behind it.
  26. The nonsensical screenplay can barely stand-up to the hellzapoppin, Beelzebubbin effects mustered by first-time director Mark Dippe.
  27. The script boasts more writers than the computerized menagerie's got megabytes, but they haven't come up with much variety or humor in what is essentially a string of catastrophes.
  28. There's a sense of mystery in this purply palette and one of majesty in the landscapes, but the drama of the drawings is never really echoed by the skimpy and predictable story.
  29. 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.
  30. Passionately anticipated and much ballyhooed, the film, alas, is little more than a foppish, fang de siecle costume drama. Its pulse barely registers.

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