Washington Post's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 6,604 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 Ernest & Célestine
Lowest review score: 0 The Mod Squad
Score distribution:
6,604 movie reviews
  1. A movie devoted to baroque revenge would be, on its own terms, acceptable; what makes Law Abiding Citizen so risible is its humorless conviction that it's got Big Ideas at its core.
  2. A sex romp starring Andy Griffith? Holy AARP! The good news is that the seemingly perennial TV fixture is still funny and sharp and folksy. The bad news is that he lost the bet, or whatever it was that got him into Marc Fienberg's smarmy, lackluster comedy.
  3. Though it's allegedly a comedy, there is nothing funny about this tasteless, shallow and mean-spirited slam.
  4. Isn't really a movie, it's only impersonating one.
  5. This character was an abusive swine. Perhaps it would be best to let his art stand on its own.
  6. The result is a script so needlessly complicated that it defies comprehension.
  7. It just isn't a Meg Ryan movie unless she's got male.
  8. A slight, disingenuous script that robs the characters of their histories.
  9. Mark Childress, who wrote the screenplay based upon his book of the same name, would have been better off leaving this Southern Gothic between two covers.
  10. Solemn, earnest and as laboriously paced as a fat Sicilian's funeral procession.
  11. A pooped, poorly executed buddy-cop comedy with more cliches than expletives.
  12. Aficionados of movies in the so-bad-they're-good category might just revel in this overheated costume melodrama.
  13. In the translation from page to film, the life seems to have gone out of the story
  14. Frankly, scarier critters have checked into Roach Motels. [13 June 1987, Style, g1]
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  15. Hardly out of the driveway before director Penny Marshall loses control.
  16. About as persuasively ethnic as an episode of "Friends."
  17. This sloppily made, poky, extra cheesy adventure is virtually a remake of "Armageddon."
  18. So solemnly paced and deliberately performed that it seems to solidify before your very eyes.
  19. Schmaltzy.
  20. There's only one thing to do with this "Bottle": Put a cork in it.
  21. The sparks don't fly -- they fall down and they can't get up.
  22. The only thing that's truly scary about the movie is the escalating vulgarity of the latest in a string of skanky comedies by filmmakers determined to out-gross the other.
  23. 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.
  24. Relentless formulaic fodder for the explosion-starved; it's loud, shallow, sexist and a complete waste of time.
  25. A tarted-up but tedious reprise of the '70s TV series.
  26. Nobody hits the jackpot here, certainly not filmmakers Michael and Mark Polish, whose audacious, empathic first film, "Twin Falls Idaho," showed such promise.
  27. Well-intentioned but ludicrous tale.
  28. 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.
  29. A vulgar attempt to revamp the undead genre by introducing computer-generated splatter and a casketful of themes from genetic tinkering to conspiracy theories.
  30. The premise is tragically flawed and politically incorrect. In fact, it is blatantly cat-ist.

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