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 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 The Babysitters
Score distribution:
6,811 movie reviews
    • 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.
  1. The movie's fundamental problem is that Cusack's character isn't very interesting.
  2. 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.
  3. Passionately anticipated and much ballyhooed, the film, alas, is little more than a foppish, fang de siecle costume drama. Its pulse barely registers.
  4. 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
  5. What Kalin fails to provide in the slightest degree is energy. The movie just sloshes along in a heavy, slightly overdone way.
  6. If you only live twice, spend both lifetimes avoiding it.
  7. Not only dense, dark and deeply introspective, it's also as remote as it's chilly.
  8. A pretty woeful affair...a sitcom disguised as a movie.
  9. This saved-by-an-angel story is redeemed mostly by Smith's comic instincts.
  10. A longwinded, predictable scenario.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. An irredeemably transparent... DIRECT RIPPING OFF OF "SPEED."
  14. 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.
  15. Two-hour exercise in chaotic action and coarse, annoyingly coy sexuality.
  16. 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.
  17. It's just too lost in its own presumed self-enchantment.
  18. Has the tired, over-baked feeling of a script that never quite worked but was tinkered with until every ounce of spontaneity or life was hammered out of it.
  19. The movie has the sense of being embalmed, or pickled. With its stilted dialogue not quite kitschy enough to be funny and not quite authentic enough to be realistic, the whole movie feels as if it's taking place in formaldehyde.
  20. As a whole, the film is a perplexing, dark and brooding exercise, which only makes its inappropriately cheery ending feel all the more slight.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The humor is rigorously unoriginal and it all feels a bit like minstrelsy, a freakish, ritualistic nod to things your grandfather might have found funny.
  21. It would be one thing if Christmas With the Kranks were a satire on the assaultive, bullying nature of contemporary Christmas celebration in this country, but it's not. It's an ugly glorification of it.
  22. The only reason to watch this movie is for stargazing, nice shots of the sea and to revel in a world where false promises, lies and empty posturing are actively encouraged.
  23. This is nothing but a dare-to-be-terrible movie.
  24. Fast and furious, shallow, empty, casually racist, merry, jaunty, silly and utterly weightless.
  25. If only Shadowboxer had gone for more than an unwavering commitment to imitate better movies, it might have been one for the cult shelves at the video store. Right now, you'll be lucky if you find it in the giveaway bin.
  26. Max
    Mad Max just sails off into nonsense.

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