Washington Post's Scores

For 6,935 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 3.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 A Simple Plan
Lowest review score: 0 Tideland
Score distribution:
6,935 movie reviews
  1. This feels like a cramped, TV-style retelling, with small groups of people, no special effects, in some ways almost cheesy.
  2. If only The Reaping had the decency to be coherent.
  3. It's a remarkable, if appalling, spectacle of self-abasement. But of course, that's Sandler's specialty.
  4. There's something hideously pretentious about the whole thing.
  5. Heights is nothing more than a second-rate version of several much better movies, all of which are available on DVD and video.
  6. Unfortunately, the experience of actually watching the movie is less compelling than the circumstances of its making.
  7. All dancing and hugging and no good.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Opportunities for dramatic tension, comedic effect, erotic energy, even just flat-out weirdness -- all are squandered by Brocka and the actors in a haze of blandness that gives the film all the edge of a particularly gay Gap commercial.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Spade is no actor. He's a quipper. And his acerbic asides aren't anywhere near funny enough to carry a movie.
  8. What's strangest, though, about Die Mommie Die! is how material that was obviously so giddily irreverent in origin became so inert, so joyless and dull.
  9. A whodunit so bafflingly constructed that you can't even figure out what it is, so the whodun part is superfluous.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Plot and narrative? Minimal. Confrontations? Endless. Surprises? None.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Surprisingly amateurish attempt at cross-cultural comedy.
  10. Deception is another example of when genre-fication (the forcing of otherwise intriguing stories into the straitjackets of horror, thriller or other genres) reduces our entertainment to head-shaking banality.
  11. Moves at a glacial pace.
  12. If this garbage sounds like your kind of thing, and the folks who jump up and talk back to the screen are your kind of people, then, sweetheart, you and this movie deserve each other.
  13. It's Hoffman's failure, though, that sinks the picture. He is working here with his usual meticulousness, but there's no relaxation in his performance, no sense that he has ever merged with his subject, that he has found Raymond's center and is simply acting out of it.
  14. Like every other second of more than 10,000 seconds in Alexander, it doesn't engage in the least.
  15. A glittery but dunderheaded murder mystery.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    What's the difference between Feast and, say, "Alien" or "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre," all of which share the same plot? Patience. Feast lacks it.
  16. The movie is loud, dark, bumpy and not even a little fun. You emerge into daylight bruised and battered, suffering a case of movie abuse.
  17. Movies don't come much lamer than Fools Rush In.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Yields the same sort of archetype and the usual results: De Niro's workmanlike in a dismayingly familiar role.
  21. 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.
  22. For the most part, the film's a bewildering disappointment.
  23. The sparks don't fly -- they fall down and they can't get up.
  24. The story the film tells ruins the movie.

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