Washington Post's Scores

For 7,090 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: 59
Highest review score: 100 Kill Bill: Vol. 2
Lowest review score: 0 The Devil's Own
Score distribution:
7090 movie reviews
  1. If it weren't for Sharif's extraordinary presence, there wouldn't be a cherishable moment in the movie.
  2. It never makes you laugh that hard. Not even close. And so the thing becomes a bloody assault on the senses that commingles atrocity with tedium.
  3. These storied 13 days feel like the Hundred Years War.
  4. This romantic melodrama ... doesn't even get to first base.
  5. A retread of material already thoroughly plumbed by Martin Scorsese.
  6. A disappointingly dull thud of a fantasy.
  7. Ultimately undone by its sheer busyness. The screenwriters never get the story to settle down, and it becomes a case of one damn thing after another.
  8. The problem is that director Peter Berg, aided and abetted by Smith and Theron and third banana Jason Bateman, seem to have made it literally, not realizing its out-of-whack tonalities and grotesque plot twists were meant to be played for laughs.
  9. Utterly shatters the illusion with a trite plot, banal dialogue, clunky sentimentality and, worst of all, a sort of narrative arbitrariness.
  10. 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.
  11. It's saying something when Tom Arnold's performance is among the movie's highlights.
  12. It's almost too dull to pan.
  13. About as funny as digging your own grave in an unmarked part of New Jersey.
  14. It's so laden with foreboding, you want to get out from under it and gasp for air.
  15. A pooped, poorly executed buddy-cop comedy with more cliches than expletives.
  16. Creepy, creepy, creepy -- and not in a good way.
  17. Never manages to make its characters anything other than cartoons.
  18. Unfortunately, the more traditionally drawn 2-D human characters are as flat, in every sense of the word, as can be.
  19. The picture is not a social satire. It’s a mess.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    This is billed as a romantic comedy, but it's much more boring than funny.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    These actors move with the labored blocking of a high school play.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Ultimately undermined by the fact that the two rock bands Timoner chose to focus on -- the Brian Jonestown Massacre and the Dandy Warhols -- simply don't matter as much as she thinks they do.
  20. A purported heist flick that sucks all the style out of stealing.
  21. It's an eroticism of nastiness -- triple-X fare for dirty old men in raincoats. If you resist this sleazy gorefest, you'll be right to feel proud of yourself.
  22. This feels like a cramped, TV-style retelling, with small groups of people, no special effects, in some ways almost cheesy.
  23. If only The Reaping had the decency to be coherent.
  24. It's a remarkable, if appalling, spectacle of self-abasement. But of course, that's Sandler's specialty.
  25. There's something hideously pretentious about the whole thing.
  26. Heights is nothing more than a second-rate version of several much better movies, all of which are available on DVD and video.
  27. Unfortunately, the experience of actually watching the movie is less compelling than the circumstances of its making.

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