Washington Post's Scores

For 6,837 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: 58
Highest review score: 100 You Can Count on Me
Lowest review score: 0 Darkness Falls
Score distribution:
6,837 movie reviews
  1. The fight between good and evil feels fixed in favor of Hollywood redemption.
  2. This character was an abusive swine. Perhaps it would be best to let his art stand on its own.
  3. The frightening myths about adoption that run through Like Mike make even its happiest endings a little bit creepy.
  4. In the end, Unfaithful leaves you dispirited and grumpy: All that money spent, all that talent wasted, all that time gone forever, and for what? It's an ill movie that bloweth no man to good.
  5. It evokes a warmed-over Fox TV special.
  6. Aficionados of movies in the so-bad-they're-good category might just revel in this overheated costume melodrama.
  7. With a premise as cavalier as this, perhaps director and co-writer James Wong could have found a tone more original than post-Wes Craven cynicism. Instead, he panders to viewers, allowing them to take gleeful comfort in the destruction of the stupid and doomed.
  8. As it stands, this movie seems to have conflicting desires: to endear itself to the audience and then repel it.
  9. A singularly vulgar piece of work.
  10. Suffers from melodramatic overkill.
  11. An overlong, visually incoherent, mean-spirited and often just plain awful Spider-Man 3.
  12. Relentlessly beautiful and wholly annoying.
  13. Will go anywhere for a gag, including into the realms of homophobic, gastrointestinal and erectile dysfunction humor.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It really should be arrested for impersonating an interesting movie.
  14. The results are a wheezy, tired attempt to milk more laughs out of the '60s, by doing exactly what "Austin Powers" did.
  15. Relentless formulaic fodder for the explosion-starved; it's loud, shallow, sexist and a complete waste of time.
  16. Taking Lives would have to work nights to reach mediocrity.
  17. Dark, dank, damp, grim, dingy and dour, Dark Water is a tasteful but unremitting bummer.
  18. By the film's self-congratulatory final shot, Stevie has become less a portrait of a sorry young man's difficult life than the story of auteurist arrogance and self-deception run amok.
  19. Stuck in that no man's land between comedy and banal movie mob action, and it delivers on neither of these impulses with any force.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Time travels, but it sure doesn't fly by in this debacle.
  20. To take Showgirls that seriously (as either trash-art or appalling pornography) wouldn't be worth the exertion.
  21. Here was my question for most of this movie: Wha-? I was clueless. Did not understand. Count me among the stupid.
  22. The movie's signal flaw -- that is, other than its degeneracy, its sloppiness, its love of dark things and pretty stains and arterial spray patterns -- is Moseley as the demonic Otis.
  23. I found it a rough night at the flickers.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Misses almost every opportunity to break new ground on the issue.
  24. So what exactly is the point? Does Jefferson's treatment of Sally Hemings establish his racism or his instinctive color-blindness? Unfortunately, the picture is so unfocused and tumbles so rapidly from one event to another that it's difficult to tell.
  25. Needs more than happy thoughts to get off the ground.
  26. This sloppily made, poky, extra cheesy adventure is virtually a remake of "Armageddon."
  27. There are a couple of good things about the film, chief among which is Land's naturalistic performance. But the overall sense of it, heightened by a folk-guitar score so spare it feels like part of the soundtrack is missing, is not one of poignant minimalism but emptiness.

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