Washington Post's Scores

For 6,876 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 Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Lowest review score: 0 National Lampoon's Gold Diggers
Score distribution:
6,876 movie reviews
  1. Never gels into the smart, tightly orchestrated cat-and-mouse game that it promises to be.
  2. Indeed it looks as if this otherwise straight-to-video endeavor, which was made in 2003, is being released only to cash in on Bernal's of-the-moment-ness in Hollywood.
  3. The notions of the good man's complicity through inertia and of innocence tarnished by association are ones that have been more powerfully explored before.
  4. In a movie as unrewarding as this, there's really only one burning question: When does the spanking begin?
  5. A snooze, despite all the sex and other gunplay.
  6. Where there was effortless cool in the first movie, there is nothing but manufactured posing here.
  7. Just a few guilty laughs, a predictable resolution and repeated close-ups of that dog jerking its head to one side, doing the cute thing.
  8. Mainly, Femme Fatale is really about De Palma's three favorite things: women, movies and women. And you can either share his guilty pleasures in all their living, breathing, power-edited, overextended glory, or you can get on with your life.
  9. Not a music video, not yet a movie, but more like an extended-play advertisement for the Product that is Britney.
  10. The movie made almost no sense whatever to me. I literally could not follow it, even as I was dazzled by it.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    If your kids are too young to sit unsupervised, get together with other parents and pay an older sibling or sitter to go.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Fittingly, My Life in Ruins goes downhill after its title.
  11. Frankly, scarier critters have checked into Roach Motels. [13 June 1987, Style, g1]
    • Washington Post
  12. Dragged down by a paper-thin story, the predictable number of fight scenes executed at equally predictable intervals and stock, unmemorable characters.
  13. Hoodwinked makes a little sense. Too bad, then, it's so crummy.
  14. An ambitious, experimental mess of a movie in search of something more profound.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Anyone who's ever sat through a Neil LaBute film knows you can make a movie in which all the characters are unsympathetic, but this trio is uninteresting, to boot.
  15. Although the acting is committed and sometimes stirring, most of the characters are about as one-note as the biblical archetypes Martin wants to get away from in the first place. "The Name of the Rose" this ain't.
  16. The movie automatically pegs itself for the straight-to-video sci-fi rental shelf.
  17. Tries so hard to be cool that it forgets to be alive.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Doesn't progress or deepen, it just gets weirder, and to no good end.
  18. Solemn, earnest and as laboriously paced as a fat Sicilian's funeral procession.
  19. It's a nasty piece of work about two nasty pieces of work.
  20. Very young children, it should be said, probably won't have any problem with the movie. It's bright and perky on the surface. But for anyone mature enough to pay closer attention, it's going to fall short of expectations.
  21. The insane casting: When was the last time Julianne Moore cracked you up?
  22. What a waste of talent, time and money. And guess what else? Not only is The Legend of Zorro stupid and boring but -- ta-da! -- it's also really long!
  23. What the filmmakers try to play for laughs -- a mom and her daughters chatting about orgasms while shoe shopping -- isn't funny, it's creepy.
  24. But by the end of the movie -- which seems to last longer than the Crusades -- all the good stuff has dissipated.
  25. The movie feels forced, cliched and derivative.
  26. Schmaltzy.

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