Washington Post's Scores

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For 6,732 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 50% 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 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Lowest review score: 0 Tideland
Score distribution:
6,732 movie reviews
  1. That's the problem with the whole movie, which lies halfway between poker-face documentary and broad farce.
  2. Unnecessary and unfunny re-imagining of the classic satire by Jonathan Swift.
  3. The movie proceeds in near darkness, perhaps to obscure its shoddy special effects, but the pervasive gloom is less discouraging than star Nicolas Cage's indifferent performance.
  4. An egregiously unfunny enterprise.
  5. Unoriginal and woefully half-baked, Number Four plays out as such.
  6. Haphazardly conceived, phlegmatically paced, lazily filmed and punctuated with gratuitous moments of sexual and scatological slapstick.
  7. A lurid, loopy, utterly ludicrous enterprise.
  8. This Arthur is an exercise in time-travel tedium, a trip to the Land That Funny Forgot.
  9. Did you hear about the Morgans? Trust me, you don't want to.
  10. The Hangover Part II offers absolutely nothing new to fans of the first film. In fact, once the comfort of familiarity has worn off, they may well feel as baited-and-switched as the patrons of one of the sketchier clubs the boys visit.
  11. The Smurfs is exactly like Amy Adams's princess-in-Manhattan comedy "Enchanted," only far less clever, kindhearted, original, exciting or entertaining.
  12. A classic example of a film that doesn't trust the strength of its source material - or the intelligence of its audience.
  13. Akin to watching a ring-tested champion punch far below his weight. What a comedown.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    A tired old quote about truth being the first casualty of war is a strange way to start 5 Days of War, an overwrought drama that, whatever its good intentions, could hardly be said to aim for objectivity in its account of the 2008 conflict between Russia and Georgia.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    It is a predictable, undernourished love story. We never quite learn why Margueritte feels so close to Germain or why he bothers with her. Characters appear and disappear, without much difference.
  14. It gets the bullet points of Sam Childers's life, but misses the target.
  15. What's Your Number? ups the vulgarity, ladling it on top of a rom-com base so insipid and predictable that the only thing to keep you awake is counting the number of times that the script drops the word "vagina."
  16. Mainly for those who are already infatuated with Cena's stoic, Mount Rushmore-esque countenance and who do not find the idea of the big lug leaping off the edge of a cliff onto an airborne helicopter's landing gear remotely absurd.
  17. Speaking of the script, questionable motives and unbelievable decisions are relatively small potatoes compared with the Sputnik-size plotholes.
  18. The unapologetic laziness and ineptitude of Jack's impersonation, which is played for cheap laughs, is just as lazy as Sandler's performance as the real Jill. You don't buy it for a minute.
  19. A shapeless collection of encounters with Texas prison inmates and their victims, what could have been a well-aimed examination of the most troubling contradictions of capital punishment instead becomes a maudlin, unrestrained wallow.
  20. Behind all the noisemakers and funny glasses, New Year's Eve - and everyone in it - is dead behind the eyes.
  21. It's a pestilence of infectious claptrap.
  22. There's a fine line between precocious and insufferable, and it's a line continually crossed by Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.
  23. Even Strong's best efforts can't save John Carter from collapsing in on itself like a dead star.
  24. With Casa de Mi Padre, it's often hard to tell the difference between when it's making fun of bad movies and when it's being one.
  25. Even amid the hit-and-miss broadsides and laugh-free longueurs that comprise most of The Dictator, Cohen's acute hypocrisy-detector keeps on ticking, if barely.
  26. The high-school sports drama Crooked Arrows has two -- but only two -- original selling points: Its protagonists are Native Americans and the sport in question is lacrosse. That's something you don't see every day. Other than that, however, the film's moves are taken straight out of "The Bad News Bears" playbook.
  27. Overlong, overcrowded, overstimulating and with an over-the-top performance by Charlize Theron as the evil queen Ravenna, the movie is a virtual orchard of toxic excess, starting with the unnecessarily sprawling cast of characters.
  28. "Bridesmaids" may have been crude, but it also said something about female friendships that felt true. Bachelorette feels like it's about four women who, not even all that deep down, can't stand one another.

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