Washington Post's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 6,698 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: 58
Highest review score: 100 Election
Lowest review score: 0 Stardom
Score distribution:
6,698 movie reviews
  1. As you might expect, the calculations here are on a much less sophisticated level. And by less sophisticated, I mean like counting on fingers.
  2. The movie is not exactly an upper, but Hartley fans won't want to miss the latest creation of this consistently intelligent director.
  3. There's something so familiar and commonplace about this story and its characters...it's hard to get particularly thrilled.
  4. The performances take the movie to a higher level.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As fantastical as all that sounds, the pleasure of Push comes from its glamorized grit, its no-nonsense pacing and the committed performances of the actors roughhousing in the gray area between heroism and villainy. It's pure popcorn, popped fresh, doused in butter and sprinkled with soy sauce.
  5. Lazily written and hopelessly miscast.
  6. KEN, KEN, KEN, not another Shakespeare, pleeeeeeez.
  7. By its own deliriously rock-bottom standards, "Universal" ain't half bad. Of course, you have to be big on bloody slaughter, kickboxing, infrared gunning and impaired acting. But "Universal" executes its subtle-free mission with surprisingly watchable efficiency.
  8. Luckily, a strong supporting cast makes up for the protagonists’ tepid interactions. The brilliant duo of Kevin Hart and Alan Arkin steal the show.
  9. 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.
  10. He's obsessed with the physical details instead of the human emotions. The actors are really just part of the scenery.
  11. My Blue Heaven puts you in a stupor comparable to the one that comes on after Thanksgiving turkey. Written by Nora Ephron, it makes you long for the awful "Heartburn."
  12. It's not new. It's not interesting. I wish it would go away.
  13. It's as pretentious and wispy as its title.
  14. Sphere, an unfathomable chowder of recycled science fiction and undersea thrillers, briefly bubbles with promise only to plummet into the murky depths. Weighed down by inconsistencies and pretensions, the tale founders like a stinky beluga.
  15. Unfolds with all the entertainment value of watching somebody else play a video game.
  16. It's difficult to know whom to root for.
  17. A jarring amalgam of sitcom goofiness and uncomfortable ooginess.
  18. The movie’s action sequences are both thrilling and idiotic.
  19. Much of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is simply despicable.
  20. Doesn't anyone get sick of this same old routine?
  21. Will prove infectious to those audiences who find themselves sharing the director's frivolous frame of mind.
  22. You don't want to love this, but you will. Although Scooby-Doo falls far short of becoming the "Blazing Saddles" of Generations X, Y and Z, it is hard to resist in its moronic charms.
  23. The new film by the phenomenally talented Scots-English trio of director Danny Boyle, producer Andrew MacDonald and screenwriter John Hodge -- they did both "Shallow Grave" and "Trainspotting" -- is a failure so absolute and witless it deserves some kind of mention in the Hall of Lame.
  24. Jigh class briefly gives way to high camp, which then itself dissipates to an anticlimactic thud.
  25. Ricki Lake makes an appealing, though unlikely, fairy tale heroine in the derivative romance Mrs. Winterbourne: If only this stale trifle didn't call for the bewitching or pixilating, for the abracadabra of a Bullock or a Pfeiffer. For a Cinderella story, it's sorely without magic.
  26. There were moments when I thought Gone in 60 Seconds might be a passably entertaining movie. I figure those moments, strung end-to-end, would total 30 or 40 seconds.
  27. Audiences who have avoided the multiplex these last few years because of the garbage peddled there are the only ones for whom this overly familiar "Walk" will be memorable.
  28. A fascinating premise. And yet, the movie, directed by Bruce Beresford, never quite blooms.
  29. It’s a mushy and unsuspenseful melodrama.

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