Washington Post's Scores

For 8,498 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Whale Rider
Lowest review score: 0 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
Score distribution:
8498 movie reviews
  1. Never manages to make its characters anything other than cartoons.
  2. Aside from the plot -- and if you can figure out the plot, the CIA's special projects unit wants to talk to you -- Cop II is a rarity: a sequel that's as good as the original, if not better.
  3. While Airplane II, proves to be a breezy and tolerably consistent follow-up to its successful prototype, a parodistic copy that relied less on jokes from the original might have seemed a shade fresher. [11 Dec 1982, p.C1]
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  4. In drama, and just about everything else, almost is never enough. Which is why Martian Child, about the growing bond between an adult and child, never reaches us.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Anyone who’s ever dreamed of tutus, tights and toe shoes will likely get a kick out of Leap!
  5. Helped by director Hany Abu-Assad and spectacular cinematography by Mandy Walker, who makes the most of the film’s British Columbia locations, Elba and Winslet generate chemistry that is convincing in direct proportion to the story’s outlandishness.
  6. While one might have wished for a better movie, and a few smarter decisions regarding the screenplay, generally it's a riveting, even inspirational account of an American feat of arms about which few know but about which many more should.
  7. Sensory pleasures abound in Black Nativity, which is grounded by Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett’s performances as Langston’s strict, God-fearing grandparents.
  8. It's a fun ride, and the big payoff -- that history turns out to be way cooler than its reputation suggests -- is even more gratifying. Bully!
  9. Engaging but pedestrian comedy.
  10. Strikes an unsatisfying balance between serious romantic texture and outright farce.
  11. The story line is little more than a shiny hat for holding the high-tech rabbits. Still, it's an enjoyable bit of smoke and mirrors, thanks to the decency and resourcefulness of its hero.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 37 Critic Score
    Intermittently diverting as it may be, the movie bears all the earmarks of a cobbled-together, made-by-committee product, poorly aimed at its tween-and-younger target audience in look, tone, music and story.
  12. Biographical stinker that insists on remaining unreasonably disjointed for 2 1/2 hours. [28 Jan 1983, p.D1]
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  13. The movie is a mess from start to finish. But then again, this jerky, haphazard approach is part of the movie's goofy charm.
  14. It's as predictable and comforting as a Happy Meal, but it must be said that The Proposal manages to elicit some genuinely amusing moments.
  15. Cage is back in crackling good form in National Treasure: Book of Secrets.
  16. Without being parodistic, it manages to poke fun at the air of privilege and strenuous political correctness common to lefty, liberal arts schools, while retaining a certain affection for their heartfelt quirks.
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    Essentially a dumb guy's day in Heaven. The movie's retrofitted with stunts, fights, explosions, drugs, babes and cars -- not necessarily in that order.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Fraser is likable enough, albeit never quite convincing as an action hero.

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