Washington Post's Scores

For 6,811 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 3.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 The Quiet American
Lowest review score: 0 Saving Silverman
Score distribution:
6,811 movie reviews
  1. Sadly, this movie is a far cry from the atmospheric, even thoughtfully crafted original, which made you truly scared for the unkempt, everyman victims. But this latest version, though just as grisly, is literally hackwork, and stars a forgettable, airbrushed cast of slaughterees.
  2. The film's moral commentary is De Palma redux: same old Brian enjoying the peeping, bringing us into the guilt zone, then saying shame on all of us.
  3. Weitz co-directed the wonderful "About a Boy" in 2002, but in "Dreamz" -- a tediously facile satire -- his comic instincts fail him.
  4. An endless, virtually laugh-free pastiche of Aaron Sorkin by way of Aaron Spelling, Chasing Liberty features Mandy Moore trying so strenuously to be the next America's Sweetheart that she almost pops a vein.
  5. The movie automatically pegs itself for the straight-to-video sci-fi rental shelf.
  6. It's just a gimmick, right down to its Washington release date.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Weakens, dilutes, disinfects and otherwise undermines the legacy of Tobe Hooper's 1974 original.
  7. It grinds on and on without mercy. You're in the cross hairs. There is no escape. Where is that Secret Service when you need it?
  8. Much of the movie -- which Murphy wrote with a small posse of collaborators -- is taken up with the torturously dull, not to mention unbelievable, romance between Norbit and Kate (a disappointingly lackluster Newton) and the tedious agenda of Cuba Gooding Jr. as a schemer-manipulator.
  9. The film, like the cheap double-scotches quaffed down by the central character, leaves a distinctly sour aftertaste that's hard to wash away the morning after.
  10. The parodistic romantic comedy makes the fatal mistake of so much middlebrow satire: It becomes that which it mocks.
  11. Could have been a sensation if a director with a smidgen of moviemaking instinct had taken the helm.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Perhaps the best thing that can be said about I Love You, Beth Cooper is that the title is correctly punctuated. Beyond that, the movie is a disappointingly flabby teen flick.
  12. Angel-A is counterfeit art-house chic writ large -- a French film that fails to produce the ineffable charms of the yesteryear movies it brazenly imitates.
  13. If it weren't for Sharif's extraordinary presence, there wouldn't be a cherishable moment in the movie.
  14. It never makes you laugh that hard. Not even close. And so the thing becomes a bloody assault on the senses that commingles atrocity with tedium.
  15. These storied 13 days feel like the Hundred Years War.
  16. This romantic melodrama ... doesn't even get to first base.
  17. A retread of material already thoroughly plumbed by Martin Scorsese.
  18. A disappointingly dull thud of a fantasy.
  19. Ultimately undone by its sheer busyness. The screenwriters never get the story to settle down, and it becomes a case of one damn thing after another.
  20. The problem is that director Peter Berg, aided and abetted by Smith and Theron and third banana Jason Bateman, seem to have made it literally, not realizing its out-of-whack tonalities and grotesque plot twists were meant to be played for laughs.
  21. Utterly shatters the illusion with a trite plot, banal dialogue, clunky sentimentality and, worst of all, a sort of narrative arbitrariness.
  22. The only thing that's truly scary about the movie is the escalating vulgarity of the latest in a string of skanky comedies by filmmakers determined to out-gross the other.
  23. It's almost too dull to pan.
  24. About as funny as digging your own grave in an unmarked part of New Jersey.
  25. It's so laden with foreboding, you want to get out from under it and gasp for air.
  26. A pooped, poorly executed buddy-cop comedy with more cliches than expletives.
  27. Creepy, creepy, creepy -- and not in a good way.
  28. Never manages to make its characters anything other than cartoons.

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