Washington Post's Scores

For 7,664 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 3.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Reservoir Dogs
Lowest review score: 0 The Mangler
Score distribution:
7664 movie reviews
  1. Vaughn's con-man jive doesn't get much play in this one; he spends most of his time as a bitter creep, and the writing (by Dan Fogelman) isn't sharp enough to make the hipster-at-the-North-Pole theme pay off in any meaningful way.
  2. Directed by Vincent ("A Map of the Human Heart") Ward, who is either a genius or a crackpot, and derived from a long-ago novel by Richard Matheson, the film is overproduced and underpopulated, with either characters or ideas.
  3. Mr. Whipple squeezing his Charmin is scarier than this phony baloney computer effects-driven anaconda.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Cloyingly, Biggie narrates his tale from the grave. It's a device that feels irksome and condescending.
  4. So rich in processed sugar, canned sentiment and schmaltz, I thought I was going to throw up.
  5. You'll be rooting for these people to get slaughtered out of sheer boredom.
  6. Torpid, syrupy melodrama from the Chinese director of 1993's "Farewell My Concubine."
  7. Although the movie has its moments, it's a tearjerker that jerks too hard.
  8. Will satisfy only those who can't tell the difference between the good, the bad and the ugly.
  9. It isn't so much a movie as a superheated, highly conductive miracle substance for the pure transmission of masculine aggression and misogyny.
  10. Hollywood Homicide is about murder, all right: the wholesale slaughter of anything funny, original or even vaguely logical.
  11. The suspense is laughably absent.
  12. The script boasts more writers than the computerized menagerie's got megabytes, but they haven't come up with much variety or humor in what is essentially a string of catastrophes.
  13. Smith and Jones seem like superannuated company men: They're going through the motions, but the zip is gone.
  14. That mind-bending, mystical business was better handled in such films as 1990's "Jacob's Ladder."
  15. The movie is so disturbing that it seems nearly blasphemous. I wouldn't wish it on an anthrax spore. After all, anthrax has feelings, too.
  16. You can't make an epic about a mouse.
  17. Where is the suspense part? There is no suspense part. Suspense demands clarity of motive and action, and this screenplay never provides it.
  18. the movie comes on as a novelty item, meaning it's so full of disparate parts and so unable to approach coherence, it just sits there and burns out.
  19. xXx
    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.
  20. At best, the movie is a problematic chamber piece; at worst, a misdirected, slightly misanthropic pretension.
  21. The film's maudlin focus on the young woman's infirmity and her naive dreams play like the worst kind of Hollywood heart-string plucking.
  22. A fascinating premise. And yet, the movie, directed by Bruce Beresford, never quite blooms.
  23. In reality, Eros is a letdown, a collection of bagatelles that, with one exception, fails to live up to its promise.
  24. It's too bloody to be funny and too silly to be dramatic and too self-indulgent to be anything other than what it is, one more bad movie.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The Secret Agent, with its hemmed-in shots, feels like a TV production; what is said takes precedence over what is done. Even in the writing department, Hampton founders. [06 Dec 1996]
    • Washington Post
  25. The movie, as its title suggests, means to be one of those Tarantino-esque in-your-face jobs, amusing on the audacity of its outrageousness. Here's how "outrageous" it is: Zzzzzz-zzzz.
  26. It's part travelogue in Hell, part ineffectual weepie.
  27. While the younger Van Peebles certainly looks the part, Baadasssss! never feels like anything more than kids playing dress-up.
  28. There's a sense of mystery in this purply palette and one of majesty in the landscapes, but the drama of the drawings is never really echoed by the skimpy and predictable story.

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