Washington Post's Scores

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For 6,687 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 The Hours
Lowest review score: 0 Whatever Works
Score distribution:
6,687 movie reviews
  1. The movie's chief crime against the planet, other than the sheer wastage of time, is the trivializing of the great Freeman. This actor has such dignity and depth and humanity, he almost makes the film watchable.
  2. Abomination of a movie.
  3. Your own final destination just might be the box office, to demand your money back.
  4. In an era of careful cost accountancy and focus-group testing, it's remarkable that a movie as truly, deeply, madly foolish as The Wicker Man escaped the asylum. But we must be grateful for the endless guffaws and gasps and outright stunned silences it unleashes on lucky audiences.
  5. The Jackal is based on a fabrication so absurd that it almost made me laugh out loud.
  6. Sure, I laughed. Yes, I cried. But mostly I just wanted to throw up.
  7. John C. McGinley from "Scrubs" gets to strut some of his comic stuff as the deranged builder, but he's the only passable feature in a property that should be condemned.
  8. Kids sense when a movie is being noisy and frantic just to keep them distracted; these apes are overcaffeinated.
  9. There's no sense of perspective here.
  10. Segel and Diaz are gifted and game comedians, with a lot of audience appeal. But Lowe clearly upstages them, consummating their Sex Tape — and making you want to roll over and have a cigarette — while there’s still one reel to go.
  11. Tries so hard to be cool that it forgets to be alive.
  12. Maestro is for people already aware of this history. For everyone else, this is pretty much invitation-only.
  13. Frankly, scarier critters have checked into Roach Motels. [13 June 1987, Style, g1]
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  14. It's hard to know who exactly Parental Guidance was made for.
  15. Even though it earns an R rating for profanity and some risque material, it’s too meek and mild-mannered to qualify as brave, or even slyly subversive.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's astonishing how much intensity and focus these two have lost, but the picture itself is not all that bad -- if you can get the collapsing-career thing out of your head.
  16. Intentionally defies categorization and explication.
  17. It's saying something when Tom Arnold's performance is among the movie's highlights.
  18. There's more bathroom and slapstick humor than a sixth-grader could stand, and a veritable flood of drool, blood and less mentionable effluvia, most of it courtesy of Mr. Wayans as he tries to be – you know – funny.
  19. Despite some Cold War humor, the formulaic film is aimed squarely at the youngest of young children.
  20. It's lame, corny, Ed Woodishly amateurish -- all of which is as lovable as the big lug himself.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Those nostrils do a lot of Momoa's acting, to be honest. As right as he is looks-wise, Momoa falls short in attitude.
  21. If the ultimate goal is entertainment, then Lady in the Water enthusiastically rises to the task. In a movie laden with enough symbolism, shamanism and mythic lore to make Joseph Campbell dance a tribal jig, Shyamalan never forgets to have fun.
  22. The best thing about awkward moments, after all, is that they usually pass quickly. And, blessedly, just as swiftly forgotten.
  23. Death Sentence, directed by "Saw" co-creator James Wan, swings the pendulum too far. One day Nick is a mild-mannered nerd who spends his days making (and loving) risk assessments for his company; the next, he's Travis Bickle from 1976's "Taxi Driver."
  24. The wanton fabulistas of Party Monster are as boring and insignificant as the very "normals and drearies" they so contemptuously deride.
  25. A bungled screen version of Louis de Bernieres' cult novel, Captain Corelli's Mandolin was doomed from the moment Nicolas Cage was cast as the "life-devouring," Puccini-loving hero.
  26. Cletis Tout is both in love with and able to laugh at the conventions it adopts, which is exactly where it goes wrong. It's just a little too self-satisfied.
  27. The film might take its name from poker subculture, but it lacks all the urgency, single-mindedness and swiftness that the title implies at its most literal. Runner Runner is a bummer. Bummer.
  28. Having ruled out humor, the movie emphasizes action and melodrama. Director Park Hong-soo, making his feature debut, handles the former with proficiency but little flair.

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