by-the-numbers love


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  • adj. Done in a predictable manner; formulaic.


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  • Along with his shooter/videographer, Max Ortiz, he makes himself a double threat on the News’s website, not only hosting a show called Hold the Onions out of the American Coney Island diner downtown, but also doing video pieces that stretch the definition of by-the-numbers journalism.


  • This is to energy and climate what Freakonomics is to economics: an accessible, meaty, by-the-numbers look at the physics and practicalities of energy.

    Boing Boing

  • When he coasts through by-the-numbers remakes like Planet of the Apes and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Burton seems as genuinely uninterested in making them as I was in watching them, but when he really bites into something classic and makes it his own, his movies can be a heck of a lot of fun.

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  • Not because she guessed the story, but because the shown clips literally spell out the most dumbfoundingly by-the-numbers plot imaginable.

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  • So it's no surprise that the actual movie failed to live up to the hype, being a by-the-numbers Indy film closer to Temple of Doom than to the other films.

    June 2009

  • Of course, Mark Strong seems to be cast as a villain in any movie he appears in, so that may be part of the problem there, because the performance seems very by-the-numbers.

    Rabid Rewind: Sherlock Holmes

  • The low points come from the almost by-the-numbers approach to the horror elements.

    Archive 2010-03-01

  • Early in the novel, I half-wondered if would be a by-the-numbers slasher story.

    Book Review: "Afraid" by Jack Kilborn

  • I never really felt that by-the-numbers vibe when reading The Price, though elements were familiar.

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  • An April meeting about the pension fund's expected rate of return underscored the resistance to Ms. Raimondo's blunt, by-the-numbers approach.

    Softer Approach on Pension Problems


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