For 1,209 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 27% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 71% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Neumaier's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 49
Highest review score: 100 Chimpanzee
Lowest review score: 0 Splice
Score distribution:
1,209 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    The movie hits a beautiful, celebratory note.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Plot is not the movie’s strong suit. But stylish set pieces are, including one epic blast-a-thon alongside a pool.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Neumaier
    Fans of PBS, history and a certain kind of old-fashioned moviemaking may fall in.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Neumaier
    Yet it all comes down to one simplistic idea, and the result feels like a one-film evangelical movement.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Neumaier
    Despite the Spierig brothers' punchy visual style and satiric tone, Daybreakers eventually devolves, though Dafoe and his Southern drawl goose things up and Hawke has a greasy romanticism.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Neumaier
    When the haze wears off and the movie grounds itself in reality, it's a bummer. Until then, though, what's weird here is gloriously weird.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Neumaier
    Amusing as it is, it never feels real.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Neumaier
    Sadly, once the movie shifts gears, it becomes a timid "Donnie Darko."
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Neumaier
    Noise ultimately becomes a slice of city life instead of a great satire.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Neumaier
    The "Star Trek" gibes feel especially lazy, since the movie ought to be "Men in Black" kicky, not sketch-comedy dusty.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Neumaier
    A good-ol'-boy civics lesson that's too scattered to achieve its predictable goals.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Neumaier
    Sparky voice performances and heart make up for this family film's theft of Tim Burton's sensibility.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Neumaier
    This action-comedy will seem fresh only to 8-year-olds -- though it may give parents an excuse to introduce some of the '50s horror movies it parodies.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Neumaier
    Low-budget, grubby and gleeful, but with a nice sense of style and apparently an endless supply of dry ice. Points deducted, though, for a too-easy alien-corpse joke.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Neumaier
    If it were just Hurt's show, it'd be a helluva trip.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Neumaier
    This year-in-the-life comedy will appeal mostly to its target audience -- the boys of middle school, USA -- and frankly, that's all it needs. Who else would appreciate the idiocy of social pressure,
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Neumaier
    Plays like a throwback to gritty-but-softhearted English dramas of the 1980s like "Mona Lisa" and "Sammy and Rosie Get Laid."
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Neumaier
    In a certain kind of indie movie, the only thing sweeter than a bad boy transformed is slow, sad tragedy. Mercy has both, which isn't good.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Neumaier
    Director John Scheinfeld's film, utilizing interviews with friends and collaborators, hits a high note on Nilsson's friendship with Ringo Starr and his fear of stage performance.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    For all the trickiness and bluster, Shutter Island is dead inside.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Regardless of where its stars want to take it, all roads here lead to blandness and inanity.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Most of the movie unfolds in such a dull manner.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Has moments of honesty, but more often the barren landscape - both outside and inside - drains the emotions out of the film.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    "Parnassus," while not unwatchable, is also an elephantine mess.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The 6- to 10-year-old audience this movie is aimed at deserved better.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Movie references abound, but there's not enough humor to fuel even 90 minutes.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The result isn't deadly dull, but it does turn what should have been a most dangerous game into a basic scenery-chewing contest.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Neeson's better than this. You can't watch him here without thinking, Geez, every fight-choreography session could have funded "Love, Actually." This bash-the-door-down action scene likely took as long to film as "Kinsey." That gunfight required more stunts than all of "Schindler's List."
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Words and story are still the lifeblood of a movie, and Jennifer's Body is filled like a Twinkie with half-fleshed-out ideas.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Orphan doesn't add much to the genre except, disturbingly, a fetishistic bent that's creepy in the wrong way.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    While the film is slightly better than similar efforts Allen made between the ’90s and his recent time in Europe, it’s both too broad and too shallow.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Hopped up like a Bugs Bunny cartoon on mescaline and as chatty and uppity as a 5-year-old, Burn After Reading could be seen as the Coen brothers' need to let loose after the tightly wound "No Country for Old Men."
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Patric and Baldwin react to all the morbidity with restraint, and Vassilieva keeps her bald head high. But they won't be able to help this barefaced vulgarity earn any terms of endearment.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Nowhere near as kinky or thinky as Soderbergh’s "sex, lies and videotape," Girlfriend pretends it has more on its mind than it really does.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Don't expect to taste anything surprising.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Roth's works are particularly hard to do justice to onscreen, perhaps because the celebrated author's personality is really in his words
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    It's a big fat missed opportunity.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The story's Hitchcockian plot loses steam quickly, though Pinon's salty presence keeps things from getting totally bloodless.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Though much of the film's power is tamped down by the passive storytelling style, Dillane's performance as the adult Jakob is compelling, and Ayelet Zurer is beguiling as Jakob's late-in-life soul mate.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    It reads like a Cinemax special event, and as good as Leguizamo and Waterston are, the skeevy, fantasy-fulfillment plot that drives David Ross' movie is uncomfortably risky business.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Never achieves the David Lean style of epic it aims for - exterior vistas and interior dramas - but it has two charismatic performances, beautiful Chinese locations and an admirable lack of sentimentality.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Has TOO much happening, which befits a comedy with a lot of targets but ultimately makes the whole operation scattershot.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    His humor works best when it's throw-away, but "Zohan" throws everything up to get a yuck. It's a shock to see how many "yuck!" moments Sandler settles for.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Roth and Hurt glower semi-engagingly, and while Norton's scrawniness works, he seems intellectually disengaged, despite his helping to craft Zak Penn's script.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    When "Pineapple" goes from ganja to genre, it sours.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    There are times when a Kilmer performance is like watching a clock move: well-timed and oddly compelling, even though it's totally predictable. That's the case with Felon, which doesn't belong to Kilmer but which he steals anyhow.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    May feel especially like a statue covered in drapery. Unfortunately, the movie's attempts to steam things up feel about as exciting as an after-dinner mint.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Some of the talk gets a little bombastic, but it's hard to deny the thrill involved.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    not a good comedy. But there's no airbrushing out the funny surrounding its star.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Filmmakers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal utilize the footage Kim and Scott Roberts had taken throughout the disaster, showing how residents suffered, survived and came together to help when official assistance let them down.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Flow makes you thirsty for more information.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    So much of this irritating film from first-time writer-director Daniel Barnz feels like a writing exercise it's amazing Elle Fanning, in the title role, comes off as well as she does.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Of the supporting performances, Gugino, Leguizamo and Wahlberg offer solid turns, but are let down by dialogue.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The same boring routine gets played out again.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    It's like torture, though Body of Lies has nothing to spill.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    A clunky, dead-on-arrival scary drama that proves that even people with good taste need a good script or direction.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Overshoots the mark by spinning its implausible, hyperviolent tale around too tight a family circle.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Like the last gift buried under singing Billy Bass fish, dancing Coke cans, joke books and mounds of wrapping paper, there's a glimmer of fun in Four Christmases that almost gets vacuumed up with the tinsel.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Writer-director Wayne Kramer adds what could be called mainstream threads to his messy script, but the result is simplistic across the board.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The film's major action sequences are never exciting, and even the now-requisite destruction of New York feels lazy.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Sandler's shambling Yogi Bear-ness will be the big appeal to holiday-vacation audiences.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    If characters talking to dogs and dog reaction shots are some of your favorite things, add some stars to this review.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Cenac is witty and Heggins has a wary stillness, but the movie itself seems too shy to let them really engage each other.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Fanning's watcher is watchable, yet the kid-actress extraordinaire is so polished it kind of makes your head explode.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The International almost seems like a Monty Python spoof on spy-game thrillers in which the phrase "secret agent" is constantly replaced by "banker," resulting in lines like, "...If I die, 100 other bankers take my place."
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Another nicely understated performance from Jesse Eisenberg anchors this shambling drama.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The splintered viewpoints help with the monotony, but from the taunting of new inmates to the cell-block sadist, we've gone through all this before, right down to the final twists.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Marries an unengaging love triangle to a flat visual style, nearly squashing the one good thing in it -- a scruffy, slouching performance from Peter Sarsgaard.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Haunting ideas and efficient storytelling, but director-cowriter Alex Rivera needed to fine-tune a bit more.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    It's hard to talk about The Soloist without falling into cliches, because this well-meaning but ham-handed drama is full them.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The story and performances (save for Matthew McNulty’s angry Luis Buñuel) are paint-by-numbers, with social upheaval and sexual adventurism as dramatic as an after-dinner mint.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Luna and Bernal have amiability, but not enough to earn a recommendation for this clichéd movie.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    When a movie is this strange, it's gotta count for something.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Too many threads are woven together here, but occasionally, it just connects.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    This often haunting stop-motion Claymation movie ultimately suffers from what bedevils many live-action movies culled from short stories: a herky-jerky plot.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    This two-bit echo of "The Accidental Tourist" is a preachy pill that wastes the genial, funny Jeff Daniels and the criminally underused Lauren Graham.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The oh-so-out-there mentality earns some chuckles, but that, along with Piven's preening, gets very trying. A hard sell is still a hard sell.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Faour and Muallen give solid performances, but there are a few too many by-the-numbers moments.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The central metaphor of dance, though, is forced, a standard-issue cliché about dancing away problems.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    All the actresses, especially Theron, are appropriately haunted, but let's hope Arriaga's love of echoes, fate and coincidence has run its mopey course.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The film, unfortunately, hasn't the depth Malkovich brings to his performance.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    A movie needs to announce if it's playing games. Pulling the rug out from under a viewer is fine for whodunnits and psychological thrillers and the usual suspects. But a supposedly grown-up drama like The Other Man ought to have scruples about where it plans to take you.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    This doc, made by Kunstler's daughters Emily and Sarah, doesn't pretend to be unbiased, but it nonetheless has an unblinking view of its subject. They must have learned a thing or two from dad.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Though it takes time to find its courage and heart, Gigante, like its oversized hero, merely has a slow, shy way of doing things.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Though diligently paced and sharp to look at, the mysteries inside Mother are, finally, bloodless.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The big problem here is that dark sci-fi satire works best when it aims for several targets. Repo Men aims at corporate greed, which is good, but doesn’t fill in the details.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    There's less to Beastly than meets the eye - and what meets the eye is no great shakes, either.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    In what world does Smart People exist? Clearly not the real one, though this dramedy wants to think it's filled with ironic insights about love and family.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The long shadow of David Fincher's "Seven" falls on Anamorph, a moody, ultimately unexciting thriller.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The movie shows the city as both an intimidating and enticing place for new arrivals, but ultimately gets bogged down in the cliched split destinies and intentions of its main characters.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Solid performances and a literary feel help turn a standard family-rift drama into a dry but saucy narrative.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Velvety storytelling still feels more thawed-out than heated.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Smith ("American Movie") sees the poetry in everyday people, and lets his rambling story find its own rhythm.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    About the kinds of showbiz hangers-on seen in the background of a Scorsese movie, and it feels like those guys decided they were the real stars.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    While Montias' actors do their best, even good intentions have limits. Still, it never feels false. And remember, even Martin Scorsese (born in Queens) had to start somewhere.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The movie gets repetitive, and when it calls an audible and goes somewhere unexpected, it pulls back quickly. Too bad.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The movie's lack of Michael Moore-style dynamism has a dulling effect. What saves it is the human face it puts on the crisis, and its indictment of corporate greed.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Ferrera's shaggy tone, which fits the iconic building, gets irritating. Still, if you come for the stories, you'll stay for the company.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Heartening, and yet, a year after being filmed, unintentionally aggravating.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Director Scott Teems' film is as quiet as untilled soil -- not always a good thing -- but Holbrook has a handle on where to dig.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Imagine a quietly creepy "X-Men" prequel -- in French -- and you have this odd little parable.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Engrossing, sad and heartbreaking.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Wang tracks his guys like the documentarian he is, and if the movie feels a bit canned thanks to Adam Forgash's unoriginal script, classic NYC spots and a big heart make it feel like home.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Informative and flavorful, though lacking in surprise.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Dignity dies a million deaths despite the best intentions.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The earnest attempt at family drama doesn't benefit from the abundance of movie-of-the-week cliches.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Digs up familiar ground without adding any fresh dirt.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    A lot of heart, a jaunty mariachi score and a lush Eisenhower-era look help as the family-friendly story follows the usual sports-drama plays.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Overly analytical, cutesy comedy-drama.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    This is just one nutso, painfully unfunny family flick.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The kids' story gets out of control, but Andie MacDowell is a pleasantly earthy mess as Victor's out-of-it mother, and familiar New York faces (Ann Magnuson, Mark Boone Jr., Richard Edson) lend quirky support as the out-of-it elders.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Predators tries to spice up the hunt-or-be-hunted thesis, but from the get-go, director Nimrod Antal's movie has nowhere to run.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Proudly matter-of-fact but, sadly, far from gripping.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    This somber but unexceptional drama is luxurious to look at but never gripping.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The movie devolves into a series of clichéd bits, none of which are that funny.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Unabashedly one-sided, this biography of Chávez - and several other Latin American politicians - does raise some valid concerns about what Stone calls the "manipulative power of the media." So it's too bad he's as guilty of partisanship as the right-wing outlets he reviles.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The self-conscious poetry and Cruz's diagnosis of bipolar disorder threaten to add too many notes to this quiet drama.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The eyewitness testimony of dozens of punk-era survivors and hotel denizens has a disorienting effect, and everyone gets sidetracked, though the colorful anecdotes are priceless.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    This National Geographic production mixes two amazing adventures, neither of them quite what you expect.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Noble but dull.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    His (Bateman) performance is fun. Too bad The Switch is not.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Marshall shows off the breathtaking landscape, but with interiors, he populates the ale houses and encampments with cliches - like dueling female warriors, one a mute and the other a white-haired vixen.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    So now we have a full-length Machete movie, and it turns out that, as usual, less is more.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Plays out like a clunky, not-so-incredible "Incredibles," or a more-despicable "Despicable Me."
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    If Welcome to the Rileys were a thicker-skinned movie -- if it were the movie it thinks it is -- so much of the outcome wouldn't be telegraphed the minute you read the premise.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is overhyped as Billy Bob Thornton is slow and steady.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    It's laughably, eye-rollingly absurd.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The class issues make them pariahs, the love scenes belong on Cinemax After Dark, and the emotions writer-director Catherine Corsini believes are so adult are clichéd. Still, Scott Thomas is beguiling as usual, the one expected thing that's welcome here
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    This taut but cliched little thriller is like "Wait Until Dark" with neo-Nazis.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Every generation gets a "Big Chill," and this tired but well-meaning indie contains many clichés of the "pals-pondering-life" movies that came before.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Goes about its game so bloodlessly, the result is some of the most unexciting action and seduction sequences in recent memory.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Director Jaak Kilmi's remembrance of growing up under Soviet rule never tries to be anything more than a curiosity.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Kidman is able to draw you in even as the movie's solemn, morbid obviousness wears you out.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The final fate of Adolf ­Eichmann is certainly a compelling subject. But its dramatic impact is severely diminished here by stilted filmmaking and wooden performances.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    This overly twee, morbidly cute romance initially digs up the ageless "Harold and Maude" as a touchstone before it slips the coils of watchability.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Steen, her face full of remorse, does a great job of portraying someone unclear of where to go or what to say without a script.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    It’s all too much. Frankie & Alice has multiple problems it can’t get past.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Our time spent with Nenette feel as stifling and airless as hers.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    A steady thrum of anger pervades this Romanian film even in its quietest moments, but the ending and captured-lost-boys setting ultimately fail to surprise.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The only bit of machinery that makes the film move is Jason Statham, who's provided the steely saving grace in so many modern action movies.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    No matter how the filmmakers move Heaven and Earth, this comic-book adaptation looks cool but contains very little thunder. The fault is a script by a five-headed beast which contains fateful missteps.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    A movie that's so anachronistically mushy and awkward, it earns extra credit simply for being so innocent.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The forced coming-of-age parable that filmmaker Joe Wright laces with fairy-tale symbolism is heavy-handed from the get-go.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Dennis Quaid lends some needed saltiness as Hamilton's supportive dad.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Insidious doesn't feature the lazy, home-video-style terror of "Paranormal Activity," thankfully. But it's also pretty normal activity for a ghost story.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    African Cats, while often adorable and at times gripping, is more of a TV-ready experience.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Unfortunately, the movie doesn't have enough going on to keep us engaged, but writer-director Aaron Katz has a confident style and a way with small moments.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    This rambling, unfocused, shuffling documentary paints the famous standup in broad strokes, only occasionally providing worthy examples of how Winters inspired generations.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    This old-fashioned sword-and-sandal drama has all the bread and circuses we've come to know from the movies. It flirts with interesting story choices, but ultimately, all roads lead to boredom.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The sole treasure of Cowboys & Aliens is that director Jon Favreau ("Iron Man") has fashioned an actual rawhide ride from a graphic novel (that took six writers to wrangle to the screen).
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The effects are so omnipresent it's like Reynolds' perfect hair is floating in CGI limbo. Yet when they need punch, as in a "Superman"-ish display-of-powers scene involving a helicopter, there's no flair.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Azaria channels his inner Charles Nelson Reilly, which helps, as does an evil emoting cat. Kids under 7 will likely giggle at some too-harsh pratfalls, not care about a grown man's fear of procreation, not get all the tiny innuendos and possibly miss how the movie is a fairly successful tourism ad for New York.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    It put-puts along like a moped in busy traffic, content to amble around but not go anywhere.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The emotions veer from bawdy to sweet and then to obvious, though the film is stylish, and Dolan's artfulness helps when the movie loses focus.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    There's a sense of dread in Contagion, but it never spreads to us. When Day 1 is finally shown, it makes you want to eat better, which isn't the same as saying this is a great movie.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    "Field of Dreams" this ain't, and Crowe, whose "Jerry Maguire" and "Almost Famous" are justly held in high esteem, can't build the right frame here. It's neither fish nor fowl; a "guy-gets-his-life-right" rom-com runs smack into a "kids-with-animals" lark.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    A few really weird things happen during Paranormal Activity 3, though unfortunately, they have nothing to do with being frightened.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Dream House is the full magilla, with imaginary images, sanity questions, peek-a-boo startles and the usual are-they-real-or-not? characters.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    In either a stunningly brave or misguided act of meta-absurdity, Real Steel, which is about a boy, his dad and the robot that changes their lives, actually feels as if it were made inside the mind of a kid obsessed with robots.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Had the film stood still more often, its stylish gambit would have worked better.
    • 35 Metascore
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    This comedy is empty.
    • 57 Metascore
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    Close and McTeer, an evenly matched odd-couple pairing, keep it real. They do the heavy lifting, and are utterly enchanting, whether in bonnets or boots.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    This gruesome, allegorical drama is dark and unsettling, but not so original that it begs to be let in.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Gugino is having a ball, but every scene feels like an oh-so-arch one-act.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    History can be an equalizer, so director Roland Joffe ("The Killing Fields," "The Mission") makes sure saints and sinners all get painted with the same uninteresting brush in this fact-based drama.
    • 62 Metascore
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    Actors are left with too much time to play emotional symphonies, while inevitably having to hit too many required notes.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Safe House devolves into unexciting action scenes that feel left over from the "Bourne" flicks and are peopled with cloak-and-dagger stereotypes.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Now CDL aficionados have One Day, though it is a tedious addition to this subspecies of rom-com, despite Anne Hathaway's efforts to make us fall for her regardless of the setting.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Only Wahlberg rises above the muck; everything else here feels buried in concrete.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Only the extremely naive will be shocked, shocked by director Morgan Spurlock's dissection of product placement in movies.
    • 51 Metascore
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    The deepest chord is hit by Cattrall, who almost manages to wipe away the memory of "Sex and the City 2."
    • 44 Metascore
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    Shares a spiritual link to the Japanese works of Hayao Miyazaki but lacks his films' narrative drive and magical overlay.
    • 57 Metascore
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    Dour animated adventure that aspires to holiday joy, but is as enjoyable as a sock full of coal.
    • 40 Metascore
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    All banality, though it delivers some goodwill even as it pulls a muscle trying to get its premise going.
    • 37 Metascore
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    The biggest fault is that comparatively little attention is given to the monsters.
    • 47 Metascore
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    An earnest but undeniably eye-rolling documentary about the denizens of this odd pocket of show business.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Dominic Cooper gives a riveting dual performance in The Devil's Double, but the movie is a relentless one-note drama that loses its momentum halfway through.
    • 65 Metascore
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    Unfortunately, despite the sweaty, tense atmosphere, Viva Riva becomes derivative of the duller scenes in other gangster flicks.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Full of unenlightening snippets and blithe but banal asides, what the movie is missing is edge.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Unfortunately, its present-day tale, involving a career woman seeking to mend her 20-year bond with a girlfriend injured in an accident, is lax and clunky, and its story-within-a-story - a tale of two laotong, or soul sisters, in oppressive mid-1800s China - is gorgeous but simplistic.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    This sweet if limited film has an agreeable attitude.
    • 26 Metascore
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    If only this Eddie Murphy flick had taken its own advice and spent a little more time being reflective instead of hyperactive, it might have overcome a trite script and awful, obvious excuses for comedy.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    A dramatic tale of survival and horrific memories struggles against distracting melodrama in Sarah's Key, and unfortunately, melodrama wins.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Riding in to save almost every scene, though, are recent Tony Awards host Harris and the wild and woolly Sedaris, who goes too far, but in a good way. Shelov could learn from them.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Director Larysa Kondracki's fictionalized account of a true story is underserved by a melodramatic script; the result is like a film of a "60 Minutes" segment. Still, Weisz is strong and smart. And David Strathairn shows up in is-he-good-or-evil? mode.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    There's a climactic putt, of course, but by then you wish Duvall would get one more "Tender Mercies" under his belt so you can forget about this tin cup of a family flick.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Writer-director David M. Rosenthal fills this dewy road-trip movie with too many cliches. From the glimpses we get of Shue's character, that may have been a more rockin' story.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    What keeps the movie afloat, though, is Seann William Scott as Steve Stifler.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The 12-year-old boys who go to see ParaNorman - and who are the only ones who might enjoy it - should double up on the sugary treats to stay awake during this gorgeous-looking but zombi-fied stop-motion animated creep show. It's as slow as a corpse, and half as interesting.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    A lot of gleeful audience members are interviewed in Glee: The 3-D Concert Experience, though the source of their happiness could be a lot of things.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The G.I. Joe team is back, and most of their sophomore movie adventure, G.I. Joe Retaliation, is as bland as their name and as subtle as an exploding tank.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Jig
    Director Sue Bourne belabors the judges' final decision to such an excruciating length, it makes the whole movie feel a bit more cloddish than it should.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Kosinski’s ultimately underwhelming film leads nowhere. As its palpable sense of dread — well-sustained in a gently cascading first hour — gives way to dead ends, this Omega Movie shoots itself in the foot.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Maddeningly mundane, this Romanian drama aims for an antiseptic look at random violence and, unfortunately, achieves it.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The result is far too high-and-mighty to truly be moving.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    There's a funny movie scratching at the edges of This is 40. Unfortunately, writer-director Judd Apatow sees himself as the John Cassavetes of Comedy, so every time that funny movie starts to emerge, Apatow tramples it with scenes of domestic irritation.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    George Lucas produced this candy-coated, fictionalized drama, and while its cast is first-rate and its flying sequences sharp, the movie is as glazed and wide-eyed as a 70-year-old comic book.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The result is that, as with Hanks' performance, what's missing - subtlety, truth, an earned sense of rebirth – is stronger than what's here. Despite all the connections in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, it never connects to us the way we need it to.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Kurt Cobain, TicketMaster and the tragic concert in Roskilde, Denmark, are addressed through plentiful backstage footage. If only it was about something other than rockers almost irked they got famous.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Westby's nervy story is like "Desperately Seeking Susan" played straight. Let's hope O'Grady's next film meets this one's potential.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Unlike last year's superior "Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer" - which put its grade-school heroine through similarly seasonal woes - "Dog Days" squanders several chances to find something magical in the mundane.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Like Stallone, director Walter Hill is also far from his heyday ("The Warriors," "48 HRS.," "Streets of Fire"), but the old-guy camaraderie behind the scenes is evident. Despite the movie being based on a graphic novel, no one adds extra flash here just to appease the kids.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    This drama, as traditional as its subject was epochal, is earnest and studious to a fault. Rarely has a film about upheaval felt more like a textbook.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The cast gives it all a good go, and pip-pip and all that for noticeable intelligence and a bit of the old British satire. Yet Salmon Fishing takes patience and rewards with no bite.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Taken 2 has a plot that could have been written by a GPS program, and contains all the technical charm that conjures up.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Much of the young cast - especially a miscast Page - make the oft-repeated mistake of saying Allen's dialogue as he might say them; the result is a lot of hyperarticulation, stammering and gesturing.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The movie lumbers, and Loach and screenwriter Rona Munro's affectless approach winds up tamping down the movie's good intentions.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Unfortunately, director Joe Maggio's film, despite showing real promise and an ear for threats delivered with a smile, runs out of gas.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Its young heroine is proud to be herself; there's just not much for her to do beyond that.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Apparently, it takes a village - or the collection of villages known as Los Angeles - to go nowhere slowly.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    It's the same movie town we've seen many times before, with dingy mechanic's shops, barren parking lots and a greasy-spoon diner where all the clichés come together.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Though it eventually gets down to more serious business, this Glasgow-set apocalyptic romance-drama seems, at first, to be most concerned about whether restaurants will survive the end of the world.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Weitz – who did a great job adapting Nick Hornby's "About a Boy" into an affecting 2002 movie – can't bring the pieces together here.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    It's nice to see righteous anger in a movie. If only the education drama Detachment knew what to do with it.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Feels stagy and anti-visceral.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The tricky camera moves that fill up Silent House make for one-half of a nerveracking horror film – before the movie's obviousness just gets on your nerves.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    While its tone and humanity offset the futility of each side's need for one crucial hill, much of this intense, honorable film is too drawn-out.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    While we're meant to feel claustrophobic, we're not supposed to fight boredom, which kicks in quickly.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The idea of Willem Dafoe, one of our most watchable actors, playing a man stalking a thought-to-be-extinct animal in the wild is gripping in theory. In execution, however, The Hunter loses its way.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Unfortunately, "modern" additions (like the soldiers' YouTube videos and some social media moments) feel clunky, and a necessarily shortened approach trips the movie up, though leads Matt Doyle and Seth Numrich - accomplished Broadway actors - are intense, engaged and appropriately tragic.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Good thing the Aussie star has the role down to a science, since the rest of The Wolverine is a howler.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Director Danis Tanovic never undersells the anger and tension in the family, yet while the emotional underpinnings feel raw, much of "Cirkus" also winds up spinning 'round to obvious, if uncomfortable, places.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    If "Ice" never really solidifies, it's nonetheless the work of a filmmaker whose seriousness is worth watching out for.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Winds up feeling like a form of emotional tourism. The images recall Terrence Malick, but the film fills "atmosphere" into dry narrative holes where a story should reside.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    All In lays down some interesting hands but sometimes can't raise the stakes, though "Rounders" star Matt Damon lends a bit of celeb flash.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Noah, Darren Aronofsky’s often ludicrous, occasionally thoughtful epic, puts theology front-and-center, and doubles down on its blockbuster ingredients — like adding huge rock monsters with glowing eyes.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The sequel to one of the most visually striking movies of the last 10 years continues the graphic novel-inspired landscape of its predecessor. But the characters don’t click, and the action feels dull.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The movie as a whole falls victim to a dewy kind of Tennessee Williams-itis, as Black plops too many wanna-be, colorful twists - imminent illness, botched robberies, fake pregnancies - into what is at heart a gently heartbreaking rendering.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Liberal Arts is at its most nauseating when we hear Jesse and Zibby read their oh-so-self-aware love letters.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Perhaps afraid that watching a symbol of liberty repeatedly go boom isn’t enough, Emmerich and screenwriter James Vanderbilt add family drama, an attack on Congress, a plane crash and the possible nuking of the Middle East. What isn’t tonally jarring ends up shatteringly inept.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Bloom's watchfulness and brittle seriousness anchors The Good Doctor, even as it wanders away from reality and into its own bizarre world.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Sadly, Hit & Run, for as much sporadic fun and genuine heart it has, runs out of gas. But it's not for lack of trying, and that counts for something.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Boasting perhaps the most bored-sounding voice-over ever, this unexceptional drama imagines itself - much as its young heroine does - to be far more noteworthy than it actually is.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The film doesn't play games; it's basically just Lucas going through a short story-like period of reflection and redemption almost entirely without dialogue. It's not enough, but it is what this underappreciated actor does best.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Scenes of the director as a school-age boy in a Varda film are haunting, but end up simply sparking a desire to see Varda's work.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    If Deadfall had more life, it might have been about more than just its wannabe edge. Ruzowitzky, whose 2007 film "The Counterfeiters" won a Best Foreign Film Oscar, understands the movie's simple plan. But it nonetheless puts us into a big sleep.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    For all its strengths, the film is cursed by an ADD-style structure and a flashy but inevitably ineffective casting stunt.
    • 68 Metascore
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    Becomes too melodramatic and bleakly obvious. Weaving, though, as always, is never less than magnetic.
    • 49 Metascore
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    A high-concept goof that’s hard-pressed to surmount its twee preposterousness.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    There is a serious lack of action here, which might be overlooked if the script were as smart as in the previous films. What passes for parable here is merely overplotting.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Stoker is like the baby David Lynch and Tim Burton had, then left on the doorstep of the Addams Family. Full of heavingly gorgeous images that envelop a viewer before smothering them, its maddening elements eventually become too much to bear.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    This is the kind of movie that, in order to puff itself up, quotes Meyer Lansky, Napoleon and Native American sayings. But according to Hoyle — as poker players would say — the film really just does boilerplate Hollywood drama.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    If The Conjuring were less of a con job, horror fans would not feel equally as trapped.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    It's a naive example of the transformative powers of a 23-year-old let loose amongst the dullards. Whoa.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    This earnest, at times touching, reach-for-your-dreams doc about musical hopefuls in middle age gets sidetracked quickly. When it should focus on a reunited R&B group, it wallows in the self-aggrandizement of an L.A. producer and, most awkwardly, a New York cabaret singer.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    This stately chiller owes a lot to 1960s British flicks like "The Innocents" and "The Haunting," but unfortunately heads towards cliches with every step.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The meta-satire hits you over the head until not just your Spidey sense is tingling.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    If you're going to have a ghost in your movie, it might be a good thing to present a viable alternative to that ghost. Mama, however, presents a battle between two not very good options before crumbling like a sheet on a string.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Mood is more important to Not Fade Away than anything, but writer-director David Chase, who turned mood into masterpiece with every season of "The Sopranos," allows nostalgic feeling to be the sole reason for this, his first feature film.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Janssen's affectionate, almost-1970s-style view of innocents-at-large may not be polished, but earns points for being from the heart.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Though Rust and Bone aims for a blasé attitude toward disabled drama - in a far more artificial way than another French film, "The Intouchables," did earlier this year - it's underwritten characters and hoary approach plunk it into mediocrity. As wheelchair-bound Stephanie practices her whale-training motions to Katy Perry's "Firework," it's eye-rollingly obvious.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Certainly, the West Memphis 3 deserve more chances to detail how the justice system went nightmarishly awry. But take this as ultimately more personal journal than investigation.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Despite the presence of Jet Li, only the last half-hour of this chatty epic truly flies.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Everyone thinks sex is easy to do, but that doesn’t mean they’re good at it. The To Do List is exactly that type of movie, one that thinks a sex-obsessed version of a John Hughes comedy by its very nature is hilarious. It’s not, but there are still some things to like here.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Though coming off at times like Adam Sandler’s “Grown-ups,” only with Oscar winners, Last Vegas is a genial little comedy for the crowd it’s intended for.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    There’s far too many moments of sabre-rattling, and too much confusion about who is aligned with whom, and why. Those who know and love Tolkien’s texts will have a vested interest. Everyone else may grow restless.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Combining the dysfunctional family reunion and the home invasion thriller, You’re Next tries, somewhat valiantly, to add new twists to the usual bloody horror-flick shenanigans. But aside from a few fresh chords, it’s same-old, same-old.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Snitch is like watching an elephant on ice: inelegant, but you admire the effort.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    A mopey indie family drama like In Our Nature can't quash "Mad Men" star John Slattery's charm no matter how badly it tries.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    This is an odd little directorial debut from Matthew Lillard - the onetime Shaggy from "Scooby-Doo," now a solid character actor thanks to "The Descendants" and "Trouble with the Curve" - but it has its rewards.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The “Millers” script — it took four writers to cobble together something that seems so slight — hits too many obvious notes between the moments when Aniston can strut her stuff.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Amiable but ambling.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    What Getaway needed most is enough juice to get to the finish line, narratively speaking. Because while jumping into the car is great, the fun dies fast if there’s nowhere to go.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    John Cleese, Michael Palin and Chapman himself (courtesy of interviews, skits and various recordings he made before his death from cancer in 1989) chime in. It's an odd little trip, but if it weren't, one would have to ask, "Well what's all this, then?"
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The big twist to Closed Circuit is stated in the film’s TV ads, so even the element of surprise is lost. There may have been the making of a juicy, episodes-long BBC series here, but as it is, there’s barely any juice at all.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Yen, who also choreographed the fights, is a natural hero, and the large canvas and pseudo-superhero tactics work for a bit, but then the action gets sidetracked in place of myth-building.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Director Travis Fine gives his period details flourish and lets Cumming and Dillahunt create well-rounded characters, but Any Day Now winds up treacly.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    While Messina and Ireland are fine company, writer-director Matt Ross' conceit tires you out.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Barrymore is a delicious opportunity to watch the great Christopher Plummer perform the role that won him a second Tony Award. But it's also a lesson in the pitfalls of personality-based minimalism. While Plummer acts his heart out, the script becomes one punchline after another.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    This well-intentioned but clumsy attempt to get into the head of one of the 20th century's most famous women remains full of hot air.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Aiming for lightness but landing with a thud, Frances Ha is a well-meaning blunder. Director Noah Baumbach’s ode to Brooklyn twentysomething life is a flibbertigibbet fable that, like a self-absorbed flirt you meet at a party, grates on the nerves despite being easy on the eyes.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    It feels like a high-end perfume ad.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Like the bloated channels it parodies, the movie stretches to find something to say, then settles for stupid.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Now Bell can break out of the genre. She's served her time.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Mud
    Stripped of his former pretty-boy image, the Texas-born actor is snarly and gnarled, and understands what Nichols is aiming for. That’s crucial, as Mud needs something to stick to.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Director Peter Webber (“Girl With a Pearl Earring”) fills the film with conciliatory emotion and jarring vistas of post-atomic landscapes. Unfortunately, Emperor needs more good ol’-fashioned swagger.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Ultimately, this dull tour of a thieving, primal underworld is just a lot of high-talking hogwash.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    No
    The result was remarkable, but the story of it, while true to the moment, needed — ironically — much more dynamism.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    All of that ends up making this movie — originally titled “Jeff,” in a telling bit of overpersonalization — feel like a late-night cable-news hack job.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Sadly, the film gets mired in traditionalism, something the man himself always railed against. But worth a look for seeing intellectual bravery (still) at work.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The film works better as an uncomfortable character drama than as a murky family mystery, which Karpovsky deepens with some psychobabble. Still, a nicely sinister and shuddersome effort.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Kids who get a kick out of the macabre will enjoy this exquisitely crafted but tedious film.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The cutesy energy is just too much in this Aussie comedy that’s overly bemused by its quirkiness.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Narratively static and morally banal. That may be par for the course, however, when half the movie is spent watching shallow kids try on other people’s clothes.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Lutz, who was a boy when his family fled the Long Island home, is full of belligerence in this chronicle of his family’s alleged run-in with a ghoulish home where a murder had occurred.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Comes upon a few quirky solutions and movie-ripoff scares before settling into a kind of coma.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    This sequel to last year’s surprise buzz-maker takes the same appreciative approach to scare-flick tradition: Take hipsters, mix into classic genre riff, goose until ludicrous; repeat. Not every try is successful, but as with any anthology, if you don’t like one, sit back and wait for the next.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    All those cliched literary trappings come together in Stuck in Love, but the final product feels more like a footnote than a finished work.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    “Um” winds up as empty as its mean streets are phony.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    There’s a good chunk of info for those eager to know how the sausage gets made, as well as the facts of life and death surrounding what we consume. You just have to pluck the PR feathers and find the good parts.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Gandolfini scoops up another chance to show off the gentleness he left at home during six seasons of “The Sopranos.”
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The oldsters are feisty — a gun-totin’ granny is played by Pussy Galore herself, “Goldfinger’s” Honor Blackman — but the shtick’s as flat as old ale. It is bookended, though, by two seriously great songs.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    This heavy-handed movie is simply a sermon its makers think we all should hear.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Cathy Moriarty and other Scorsese alums pop up, but these mean streets feel too derivative to thrill.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    The fact that it stars the extremely funny Melissa McCarthy is both its saving grace and incredibly frustrating.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Feiffer sometimes gets snagged on the look-at-me nature of her meta-performance, veering from pathological to pathetic, and not always in the best way.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Fans of Dario Argento and Mario Bava will appreciate the references. Even for newcomers, there are minor chords to enjoy. If only there were less screaming.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    This contemplative drama draws strength from day-to-day ordinariness and a terrific lead performance from Paul Eenhoorn, yet sadly falls short.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    An oblique, by-design and frustrating drama, Claire Denis’ film about a man’s mysterious suicide and its repercussions is creepy, but finally too vague.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Joe Neumaier
    Though much of the film is overcooked and overwrought, it’s well-played, and writer-director Kieran Darcy-Smith keeps us guessing, and watching.

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