For 2,481 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lou Lumenick's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 The Descendants
Lowest review score: 0 The Gallows
Score distribution:
2481 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Cars leaves the animated competition in the dust, even if it is a tad slower and more predictable than Pixar at full throttle.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    This demanding puzzle is not for the "Chocolat" crowd, but those who stay with it will experience perhaps the most dazzling film released so far this year - even though a second viewing is virtually mandatory.
    • New York Post
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    I'm not generally a huge fan of movies with two-or three-person casts -- they tend to resemble filmed plays -- but The Business of Strangers is a knockout.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    An instant classic.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Includes insightful and often hilarious archival interviews with Langlois and dozens of associates, as well as wonderful footage of Langlois.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    The role of William is a perfect fit for Red West, a well-weathered member of Elvis Presley's Memphis Mafia who has served as a bodyguard as well as a stuntman and bit-part actor.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Rarely less than absorbing and never boring over its nearly three-hour length.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Like some of Hitchcock's films, the story - adapted from a novel by Charlotte Armstrong, an American mystery writer of the '40s and '50s - can be accused of stretching credibility and coincidence almost to the breaking point.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Be warned: Though it's entirely justified by the story, there's a level of violence and brutality in Training Day -- that some terror-weary audience members may not care to cope with these days.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Genuinely creepy Southern Gothic thriller that once again proves that in horror movies, sometimes less is actually more.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    So terrifically entertaining, it would be a shame if it didn't inspire a companion piece on New York.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Pays off with emotional dividends well worth the time investment.
    • New York Post
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    An unforgettable and complex portrait of a nuclear family in meltdown.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    You'll either be screaming with laughter - or be incredibly offended.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    His (Friedkin) very lack of subtlety is both the strength and weakness of The Exorcist in the 21st century.
    • New York Post
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    An astonishing re-creation of the Londonderry massacre of January 1972.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    This environmentally themed, very loose version of Hans Christian Andersen's "Little Mermaid" is never going to be mistaken for Disney's musical of the same name.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    If there has ever been a better voice performance in an animated film than Ellen DeGeneres’ in Pixar’s wonderful sequel Finding Dory, I sure can’t think of it. Her tour de force even surpasses Robin Williams in “Aladdin.”
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Thankfully, Tintin is Spielberg at his most playful and unpretentious.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    May not be a masterpiece, but it still had me in tears at the end.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    A funny, hip, touching and utterly irresistible comedy-drama.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    A real high in a season filled with unfunny comedies.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Mostly it's worth seeing Alien, which established Scott as an A-list director, in a theater because his brilliant and often expansive visuals have always worked better on a big screen than on video.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    An exquisitely crafted Civil War epic that combines the epic romantic sweep of "Gone With the Wind" with a more intimate voice that speaks eloquently to the war-weary nation of today.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Ray
    Contains large helpings of Hollywood schmaltz, stereotype and clich‚, but it's also pretty impossible to resist.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Rarely since the tale of the Corleones has a movie presented such a compelling, sympathetic portrait of a criminal lowlife.
    • New York Post
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    One funk-tastic musical biopic.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Drawing inspiration from anime and vintage Looney Toons, this beautifully drafted, offbeat charmer is hip, funny - and a bona fide heart tugger for the whole family.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    The scariest, creepiest and most elegantly filmed horror movie I've seen in years - it positively drives a stake through the competition.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    So smooth and satisfying it makes the similar "Ocean's Eleven" look like a game of three-card monte.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    O
    Exceptionally intelligent and powerful contemporary adaptation.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Constantly battling, Hoskins and Dench have terrific chemistry together.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Tremendously affecting on several levels, In the Bedroom is must-see viewing for anyone who complains Hollywood doesn't make movies for grownups.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Makes the most of its wintry settings and never insults the audience's intelligence -- no mean feat for a family film. It's a real crowd-pleaser.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Easily one of the year's best movies.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Bryan Cranston finally translates his critical acclaim for “Breaking Bad” into an Oscar-caliber performance in darkly comic Trumbo, playing an eloquent, witty screenwriter who bucked the Hollywood blacklist and triumphed.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    The skillfully acted and directed The Lives of Others is a timely warning about governments that seek to repress dissent.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Worth seeing just for the dramatization of the making of “Good Vibrations” alone. But there’s much more to savor in this biopic — a rare high note in the drone of so much summer dreck.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    For all of its laughs and a star-making performance by Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky represents a serious philosophical inquiry by Leigh, who has illustrated a consistently pessimistic view of humankind in his semi-improvised movies.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    This movie depicts an unlikely intersection of sports and leadership in ways that manage to be inspiring and insightful without ever becoming schmaltzy or preachy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    The Yellow Handkerchief tells a timeless fable, and tells it extremely well.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Woody Allen's most purely entertaining film in years.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    A classic social drama in the proud tradition of "Norma Rae," "Silkwood" and "Erin Brockovich."
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Fast-moving, psychologically savvy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    It's also a terrific, career-capping role for Eastwood, who claims he's now retired as an actor. He shows off his comic chops more fully than in any film since "Bronco Billy" more than a quarter-century ago.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Spanish master filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar offers up a grisly Halloween trick-and-treat in his first full-out horror movie, an eye-popping and genuinely shocking gender-bending twist on Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo.''
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    The acting is uniformly superb, the camera work and set design are haunting, and The Orphanage delivers well-earned tears at its beautiful conclusion. Go see it already.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Best movie I've seen so far this year? Hands down, it's Tom McCarthy's superb The Visitor, which turns Richard Jenkins, one of the best character actors in the business, into a full-fledged star.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    DiCaprio may well receive a Best Actor Oscar for his tour de force as the conflicted FBI director -- greatly abetted by Hammer (who played the Winklevoss twins in "The Social Network'') in his first major role as the flamboyant but frustrated Tolson.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Packs a dramatic wallop that makes it one of the year's best movies.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    "The Sixth Sense" was no fluke. Unbreakable, writer-director M. Night Shyamalan's dazzling reunion with Bruce Willis confirms he's one of the most brilliant filmmakers working today.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Hugh Grant is no less great (and has terrific chemistry with Streep) in his juiciest role in years as St. Clair.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    This year's actress to watch is Elizabeth Reaser, who delivers a tour de force as a determined German mail-order bride who comes to 1920 Minnesota in Ali Selim's captivating indie Sweet Land.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    The profanity-laced but witty and literate dialogue by William Monahan ("Kingdom of Heaven") is delivered by a brilliantly chosen cast, almost all of whom are operating at the very top of their game.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    It's a long, brutal and honest look at a shattering event some Americans would apparently prefer not to see depicted - but also a respectful, inspiring one that's in no way exploitative or emotionally manipulative.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Darkly hilarious.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    The various witnesses tell contradictory tales that turn this into a real-life “Rashomon." The fact that two of the principals — Sarah and Michael, who delivers touching and eloquent on-camera narration that he wrote himself — are accomplished actors adds another level of confusion and interest that help make this compelling storytelling.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    The ideal date movie for the Passover-Easter season and beyond, guaranteed to keep audiences rolling in the pews.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Still Mine eschews schmaltz, and is tremendously moving.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Playing a slightly autobiographical role — reinforced by a karaoke sequence that gently nods to “Duets,” the final film directed by Danner’s late real-life husband, Bruce Paltrow, and starring their daughter Gwyneth — Danner shines in scene after scene.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    One of the year's best.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Stephen Sondheim’s stage classic Into the Woods, a dark and subversive musical take on fairy tales, not only survives but triumphs in the composer’s most unlikely collaboration with Disney.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Literally the kind of movie they just don't make anymore, Michel Hazanavicius' French-sponsored charmer The Artist is a gorgeous black-and-white love letter to silent Hollywood with old-fashioned English intertitles and just a single line of audible (English) dialogue.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    With such smarts and outstanding special effects, I eagerly await a second Iron Man movie, which of course is virtually promised in the final scene.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Haunting is the best word for Waltz With Bashir, a striking animated documentary - not an oxy moron, despite how it sounds - from Israel.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Linklater ambitiously shot his new effort over a period of 12 years with the same cast, showcasing what turns out to be an astonishing performance by newcomer Ellar Coltrane, who grows up from 6 to 18 before our eyes over the course of 164 minutes.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    An indie-inflected popcorn movie with major brains, brilliant acting and a highly satisfying payoff, Looper is the first must-see movie of the season.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Expertly directed, acted and written crowd-pleaser.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    This is in many ways a companion piece to Haynes’ “Far From Heaven” (2002), which remains one of my favorite films so far this century.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    There have been many documentaries about the Holocaust in recent years, but this one really stands out.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Gripping and stylish thriller.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Lynch's first G-rated feature, turns out to be one of the year's best films...a wonderful surprise.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Don’t miss it — this is enormously fun visionary filmmaking, with a witty script and a great international cast.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    An exciting and extremely well acted film. Even a nearly unrecognizable Blake Lively impresses in the key role of Jem's sister and Doug's sometime girlfriend.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Bryan Singer's super, soulful and very expensive new resurrection of the venerable big-screen franchise, ups the ante with must-see results.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Koch ends with the former mayor showing off a typically flamboyant gesture that embodies his contradictions - choosing to be buried in a Christian cemetery in his beloved Manhattan, complete with an already erected tombstone proclaiming his Jewish identity.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    The best evidence of this troubled man's genius is provided by ample samples of his music, much of which will be familiar to fans of Warner Bros. cartoons from the '30s and '40s.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    An expertly crafted, deeply moving film.
    • New York Post
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Vol. 2 isn't anywhere near as self-indulgent as its predecessor, but it still plays like the work of a man too in love with his creations to decide which of his darlings to kill - so he ended up with merely a very good movie.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    A civics lesson about integration very artfully - and entertainingly - disguised as an upbeat family sports movie.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Writer-director Will Gluck has written a stiletto-sharp, zinger-filled script that recalls "Mean Girls" as well as the films of John Hughes, which are sampled to amusing effect in a clever clip montage.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Carandiru, which ends with actual footage of the prison being demolished in 2002, marks a terrific comeback for Babenco - it's the roughest picture of life behind bars since "Midnight Express."
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Described as a cross between "Mildred Pierce" and "Arsenic and Old Lace" by Almodóvar - which ought to be more than enough to entice his fans.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    For me, the movie's high point comes when Tony auditions for a role in a Martin Scorsese movie. Tony learns not to try so hard -- a lesson that Garcia also seems to have absorbed from City Island.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    May be the most fun you'll have at the movies this summer.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Head and shoulders above the sort of lightheaded epics Hollywood typically offers during the summer season.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    If animated dogs were eligible for acting awards, the Oscar would go to Gromit.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Sally Hawkins is the heart and soul of Made in Dagenham, but another actress to watch for is the equally wonderful Rosamund Pike. She steals every scene she's in as the sympathetic wife of Rita's sexist boss (Rupert Graves).
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    In-depth performances by De Niro and Gooding Jr. provide the oxygen for this extremely shipshape biopic.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Not for the squeamish, but it is a beautifully crafted and thoughtful film that genuinely provokes.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    For all its flaws, The Tree of Life is a stunning exception to the rule that you can safely check your brain at the popcorn counter until after Labor Day. That's enough to place it among the year's best movies, or at least most-talked-about ones.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Stunningly photographed, largely with a hand-held camera, by Rodrigo Prieto (another member of the "Amores Perros" team) on gritty locations in Memphis and Albuquerque, 21 Grams is also a visual tour de force - and a rare Hollywood product depicting class differences with any kind of honesty.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Confirms Leigh's reputation as one of the world's master filmmakers - and showcases Staunton as one of its great actresses.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Extremely unsettling and thought- provoking.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Quirkily likable comedy-drama about a family trying to coping with loss, contains three of the best performances you're likely to see in an American movie this year.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Altman and Rapp skirt the fine line between satire and caricature, stopping just short of ridiculing the women who pack Dr. T's office.
    • New York Post
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Sheen, who is also reprising his stage role and appeared as Tony Blair in the Morgan-written "The Queen," is highly effective as Frost - though the stakes for Frost are nowhere near as interesting as those for Nixon.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan are superb as the couple, who use the occasion to drop bombs on each other.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    More than lives up to its clever positioning as the first movie of the new millennium.
    • New York Post
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    An entertaining piece of pulp fiction.

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