For 2,383 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 4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lou Lumenick's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Lowest review score: 0 Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Score distribution:
2,383 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    A gut-wrenching, politically neutral documentary that spends more than a year with a platoon of American GIs in a valley that's been called the most dangerous spot on Earth.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Overall, this gorgeously designed and photographed movie artfully depicts the immigrant experience in ways that transcend its setting, melding Hollywood and Bollywood storytelling techniques to weave a tale a large audience will relate to.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Less grim than it sounds, Southern Comfort ends on a note of triumph for its endearing, gender-bending hero.
    • New York Post
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    A head-clearing, mind-blowing blast from the past - one of the year's best.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Is torture ever justifiable? A twisty, compelling, brilliantly acted (if sometimes difficult to watch) thriller, Prisoners, asks this question not in the usual contemporary context — anti-terrorism — but instead as a gruesome option deployed as a response to every parent’s worst nightmare.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    This superb documentary about the Catholic Church's worst pedophile scandal is in many ways far scarier than any fiction.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Director Paul Greengrass - who directed the superb "United 93" between the second and third "Bourne" installments - knows how to stage and edit bravura action sequences, generating almost unbearable suspense while deploying a superb cast.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    As much a study of prehistoric art as archaeology, this documentary brings in experts to speculate about the mysterious artists who made these paintings, some quite elaborate and others intriguingly abstract.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Such astounding computer-generated effects you'll suspend disbelief and root for the hero, a 3-inch talking mouse.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    That still makes Broken Embraces superior to at least 99 percent of the movies released in 2009. Run, don't walk.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Splendidly spectacular, intelligent and very well-acted.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Quite unlike anything I've ever seen before.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    ParaNorman is probably the year's most visually dazzling movie so far, and the stunning climax centering on an 11-year-old witch (Jodelle Ferland) is too good to spoil.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Winslet (Mendes' wife) once again demonstrates why she's one of the best actresses working today.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    You might not want to watch all of "The ABC of Love and Sex Australian Style," "Turkey Shoot" or "The True Story of Eskimo Nell," but the clips on view in "Not Quite Hollywood" are a hoot.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    The kind of stand-up-and-cheer movie Hollywood is supposed to have forgotten how to make.
    • New York Post
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Smart, funny and ingeniously detailed with terrific vocal teamwork.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    As Kym, Hathaway runs an astonishing gamut of emotions, from anger to fragility and from hurt to regret - without ever seeming actress-y, like Nicole Kidman. Start clearing that mantelpiece, Anne.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Like the Master of Suspense's best films, Double Take (which makes great use of Bernard Herrmann's haunting "Psycho" score) is an intellectual puzzle that also works as a thoroughly accessible entertainment.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Gut-bustingly funny.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    The most delightful family movie since "Stuart Little."
    • New York Post
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    It’s a remarkable story, vividly and urgently told by French-Canadian director Vallée (“The Young Victoria”) from a pointed, schmaltz-free script by Craig Borten and Melissa Wallack.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    It's as purely entertaining as it is thought-provoking and timely.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Arguably the year's most entertaining art-house film.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Strictly a love it-or-hate-it proposition, it requires viewers to work at a movie with a narrative that could support at least half a dozen interpretations.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    A remarkable, eye-popping nature documentary.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    12
    The time passes quickly. This is the rare remake that does honor to the spirit of the original.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Forget those weepie liberal clichés. This starless and vividly authentic romantic thriller set in Central America really rocks, and is one of the most exciting directorial debuts in years.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Slowly builds power to devastating effect.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    It’s perhaps the most incisive and funniest Hollywood take on Broadway since Mel Brook’s original “The Producers.”
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    A remarkably assured feature debut by Bennett Miller, a longtime director of commercials (and the documentary "The Cruise") whose no-frills style trusts that the powerful material and the uniformly excellent performances need little embellishment.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Phoebe in Wonderland happens to be at least partly a Lifetime movie, but this special little film is no disease-of-the-week tear-jerker.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Tim Burton's best film in years.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Combines big laughs, a big heart and thoroughly winning characters to become the first big surprise of the fall season.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    A technological landmark that couldn't look or sound better.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Clooney, who gained 35 pounds for the role, gives a self-effacing but highly effective performance.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    This movie belongs to its young stars, who have grown immensely as actors since they were first ideally cast by Chris Columbus, the hack who directed the first two movies.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    The first filmed Shakespeare comedy in decades that’s actually funny.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Morris' most gripping film since "The Thin Blue Line," is the year's scariest movie.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Not a film for all tastes, but it's a considerable artistic achievement.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Schrader's strongest movie since "Affliction," is another meditation on American masculinity powerfully told with great wit and style.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Even with his clothes on, this is Mortensen's best and richest performance, worthy of serious awards consideration. He lends a moral complexity to Eastern Promises that makes it much more than just a very accomplished action thriller.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Davis, a hugely underrated actress..., is deadpan perfection as Joyce, wearing oversized glasses and a wig that makes her look like an older version of Thora Birch's character in "Ghost World."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Gut-Bustingly funny moves are pretty rare, so hustle over to Kung Fu Hustle, actor-director Ste phen Chow's exhilaratingly hilarious and affectionate send-up of Hong Kong action flicks.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Not many people are making silent horror serials these days, but Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin pushes his love of lurid melodrama to the limit in his latest demented treat, Brand Upon the Brain!
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Bryan Singer’s whip-smart and witty time-travel romp X-Men: Days of Future Past blows a breath of fresh air through the musty Marvel universe.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    One of the best films released so far this year, At Any Price signals the arrival of Iranian-American Ramin Bahrani in the ranks of major US directors.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Utterly delightful.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Mud
    Mud runs over two hours, climaxing with a shootout that belongs in a different movie. It’s a rare misstep in an art-house movie that will pull mainstream audiences along as inexorably as the Mississippi River. Go see it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Like Roald Dahl's book, Tim Burton's splendidly imaginative and visually stunning - and often very dark and creepy - new version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is squarely aimed more at children than their parents.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Between D-Day, the sheer ambition of Paul Thomas Anderson's historical epic and Robert Elswit's dazzling cinematography, this is a must-see movie - even though its emotional temperature rarely rises above freezing and the climax goes way, way, way over the top.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    A grim, challenging movie that will amply reward audiences willing to go along with its ride into the dark depths of its characters' souls.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Sweet without being sticky and funny without getting silly, Whip It introduces Barrymore as a director with a keen eye, a good ear for tone and an inspired touch with actors.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    The most devastating spoof of reality TV since Albert Brooks' 1978 "Real Life."
    • New York Post
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Walken was largely typecast in quirky roles as a result of playing the title character's brother in "Annie Hall," so it's something of a delightful irony that 35 years later, Walken finds his most rewarding role leading a terrific ensemble in what amounts to one of the best Woody Allen movies that Allen wasn't involved in making.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Duvall and Spacek are so in tune with each other's rhythms -- despite their 20-year age difference -- that it's hard to believe they've never acted together before.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Emotionally honest, feel-good saga with a universality that stands out in a season of singularly depressing and cynical Hollywood product.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    A remarkable accomplishment, an absorbing documentary about the joy of reading that's also a positively gripping literary mystery.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    An enthralling 3-D IMAX documentary.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    It's a sharply written, unforgettably directed character study with brilliant performances by Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams - far more intimate but no less intense than director Paul Thomas Anderson's Oscar-winning last film, "There Will Be Blood.''
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    A crowd-pleasing baseball movie for people - like me - who don't like baseball movies...Probably the finest baseball movie since "Bull Durham".
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Thomas Vinterberg (“The Celebration”) directs with restraint that makes the story all the more affecting.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    There is no shortage of indie movies about economically challenged women. This one is different, in that the women actually do something besides just talk about it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    The quirky High Fidelity really deserves being called the first must-see movie of the century.
    • New York Post
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    After years of diminishing returns, Woody Allen spectacularly returns to form with Vicky Cristina Barcelona, his funniest movie in years and arguably his sexiest.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    I was laughing so hard, tears were streaming down my cheeks.
    • New York Post
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    It's a positive hat trick by John Cameron Mitchell.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Astonishingly sharp and stunningly beautiful images of galaxies as far as 100 billion light-years away.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    A documentary that exerts a car-wreck fascination as it follows the icon through her 75th year (she's now 77) while looking back over her tumult-filled life and career.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Jack Black gives the performance of his career in the title role of Bernie, under the pitch-perfect direction of his "School of Rock'' director, Richard Linklater, who expertly crafts a black comedy with a deceptively sunny surface. It's the best movie I've seen all spring.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Norton, returning to cracking form, doesn't try to make the selfish and smug Monty sympathetic -- but he lights up the screen, especially in two fantasy sequences.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    As hip, funny and truthful a sleeper as has ever flown under Tinseltown's radar.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    A gorgeous and witty piece of stop-motion animation.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young amounts to the most hilarious Woody Allen movie in forever.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Timothy Spall, a character actor best known as Wormtail in the “Harry Potter’’ series, delivers an Oscar-caliber tour de force as eccentric British landscape painter J.M.W. Turner in the exquisite Mr. Turner.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    A summery confection crammed with fresh young talented faces that's hard not to love.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Helen Mirren outdoes even her Oscar-winning performance in "The Queen" with her tour de force as Countess Sofya Tolstoy in Michael Hoffman's delightful The Last Station.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby is the first must-see film of Hollywood’s summer season, if for no other reason than its jaw-dropping evocation of Roaring ’20s New York — in 3-D, no less.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    In his own twisted way, Lou is just as much a bloodsucker as Dracula, in a horror story that this tabloid veteran can attest is not as far removed from reality as you might assume.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    It's a stirring reminder of a time when anything seemed possible - these American heroes boosted morale eroded by the Vietnam War, as well as bringing the whole world together to celebrate their success.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    It's got more imagination than half a dozen movies combined; there's nothing else out there like this, and to me that's a very good thing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Sequels don't get much better - or smarter - than the action-, drama-, romance- and comedy-packed Spider-Man 2, which miraculously improves on the webslinger's hugely popular first screen adventure in every imaginable department.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Jersey Boys tells a familiar story, yes — but rarely told this well and with this much heart and soul.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Lassie is a dog movie even non-dog lovers will lap up.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    This is a beautifully acted chamber piece --especially by the magnificent Blake, who is married to Norris in real life.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Theron is very good as a woman struggling for respect in a sexist environment. There are also small but telling performances by Susan Sarandon as Hank's worried wife, and Frances Fisher as a topless bartender who aids in the investigation.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    One of the 10 best American movies released so far this year, Kit Kittredge: An American Girl is the surprisingly satisfying first theatrical film inspired by a long-running series of historically themed dolls.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    A thoughtful, rousing and beautifully crafted epic.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    2046 is a bit overlong and not for all tastes, but fans of "In the Mood for Love" will relish this second helping, which is more emotionally substantial than the first.

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