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 5.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lou Lumenick's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Captain Phillips
Lowest review score: 0 Jackass: The Movie
Score distribution:
2481 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    One of the summer’s most entertaining and provocative movies.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Hilarious French farce.
    • New York Post
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Sort of a Bollywood "Citizen Kane," a decades-spanning drama with a compelling Abhishek Bachchan as a ruthless Indian business tycoon who refuses to take no for an answer.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Director Frears, in a radical shift from "High Fidelity," again (as in "Dangerous Liaisons") shows he's a master of period detail and subtle storytelling -- and the performances couldn't be more on the money.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    W.
    An often compelling, tragicomic psychological analysis of Dubya, viewed through the prism of his relationship with an allegedly disapproving father.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Ride sounds a bit like a Lifetime movie, but in Hunt’s capable hands it’s a brisk, funny and touching comedy for boomers.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    A more nuanced picture of the only president to resign from office emerges in Penny Lane’s clever documentary.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Page and Church work so brilliantly together as a comic team that it's worth enduring the leads' utter lack of chemistry together - not to mention the fact they're both wildly miscast.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Doesn't have a particularly well-defined point of view, but it is a succinct, entertaining and valuable record of a time that in some ways now seems as remote as the Roaring '20s.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    There’s nothing hugely original about the script by Richard Wenk (who cowrote “Expendables 2” with Sylvester Stallone), but Washington is a master at putting his own inimitable and stylish spin on even the most familiar situations.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    What elevates Men, Women & Children considerably above a dramatized (and occasionally over-dramatized) lecture on the dehumanizing aspects of the Internet is the consistently high caliber of acting (including, yes, Sandler) and spot-on narration by Emma Thompson.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    It may not have songs by ABBA, but Bran Nue Dae is roughly Australia's far less elaborate answer to "Mamma Mia!" -- a cheerful and proudly corny musical that's pretty hard to resist if you're in the right frame of mind.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    A blood- freezing German thriller, a very stylish variation on "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Seven."
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    This familiar scenario works because of well-written and acted characters. The disciplined direction is by Peter Cattaneo, who tackled somewhat similar material in "The Full Monty" a decade ago.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    The animation, supervised by director Timothy Bjorkland, is deliberately crude, but it complements the wacky story line just as well as the excellent musical numbers, one of which is a spot-on homage/parody of Sondheim.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Quietly persuasive and very timely documentary.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    A bittersweet confection that few holiday filmgoers will be able to resist, thanks to melt-in-your-mouth performances by Juliette Binoche, Alfred Molina and Judi Dench.
    • New York Post
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Laura Dern — only nine years older than Witherspoon’s fresh-faced 38 — could also net a Best Supporting Actress nod for her outstanding work as Cheryl’s spunky and nurturing mothe.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    For those willing to work a bit at it, this is the sort of artistry many American independent movies aspire to - but rarely achieve.
    • New York Post
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Thornton is in great form as the sardonic Vic, whose disposal of an apparently dead body in a trunk is a hilarious set piece.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Newcomer Friend, a Leonardo DiCaprio lookalike who can also be seen in small roles in "The Libertine" and "Pride & Prejudice," has a winning manner, but Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont is a terrific, long-overdue vehicle for Lady Olivier.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    In the end, The Walk finds a graceful way to pay tribute not only to Petit’s bravery and determination — but to the thousands lost on 9/11 in the buildings this daredevil loved so much.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    While My First Mister has considerable charm, it suffers somewhat from comparison with "Ghost World."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Chemistry is the usually misfiring engine that drives romantic comedies, so it's a pleasure to report that Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis are practically combustible together in Friends With Benefits.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Bahrani's unsentimental film is perhaps most interesting as a look at a colorful, little-known world that has recently been targeted for urban renewal.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Many indie films about adolescents these days - like Gus Van Sant's "Elephants" - are willfully amoral. Mean Creek isn't - and it's the first indie since "Thirteen" that parents should make required viewing for teens.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    While Clooney and especially Blanchett give solid performances, and McGuire plays effectively against type, the movie is best appreciated as an exercise in vintage Hollywood style.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    It's Willis who delivers the goods in scene after scene, triumphing over a thin script, often bland direction.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    The story is still so compelling - and the principals still so eager for attention - that the filmmaker's pedestrian treatment can't take away from the impact.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    It's a welcome alternative to the homogenized Hollywood releases that proliferate during the holiday season.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    A little gem.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    While highly entertaining and sometimes inspired, Black Mass is more like Scorsese lite. In perhaps the most memorable sequence, Bulger sardonically tests a childhood friend (Joel Edgerton) for loyalty by teasing out a “secret” steak sauce in what’s basically a reworking/homage of Joe Pesci’s famous “I’m funny, how?” scene in “GoodFellas.”
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Piles on enough eye candy and action sequences to please fans, plus more humor than the three "Rings" films - even if it only occasionally achieves the trio's grandeur.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    A fascinating snapshot of contemporary teenagers.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Some of the year's most arresting female performances justify White Oleander, a highly episodic melodrama.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    A real old-fashioned crowd-pleaser.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Unknown actually has enough of a sense of humor to admit what it is: hybrid corn. But it's been crossbred from Hitchcockian stock.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    A serious, wrenching and oddly poetic documentary.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Wind Chill is very much Blunt's show - there are no other major characters save Holmes - and she even gets to climb a telephone pole in her Prada heels. Brava!
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Mixes fact and speculation in a way that's already raised the ire of some on the right as well as on the left.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    It's a bit less good than McCarthy's earlier films -- Jeffrey Tambor has a large, superfluous role that abruptly disappears, and Ryan, a fine actress, makes a less than entirely convincing spouse for Giamatti. This one is a crowd-pleaser nonetheless.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    The house itself - which walks down the street in one impressive scene - is memorably voiced by Kathleen Turner.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    The film's most memorable performance is by Eamonn Walker, who is scarily good as the singer known as Howlin' Wolf.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Cross “Dog Day Afternoon’’ with “The Big Short’’ and throw in a dash of “Network’’ and you’ve got Money Monster, a clever financial thriller with comic overtones that’s a solid investment of your time thanks to stellar work by George Clooney and Julia Roberts.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Satisfying, well-acted drama.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    The lyrical The Road Home is less political and less flashy than some previous films by Zhang Yimou.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    It would be a crime in itself to reveal the surprises of Nine Queens, which provides two solid hours of corking entertainment.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    The Agronomist uses archival footage and music to tell a moving story that's all too common in the Third World.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Martin's most adventurous film in many years, may be next best thing to a quick shot of nitrous oxide.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Unpretentious and unexpectedly moving.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    There are moments of brilliance, like a claymation sequence that manages to simultaneously send up '60s holiday cartoons and "Ghostbusters'' (with Frosty the Snowman instead of Marshmallow Man).
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    It's a tribute to the sheer professionalism of this crossover charmer that it holds your interest for two solid hours.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Besides terrific performances, it boasts terrific cinematography by Giles Nuttgens that contrasts stunningly beautiful and grimly ugly Scottish landscapes - complementing the hunky Joe's ugly soul, which manifests itself in a truly nasty sex scene involving pudding, catsup and Cathie.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    A solid documentary that examines the art's roots, from ad-libs by black preachers to "toasts" delivered by Jamaican immigrants over instrumental tracks in the '70s South Bronx.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Forget the plot of Ocean's Twelve - you will by the time you leave the theater, if not sooner. This slickly entertaining sequel is all about savoring eye candy.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    While this slow-starting update of "Private Lives" has plenty of laughs, the incredibly expressive (and too-seldom seen) Stevenson turns Julia's romantic dilemma into something genuinely moving. She makes A Previous Engagement something special.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    An unexpectedly disarming, extremely well-cast little variation on "E.T."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Isn't as sharply directed as "Jessica Stein," but it's still a formidable crowd-pleaser.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Highly entertaining - but far from classic.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei and Jonah Hill give such wonderfully satisfying, full-blooded performances in Cyrus that it seems almost churlish to wish this creepy little Oedipal comedy were a little more well-thought-out, and handled its wilder shifts in tone with more finesse.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Gut-bustingly funny -- perhaps this waning summer season's ultimate guilty pleasure.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    If you're able to check your brain at the popcorn stand, you'll stand a much better chance of enjoying this crowd pleaser.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Nasty but compulsively watchable.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Sam Rockwell's films are almost always worth watching be cause of this indie stalwart's taste in offbeat projects -- and his refusal to play to the audience's sympathy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Love is Strange is very well worth seeing for its two stars, who acutely convey the pain their characters feel over their separation as well as displaying their considerable comic chops to keep things from getting too grim.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Though it's being dumped in the wastelands in February, Breach is better than many of the pack of so-called prestige movies that were released at the end of last year.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Beautifully photographed by Dean Semler, Appaloosa is the best Western since "Open Range" and shows there's still life in this most unfashionable of genres.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Veteran character actor Dennis Farina gives one of the best performances of the year in a rare lead part as an aging, down-on-his luck small-time hood in The Last Rites of Joe May.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Disney's best comedy in years.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Perhaps the most fascinating vintage footage...depicts what happened in 1961 when the city sent police into Washington Square Park to stop the longtime Sunday practice of singing without a required permit.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Pacino demonstrates considerable comic chops in The Humbling — which has some interesting similarities to “Birdman.’’ It loses some momentum in its third act, but provides plenty of juicy material for a terrific cast.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Chan at his high-kicking best. Some sequences are simply amazing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Remarkably apolitical, considering that it comes from the director of the Bush-bashing "The Road to Guantanamo."
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    This rousing, fact-based Norwegian movie covers an unusual subject -- the resistance movement in that country during World War II, whose best-known depiction came in "Edge of Darkness," a 1943 Hollywood adventure movie starring Errol Flynn as a stalwart fisherman outwitting the Nazi occupiers.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Beautifully photographed over the four seasons - including Christmas, for the park's century-old bird census - Birders: The Central Park Effect is full of grace notes.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    The most exhilarating film about indie moviemaking on a shoestring since "Ed Wood," even if its subject -- the director's dad, ultra-macho filmmaking pioneer Melvin Van Peebles -- couldn't be more different than the notoriously inept Wood.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Often thrilling, sometimes charming, occasionally clunky family entertainment that perhaps wisely doesn't attempt to scale the heights of "Raiders of the Lost Ark."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Story of Tobias Schneebaum, a gay New York artist famous for living with, sleeping with - and, gulp, eating with - cannibals in New Guinea.
    • New York Post
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    A gut-wrenching experience.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    This unlikely micro-budgeted project is written and directed by Marianna Palka, who also plays the female lead. The guy is portrayed by her real-life boyfriend, Jason Ritter (son of the late John). Their performances are quite remarkable and their chemistry is palpable, even if Good Dick is primarily intended for more adventurous moviegoers.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    A feast of great acting, although in the final analysis it's a filmed stage play rather than a brilliant movie.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Amenta draws from the diary that Rita kept in the nine months before her death in 1991, interviews with survivors and news footage to tell a riveting and inspiring story right out of "The Godfather."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    An intoxicating attack on the homogenization of wines around the world - a "Fahrenheit 9/11" for the oneophile set.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    The film's flaws probably won't bother less jaded kids one whit.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Operation Filmmaker is eventually about Muthana blackmailing Davenport by withholding access to him as she fruitlessly seeks a happy ending for her film. "Now, I'm just looking for an exit strategy," she finally concludes.

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