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

Lou Lumenick's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Finding Neverland
Lowest review score: 0 All's Faire in Love
Score distribution:
2481 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    The Price of Milk, which boasts a lush classical score recorded by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, has a few more twists that make this a Valentine's Day delight.
    • New York Post
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    This extremely well-acted dramatic farce of grief and betrayal actually has a resonance beyond its target demographic.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Open Range could easily have lost 20 minutes in the editing room, but its very casual pacing and beautiful vistas - gorgeously photographed in British Columbia by James Munro - are a soothing alternative in a season of movies seemingly aimed at sufferers of attention deficit disorder.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    A guaranteed crowd-pleaser for the whole family.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    t's an exciting, well-directed thriller that, while providing more than enough action and gore to satisfy genre fans, also offers the political commentary that has characterized zombie movies going back at least as far as "Night of the Living Dead."
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    It's certainly a lot more charming than the last attempt at a Peter Pan sequel, Steven Spielberg's star-laden, ham-fisted "Hook."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Slyly funny.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Hopkins' larger-than-life performance as the crusty and crafty Burt rivets your attention for two solid hours in this most entertaining labor of love.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, crosses over from thriller into magic realism for a lavishly staged climax that's a bit much.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Surprisingly funny and sweet, despite some missed comic opportunities and curious casting choices.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    The Depp sequence is especially poignant, apparently rewritten with references to other celebrities who died before their time -- Rudolph Valentino, James Dean and Princess Di -- and who will remain "forever young" in our imaginations.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    An utterly beguiling tale.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    The funniest "SNL" movie since "Wayne's World."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Leguizamo knocks it out of the park as an armored car driver in The Take.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Well worth seeing for Walters, whose comic and dramatic gifts are showcased to very entertaining effect.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Some of the plot twists don't really stand up to close scrutiny, but the sometimes over-the-top Joy Ride plows through them with such joyful glee, you don't really care.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    A fun ride of a sci-fi thriller with terrific romantic chemistry between Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Monaghan.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Short, fast and nasty, The Mechanic is considerably more fun than the rather lethargic original.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Solidly old-fashioned entertainment.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Some advice: Don't even bother trying to figure out what's going on in Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence -- just sit back and enjoy the lush, trippy visuals.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    This is a look at the joy, confusion and heartbreak of adolescence that's both culture- and locale-specific and, at the same time, universal.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    An oddly endearing little chamber piece that provides a terrific showcase for Hoffman, surely the best actor who has never been nominated for an Oscar.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    The enchanting voice on the phone, who delightfully shows up in person halfway through, belongs to Zooey Deschanel. In real life, she hooked up with the composer of the lively score, M. Ward, to create the pop duo She & Him.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    As you might suspect, the 2012 dialogue is pure Velveeta.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Far more worth seeing than most of what's out there.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Wholesome entertainment that will please the under-10 crowd without boring their parents.
    • New York Post
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Well worth seeing for the incandescent Portman.
    • New York Post
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Woody Allen certainly hasn't managed anything remotely this funny lately.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    To get to the best part first, Tarantino's adrenaline-pumping "Death Proof" is actually a good movie that - unlike Rodriguez's "Planet Terror," - rethinks its genre in ways that say something to contemporary audiences. And it's got some of Tarantino's best dialogue since "Pulp Fiction."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    A tabloidy, nail-biting thriller.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Though the movie doesn't use real names and the press notes say it's "inspired" by the Durst case, it seems to follow many of the facts rather closely -- all the while mixing in not a little provocative speculation.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Luke, who seems to have been marking time since his impressive debut in the title role of Denzel Washington's "Antwone Fisher" four years ago, is fiercely good as this reluctant warrior and devoted family man.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    The Edgertons pile on the plot twists a bit thick, but the director steadily ratchets up the tension until a climactic shootout.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Holy ship! Crowe’s grumpy Noah and his dysfunctional clan help God reboot the too-wicked world in this imaginative (but hardly sacrilegious) and visually spectacular elaboration on Genesis.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    For my money, Furious 6 is more fun than “Skyfall" and a lot more fun than the deadly dull “Star Trek Into Darkness,’’ both of which ask you to take their silly plots way too seriously.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    It's an enjoyable, well-acted, old-school geekfest pitting a group of middle-school students against an escaped monster from outer space.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Delightfully quirky.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    The movie equivalent of a lavish coffee-table book, a love letter to the Golden Age of Hollywood from one of its foremost students.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Hammer, whose blunt name belies the movie's many subtle touches, has his own distinct style. He also has an enormous trust in the audience to sort out this wounded family's miseries without the assistance of narration or even a musical score.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    A rousing, politically correct, Muslim-sympathetic, $140 million take on the Crusades.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    The Zipper is a carnival ride, a tumbling cage whose screaming customers are spun around like a Ferris wheel.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Larson shines as an adult staffer assigned to keep these self-destructive kids safe while they work with therapists.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    After 160 years, this is a story that still grips the heart and the mind.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    A hard-hitting exposé of a shameful episode.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    It's an engaging piece of filmmaking on its own, beautifully shot and acted.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    A gripping reminder of a brutal chapter of 20th-century history.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    What makes The Blind Side a Thanksgiving treat is director Hancock's subtle touch and admirable refusal to yield to sports movie clichés, something he did previously with "The Rookie" and "Remember the Titans."
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    The acting is solid, especially Whaley, whose nasty variation on Norman Bates is his showiest role since he memorably played Kevin Bacon's assistant in "Swimming With Sharks."
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    A beautifully shot film with a funny French-twist ending.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    The season's first guilty pleasure, Shoot 'Em Up is a joyously silly, R-rated, John Woo-in flected Looney Tune, with Clive Owen as a carrot-chomping, gun-toting Bugs Bunny matching wits with Elmer Fudd-ish assassin Paul Giamatti.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    These are characters with whom it's a pleasure to spend a couple of hours.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Though the story may be cut from the same cloth as the female-empowering "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood," it's never as cute, cloying or overbearing as that movie eventually became.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Provides a fascinating tour of the city's past.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Even at his best, Sharma doesn't have sufficient acting chops - or enough Hanks-like charisma - to hold the screen alone for more than 70 minutes with the CGI Richard Parker (as well as a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan and a rat who quickly become food for the ravenous tiger).
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    The beautifully crafted Adam offers no pat or easy answers.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Isn't great. But I had fun watching.
    • New York Post
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Good value for the money, a funny, character-driven action comedy with three disparate stars -- who have great chemistry together.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Full of action and silliness that will delight rug rats, but it's still hip and absurd enough to entertain grown-ups, too.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Shannon is wonderful as a woman pushed over the edge by the death of her pet in Year of the Dog, a very low-key, well-acted dramedy.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Tautly directed by Kiefer’s longtime “24’’ helmer Jon Cassar, Forsaken greatly benefits from the poignant teaming of its father-and-son stars — as well as Michael Wincott as an especially elegant and eloquent gunfighter who has great respect for John.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Hanks is terrific giving his first flat-out comic performance in years as a wildly eccentric criminal mastermind.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Italian director Luca Guadagnino draws terrific performances from his four stars.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    A cheerfully crude, well-cast (and frequently uproarious) campus comedy in the tradition of "There's Something About Mary."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Short, sweet, charming and often very funny, Shaun the Sheep Movie has essentially no intelligible dialogue and doesn’t need any.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Achieves the odd distinction of being the first post-9/11 NYPD corruption movie - complete with a shootout in the Criminal Courts building. Cool.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    The Class offers no Hollywood ending, but is rewarding for those up to the challenge.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    A hilariously deadpan black-and-white slacker comedy, Duck Season is sort of like "Wayne's World" directed by a Mexican Jim Jarmusch.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Stephen Beresford’s script’s has its cornball fish-out-of-water touches to be sure, but Pride is a bona fide crowd-pleaser — wearing its heart on its sleeve as the film builds to an ending that’s as satisfying as it is surprising.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    A powerful piece of filmmaking.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    A crowd-pleaser of the first order.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    A lush, genteel romance of the Merchant-Ivory school that qualifies as a guilty pleasure -- largely because of the unexpected chemistry between its improbably matched leads, Gwyneth Paltrow and Aaron Eckhart.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Best remembered as the most flamboyant of TV's original "Hollywood Squares" - which is really saying something on a panel that included Paul Lynde.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    In short, Red Eye hits the bull's-eye.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    If you're looking for a movie you can take your parents or young children to without fear of embarrassment or the need for endless explanations, this is the one.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    A fresh, fast and funny little fable.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    While This Film Is Not Yet Rated does not suggest an alternative to the ratings board, it does expose this Tinseltown sham to some well-deserved public ridicule.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Cynics need not apply, but I found Bella a real heart tugger.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    An intelligent, extremely well-acted thriller about a mother's endless love for her son.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Enemy at the Gates, is no "Saving Private Ryan" - but thrilling, bravura stretches make it consistently entertaining, if less than profound, filmmaking.
    • New York Post
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Masterful acting.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Frequently hilarious, occasionally sweet and often graphically violent, Pineapple Express may not be the greatest stoner movie ever made, but it will do perfectly well until we get another hit of Harold and Kumar.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    It's a far more effective leftist argument than the bombastic "Fahrenheit 9/11."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    42
    42 may not be a home run, but it’s certainly a solid three-base hit as worthy family entertainment.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Look at Me is on the talky side, but like Jaoui's directing debut, "The Taste of Others," it offers uniformly excellent performances and smart observations on social and family interactions.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    A breakthrough animated film -- a trippy cross between "Yellow Submarine" and "My Dinner With Andre" that will leave some audience members struggling to stay awake and others reaching for a toke.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Despite some plot holes, Delirious, hits the bull's-eye with razor-sharp performances and dialogue.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Queen To Play is ultimately about people's capacity for emotional and intellectual growth at any age.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Obviously a labor of love for all involved, including GOP mayoral candidate Michael Bloomberg, who bankrolled the production and receives full producer credit. He deserves it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Never reaches the heights of "Short Cuts" or "Magnolia" -- two multi-story films that clearly provided inspiration -- but it's a thoughtful road trip well worth taking.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    A delightful "That's Entertainment" for the theater.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    The documentary was filmed in the 1990s by Denny Tedesco, whose father Tommy is credited as the most recorded guitarist in history, including the instantly identifiable themes to “Bonanza” and “Mission: Impossible.”
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    A clever and big- hearted gay screwball comedy.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Truth be told, Firth's transcendent performance in A Single Man renders that stylistic gimmick utterly unnecessary -- Firth provides all the emotional color this movie needs, and then some.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    The Congress doesn’t fully live up to its lofty ambitions, but it does attempt something most filmmakers wouldn’t even dream of — a dystopian blend of live-action and animation that acidly comments on some of Hollywood’s touchiest issues before drifting off into an existential fog.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Starts out a lot like an expensive-looking episode of "CSI" before morphing into a solidly entertaining time-traveling romance.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    This superbly acted and ultimately disarming dual coming-out comedy-drama -- which turns out to be semi-autobiographical -- certainly grows on you, despite all of the twee touches.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Mr. Holmes, derived from a novel by Mitch Cullin, isn’t quite as deep or as poignant, but amply rewards McKellen and Holmes fans willing to go with its leisurely pace.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Rip Torn gives his best performance in years.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Dark, morbidly funny and quite violent movie, which plays with audience members' heads in ways many people will find quite disturbing.

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