For 2,482 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 6.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lou Lumenick's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Being John Malkovich
Lowest review score: 0 A Little Bit of Heaven
Score distribution:
2482 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    The second half of Godzilla is definitely more fun than the first part of a film I enjoyed overall, if less than last year’s similar dip into giant monster blockbusterdom, “Pacific Rim.”
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Except possibly for a superlative supporting performance by Hugh Bonneville of “Downton Abbey,’’ Clooney’s low-key directorial effort is not quite an Oscar-caliber movie, though it’s got a great cast, a worthy theme and plenty of things to reward adult moviegoers.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    What makes Storm Surfers 3-D mesmerizing is jaw-dropping footage shot inside brute waves that’s unlike any I’ve ever seen before.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Had me watching through misty eyes, at least for the first half.
    • New York Post
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Basically a mega-budget war movie that makes fun of mega-budget war movies.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Redford's history lesson illustrates the old maxim that those who forget history are bound to repeat it.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Risks trivializing history and pandering to feminist fantasies, but it may be the year's most fearless movie.
    • New York Post
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Has a doozy of a surprise ending that doesn't really stand up under close scrutiny - but you'll have so much fun getting there, it's easy to go along with Lee and company for the ride.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    A devastatingly straightforward chamber piece that goes straight to the heart of what this city was feeling in the days right after Sept. 11.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    This multi-pronged labor of love doesn't always work, but it often does, sometimes in ways that take your breath away.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    On several levels, this film is a real-life horror story that puts most Hollywood movies to shame.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    The filmmakers follow this compassionate and articulate man as he returns to Rwanda a decade later to revisit his demons.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Find Me Guilty belongs to the odd couple of Dinklage and Diesel, whose volatile performance finally proves he is much more than an action star.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    A smart, dark road comedy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Unusual and utterly disarming documentary.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Offers some stunningly beautiful sequences and an engaging, if at times quite dark, story line.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Except when Norton is playing retarded, he and De Niro basically compete to see who can under-act the other. It's positively mesmerizing.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Vastly more explicit (be warned) and intelligent (than "Angel Eyes"). It also leads to much darker - and more interesting - places.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Genuinely charming, treacle-free family films are tough to find these days, so I'm happy to heartily recommend We Bought a Zoo as heartwarming holiday fare that even jaded adults can share with the kids.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Hrebejik directs with a sure hand, deftly balancing comedy and drama in a most involving and satisfying manner.
    • New York Post
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    An impeccably acted and directed - but quite icy - portrait of deception and betrayal.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    May be the most purely entertaining foreign-language crossover since "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    It's the oldest bittersweet story in the book, of course, but music-video director Marc Webb approaches his feature debut with great confidence, flair and a minimum of schmaltz.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Like the similar, and slightly superior, "The Conjuring" last summer, Oculus eschews the buckets of gore common to R-rated horror movies and takes a relatively subtle, psychological approach — even if the somewhat disappointing ending leaves the door open for a sequel (or three).
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    It's a sly, low-key comedy in which he casts himself as a neurotic, self-absorbed curmudgeon.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    There are touching interviews with a couple of former inmates...The most riveting part of The Decomposition of the Soul is their return to the prison, which was closed in 1989 and turned into a memorial to its victims.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    May be boomer-baiting formula, but this ingratiating, big-hearted holiday treat is as British as plum pudding - and the closest thing on the market to the famous Ealing comedies.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Legendary hipster filmmaker Jim Jarmusch’s wryly funny exercise in genre bending hits so many grace notes it ends up being his most satisfying film in years.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    After 23 years and three attempts, Predators finally delivers a solid sequel to the Arnold Schwarzenegger B-movie classic.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    The kind of movie that is beyond criticism.
    • New York Post
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Leconte turns up the erotic heat in the most gorgeously photographed black-and-white film since Wim Wenders' sublime "Wings of Desire."
    • New York Post
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    A lively and poignant comedy with lots of laughs and juicy roles for a roster of seasoned performers who should be seen more often.
    • 5 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    To say that Vulgar is not for all tastes might be the understatement of the year. For starters, this black comedy has a male rape scene that makes the one in "Deliverance" seem mild by comparison.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Unlike "Dirty Harry," this film doesn't particularly have an overt political ax to grind. But it thankfully strips away the veneer of glamour that Guy Ritchie and his imitators have applied to British crime films over the last decade or so.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Noyce paces this amazing story well, and even if his young actors don't seem to have physically suffered as much as they would during such a long journey, he makes extremely good use of the bleak Outback scenery.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    One of the season's most delightful surprises.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    A physically impressive, well-acted, sometimes emotionally powerful - and mostly apolitical - re-creation of that awful day that has some conservative pundits praising Stone as some sort of born-again patriot.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    The dazzling 14-minute chase includes cars, motorcycles, a couple of 18-wheelers - and nonstop martial-arts battles and leaps inside and on top of the vehicles. That scene alone will justify the price of admission for many.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Based on the many delightful samples on the soundtrack, it's an exemplary goal.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Solid family entertainment, a handsomely crafted and well-acted new film version of Natalie Babbitt's classic 1975 children's book.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Its portrait of adolescence seems so authentic that it puts most Hollywood products to shame.
    • New York Post
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Extremely well-made (and evenhanded) film.
    • New York Post
    • 35 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Dreamcatcher is a lark probably best enjoyed by 12-year-olds -- or anyone still able to get in touch with their inner 12-year-old.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    The ruefully funny Jack Goes Boating, which, refreshingly, takes a generous view of its flawed characters, is a must for us many Hoffman fans.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Sophisticated entertainment of the less-is-more school.
    • New York Post
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy Divan, an absolutely charming first-person documentary about a young ex-Hasidic woman determined to re-connect with her roots on her own terms.
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    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Eloquent testimony about the moral ambiguity of war from veterans, human rights officials and Iraqi refugees, several of whom worked as extras on "Three Kings."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    By the end I was getting a bit antsy from the rambling script and direction.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    The found-footage disaster flick Into the Storm is “Twister’’ for dummies, but by no means is that an insult. The new film is enormous fun if you’re in the right mood.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Hugely entertaining because director Lasse Hallstrom and screenwriter William Wheeler have greatly embellished the "truth" in Irving's book about the hoax.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    This is first and foremost a farce, not unlike Nichols' "The Birdcage."
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    An exuberant if not always brilliantly crafted adaptation of the campy ABBA musical.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    9
    IF you ask me, Shane Acker's post-apocalyp tic animated film 9 is better than the live-ac tion flick "District 9." Beyond their similar titles, these sci-fi social commentaries are both expanded from shorts under the sponsorship of a world-class director.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Rambles a bit, but it's a real slice of New York history.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Overall, it's a hand-tailored job in a marketplace filled with off-the-rack movies.
    • New York Post
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    A muscular, endlessly twisty homage to film noir capers like "The Asphalt Jungle."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    An expensive demonstration that all the spectacular effects in the world aren't enough to make a great film - but it's worth seeing for that stunning half-hour alone.
    • New York Post
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    The rare sequel that is better than the original.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Compelling documentary.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Daniel Lee’s elaborate Chinese historical action epic Dragon Blade certainly gets points for creative casting, as well as its gorgeous widescreen visuals.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    A must-see for Nicholson's mesmerizing performance, which would probably hold interest even if the sound were turned off.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Side by Side is an eye-opening, comprehensive look at the biggest technological revolution in Hollywood history. One huge irony is that digital formats are evolving so rapidly that the only foolproof way to archive and preserve a movie shot on video for future generations is . . . to transfer it to film.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Steamy and solidly entertaining.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    An absorbing documentary.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    A love letter to the technology and movies of the 1980s as well as celebrating the DIY ethos of the YouTube generation.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Overall, the film is not quite up to "Aladdin" and "The Little Mermaid" from the same directing team of Ron Clements and John Musker, not to mention the recent string of masterpieces from Pixar.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Kane was nicknamed "Killer" because of his playing style -- and New York Doll has a killer surprise ending that may leave even hard-core punkers reaching for the Kleenex.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    The crowd-pleasing St. Vincent provides Murray with his first comic vehicle in years. It’s a tour de force and a cause for major celebration.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Laugh-out-loud comedies are so rare that you shouldn't casually pass up Super Troopers, which is essentially a smarter and much funnier version of the old "Police Academy" flicks.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    The stunning visuals in DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 3 surpass the high standards set by its predecessors, but storywise, the latest adventures of goofy Po the panda break no new ground.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Especially worthwhile for the chemistry between Bell and Myles.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Bob Nelson’s original script, a sort of unlikely cross between “The Last Picture Show’’ and “The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek,’’ offers a biting satire of Midwestern life that Payne sometimes allows to border on condescension.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Patrick Stewart knocks it out of the park as a Juilliard School dance teacher forced to spill his biggest secrets in Match, which playwright Stephen Belber effectively directed and adapted from his own Broadway play.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    This movie takes its sweet time wrapping together three related tales set in various regions of North Carolina -- to ultimately devastating effect.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Spacey does his best work since "American Beauty'' as a tired middle-aged corporate warrior whose greatest compassion, in the end, is reserved for an ailing dog he has to put to sleep.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    A powerful, decades-spanning epic about that country's fight for independence centering on three brothers.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    The way-too-neat ending of The Brave One especially strains credulity, but it's worth watching for Foster's fiercely arresting performance.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    The extremely well-acted The Company Men ends on a hopeful note, but Wells examines the repercussions of a layoff-based economy with devastating precision.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    A worthy addition to the growing canon of Holocaust documentaries.
    • New York Post
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    This intriguing film is the best variation on "Vertigo" since Brian DePalma's far more polished "Obsession" (1976), which ranks with the best Hitchcock knockoffs of all time.
    • New York Post
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Doesn't quite live up to the promise of its opening sequence, but it's still an audacious offering during a season of brain-dead blockbusters.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    The eloquent narration forSaint of 9/11 is delivered by Ian McKellen.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Smart, funny and good-looking animation.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Somewhat leisurely paced, by American standards, especially in the beginning, but it's well worth sticking around for the payoff.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Not for all tastes, but it demonstrates Loach's skill as a poet of gritty semi-documentary filmmaking.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    A raunchy, endearing and often hilarious cross between “Back to the Future” and Reagan-era cheese-fests such as “Hot Dog: The Movie.”
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    The Siegels make the Kardashians and Donald Trump look like tasteful pikers when it comes to egregiously conspicuous consumption, sheer hubris and utter refusal to take responsibility for their actions.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    I walked out of Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects thinking to myself, “Finally, a mainstream 2013 movie I can whole-heartedly recommend’’ — then quickly added, “well, except that it will probably piss off a sizeable portion of the target audience.’’
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    An offer you shouldn't refuse: It's laugh-out-loud, side-splitting funny.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    In an era when documentaries are looking more and more glossy, it's almost refreshing to see the austere approach taken by veteran Frederick Wiseman.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    A smart, funny, stylish and very violent British gangster movie.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    It's highly entertaining, even if it's almost entirely one-sided.
    • New York Post
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Perhaps the best compliment I can pay to his work in Edge of Darkness is that I wouldn't particularly want to see this movie with grumpy Harrison Ford starring instead. Welcome back, Mel.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    You couldn’t ask for a more fun summer popcorn movie than White House Down.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Fairly suspenseful.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    It's not up to the high standard of the Clooney-Heslov script for "Good Night, and Good Luck,'' or what you'd imagine that, say, Aaron Sorkin could have done with this premise (for starters, sharper dialogue). Or what Elaine May did with the similarly themed "Primary Colors" 13 years ago.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Very much a feminist Western — one painting a vivid picture of how difficult it was for even a strong and determined woman to survive in frontier days.

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