For 2,329 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 3.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lou Lumenick's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Inception
Lowest review score: 0 Æon Flux
Score distribution:
2,329 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    Nothing this year comes close to being as utterly unforgettable as Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth, an extremely dark and disturbing fairy tale for audiences say, ages 12 and up.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    Well-meaning films like “Lincoln’’ and “Lee Daniels’ The Butler’’ merely scratch the surface compared to the deep and painful truths laid bare by 12 Years a Slave. It’s about time, Scarlett O’Hara.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    If there is a genius working in Hollywood today, it's animation director Brad Bird, who tops the delightful "The Incredibles" with arguably the finest 'toon in the Pixar canon, Ratatouille.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    Bursting with energy and originality even after 36 years, A Hard Day's Night is easily the best show in town.
    • New York Post
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    Compared by some to “2001: A Space Odyssey,’’ Cuarón’s relatively intimate space epic is equally groundbreaking in the spectacular way it depicts space.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    Quite possibly the first truly great fact-based movie of the 21st century.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    Like the fictional Clarice Starling in "The Silence of the Lambs,'' Maya is a consummate professional who brilliantly performs her job in an often hostile work environment.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    A Japanese cross between "Alice in Wonderland" and "The Wizard of Oz" -- is such a landmark in animation that labeling it a masterpiece almost seems inadequate.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    An all-time classic that seems even better after two decades.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    A charming, hilarious robot love story aimed at the entire family.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    A majestic conclusion to a nine-plus-hours epic that stirs the heart, mind and soul as few films ever have.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    You won't have a more viscerally emotional experience at the movies this year.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    The Class offers no Hollywood ending, but is rewarding for those up to the challenge.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    So consistently involving because the excellent cast delivers their lines with the kind of utter conviction not seen in this kind of movie since the first "Star Wars."
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    May not be a masterpiece, but it still had me in tears at the end.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    Chomet's wacky tale is so crammed full of eye-popping images, it's impossible to forget afterward.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    All hail the great Helen Mirren, who after her triumph in HBO's "Elizabeth," delivers the performance of a lifetime as that monarch's frumpy, 20th century namesake in Stephen Frear's witty, touching and engrossing The Queen.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    The first movie I've seen in a very long while that deserves to be called a masterpiece. It's such a stunning achievement in storytelling.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    An astonishing re-creation of the Londonderry massacre of January 1972.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 63 Lou Lumenick
    Her
    Jonze seems to be heading for a far quirkier ending than the one he actually delivers, but he does tap into the zeitgeist with his unlikely romantic fable.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    Summer hasn't even started, but you won't likely find a better catch this season than Finding Nemo, a dazzling, computer-animated fish tale with a funny, touching script and wonderful voice performances that make it an unqualified treat for all ages.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    Being John Malkovich, which contains not a frame of extraneous footage, is more than a must-see movie: It's a must-see-more-than-once event.
    • New York Post
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    A spectacularly rendered tale of a family of superheroes, takes the art form to a whole new level.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    An unqualified triumph, the year's best movie so far.
    • New York Post
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    An unforgettable and complex portrait of a nuclear family in meltdown.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    It's impossible to conceive of this ruefully funny entertainment without Bill Murray, who is nothing less than brilliant.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    The movie equivalent of a 12-course feast crammed with unforgettable images and mind-boggling stunts.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Engrossing and exhilarating documentary.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    I can't wait to see Borat, which has twice as many laughs as all of this year's other movie comedies combined, for a fourth time.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    Audacious, thought-provoking and ruefully funny.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    Taken together, Eastwood's masterworks - two of the best films of 2006 - may be Hollywood's last word on World War II.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    As hip, funny and truthful a sleeper as has ever flown under Tinseltown's radar.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Extremely unsettling and thought- provoking.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 50 Lou Lumenick
    Looks great but moves like molasses, is more interesting than truly involving.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Julie Christie is simply astounding as a woman slipping into the ravages of Alzheimer's in Sarah Polley's deeply affecting and artfully crafted Away From Her.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    Old-school filmmaking at its best.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    Up
    An exquisite work of cinematic art that also happens to be the funniest, most touching, most exciting and most entertaining movie released so far this year.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    If animated dogs were eligible for acting awards, the Oscar would go to Gromit.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    Everything a summer blockbuster should be but rarely is - a whip-smart, slam-bang piece of entertainment where we deeply care about the fate of the central characters.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    No film I’ve seen so far this year has provided the sheer moviegoing pleasure of We Are the Best!
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    Caouette has used art, wit and a huge heart to forge his experiences into an unqualified masterpiece.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Fast-moving, psychologically savvy.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    The year's best foreign-language movie an absolute must-see.
    • New York Post
    • 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".
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    It's a must-see for Daniel Day-Lewis' charismatic, subtly shaded performance as Lincoln - and an even richer one by Tommy Lee Jones.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    Four stars simply aren't enough for Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire, which just may be the most entertaining movie I've ever labeled a masterpiece in these pages.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    A spare, exquisitely realized masterpiece about faith, redemption and boxing that beautifully illustrates his longtime philosophy that "less is more."
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Ruefully funny, beautifully acted comedy of manners.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    A blue-chip Oscar contender that's also a rousing popcorn movie, Ben Affleck's Argo offers plenty of nail-biting thrills as well as funnier scenes than you'd ever imagine possible in the grim context of the Iran hostage crisis.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Isn't quite as accessible or as deeply moving as his masterpiece, "All About My Mother." It's a tad too self-consciously a work of art for that. But it's still a must-see for anyone who's halfway serious about film.
    • 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.''
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    So terrifically entertaining, it would be a shame if it didn't inspire a companion piece on New York.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Not for all tastes, but it demonstrates Loach's skill as a poet of gritty semi-documentary filmmaking.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    The best reason to wade into this (let's be honest) challenging but hugely rewarding film is Quvenzhané Wallis.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 63 Lou Lumenick
    Anyone expecting a hard-hitting biography will be disappointed by Julian Schnabel's soft-edged, dreamy and relatively nonpolitical film.
    • New York Post
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    A powerful piece of filmmaking.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Darkly hilarious.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 Lou Lumenick
    A schmaltzy filmed record of a Nashville concert given by the legendary former rocker, who has morphed into the new Kenny Rogers.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    It's a positive hat trick by John Cameron Mitchell.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 63 Lou Lumenick
    It would be possible to appreciate Shannon's fabulous work in Take Shelter far better if the filmmaker lost a quarter of the two-hour running time -- there are many overlong scenes that make this a needlessly tough sit.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    What might seem like showing off in another movie is dazzling storytelling here, packing in an hour's worth of human misery.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Basically canned musical theater, but this is one Tony-winning Broadway show that's well worth preserving and seeing.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    A worthy addition to the growing canon of Holocaust documentaries.
    • New York Post
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Extremely well-made (and evenhanded) film.
    • New York Post
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    The best actress currently on New York screens is Esther Gorintin, a 90-year-old Pole who provides the emotional center for Julie Bertucelli's delicate, bittersweet comedy-drama, Since Otar Left, which is set in Paris and Tbilisi.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 50 Lou Lumenick
    The sort of enigmatic movie that many critics embrace because it's open to endless interpretation.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    Darkly hilarious, brilliantly acted.
    • 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.
    • 84 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 63 Lou Lumenick
    Frequently hilarious, if overlong.
    • New York Post
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Disarmingly sweet.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    A film that fans of Latin jazz won't want to miss.
    • New York Post
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    This isn't a mystery except in the most general sense. It's a dense, Altman-esque psychological drama centering on 10 characters whose lives become as tangled as the lantana.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    Smiling more than in all of his movies since "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" combined, Penn goes way deep and soulful in a highly ingratiating performance that's the one to beat for the Best Actor Oscar.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    Perhaps the year's most daring and fully realized movie, is a pitch-perfect re-creation of '50s melodramas, showcasing a four-hankie performance by a peroxided Julianne Moore.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    An absorbing, deeply affecting, well-acted --and remarkably evenhanded -- antiwar statement. It's also incredibly suspenseful and very blackly funny.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    An unqualified triumph.