For 2,354 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 3.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lou Lumenick's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 We Are the Best!
Lowest review score: 0 Dirty
Score distribution:
2,354 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.
    • 95 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.
    • 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
    Brilliantly acted and directed, Ava DuVernay’s towering Selma is Hollywood’s definitive depiction of the 1960s American civil rights movement — as well as perhaps the most timely movie you’ll see this year.
    • 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

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