For 2,326 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 Babel
Lowest review score: 0 Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector
Score distribution:
2,326 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Koch ends with the former mayor showing off a typically flamboyant gesture that embodies his contradictions - choosing to be buried in a Christian cemetery in his beloved Manhattan, complete with an already erected tombstone proclaiming his Jewish identity.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Thomas Vinterberg (“The Celebration”) directs with restraint that makes the story all the more affecting.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    It’s a remarkable story, vividly and urgently told by French-Canadian director Vallée (“The Young Victoria”) from a pointed, schmaltz-free script by Craig Borten and Melissa Wallack.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Still Mine eschews schmaltz, and is tremendously moving.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Don’t miss it — this is enormously fun visionary filmmaking, with a witty script and a great international cast.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    One funk-tastic musical biopic.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan are superb as the couple, who use the occasion to drop bombs on each other.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 88 Lou Lumenick
    Jersey Boys tells a familiar story, yes — but rarely told this well and with this much heart and soul.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Scorsese has great fun with a story that in the final analysis does not really demand to be taken any more seriously as history than "Inglourious Basterds."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    As you might suspect, the 2012 dialogue is pure Velveeta.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Like legendary producer Val Lewton in the '40s, director Oren Peli, who shot "Paranormal" in seven days in his own home, understands that what's most frightening is what you don't see but merely suggested.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    More amusing than laugh-out-loud hilarious, but is never boring.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    The Class offers no Hollywood ending, but is rewarding for those up to the challenge.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Me and Orson Welles is, in effect, a sequel to Tim Robbins' star-filled, self-important film about "Cradle," but it's far lighter on its feet.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    Catnip for the art-house crowd.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    There's very little doubt in my mind that somewhere, culinary legend Julia Child is fuming about being consigned to a double bio-pic with a whiny, self-centered cooking blogger.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    The recent trend in political documentaries is for filmmakers to heap ridicule and sarcasm on people they don't agree with, a la Michael Moore. Waiting for Armageddon (which has nothing to do with the 1998 Michael Bay movie) demonstrates that sometimes it's far more devastating to simply point the camera at your subjects and let them talk.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    The Notebook is well worth the risk of diabetic shock for the sake of superb acting that transcends its teary milieu.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    A smart, dark road comedy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Lou Lumenick
    A gorgeously photographed and less intermittently fascinating 2 1/2-hour film.