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

Lou Lumenick's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Milk
Lowest review score: 0 The Last Song
Score distribution:
2481 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    Miyazaki offers a vivid, at times fantastical view of Japan between the wars, wracked by the Great Depression, a fearsome earthquake that leveled Tokyo in 1923, a tuberculosis epidemic and the rise of fascism.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    Short and sweet, small and smart, Tadpole is the oasis in the desert of dopey summer blockbusters - an uproarious, sophisticated coming-of-age comedy so flawlessly written, acted and directed it seems practically miraculous.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    Whip-smart, sexy and delightfully twisty romantic thriller.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    Expertly mixing tears and laughs with the sort of alchemy not seen since "Terms of Endearment," this superbly written, directed, acted, and yes, Oscar-friendly movie perfectly captures the blackly comic insanity that can overtake a family forced to confront an impending death.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    Bridge of Spies, Steven Spielberg’s best film since “Saving Private Ryan,” stars a flawless Tom Hanks in the smart, old-school thriller as James Donovan.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    Hollywood's Woman of the Year is a pregnant 16-year-old, the incredibly hip, smart-mouthed and totally endearing heroine of the wise and witty Juno.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    Less a conventional biography than a performance film - one that stuns and delights.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    An unqualified triumph, the year's best movie so far.
    • New York Post
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    It takes a world-class storyteller and a great yarn to rivet your attention for nearly three hours. This very classy, old-school movie - employing cutting-edge technology that will make your eyes pop - did it for me.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    This eye-popping, inspired and often-demented (in a good way) cross between "The Red Shoes" and "All About Eve" channels horror maestros David Cronenberg, Brian De Palma and Dario Argento.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    The very sex-positive The Sessions treats intimacy with an explicitness and honesty that's very rare in movies. It may be the first film that doesn't turn premature ejaculation into a punch line.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    The movie equivalent of a 12-course feast crammed with unforgettable images and mind-boggling stunts.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    A really classic adventure yarn with one of Hollywood's great actors hitting one out of the ballpark. If you're seeing only one movie this season, this is the obvious choice.
    • New York Post
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    This is one perfectly terrifying movie, an instant classic.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    A gorgeous, poetic and stirring epic.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    Beach ("Windtalkers") gives a tremendously moving, Oscar-caliber performance as Hayes, portrayed by Tony Curtis in an earlier movie and celebrated in a song performed by both Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    The best and most entertaining movie adaptation of a stage musical so far this century - and yes, I’m including the Oscar-winning "Chicago."
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    A charming, hilarious robot love story aimed at the entire family.
    • 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
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    Quite possibly the first truly great fact-based movie of the 21st century.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    We now have the distance to see just how close to a flawless and utterly timeless a film Steven Spielberg and his collaborators crafted – one that transcended genres (sci-fi and kids’ movies) to become of one of the greatest and most durable of American movies. [2002 re-release]
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Lou Lumenick
    There’s no shortage of brains, brawn, eye candy, wit and even some poetry in this epic battle between massive lizard-like monsters and 25-story-high robots operated by humans.
    • 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.

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