For 286 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Luke Y. Thompson's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Raiders of the Lost Ark
Lowest review score: 10 Whipped
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 44 out of 286
286 movie reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Luke Y. Thompson
    There's a lot of imagination at work here; too bad just a little bit of it couldn't have been channeled into the creation of a better narrative.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Luke Y. Thompson
    Part of the problem is that this First Daughter is modeled on good-girl Chelsea Clinton; a movie based on our current two party-girls-in-chief trying to embarrass their reformed alcoholic dad would be far more fun.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Luke Y. Thompson
    Director Brad Anderson (Session 9) is usually really good at humanizing ambiguous characters, and he ultimately succeeds, but he has to fight against Scott Kosar's script.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Luke Y. Thompson
    Unfortunately, it's also pretty banal -- translating the songs into English reveals just how dull their lyrics and sentiments really are. The colors are pretty though.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Luke Y. Thompson
    A top-notch cast compensates for dubious credibility.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Luke Y. Thompson
    The fights are mostly cool, save the final one with too many quick cuts, and the morphing graffiti and tattoos are nifty. If only the rest of it weren't so stupid.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Luke Y. Thompson
    It seems like a slam-dunk pitch -- "Pretty Woman" with the genders reversed -- but there's one major problem: The whole hooker-fantasy bit is much more of a guy thing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Luke Y. Thompson
    Much of Steamboy is actually reminiscent of "Wild Wild West," with a giant moving tower substituting for the giant spider, and the personalities of Will Smith and Kevin Kline being replaced by . . . no personality at all, really.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Luke Y. Thompson
    Yes, there are more cheap shocks this time around, and they're fun to watch, but you'll have forgotten most of them by the time you make it out to your car.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Luke Y. Thompson
    Only Kerry Condon, as Freeman's geeky adopted daughter, plays anything approaching a realistic character.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Luke Y. Thompson
    If the Star Wars movies have taught us anything, it's that waiting 20 years for a new sequel by a guy named George can lead to disappointment.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Luke Y. Thompson
    Initially artsy, then campy, then tense, it would have worked better if writer-directors Peter and Michael Spierig had kept everything serious and let the inherent absurdism of zombie attacks speak for itself without additional ironic comment.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Luke Y. Thompson
    It's a skillfully made film, but not especially fun to watch, and the apparent thesis that poverty justifies such acts doesn't quite wash.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Luke Y. Thompson
    When it comes to World War II movies, you may never have seen one like this before -- if only because it's like three different movies at the same time.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Luke Y. Thompson
    It's arguably more "artful" to move at a snail's pace, but at the risk of tedium?
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Luke Y. Thompson
    If you're one of those people who complained that "Memento" could just as well have been told in chronological order, The Memory of a Killer may be your cup of tea.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Luke Y. Thompson
    The world of football riots seems rife with potential for the big screen, but Green Street Hooligans only periodically rises to it.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Luke Y. Thompson
    Unfortunately, the movie fails to fully make sense, which may be because it's based on a French novel (If Only It Were True by Marc Levy).
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Luke Y. Thompson
    Sure, it's amusing, but it isn't much more.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Luke Y. Thompson
    The movie ultimately cops out by culminating in a fistfight between two humans, with nary a cyborg missile-throwing devil in sight.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Luke Y. Thompson
    If you're a little girl in the Lisa Simpson mold, for whom the greatest wish-fulfillment in the world would be to have your own pony, then Dreamer just might be for you. Otherwise, no.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Luke Y. Thompson
    If Chicken Little were in 3-D, shown in a theme park as you sit in motion simulators, the lame gags might not be so much of a problem.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Luke Y. Thompson
    50 Cent sounds articulate in his raps, but as a lead actor, he talks like his mouth is filled with food.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Luke Y. Thompson
    All of the plot developments seem half-hearted -- which is a shame, because the star has the charm to succeed if given a better movie.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Luke Y. Thompson
    Where are our Tracy/Hepburn screwball combos? Part of the appeal of "Wedding Crashers" was that Isla Fisher truly did have the comedic chops to match Vince Vaughn, and Just Friends suggests that Reynolds and Faris have potential greatness together too. Just not so much in this film.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Luke Y. Thompson
    Kusama offers moments of inspiration, but it frustrates like hell that she couldn't nail it completely.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Luke Y. Thompson
    Director Rob Marshall, as he did in "Chicago," plays the movie as though it's all an embellished memory inside the head of geisha Sayuri (Ziyi Zhang), but why would she remember everyone speaking in choppy English?
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Luke Y. Thompson
    Like most films of its type, Something New is not tough to sit through, but the thought of paying full price to see it isn't especially desirable.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Luke Y. Thompson
    It makes it clearer than ever before that these films are comedy. Granted, the sick kind of comedy that involves laughing at stupid people being ripped in half, but we know there are plenty of you out there.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Luke Y. Thompson
    Ferrell and Warner, however, are distractions--the obligatory dose of "eccentricity" thrown in as seasoning to make the real story more digestible. But they serve instead as irritants; too much spice, if you will.