L.A. Weekly's Scores

For 3,656 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 The Intruder
Lowest review score: 0 Grind
Score distribution:
3,656 movie reviews
  1. So gently told, so deceptively simple a story, that its considerable emotional power sneaks up on you.
  2. Deft, funny and intelligently scary.
  3. It's a sweet chamber piece, beautifully played.
  4. Cox's own directorial style is innocent, in the sense of being original without ever straining for effect.
  5. Proves too sincere to exploit its subjects and too honest to manipulate its audience.
  6. Although much has and will be made of the film's sexual explicitness -- and, yes, it is a bit -- this less-than-perfect but deeply felt film is finally most daring for its hard-core insistence on our need for connection.
  7. When she unabashedly puts herself in the same category as Richard Pryor (the master of identity politics and cultural reportage), it's not just presumptuous posturing on her part. She's earned her place there.
  8. The fun is in getting there, and in the mechanics, charted by writer-director Francis Veber.
  9. Despite its flaws, Arlington Road romps home as an absorbing, unpredictable thriller.
  10. A sexy, hugely enjoyable romp, hedged with lyrical grace notes and intimate detail.
  11. These women are smart, funny and wonderfully real, traits that one might safely attribute to Westfeldt and Juergensen, who also wrote the screenplay.
  12. Khouri manages, with terrific flair, to keep the extremes of screwball farce and blood-curdling family intensity on one continuum -- not only through the strength of the performances (including one from James Garner, who, as Sida's dad, gets the best one-liners) but in the ways they match across time.
  13. Dizdar maintains a knife-edged balance in tone throughout the film
  14. The film may be rife with emotional declarations, but rather than the studied sentiments of news anchors and politicians, these ruminations have the quotidian ring of real people struggling with a standard vocabulary to describe something unthinkably new.
  15. To see the film in this meticulously restored and remixed version is like watching it for the first time, so clear is the sound, so vivid the sights.
  16. Ali
    Ali boasts a whole tribe of outstanding secondary performances, of which Jon Voight's Cosell, in an outrageous rug and several tons of pasty-face makeup, is easily the funniest.
  17. Every car chase, every plane crash, every potential drop off a cliff is a masterpiece of grace and surprise.
  18. Any movie offering a Muzak version of the Ramones' "Blitzkrieg Bop"warrants an immediate and unqualified recommendation.
  19. On the strength of such skillful pacing, and the pair's beautifully modulated performances (Leary's never been so warm or vulnerable), the film builds almost imperceptibly to a climax that's as moving as it is startling.
  20. The film is not a biopic or a portrait of a famous marriage so much as it is an imaginative essay on what made a union between two radically different people work as well as it did.
  21. Bessed with a gleamingly polished, very funny script.
  22. It's a fresh installment in what appears to be a self-perpetuating sitcom of British life.
  23. A fetchingly improbable match of material and directors.
  24. Most of the movie is observant and level-headed, a tip of the hat to ordinary schlubs entangled in vast events, people who would otherwise be background victims in a conventional historical drama.
  25. It's a testimony to the integrity and poignancy of Tammy Faye herself that she comes off as a cool, even complex, woman.
  26. It's the dialogue -- wisecracking and wistful in equal measure -- that plays out the tyrannical illogic of romantic attraction, and so endears us to this ensemble of bruised souls that when, as in life, not everyone gets what they have come to deserve, it feels, as in life, like an injustice.
  27. Designed neither to warm your heart nor shelter you in the comfort of liberal guilt, the movie does what so many style-conscious, "subjective" documentaries have long forgotten how to do. It shows you a world, and stays the hell out of it.
  28. Equal parts big-house B-feature, hammer-down road movie, post-feminist consciousness-raiser and rock & roll pipe dream.
  29. The movie's a beauty.
  30. A tight blend of self-awareness, humor and fear.

Top Trailers