L.A. Weekly's Scores

For 3,664 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 7.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Talk to Her
Lowest review score: 0 Strippers
Score distribution:
3664 movie reviews
  1. Some will see this as a movie about how we're all God’s children. I saw only the misanthropic fulminations of Jensen's runaway ego.
  2. Too much of a mess to say anything with assurance, pieced together as it is from mismatched institutional movies such as "Cool Hand Luke" and "Shock Corridor" -- with "Lord of the Flies" thrown in for good measure -- and turning on plot points that simply don't wash.
  3. Strictly Urban Comedy 101, as if the filmmakers had neither the inclination nor the chops to move the genre past timeworn stereotypes.
  4. Drawn from two Earhart bios, Mira Nair’s dull hagiography comes in about 111 minutes too long.
  5. Increasingly, reviewing the latest Woody Allen movie has taken on the feel of a dreaded ritual, an annual excursion into careless filmmaking, desperate shtick, and vainglorious misanthropy disguised as cuddly neurosis.
  6. The director and her capable cast appear to be caught in a heady whirl of New Age–inspired good intentions, but the spell they cast isn't the least bit mesmerizing.
  7. As the cop who finds himself in way over his head, kickboxer-turned-actor Conrad Pla turns in a performance of such staggering ineptitude that it almost (key word: almost) reaches a so-bad-it's-good, Plan 9 From Outer Space brilliance.
  8. Try as they might, the two central performers can never overcome the film's underdeveloped core, and are left flailing about amid Nutley's listless, glacial pacing.
  9. It's a dud. To be fair, the source material (to which the film is unfortunately faithful) is itself a wan assemblage of creaky one-liners, overly familiar gay ghetto types and sitcom-inspired shenanigans.
  10. A terrific premise is mangled to a pulp, then beaten to death in this forced mockumentary.
  11. A little bit "pi," a little bit "julien donkey-boy," a little bit "Eraserhead," Buddy Boy doesn't equal these, but offers bizarre pleasures of its own.
  12. The director gives us not just a pop Holocaust but a prettified, palatable Holocaust.
  13. What they don't do often enough is battle anacondas. It's all tease and no payoff.
  14. The direction is lazy and the script thoroughly witless, from its token Bergman references to dialogue that suggests a night in borscht-belt hell.
  15. Of course, it's terrible -- but did it have to be this bad?
    • 24 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Call me the sarcastic sister, but the only things screaming in any convincing way here are the cheap look, epileptic direction and off-key, “edgy” humor. It’s all so ‘80s, I could die.
  16. In forced, quirky tedium, it drags us through love triangles, mommy issues and crying jags that make you want to shake this chick.
  17. He (Berlanti) shoots for bland entertainment and scores.
  18. Monumentally terrible but far too bizarre to be boring.
  19. As Bomb snakes its way toward tragedy, it grates rather than entices. The actors come off more as poseurs than as characters, and the film's political and cultural insights are superficial and old hat.
  20. Traub does her plucky best, coming off as part Judy Blume heroine, part post-WB hipster, and she provides the film with its few and infrequent moments of emotional truth.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    An embarrassment of a vanity project, Living the Dream is a film written, directed and starring a real corporate headhunter.
  21. Screenwriters Melissa Carter and Erica Bell (Sleepover) have given Murphy -- perhaps the twitchiest actor of her generation --cutesy quirks to play in lieu of a character.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Making a gay film only slightly less intolerable than its straight counterparts isn't much to be proud of.
  22. Has there ever been a more inept trio of big-city caseworkers? Go ahead, Lilith. Unleash the hounds.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    What would a Christian Apocalypse movie look like with a big budget, a talented director, and star power of higher wattage than a discount Baldwin brother? Here comes the answer: like a glum hybrid of the "Final Destination" movies, an Irwin Allen disaster bash, and the kitschiest parts of Darren Aronofsky's "The Fountain."
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Cry Wolf is one of those movies that's rated PG-13 not because the producers wanted to get the broadest audience possible, but because no one 17 or older would be sucker enough to fall for it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Even most chemistry majors could probably assemble a more entertaining 76-minute picture than Underdahl's flimsy and dated story.
  23. As the characters mix and mingle, pouring out their tales of woe online and fumbling real-life connections, Weintrob leaves no cliché unturned in getting to root causes of behavior.
  24. Every gag is smothered by the prevailing tone of labored zaniness and generic, plucky "mischief music" alerting discerning viewers to abandon all hope of laughter.

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