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 7.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Finding Nemo
Lowest review score: 0 Bless the Child
Score distribution:
3656 movie reviews
  1. The animation is cheesy; the banter isn't funny; the score is noisy and grating; and the critters look like stuffed animals. The best that can be said for The Wild is that it's a most insincere form of flattery. The worst is that it's a sincere form of theft.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    A manifesto in the form of an enormously budgeted quasi-sci-fi epic, Cloud Atlas is evidently personal, defiantly sincere, totally lacking in self-awareness, and borderline offensive in its gleeful endorsement of revenge violence against anyone who gets in the way of a good person's self-actualization. The rest of the time, it's just insipid, TV-esque in its limited visual imagination, and dramatically incoherent.
  2. Let horses be horses, scrap the tin-eared Lukas Haas narration.
  3. All Serving Sara can offer is Perry with his arm shoulder-deep up a longhorn steer's backside, a wasted supporting cast that includes Vincent Pastore and Cedric the Entertainer, and a huge, comedian-shaped hole where Hurley's performance should be.
  4. A promotional gimmick that's being slipped into theaters with the sort of stealth accorded only the unprofitable or the unwatchable.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    Slowly degenerates into a gory revenge thriller that is never thrilling, but is often boring and frequently repulsive.
  5. Grotesque and ugly.
  6. A mind-numbing exercise in high body counts and big tits.
  7. The cinema of morons made by morons for morons, Swordfish is everything you expect but worse.
  8. Just avoid this ghastly, insulting farrago at all costs.
  9. Too bad that by the time the volcano shoots its wad, the movie has already died a thousand deaths, ground to a halt by the interminable waiting for the damn thing to blow.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    One graphic that I.O.U.S.A. doesn't include is a national balance sheet of our assets and liabilities, which would illustrate that the former is more than double the latter. We're in the black, and a film this deep in the red isn't something to be scared of at all -- or taken seriously.
  10. Absurd beyond belief or reason.
  11. Murphy slogs his way through this dismally dull sci-fi comedy.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    This ostensible comedy may be a new depths-of-hell low in the Emmanuel Lewis filmography, but for star Jamie Kennedy it’s par for the coarse.
  12. So badly written, so poorly directed and performed, and so garishly visualized -- attention Kmart shoppers! -- it defies explanation.
  13. Smart money says Friedberg and Seltzer never sit through these movies in entirety.
  14. There are gruelingly unfunny gags, an unspeakable soundtrack featuring BTO and Billy Ocean, and Victoria's Secret mannequin Heidi Klum as a model who demands that her pussy hair be styled into a bushy red heart.
  15. All the while, director Lorena David labors to keep implausibility and bad acting from sinking a ship that never should have left port.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 0 Critic Score
    Unbearably painful from shrugging start to outtakes-laden finish, Harold Ramis’ half-assed, hare-brained return to writing and directing makes Mel Brooks’ equally muddled, soporific "History of the World, Part 1" look downright majestic by comparison.
  16. Writer-director David DeFalco's ugly, pointless and dishonest remake of Craven's remake.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 0 Critic Score
    Some of the most heavy-handed, laughless, uninspired attempts at comedy since prime time. But I still dig “South Park.” Let’s forget this ever happened.
  17. As repellent as their characters are, one feels a degree of pity for the three male leads, who give fresh evidence that hungry actors can't say no to a studio feature, no matter how humiliating the script.
  18. Pure junk.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 0 Critic Score
    This carpet-fouling mongrel of a movie no more deserves release than do anthrax spores.
  19. Rollerball pushes the Hollywood action movie to stratospheric new levels of incoherence; pounding at the senses, it's mashed story, character, time and space into a chunky hash.
  20. Film critics never come home stinking of their honest labor, but the nearest equivalent is reviewing something like College, which leaves its stain on one's very humanity.
  21. Miraculously seems a great deal longer (this is not a good thing) as it careens from shit joke to corpse joke to ass joke to dog-turd joke and back.
  22. A mean-spirited, hyperviolent, stupid movie.
  23. Lifeless, desultory slog.

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