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 6.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Pan's Labyrinth
Lowest review score: 0 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Score distribution:
3,656 movie reviews
  1. We never seem to be looking at actors, but at people; never at scenes, but at life unrehearsed.
  2. A superb film by any measure, as deep and harsh as the sin Dillon committed to become great.
  3. May turn out to be the finest American indie of the year.
  4. Poignant, funny, and proof of Basquiat's magic.
  5. A dark, biting comedy-- funny, smart and full of unpredictable twist and turns.
  6. Simultaneously hilarious and deeply informative thanks to the vibrant personalities at its center.
  7. An exquisite metaphor for the high cost and higher returns of an enduring marriage.
  8. Leonard Schrader adapted the screenplay from the novel by Manuel Puig, and his fearless willingness to explore every corner of human nature serves what is greatest and sweetest in the performances of William Hurt and Raul Julia.
  9. Notable for its power of surprise and its refusal to immediately clarify the confusion of these lost souls.
  10. It is undeniable in its poignancy, an ecstatic vision of what might have been, though as much for its story as for the fact that the whole thing dissolves like a paper fan in rain, an evanescent masterwork.
  11. In the nearly 30 years since the movie was released (it won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 1972), one forgets how falling-about-funny is this mad caper.
  12. This is the deepest of Jewison's three racially themed films, the other two being "In the Heat of the Night" and "A Soldier's Story."
  13. There's no denying the overwhelming force of the giant IMAX screen, as we're reminded that each of us is the coolest special effect ever.
  14. A terrifically clever film; has a soft-boilded heart.
  15. Heartwarming here relies less on forced air than on Petter Næss’ delicate, clever direction -- and a wonderful, imaginative script by Axel Hellstenius.
  16. This is one of those rare times when a credit-heavy gathering of top film talents actually manages to produce a work of art.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wildly funny bum's rush through the existentially absurd, self-engendered peaks and valleys of the junkie's lament.
  17. Startlingly affecting -- What emerges is a picture of an illness that causes enormous suffering but whose origins and treatment continue to elude even those doctors who pay attention to it.
  18. Trueba reveals his subject organically, letting the music speak for itself.
  19. Both visually and emotionally, a panoramic picture; Mehta wields a master's hand as she weaves together vistas of urban and pastoral India with thoughts on the nature of man as it keeps cycling out in the specifics of history.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Jolts with a quiet intimacy.
  20. Speaks so eloquently for itself, there's not much more for me to do than urge you to get over to the Nuart for the one week it's playing in Los Angeles.
  21. Maintains a reflective, bittersweet tone that's almost tactile.
  22. It's all about having your intelligence -- emotional, spiritual, cerebral -- respected. Garcia does that; Place Vendôme does that.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A rare treat -- a mix of politics that avoids reductive simplicity and a story that's entirely engaging.
  23. Lovely, lovely, lovely.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Springall also deftly weaves the film's most dramatic moments with lighthearted comedy, and the result may be Mexico's best film in years.
  24. A waterlogged little jewel of a Chinese movie that you must rush out and see at once or else.
  25. Generous, soulful film.
  26. Though Kippur seems a creature radically different -- more nakedly autobiographical, more naturalistic, more forgiving -- from Gitai's highly conceptual and stylized body of work, there are clear thematic continuities.

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