L.A. Weekly's Scores

For 3,655 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 Old Joy
Lowest review score: 0 C Me Dance
Score distribution:
3,655 movie reviews
  1. This feeble remake offers little more than two pretty and willing leads who nonetheless can't hide their embarrassment over being set up as distractions to hide the film's thorough lack of coherence and appeal.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The entire movie is an object lesson in diminishing returns: of nagging shock cuts and blaring sound cues used as indiscriminately as joy buzzers; of “look out behind you!” scares that wouldn’t make a Cub Scout flinch; of a blurry visual scheme that was far more terrifying in "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," where it sought empathy rather than empty sensation.
  2. For trashing a classic, Tunnicliffe and his writing cohorts deserve a Grimm-style fate -- perhaps a long, slow boil in the witch’s vat?
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Old people are made to look ridiculous; clowns are brutalized; characters talk in rapid-fire vaudeville shtick.
  3. Full of shuttery jump cuts set to music cues so loud your heart can't help but convulse, Darkness should have been left to molder in Miramax's vast vault of horror-movie stiffs.
  4. The limp title says it all.
  5. Miserably unfunny, wholly unnecessary affair.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    So why not a sequel that subtracts the only good thing about the first movie, Ryan Reynolds? When Tara Reid won't even come back, you know things can't be good.
  6. Catalog of ugly female stereotypes and rotten jokes.
  7. Levy, Luis Guzman, Cheri Oteri -- utterly wasted. At 82 minutes it feels longer than “Lawrence of Arabia” -- and a lot less funny.
  8. What could have been a fascinating exploration of geographical mayhem becomes instead an exercise in tedium.
  9. Schumacher has gone into the cinematic heart of darkness and emerged with his own peculiar kink on the war movie: Vietnam beefcake.
  10. So dull, a road-trip movie that's surprisingly short of both adventure and song.
  11. Fails in so many respects, even die-hard constituents may have trouble learning to like it.
  12. The story sinks, along with any deeper laughs, under boringly formulaic motivations and plot twists.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Terrible movies about trivial subjects are commonplace and inconsequential, but a terrible movie that grapples with potentially inflammatory subject matter is far worse, because its aspirations are higher - which makes the failure of Varun Khanna's moralistic drama all the more spectacular.
  13. Within a few minutes of the film's frenetic opening set piece, however, it's obvious that director David Kellogg and screenwriters Kerry Ehrin and Zak Penn have no idea how to capture the spirit of the source material.
  14. Unfortunately, none of the characters -- despite the film's strong cast -- ever seems worthy of the attention.
  15. Bad photography, bad acting and bad dialogue.
  16. Shakily cobbled together from stock footage and new interviews with authors and family, Stalin’s Wife is nearly barbarous in its denial of aesthetic pleasure. The whole thing looks like a late-night-TV infomercial.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Dull, tacky docudrama
  17. Sandler is -- à la "The Wedding Singer" -- in his washout romantic mode here, and no amount of spastic-colon jokes, cartoon violence or good-buddy cameos (Al Sharpton, John McEnroe) can distract from the fact that Gary Cooper he ain't.
  18. British director Eric Till’s ghastly Euro-pudding co-production (with all the international accents and badly post-synchronized dialogue that implies) manages to make a travesty of its title subject.
  19. Mike Myers wrote the abominable script, plays both leads and is miscast in each.
  20. Especially disappointing that Lemmons, who in "Eve's Bayou" gave us insightful glimpses into the emotional world of black adults, has lost her balance, elevating formula over revelation.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    An excruciating no-brainer blend of “Starship Troopers” and “Top Gun,” without the former’s guilty-pleasure concoction of gory F/X and dark humor or Tom Cruise’s megawatt smile.
  21. Those seeking anything resembling a real discussion of the issues had best seek elsewhere.
  22. (Lawrence)'s not just unfunny, he's coarsely anti-funny. The film just lurches from one dull skit to the next without bite or much of a point.
  23. The skits are dreadful, the jokes suck.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Nobody onscreen seems to realize that this deadeningly self-serious treatment of family dysfunction is so overwrought that it becomes a spot-on satire of low-budget ineptitude.

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