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 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Lowest review score: 0 Deuces Wild
Score distribution:
3,656 movie reviews
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    • 20 Critic Score
    An amateurish mashup of "The Butterfly Effect" and "The Family Man" (talk about unholy hybrids!) that strains patience from the get-go.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    What is it good for? Absolutely nothing. Offering neither the enjoyably preposterous auto-heroics of the Transporter movies nor the lithe, legible athleticism of even second-tier Hong Kong thrillers.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    As numbing and depressing to watch as suits hammering out a film-packaging deal one venal clause at a time.
    • 9 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Meet the Spartans is a mild improvement over their "Epic Movie," which is like saying that a debilitating fever is more fun than appendicitis, but what’s shocking is how lazy it is, which is a shame for former UK child star/pop singer Sean Maguire, whose Gerard Butler impersonation is spot-on.
    • 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.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Is Meet Bill the worst movie ever? Probably not, but it's certainly incoherent enough to give "Gigli" a run for its money.
  1. McCormick and screenwriter J.S. Cardone don’t have one original thought between them, but they do appear to share an obsession with characters opening hotel-room closets in which the steel hangers gleam ominously.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The animation, incidentally, is half-a--ed, like they ran out of the $292.96 budget halfway through. Rip-off indeed.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    With its inexplicably watchable shotgun-riding bimbos, unconscious homoeroticism and "Shawshank Redemption" ending, The Fast and the Frivolous here is almost so bad it's good. Almost...
    • 24 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Another of those dopey crime thrillers where the hardcore, bad-ass antihero inexplicably decides one day to lower his guard and open his heart, causing all kinds of hell to break loose.
  2. Astonishingly inept alleged satire.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    It plays like a disastrous Sci-Fi Channel castoff, thanks in no small part to Myrick's odd decision to include incessant voice-over narration by Ball, which plays like a really terrible in-character DVD commentary track.
  3. Given the passivity of computer use, the "hacker thriller" is film history's great running joke, but special attention should go to Echelon Conspiracy's authors for conceiving a climax that tries to juice tension out of someone using a search engine and staring at a download countdown.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Idiot plotting and dialogue are what you'd expect from a genre that typically rewards narrative development with a skip function. But the rote fight scenes are a disappointment.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The movie layers its fatalistic drama with absurdist horseplay and a few moments of Lynch-ian mysticism, but it's an awkward mix at best; even when The Perfect Sleep is trying to be funny, it's far too self-conscious to really be much fun.
  4. In keeping with the film’s giddy superficiality, what’s revealed is a series of sexy poses passed off as character depth. All the backstabbing, shifting alliances and dark motives are held together by adolescent, innuendo-laden dialogue and thick Sapphic overtones.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    Many in the youthful target audience won’t be able to identify the "homages," and the script is far too lazy for seasoned horror fans to stomach.
  5. Watching Ramis struggle with his two stars is like watching someone try to juggle lead weights.
  6. Murphy slogs his way through this dismally dull sci-fi comedy.
  7. So what in this high-concept lame-a-thon makes screenwriter Bradley Allenstein think he can diss the Clippers?
  8. Given the tainted history of Supernova, it's difficult to figure out where to place blame for either the undernourished screenplay or the moribund action.
  9. Let horses be horses, scrap the tin-eared Lukas Haas narration.
  10. It's a nice try, but the film remains a pinhead's idea of softcore fetish material.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    An unnecessary remake.
  11. It's outclassed by the memory of just about every prizefighting flick you've ever seen.
  12. 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.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    It looks like the film is angling for a "Northern Exposure" reunion, except with none of the regional eccentricity.
  13. This sort of nostalgia-drenched, sexual-coming-of-age saga has been done to death.
  14. Airless, joyless, worse than you could even imagine.
  15. Gormless, gutless little home movie.

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