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 6.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Talk to Her
Lowest review score: 0 Bless the Child
Score distribution:
3,656 movie reviews
  1. There are ticklish moments, but no real laughs.
  2. The Master of Disguise represents Adam Sandler's latest attempt to dumb down the universe.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    Equally as brainless, shrill and calculated as its two predecessors.
  3. Only a 10-year-old could parse the plot.
  4. The film stinks from start to finish, like a wet burlap sack of gloom.
  5. If, for whatever reason, you do find yourself watching it, you may begin to ponder one of life's larger dilemmas: the fact that something can be done does not necessarily mean it should be done.
  6. A promotional gimmick that's being slipped into theaters with the sort of stealth accorded only the unprofitable or the unwatchable.
  7. Since neither (Chapelle nor Koontz) seems to have any idea as to how to make an actual movie, they abandon form and reason and throw every stock trick in the book at the screen to see what sticks. And what sticks is the murky goo of storytelling gone bad.
  8. It almost appears like a little thought went into this otherwise grim exercise in soullessness.
  9. It’s like watching an annoying young drag queen who flubs the quips she’s stolen, refuses to shut up and thinks attitude is wit.
  10. Lurches from one set-piece stomach-lurcher to the next with nary a nod to narrative coherence.
  11. Bad improv is bad improv, and it’s a potent virus.
  12. Mimi Leder shows none of the vigor she exhibited when directing for E.R., and screenwriters Michael Tolkin and Bruce Joel Rubin betray a real aptitude for hack work.
  13. Pitched as a black comedy, the film thus far seems to have divided audiences between those who think it unaccountably hilarious and those who see it as the latest manifestation of what might be called the new nihilism.
  14. A stunningly lethargic, uninvolving piece of crap.
  15. Anatomy of Hell offers one of the most hateful and mechanical representations of sexuality I've ever seen.
  16. It's screen comedy at the end of its tether, Capra-corn gone rancid.
  17. Vinterberg's execution is overstuffed, unoriginal and often downright incomprehensible. And what's Sean Penn doing dangling off airplanes -- pontificating, as usual, from a great height?
  18. Oxymoronic musings of a vain country singer.
  19. Put simply, in my humble opinion, Oldboy sucks.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    Slowly degenerates into a gory revenge thriller that is never thrilling, but is often boring and frequently repulsive.
  20. 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.
  21. Painfully bereft of wit or cogent insight.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    While the women go through a few of the motions, shifting decorously under the sheets and sucking face, there's no lust in their coupling, just choreography and the conceit of two filmmakers with nothing more on their minds than fake dykes and bloodshed.
  22. 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.
  23. You'll be begging for mercy well before the end of this self-righteous, thoroughly unsavory "farce" about a lonely gay man who - gosh darn it - can't seem to stop getting mistaken for a pedophile.
  24. Here, the CG effects are plentiful, but the scare factor rarely rises above the level of a viral email, and the desaturated color scheme of Sonzero and cinematographer Mark Plummer makes every frame look as though it was developed in a solution of vomit and ash.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    It's an astonishingly crass and vulgar film, crudely directed on a cut-rate budget by Brian Robbins, never more than almost funny or less than disturbing.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    If it was simply a jokey commentary on the dangers of greed and religious fervor, Tortilla Heaven would be forgivable. But Hecht Dumontet deserves special derision for her hypocritical condescension toward Falfúrrias' simple-folk caricatures, rendering them as God-fearing dolts worthy of scorn until the patronizing finale, which tries for a spiritual uplift that's as disingenuous as it is incompetently executed.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    Actor-writer-director Mars Callahan's diarrheal 10-character rant about modern relationships sounds like it was researched by eavesdropping on the restroom chatter at a high school prom.

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