Los Angeles Times' Scores

For 7,829 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Girl Cut in Two
Lowest review score: 0 Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000
Score distribution:
7,829 movie reviews
  1. It's not often that you see talented, well-meaning people joined together like cultists in the snare of a group delusion, but that's what makes this film fascinating, the proverbial accident you can't take your eyes off.
  2. Though there's a thin noir line between lust and hate, Lansdown delivers nothing to stir the passions of filmgoers one way or the other.
  3. Max
    Just because people are objecting to Max for all the wrong reasons doesn't make it a good film, and it's not. It's a bizarre curiosity memorable mainly for the way it fritters away its potentially interesting subject matter via a banal script, unimpressive acting and indifferent direction.
  4. Gadget instead ends up as another mindless, noisy thrill ride that gorges its audience on bright effects and leaves it queasy from overconsumption.
  5. Madonna may be better in this film than she's been in some of her recent endeavors, especially when she stops screeching her lines, but she's done herself no favors with her choice of material.
  6. Doesn't have the courage of its conceit, only an abundance of bad ideas and worse taste.
  7. Has been described as a "midnight-style musical." And perhaps it should be seen that way, with a crowd of kindred knuckleheads and some moshing in the aisles.
  8. More a 99-minute public service announcement about the plight of illegal immigrants than a fully formed drama, the film finds itself in a no-win situation not unlike that of its protagonist.
  9. The three leads go through the motions with goofy geniality, and director Chris Koch has enlisted some consummate character actors -- to help hold up the sagging jokes and story line.
  10. Those 24-and-unders who are looking for their own "Caddyshack" to adopt as a generational signpost may have to keep looking.
  11. More travesty than tragedy.
  12. What audiences end up with word-wise is a hackneyed, completely derivative copy of old Hollywood romances, a movie that reeks of phoniness and lacks even minimal originality.
  13. Whatever his intentions, Clark, in his third outing as a director, has come up with a film that is seriously flawed.
  14. Falls wildly short of its inspirations.
  15. A painfully contrived and artificial exercise in futility.
  16. A dismal pastiche of threadbare plot devices and not-so-comic interludes.
  17. Opens and closes on a jaunty note: It's the tedious, relentlessly talky 80 minutes in between that's the problem.
  18. The Joker has been demoted into a broad-scale sociopath, without a tempter's power or a mythic villain's complexity. And that's the movie's real undoing. [23 June 1989, Calendar, p.6-1]
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  19. It has a tendency to run ragged and spends an unhealthy amount of time idling pointlessly at intersections.
  20. a freefall into urban hell that doesn't give us The impetus to jump or the awful gratification of the ride.
  21. So uninvolving it scarcely matters what it looks like.
  22. Kept in check by his character's neuroses, Pearce holds our attention throughout, but it isn't until near the end that he manages to break free of his character's and his director's inhibitions.
  23. Irritating, childish and more frantic than funny, Cats & Dogs does manage some few pleasant moments, but they are not worth waiting for.
  24. Maybe it's the sight of Leguizamo running around dressed only in boots and a well-placed sock that does her in, or maybe it's just that she's seen this movie too many times before. She isn't the only one.
  25. It's not the worst film in the series -- "Halloween III" will never be unseated -- but there's not nearly enough scares, or humor, to make Halloween: Resurrection worthwhile.
  26. With so little trust and even less dialogue to back him up, it's no wonder Li rarely takes his left hand out of his pants pocket. His fists aren't furious; they're on strike.
  27. So mild, so benign, its humiliation-to-vindication are so predictable and its old-folks jokes so feeble.
  28. The best the makers of Down to You can hope for is that girls in their early teens--clearly the film's target audience--will be so carried away by its charismatic stars that they'll overlook the film's various flaws.
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  29. A film that means to be seductive but merely progresses from the contrived to the manipulative.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    As reformulated by the aggressively mediocre director Raja Gosnell and screenwriter James Gunn, this Scooby-Doo is entertainment more disposable than Hanna-Barbera's half-hour cartoons ever were.

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