Los Angeles Times' Scores

For 8,570 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 The Evil Dead
Lowest review score: 0 I Melt with You
Score distribution:
8,570 movie reviews
  1. The good news about After Words is that it offers Marcia Gay Harden a rare film lead. The bad news: Harden's role in this groan-worthy dramedy is so dreary and ill-conceived that even her formidable talents can't bring it to life.
  2. Feels like a failure on all fronts - unpleasant to look at, needlessly in 3D, drearily unfunny and worst of all an incomplete portrait of the person to whom it is ostensibly paying tribute.
  3. It is incredibly tempting to resort to the implied off-color word play made possible by the Focker name and suggest that this third edition is totally - but I won't.
  4. Besides never knowing where to stick a camera, or how long a given scene should last, Hopkins quickly ditches any potentially subversive joy in her cartoon vigilante by saddling her with a redemptive love story opposite James Badge Dale's kind-eyed sheriff.
  5. It's a portrayal so unconvincing it makes it close to impossible for the rest of the film to function as intended.
  6. What we may very well be looking at here is another "Showgirls," a drag camp-fest for the "Baby Jane" crowd, fabulous fodder for future cabaret acts, and a pleasure probably best enjoyed in a crowd -- preferably a vocal one. Dead serious and stone idiotic, the only basic instinct in evidence here is desperation.
  7. The film is strictly straight-to-video action movie stuff, albeit with dialogue in iambic pentameter.
  8. Yet that deeply strange and agitated performance by Quaid is the only thing that makes the film remotely bearable.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Farnsworth's frenetic, often hysterical first feature tries desperately to find a style, or styles, to call its own, but there's never a moment that doesn't feel as if it's been chewed up and spit out a dozen times before.
  9. Director Kishan SS has made Care of Footpath 2 (a.k.a. Kill Them Young) as a bombastic, overlong melodrama that doesn't recognize the occasional need to takes things down a decibel or three.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Peel away the layers of contrivances, however, and the leftover plot barely fills a doggy bag.
  10. All strained artifice, inhabited by individuals who either lack dimension or are merely stereotypes. The result is a movie not nearly as amusing as its makers may think.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    If you swiped the most insipid dialogue of the teenage-angst movies of John Hughes and Kevin Smith and Amy Heckerling, you would still have a script -- and a movie -- far superior to the newest of the genre, Remember the Daze.
  11. Pretty dreadful.
  12. Erased is eminently forgettable.
  13. It's unclear who this blandly titled drama is aimed at — devoid as it is of humor or any real hazard and lacking the provocative undertones of its source material.
  14. The film's theory, that maybe we're all living two parallel lives -- if we even exist at all -- is intriguing, but it's rarely taken beyond the notion that Danny's just dreaming it. The result is, to be charitable, underwhelming, narratively and visually.
  15. Coppola decided that he really wasn't making a horror film after all, but rather a love story, a comic burlesque, a costume drama, a piece of erotica, whatever. But no matter what else you do with it, a Dracula that cannot manage to be more scary than silly is as pitilessly doomed as that elegant old Transylvanian himself. [13 Nov 1992]
    • Los Angeles Times
  16. It's a shame that what could have been an intriguing situational thriller devolves into a hateful, arduous drag
  17. So instructional is the film, directed by Brook's son, Simon, that it feels like one of those P90X or Insanity home fitness programs: Try this at home. You too can perform on stage.
  18. The climactic collision of agendas is even more contrived than everything leading to it.
  19. There are any number of aspects to The Invisible Circus that simply don't ring true.
  20. Opens and closes on a jaunty note: It's the tedious, relentlessly talky 80 minutes in between that's the problem.
  21. SlingShot has about enough material to fill one interesting "60 Minutes" segment.
  22. Writer-director Steers has chosen to overload "Igby" with phony archness and forced black humor, making it not the place to look for satisfying acting.
  23. Whatever his intentions, Clark, in his third outing as a director, has come up with a film that is seriously flawed.
  24. Gone is also your hard-earned money if you buy a ticket to this slack piece of work, a movie that makes "Murder on the Orient Express" feel like "The Silence of the Lambs" by comparison.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Isn't for teens, it's for the kids who aspire to be teens.
  25. It has a tendency to run ragged and spends an unhealthy amount of time idling pointlessly at intersections.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    All the sound and fury in the world can't disguise the fact that yowling music, typing montages and computer animation do not a gripping finale make. This movie megabytes.

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