Los Angeles Times' Scores

For 7,160 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Dark Knight Rises
Lowest review score: 0 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Score distribution:
7,160 movie reviews
  1. RV
    The bedraggled movie limps along to its phony hogwash of an ending, adding the ignominy of sentimentality to its previous sin of being so derivative.
  2. A flavorless snack, time filler until "Saw III" and "Hostel 2" are served up.
  3. The sage-elder/wayward-charge saga Peaceful Warrior aims for inspirational highs but mostly feels like a self-help book read aloud by actors.
  4. Cease Fire is no art film but, rather, mainstream fare that's likely to appeal primarily to Farsi-speaking audiences. It is talky, too long at 1 hour, 44 minutes and tends to be preachy and tedious.
  5. Devoid of verbal wit, instead relying on a relentless stream of Looney Tunes-inspired violence.
  6. There is something bizarrely compelling about the movie. It's slower than watching a train wreck but invokes that same level of disbelief.
  7. It's always dispiriting to see children's movies succumb to desperate pandering to the coolness imperative, especially since, given the marketing muscle they tend to have behind them, the bigger trick seems to be in getting people not to see them.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    There are no laughs to be found in writer-director Michael Traeger's would-be comedy The Amateurs, but there is one big mystery: how actors of this caliber could have been convinced to take part.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It never quite settles on whether it's a "Mean Girls" burlesque of teen life, an "American Beauty"-style bad-things-in-the-suburbs drama, or a wayward horror film. And it certainly never reconciles itself to successfully pulling off a hybrid of the three.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    There seems to be a high level of personal commitment to the project. It is then all the more disappointing that such effort went into something that comes off so hollow and uninspired.
  8. As boredom sets in, the viewer realizes that "The Covenant" does possess one magical power: It afflicts its audience with restless leg syndrome.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The movie's disinterest in character might be forgivable were its plot not riddled with holes.
  9. Even for ultra-low-budget, grade-Z horror movies, this is a truly incompetent film.
  10. This is a bitter, occasionally farcical drama with the most hostile cinematic view of Los Angeles since "Crash."
    • 22 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Like an ugly tie or a pair of slipper socks, Black Christmas is destined to be forgotten the instant it's unwrapped, gathering dust until the season rolls around again.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Director Luc Besson, best known for "La Femme Nikita" and "The Fifth Element," admits he knew nothing about animation before he started this project, and it shows.
  11. It's more like "That Girl" on speed than anything else.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Yes, stepping is an age-old tradition at historically African American schools, but this smells of desperation; one more misstep for a film with two left feet.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The original film was intellectually engaging as well as tangibly creepy, while the new remake is just plain bad, and boring to boot.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It's a relentlessly silly horror/fantasy/romance that is merely the latest twist on a tired premise.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Equally as perplexing as its lack of perspective is the film's overall shortage of information.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Bad as Harris' Hannibal Rising screenplay (his first) is, at least it's an improvement on his dreadful book, streamlining its convoluted action and discarding large chunks of unspeakable dialogue.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    By the time it sputters across the finish line, Wild Hogs feels as if it's gone on forever -- like a trip in a hot car with the windows rolled up. The air is stale and hard to breathe, and it sure feels good when it's over.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Detailing the sexual and romantic misadventures of the employees and patrons at a London cafe, Caffeine is about as appetizing as a pot of dishwater coffee.
  12. The film and its makers simply try too hard. Director and co-writer Judy Hecht Dumontet can't stop "helping" with overactive editing and scoring, such as tinkling bells every time the sacred tortilla is shown early on.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The movie is all surface, loudly clamoring for attention and then losing its voice.
  13. Audiences probably often wonder when the reality genre is finally going to eat itself. American Cannibal stands ready for that moment with a bib and vinegar.
  14. You'd like to think such bankruptcy of imagination means we've seen the last of these subterranean creeps. But you know they'll be back soon to collect their royalties from the gore hounds who apparently don't care how dull or warmed over the accompanying package.
  15. One of the funniest films of the year. That's not good news for this attempted action-adventure, which clearly lost its way in its own copious fog.
  16. Redline isn't exactly a car wreck, mainly because it's far less exciting, and you can, in fact, look away. Perhaps at your shoes.

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