Los Angeles Times' Scores

For 8,324 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 0.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Ex Machina
Lowest review score: 0 Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000
Score distribution:
8,324 movie reviews
  1. A lot of heart and a lot of music. It just doesn't sing.
  2. Well-paced and solidly crafted.
  3. Like an aging athlete who knows how to husband strength and camouflage weaknesses, it makes the most of what it does well and hopes you won't notice its limitations.
  4. An easygoing, earthy comedy that's a good showcase for the robust comic gifts of Cedric the Entertainer.
  5. A meditative piece that is by turns hypnotically beautiful and painfully slow. It's the kind of film perhaps best appreciated in smaller doses, in the same way bench rest can help sustain a tiring museum visit.
  6. The problem with High Crimes, acceptable though it is, is that it's not close to anyone's best work.
  7. What saved "Schindler's List" from this self-conscious nobility was the ambiguity of Oskar Schindler's personality and Spielberg's willingness to treat incendiary material coolly. The lesson he seemed to have learned there, that the strongest stories call for the greatest restraint, is one he has at least partially forgotten here.
  8. Often the film pushes Schemel to the edge of what is intended to be her story, so in Hit So Hard she feels forced into the role of self-sacrificing side-player once again.
  9. No "Babe" but should delight youngsters, although parents likely will find it is sentimental in the extreme, with a plot that telegraphs every development.
  10. Producer-director Markus Imhoof tackles a hugely vital subject, but the film's loose structure and lack of a specific through-line don't make for the clearest intake of its, well, swarm of information.
  11. With an ensemble led by Marion Cotillard and Fran├žois Cluzet, the French hit has personality to burn, and squanders most of it.
  12. As a grand flourish of cinematic technique, it is awesome; as a human drama, it is disgusting and silly, a mindless depiction of carnage on an epic scale. [15 July 1988, Calendar, p.6-1]
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  13. It's doubtful Milarepa will be opening in Beijing any time soon; all the more reason it deserves a look.
  14. If Tony Vitale's Kiss Me, Guido isn't quite the laff riot its trailer suggests, it nonetheless abounds in good-hearted humor, adding up to a perfectly pleasant summer diversion.
  15. Delicacy isn't going to set anybody's psyche on fire with its insights into grieving and emotional recovery, but as a crepe-thin romantic snack, it has its moments.
  16. A glum and unpleasant experience, caught between what it wants to do and how it has chosen to do it.
  17. Should you find yourself in the mood for Big Musical Numbers by the score rather than a film, there's a lot to like about Burlesque.
  18. It's an acceptable, play-it-safe version of the first volume in the hugely popular Veronica Roth-written trilogy.
  19. There's something about professional comedians breaking down what's funny for civilians that gets annoying after a while.
  20. In every move, Depp makes you believe this was a passion project for the actor, one he dedicates to Thompson.
  21. While the action is brisk, the film never feels in a hurry. Walken and Pacino amble through their paces. Arkin ups the adrenaline any time he's around, and he is not around quite enough.
  22. It's impossible not to root for these driven, high-spirited participants - and for the longevity of this invaluable program.
  23. Southpaw is so logic-defying it takes on a Frankenstein life of its own, especially with as energetic and focused an action maestro as Fuqua ("Training Day," "The Equalizer") in charge.
  24. The stories are interlinked effectively, and the film strikes an upbeat note yet does not address racism and discrimination. For all its affection toward its characters, however, the film is too long and too slack.
  25. Though Girls Rock! is nothing if not well meaning, it doesn't always feel like the best possible film on the subject.
  26. The latest in Hollywood's almost biblical procession of disaster films, Deep Impact tries with moderate success to be more than just the sum of its special effects.
  27. Though its elusive character is undoubtedly part of its strength, Dogtooth ends up feeling somehow like a dodge and a sidestep. As a film, it's pure and singular, but it's not quite fully formed enough to be what one could call truly visionary.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This isn't merely a horror film about things going bump in the night, but a study of the effects of desolation on our sense of personal consciousness.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Skipping from one story to another and scrambling their relative chronologies, Drama/Mex presents a flashy package, but that only reveals the paucity of its ideas.
  28. That the movie works as well as it does is a testament to writer-director Thomas Farone's persistence and clear connection to his cagey material.

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